Today we’d like to introduce you to Kechea Williams.
Kechea, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
A Brooklyn native with a passion for natural hair care, I moved to Georgia in 2016 to expand and grow my business as well as bring my skills to the South. Growing up, I was surrounded by a family who valued healthy hair care and entrepreneurship. I previously worked in the banking industry, but my passion eventually won out and I decided to start Keke House of Locs. Working as an independent stylist allowed me to appreciate my own knack for business and establish strong relationships with my clients.
I ultimately launched my own salon suites, Blizz Anthony’s Lofts, as a tribute to my brother (Blizz) and nephew (Anthony) who both passed away years ago. My brother would always encourage me to pursue my dreams and launching my very own salon is my thank you to him. With Blizz Anthony’s Lofts, I have my salon – Keke’s House of Locs – as well as space for a licensed braider, barber, and themed events. I am truly blessed to be able to live out my dreams!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s been said nothing worth having comes easy and that goes for anything you invest pieces of your life into. In hindsight, the road has had its ups and downs but everything I experienced was for a reason and definitely made me stronger for it. There are many steps involved in launching your own business and I had to learn a lot in regards to licensing, permits, and certifications. A hard lesson learned was that those who I thought I can seek support from were not always true in my corner. My biggest advice to other young women embarking on a journey to entrepreneurship is to be open to learning and understand that not everyone has your back as much as you would like them to.
Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I specialize in loc maintenance and styling. I’m also a distributor for a product I use called Joie Naturals MyGel and an ambassador for the Hair Sprinkles styling technique. In my salon suites, I create a nurturing environment where my clients not only come to look their best but also network and learn from each other. I’m proud of the space I have cultivated that always happen to bring the right people together.
Which women have inspired you in your life?
One of my biggest inspirations came from the owner of the very first salon that I worked out of, Stasha Harris.
Stasha moved to the US from Trinidad at a very young age to make her own dream come true of having her own business. She gave me a chance at a new stylist because she was always willing to teach others her craft. She was always very patient and made it a priority to make sure she had a strong team in her shop so she always shared the knowledge. I took to heart everything she taught me and am making sure that I take those same lessons and apply them to my own shop.
- Address: 2434 Duluth Highway
Duluth, GA 30097
- Website: http://kekehouseoflocs.com/
- Phone: (404) 903-7568
- Email: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @kekehouseoflocs & @blizzanthonyslofts
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keke-House-Of-Locs/186540425309654
Photo of Keke by LaCienda Portraits