It might be an understatement to say the love of hair runs through Luz Galaviz’s veins. Born in Barahona, Dominican Republic, Luz was just 13 years old when she started working at a hair salon in Santo Domingo after studying at the Academia de Belleza Nacidit International and two years later was operating her very own small salon. With her background in haircare, it was a no-brainer to continue the tradition when she married her husband David Galaviz and moved to Texas.
Upon arriving in Houston, Luz worked at Soraya’s Dominican Salon before the owner sold the salon in 2009. Wanting to stay in the beauty industry, Luz rented a booth at Lovely Hair Studio in Houston where she continued to increase her clientele and build her reputation as a talented hair stylist in the area. It was while booth renting at Lovely Hair Studio where Luz decided to open her own hair salon. “All of the sudden I had the idea and starting asking myself , ‘why not just open my own?’ I shared the idea with my husband and he agreed and supported me totally.” Not long after discussing the idea with David, they started looking for a location. They visited a lot of potential spots, but the location they ultimately secured needed A LOT of work, “It was a complete disaster inside, but I had a vision of how I wanted it to look and with David being a handyman by trade we saved money by doing all the work ourselves.” David immediately went to work with the help of two close friends. The three of them worked around the clock while Luz worked at the salon during the day and juggled helping at the new salon in the evenings and caring for their two young boys.
Luz was very particular about how the look and feel of the salon “I wanted the salon to have a tropical feel – like you’re walking into the Dominican Republic.” Colors were very important in reflecting the tropical vibe, so getting it “just right” was important. “It took two paint jobs to get it perfect; the first time we painted it looked horrible! The paint just didn’t look good on the walls so we re-painted with Green, Orange and Yellow.” Second to the look, Luz wanted the salon to have a very comfortable atmosphere. “I wanted sofas in the entrance for people who are waiting on services or for the person accompanying someone to the salon to sit and wait.”
Beyond the style of the salon, Luz is most excited about caring for women’s hair. Unlike the East Coast where women can get RoundBrushHair from a variety of Dominican salons, Houston doesn’t boast of a large network of Dominican salons. “I love doing hair – all types and textures. From kinky curly to lose wavy hair I work with all textures including natural hair. The the only hair I turn down is hair that will be damaged by straightening. I would rather turn someone away and apologize for it than to damage their hair.”
We’re excited for Lucy and her team of hair stylists, Maritza and Tyciana as they pamper the women of Houston with RoundBrushHair!
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