Boss Hair Salon to Officially Open Next Month on Prospect Avenue

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After losing her corporate job due to the pandemic, owner pursues beauty parlor dream

"We strive to make our clients feel like a 'boss,' and at the same time, build a stronger community where our differences are celebrated.” - Hilaria Kwakumey, Owner, Boss Hair Salon

Boss Hair Salon, a diverse, full-service hair salon located at 464 Prospect Boulevard, will officially open its doors to the public on Sunday, Nov. 15. The salon was the brainchild of Hilaria Kwakumey, who started the business after she was furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kwakumey, who is originally from Ghana, has a background in the hospitality industry and previously worked as a Senior Corporate HR Generalist for HMSHOST. She has also previously worked with other brands, including Marriott and Hilton. However, after ultimately losing her job, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of owning a salon.

“I thought, what better season than now to start on my dream of owning a hair salon, with my management and talent acquisition background in hospitality,” Kwakumey says. “I felt people should always want to look good, want their hair done and be at their best no matter the times.”

Kwakumey says she began researching the hair salon industry and relied on mentors to help support her in the process. “It was not too difficult because I had prior knowledge of doing hair myself during my high school and college years. I used to do braids and weaves to make extra income and I’m excited about making it a full business venture.”

Although Kwakumey will not be doing hair at Boss Hair Salon herself, she will employ eight stylists/barbers. Boss Hair Salon will offer services for all hair types, including braids, relaxers, weaves, perms, haircuts and colors. Additional services include eyebrows and lashes. She says she will use her corporate background from managing different front office, sales, and talent acquisition divisions to make each customer at Boss Hair Salon feel valued and welcomed.

“Our goal is to be your one-stop shop for all hair types. We strive to make our clients feel like a “boss,” and at the same time, build a stronger community where our differences are celebrated,” Kwakumey says.

Born out of a need to shift gears, Kwakumey is taking what initially was a hardship and turning it into the realization of a dream. She says she is also making more time for family and friends these days.

“The pandemic has been a complete wake up call for everything I thought I knew,” Kwakumey says. “The pandemic made me realize that as an entrepreneur, I must be ready and adaptable because anything can happen at any moment – even the most unimaginable things.”

To learn more about Boss Hair Salon, visit the website To follow on Instagram and Facebook, go to: @bosshairsalonfrederick.

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