From its humble beginnings at a mall kiosk back in 2008, to a handful of locations since, The Good Hair Shop has grown exponentially while still keeping its heart. From the moment you walk into our shop, your natural hair is celebrated and loved upon. Every kink, coil, loc, teeny-weeny afro or bald head is cherished because here, “everybody has good hair.” We are a missioned-principled company that believes in educating and empowering our customers about exceptional haircare that is also environmentally sustainable. Our shop is a safe place, a sacred space and a judgment free zone—that’s why we never double-book our clients; your time is yours alone. The Afrocentric artwork on the walls, the music playing in the background and the images we play on the screen all work in sync to you feel as cared for as your curls will.
About Our Founder:
In the community where she grew up, folks affectionately referred to Kiyomi Rollins as, “the neighborhood girl who did hair” but her interest in kinky manes surpassed the average neighborhood-braider-chick’s. She recognized how important hair was to the black community—for both women and men.
“Hair defines us. We make important decisions based on hair. For us it’s about more than whether or not we’ll attend that social event. Our hair determines whether or not we’ll go for a swim or a workout, which means it even affects our health.”
Kiyomi wanted to pursue manufacturing to study the billion dollar hair weave industry, however, in the early 90’s entrepreneurship was not really promoted, so even while in college, she just couldn't keep her hands out of people’s hair! She was always finding a way to not only study it but to sculpt it.
“I was always doing hair even when I should’ve been in class,” she recalls. “And I always had two or three jobs…always some kind of hustle going."
After leaving the corporate position she snagged after college, Kiyomi decided to work alongside her husband, Mark—whom she calls her biggest cheerleader and business partner—in the film and entertainment industry. In the end though, Kiyomi’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for hair won out. Drawing inspiration from the hip-hop culture of the 80’s and 90’s, Black Wall Street, Madame C.J. Walker and others, it was clear that owning her own business had been the path all along. So, she had the idea to open up her own shop and the self-actualizing audacity to call it, “The Good Hair Shop.”
“I call my business The Good Hair Shop because, in our culture there have always been very strong and negative connotations about “good” and “bad” hair. Society romanticizes certain hair textures over others and unfortunately, we internalize that from a very young age. I want my clients to understand that good hair is whatever the Creator blessed them with. In other words, it’s all good.”
There were bumps in the road to say the least. Tense moments like…in the first few weeks of being open when mall-goers zoomed past her kiosk at full speed until she had the epiphany to conduct weekly live hair demonstrations that drew in the crowds. OR, the time she had to pack up and leave a location because the building had gone into foreclosure due to the Landlord’s failure to pay the utilities. OR, those times when everything had to be put on hold because of her daughter Marley’s medical requirements.
But, being an entrepreneur takes resilience and tenacity—two things Kiyomi has plenty of. Even with an already full plate that included a growing business and an active family, Kiyomi’s conscience could not allow her to use products on her customers’ hair that were laden with harmful chemicals. So, in true entrepreneurial fashion, she created her own product line that has since been recognized by Essence magazine and in 2012 was voted Best Natural Hair Product by Afro-Pick awards.
“One thing about me—and this is probably both a good and a bad thing—is that, I don’t give up. When faced with a situation where I probably should give up, that’s when I get the best ideas!”
An entrepreneur is also constantly re-inventing herself. Kiyomi spent all of 2016 in business classes trying to be proactive versus reactive as the hammer of gentrification threatens to devour small businesses and turn them into hipster-magnet coffee shops and trendy organic food stores. She was pleasantly surprised to discover that she was already practicing many of the principles she was now officially learning. As a result of the classes, Kiyomi was able to successfully close on a small business loan through Invest Atlanta. The funding will go towards yet another exciting transformation of The Good Hair Shop which includes a complete remodel and a brand new bar-style concept for its hair product line.
As a Black female CEO, a community organizer, a wife and a mother of three (2 with special needs), Kiyomi wears many hats and has earned enviable success in her field but she attributes all her triumphs to her family; husband, Mark and children Lyric, Marley and Tosh..
“My husband and children have definitely sacrificed a lot for the sake of our business. They’re always right there in the throes with me and I can’t thank them enough.”
Kiyomi’s focus these days is creating a legacy that she can pass down to her children and on through the generations. If what she’s accomplished so far is any indication of her future success then The Good Hair Shop is poised to be a household name in natural hair care for many years to come.
In Kiyomi’s own words, “The best part is, I’m not finished yet. I’m just getting started.”