Vanity Squad brings the salon to you
Long hours at a salon is a necessary evil that many women and men have to bear in order to get that much deserved pampering session. But imagine not having to spend the entire day at the salon for a manicure that really should have only lasted an hour, or not having someone else's hair appointment go over into yours. Imagine the convenience of having the salon come to you.
It was similar experiences that caused 22-year-old Disni Johnson and her parents, Daniel and Karen Johnson, to create Vanity Squad - a full service mobile beauty and barber salon. It was started two years ago.
"The salon experience is an all-day kinda thing, kinda hectic, and we just want it to be in complete comfort, complete privacy, our own space. We just really wanted something that was unique and special and of a high quality. (It would be) Some place where you're happy, and you could choose who you want to be in your space," she said
Disni Johnson told THE STAR that the salon offers everything you would get in a regular salon, except that it comes to you, and was designed with the comfort of its client in mind.
"Anything you can do at regular salon, you can do it on board the unit at absolutely no travel cost. All we need is a parking space. So wherever you want to do it, at your home, your office, certain plazas, we will come. We go only by appointment, so you set your appointment, and we'll come," she said.
"We travel with 90 gallons of water, hot and cold. It's fully air conditioned. We come with a sound system, cable TV, WiFi. We can do anything - hair and nails. We have a styling station, washing station, drying station, and hair dyer. We do bleaching, dying, cutting, braiding, weaving, gel polish, pedicures, styling. We also have a waiting area for anybody you'd want in your space. We travel with a certified cosmetologist, and a certified barber, and a certain driver," she said.
She said the security of clients is also paramount, as the bus door is closed as soon as the client comes on board.
And even with the added ease that Vanity Squad offers, Johnson said they're still earnest on keeping their prices competitive.
"Our prices range from $1,500 for a regular manicure to $1,800 for a regular pedicure, and braids starting at $4,500, going up, depending on length, style. We based everything on comments, what we hear back, what people want," she said.
Currently, Vanity Squad only has one bus and serves clients in Kingston and St Andrew. However, Johnson said they will be looking to expand to other parishes as well.
"We really are looking forward to expanding and growing and taking it to the other parishes, and making this not just a local brand but eventually an international brand. It's something we really believe in, and really see the potential to grow," she said