Power Player: Le’jemalik's Huda Quhshi
Makeup artist Huda Quhshi is more than just a very talented primper; she is also the owner of Brooklyn's Le’jemalik Salon & Boutique.
We had a little chat with her and were left impressed and inspired by her responses. You probably will be too, honestly.
How (and why) did you first decide to open Le’Jemalik?
Le’Jemalik Salon & Boutique is everything a girl can ever need. From makeup application for an evening out, a relaxing afternoon at the spa, or hair styling for an entire bridal party, we offer a range of services that could cater to the needs of every woman.
It is designed to be a safe haven for women who, for either cultural and/or religious reasons, could not receive such services at any other salon.
As a Muslim woman myself, I always had difficulty finding a salon that could accommodate my needs for a women only space. For this reason, I always knew that I had to do just that!
From a quick glance at the salon, it’s pretty easy to figure out that our inspiration for the salon was a wedding hall. While I provide services for all occasions, my specialty is in the bridal realm.
Our salon is equipped with a VIP bridal room that was designed with built in glass closets to place wedding gowns, shoes and accessories. We work with brides all of the time and so we know how stressful things can get sometimes, which is why we have designed the salon with a bride in mind to make sure that we have done everything we can to make her special day go as smoothly as possible.
In your wildest dreams, how does the world (and your clients!) view Le’Jemalik?
This is a particularly important piece for us! Le’jemalik is a safe haven for all women, of all faiths, races, ethnicities and ages. We stand for women empowerment and we think anyone who would like to support a women-only business would love to stop by. We hope that this is the message that has come across.
We have gotten several messages on our social media platforms from women all over the world who support our business, that have said things like, "I’m not Muslim and I do not wear the hijab but I would love to come to your salon.”
I am hoping to inspire a empowering environment for women. We want to foster talent—we are actually providing weekly seminars for anyone to come in and learn techniques and tricks.
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