Harlem’s Beauty Boom | NY Times

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Harlem's Beauty Boom - NY Times

Vivrant Beauty, with the owner Desiree Verdejo behind the counter. (Photo: Ike Edeani | NY Times)

Maisha Stephens-Teacher opened her hair salon, Bibi, on Frederick Douglass Boulevard five years ago. “I’ve done this for 27 years,” she said. “My salon uses high-end products. Our stylists are very talented, but I couldn’t command prices commensurate with that. People would say, ‘Well, I can pay that downtown.’”

But in the last year, the neighborhood’s beauty landscape has begun to change. Just five blocks from Bibi, Seven Brown owns a bustling skin-care and laser hair-removal clinic. Right across the street, Alita Terry does customized organic facials. Such services were, until recently, either scarce or altogether unavailable in Harlem. “This burst of activity has been insane,” Ms. Stephens-Teacher said. And, she added, people are starting to appreciate and support the businesses.

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