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DeKalb’s “$10 Do” hair salon celebrates 10-year anniversary

Suite 20 Xpress, the brainchild of platform stylist Kristy Gaiters to provide affordable healthy hair in the booming Atlanta hair industry, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month in the South DeKalb community.

The salon, located at 5561 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, is not only known for providing quality hairdos at affordable prices but for honoring community leaders at its annual International Trailblazers Awards.

“We are excited about our 10-year celebration and the International Trailblazers Awards. It is our honor to pay tribute to those who have given to our communities,” said Gaiters, who grew her business from humble beginnings.

Gaiters was doing hair in the basement of her home in February of 2007 when a young girl wanted a new hairstyle for prom but could not afford it. Gaiters did the service as a prom gift and the girl went to her prom with her new hairdo after they both shed a few tears. That was the defining moment for Gaiters.

With the help of family and friends, Gaiters decided to buck the trend of $35 to $40 roller wetsets in Atlanta and follow the trend in her native North Carolina where hair stylists were practicing healthy hair techniques but only charging $10 for the same roller wetsets. Plenty of people in the industry tried to persuade her not to do it, saying she was selling her skill short, Gaiters followed what God had put in her heart: She opened Suite 20 Salon at 1999 Candler Road in Decatur doing roller sets, flat wraps and doobie wraps for $10. Clients were in and out of the salon in last than two hours. Business boomed and Gaiters was servicing 700 clients a week with a staff of 12 stylists. She built a reputation   at Atlanta hair shows as a platform stylist for her work on stage before live audiences.

By April 2010, she needed more space and moved Suite 20 Salon to Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur. The move came at a cost. The Flat Shoals property was not on the bus line and she lost many of the clients who needed her—those on fixed incomes who depended on public transportation.

After 7 years on Flat Shoals Parkway, Gaiters moved the salon back on the bus line, re-opening at 5561 C- Memorial Drive with the name Suite 20 Xpress.

Today, her mission is the same: to provide healthy hair services at affordable prices without the long wait of regular salons.

Suite 20 Xpress will celebrate its anniversary on July 8, 1 to 4 p.m., at 5561 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain. There will be food, jumpers for the kids, games, music and discounts on hair services.

The 9th Annual International Trailblazers Awards will be held Sunday, July 16, 5:30 p.m., at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. The red carpet is at 5:30 p.m. There will be performances by LaShun Pace and Tony Terry. Honorees include Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; Tampa Bay Bucs Brent Grimes; Journalist Ken Watts; DeKalb County Judge Gregory A. Adams; Actor Lamman Rucker; Pastor Michael Benton of Fairfield Baptist Church; Apostle Tim Atunnise; Junior Chef Lauryn Strong; Atlanta Voice Publisher J.L. Ware; and Col. Bill Cunningham. Tickets are $60 and available at Eventbrite. For more information, call 404-913-9798.

 

2 Comments on DeKalb’s “$10 Do” hair salon celebrates 10-year anniversary

  1. This is the first I’ve ever heard of this along I think it’s a really great idea I will now keep up with you for other people that I know of that can use the service and Shirley will attend the events. It is great to hear that you’re not just thinking about lining your pockets but helping those that don’t have anything in your pockets to give. God bless you much success!

  2. Just reading Mrs.Gaiter’s story has inspired me to the core. Thankfully, she didn’t listen to her doubters or else, South DeKalb County would not have been blessed with such a talented and selfless beautician/ owner. She put god in it and as a result, she is being blessed beyond her imagination. (Matthew 19:26,Ephesians 3:20)

    It just goes to show that things can be achieved even if it doesn’t appear to be that way. I once visited Suite 20 Express when it was on Candler Road but I had no idea that Mrs. Gaithers did that for the South DeKalb Community but now that I do.I can see why she’s getting her award.

    South DeKalb needs more selfless person like her. I agree with Joann..it’s great to hear that she’s not just thinking about lining her pockets but helping those that don’t have anything in your pockets to give.

    It is people like Mrs. Gaiter that I would like to strive to be..somebody with a good, considerate heart and community oriented.

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