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Meet Genneal King Odom of O So Tweet Salon in Stockbridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Genneal King Odom.

I was born and raised in South East Atlanta in the Thomasville Heights Atlanta Housing Projects community. I am the second of five children and came from humble beginnings.

At the early age of 11, I began to experiment on hair designs by watching my aunt Regina, who was a cosmetologist. At that time, styling hair was my gift, not my passion. Everyone told me I should go to school for cosmetology, but coming from one of the poorest areas of Atlanta, my idea of success was working in an office. I did accounting for four years and medical billing for eight years. While these career opportunities paid the bills, they gave me a false sense of security, and ultimately, they did not meet my expectation of success.

After thoughtful consideration, I decided to go to cosmetology school to earn my cosmetology license in 2006. I then quit my corporate job to pursue my God-given talent and put my passion into practice when I landed my first job as a hair care expert at the award winning Too Groovy Salon. I was trained by the renowned hair care innovator, Robin D. Groover, to whom I am forever grateful. She sparked something in me to let me know that I was not just a hairstylist, but I was changing lives through beauty. I empowered women with the knowledge to take care of their hair and brought clients hair back to health from the brink of despair. It is to the credit of my clients that I was able to build my career from the ground up. I’m forever grateful, especially to Arnel Richardson, who provided many referrals to build up my clientele.

After learning all I could from Too Groovy, I was ready to launch my own business by contracting space at Unlimited Styles by Cimmie and then furthering my business by obtaining my own salon suite (O So Tweet Salon) a few years later where I flourished as a hair care expert – I was recommended by many for specializing in natural and healthy hair. Clients were coming from near and far to be slayed by Tweet.

After a painful divorce, my passion for being a hair expert dwindled. I was left with financial burden, had to close my suite, filed bankruptcy, and went to work for Salon Rouge. This was a setback, but the perfect time for a major comeback! I learned to simplify my life and appreciate the small things. I regained control of my life, I found love again, and re-married. In April 2019, God gave me a vision and told me it was time to move and open my own salon. With the help of my husband, family, friends, and clients, on July 2, 2019, I was able to relaunch and open O’ So Tweet Salon.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s never been a smooth ride. In 1999, I honored the father of my children who did not honor me – I went to jail. I was facing a felony charge for something I had nothing to do with. With God on my side, I received the first offenders act and at that point something clicked. I had to make better decisions for my kids. I was six months pregnant in jail facing 30 years. But once I was cleared, I slowly rebuilt my life. Success followed me, so I would always attract people that would feed off my energy, effort, and hard work. Having a giving heart makes you more susceptible to being used and mistreated and kindness will most definitely be taken for weakness. But what I have learned along the way, everything happens for a reason. It’s either a blessing or a lesson. Also, nothing comes easy if it’s worth having.

O So Tweet Salon – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We specialize in healthy and natural hair. We pride ourselves on a great experience from the time you walk through the door. Our goal is to make sure each client has a celebrity experience. We offer an inviting atmosphere with sanitation and cleanliness as high priority. Clients are well informed when it comes to the health of their hair through thorough consultation. We offer clients the freedom of versatility through beautiful hair coloring service, to “The Big Chop” hair cutting service. We provide both relaxed hair care, to voluminous curls or textured styles. We also provide braiding for clients who like to give their hair a break and/or hair extension services for clients looking to try something new or add length and fullness to their hair.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I’m very proud to be the recipient of the 2018 Spectrum Award Winner (O So Tweet Salon) for excellence in customer service. When my clients walk through the door, they are welcomed, treated with respect, and provided the upmost level of customer service. My salon has also been published in the high fashion magazine Harizont, April 2020 Edition.

My daughter has been my shampoo assistant since she was 16, and I’m proud to say that she has completed Cosmetology School Dec of 2019 and now works in my salon.

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Nicky Lewis, Emily Humble

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