By Madina Toure
Jie Jie Barber Shop & Hair Salon in downtown Flushing offers styling and haircut services for Asian men and women in the neighborhood.
The shop, located at 41-39 Kissena Blvd., opened last year.
One side of the shop is a beauty salon while the other side functions as a barbershop.
Services include haircuts, dye jobs, highlights, keratin treatment, perms, hair extensions and party styling and makeup.
Xiao Liao, 39, a hairdresser for the salon who is from the Fujian Province in China, has been living in the United States for nine years. She said the shop’s appeal is that it is affordable and offers good service.
“I think we have good service and good prices,” Liao said.
Liao said the prices range anywhere from $6 to $180, noting that the salon’s services are more expensive for clients who have longer hair and cheaper for clients who have shorter hair.
She also said Flushing already has many hair salons but that their salon is unique in that it really takes extra care of its customers. Clients receive free shoulder massages as a courtesy.
“Here, there are so many hair salons, so we only do better,” she said.
The shop, which currently has five employees, does not have as much business during the week.
But during the weekends, the clientele is more substantial. At least 50 people come to the shop.
Another factor that attracts people in the area to the shop is that the employees are all immigrants from China, Liao said.
When clients come to the barbershop and the hair salon, they feel at home because they have had similar life experiences and are able to connect with one another better, she said.
“Flushing has many immigrants,” she said.
The shop also shares the space with Lavender Beauty Spa, which offers therapeutic massages, facials, waxing, skincare and body wraps.
Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtour