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Kristie’s Hair Design has seen many beauty experts come and go, but owner Jordan firmly believes that her current staff is the best of the best—after all, she calls them the “Dream Team.” Especially versed in ethnic hair types, their diverse and sophisticated talents include hair cutting and styling, weaves, natural braids, and texture treatments. Their finesse also extends to the rest of clients' images through makeup applications and eyebrow shaping treatments, which bring attention to features more effectively than photobombing the State of the Union address. Meanwhile, the staff’s team of barbers also provides custom, classic styles for men as well.
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