La Shonia Mabin shows off the variety of products, including accessories, she sells at her hair salon, O’Hannah’s Hair Studio and Boutique on the Square in Covington. (Special Photo)
La Shonia Mabin learned to style hair at age 12 and her grandmother told her “you have growing hands.” She didn’t know what that meant until she got older.
“Whatever head that I touched, I made their hair grow,” said Mabin.
Now the owner of her own hair salon, O’Hannah’s Hair Studio and Boutique, Mabin understands the extent of her talent. She has people from as far away as Alpharetta visiting her salon in Lawrenceville, a salon she is relocating to Covington. Mabin said she is also sought after to do hair for weddings, pageants, movies and photo shoots.
“A lot of people think that my clients’ hair is artificial because it look so full,” said Mabin, who works along side a staff of four. “We are really good at what we do.”
O’Hannah’s Hair Studio and Boutique, named in honor of Mabin’s grandmother, recently opened its doors at 1118 Brown Street, on the Square in Covington.
The salon offers the expected services, such as designer hair cuts and all phases of hair color, but to a multicultural clientele. Mabin said she styles hair of all textures, including that of both black and white customers, which so far appears to be a unique service.
“I haven’t seen a multicultural salon yet,” said Mabin.
The salon also offers extensions, foils, updos, waxing, makeup, eyelashes, eyebrows, mini-massages and facials. Hair product lines carried by the salon are Redkin, Moroccan Oil, Design Essentials, Nairobi, Aveda, Bed Head, Affirm and Dudley.
O’Hannah’s Hair Studio and Boutique also sells items including earrings, bracelets, rings, anklets and necklaces; bra essentials; shoes; and apparel such as blouses, dresses and pants.
Mabin said she became familiar with Covington after visiting a client who lived here and enjoyed the small town atmosphere, as well as the potential for success as a small business.
“You have some very important businesses here that wouldn’t come here if it wasn’t growing. I knew there would be a great shift in Covington and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Mabin, who chose the city over locations including Conyers, Loganville and Fayetteville.
A Michigan native, Mabin said the east metro area is a magnet for those who have relocated from other parts of the country.
“A lot of the people are from other cities but they are looking for quality (hair care) and I want to be that person. I want to be where they point them to. I want them to say ‘Brown Street,’” said Mabin.
Mabin holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and worked as a Red Cross military caseworker for years and did hair on the side. When she moved to Georgia with her job in the Red Cross, she continued styling on the side.
“Everyone was telling me how pretty my hair was all the time and they wanted to know who did it,” said Mabin.
Mabin said she prayed about changing careers and God gave her permission to make a living doing hair. Within a few months, she had a full schedule of clients.
“It was amazing,” said Mabin, who opened her own salon in Lawrenceville in 2004.
Mabin said she will have a demonstration stage at Covington’s Harvest Festival on Oct. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. where she will be doing makeovers and introducing her business to the public.
“It thought it would be a really good opportunity, with all the people already being out,” she said.
O’Hannah’s Hair Studio and Boutique is open Mondays, 1 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 3 to 6 p.m.
“We try to make it really convenient for everyone,” said Mabin. “You’d be surprised how many people come on Sunday.”
Contact O’Hannah’s Hair Studio and Boutique at 678-377-3861 or visit www.facebook.com/ohannahs.