For DeJuan Burns, waking up every day to teach eager first- and seventh-graders was a fulfilling task.
But it wasn’t until the Temple Hills, Maryland, native found her true calling — hair styling — that her career really took off.
Now, as she readies to open her second mobile De Glam Shoppe hair salon in the DMV area, Burns has not only realized her dreams, but become a trailblazer in the process.
“I’ve been in this hair business for almost 15 years,” said Burns, who has styled hair for TV and film with a clientele including famed musician George Clinton. “I really enjoyed teaching first and seventh grade. … I did it for three years, but it wasn’t my exact passion. I had been doing hair all my life and something inside me knew that I needed to pursue that.
“Once I stabilized my salon and grew a great clientele, I knew it was to do things even bigger, so I launched my very own mobile hair salon in the DMV area,” she said.
In 2013, Burns opened her first mobile salon in the D.C. area, which was showcased on the WWTG-TV (Channel 5) news broadcast.
Now, with her second mobile salon set to launch this month alongside her shop’s brick-and-mortar location in Fort Washington at 5608 St. Barnabas Rd., Burns hopes to create an ever bigger franchise all along the East Coast.
“One of the things that makes these mobile hair salons so cool is that they come straight to your house or designated location, fully equipped with all of the beautiful hair appliances and supplies you would find in a normal salon,” Burns said. “It’s convenient and very beneficial to those that are elderly and who may not have the energy to wait all day in a regular salon. We’re here to please and hopefully more people will pick [up] on it.”
The creative entrepreneur who specializes in growing natural hair also hopes to launch an “Uber-like” app that allows customers to pinpoint her and schedule appointments at their convenience.
“It’s all about franchising — pleasing the customer and franchising,” said Burns, reiterating her motto: “Your style is limited only by your imagination.”