Photo by Johnny Jackson
Amy Hensley (second row, center), owner of Rhapsody Hair Salon and Spa in McDonough, and others at the salon and spa recently tripled the size of the salon's facilities.
By Johnny Jackson
Amy Hensley is living her dream as a successful hair stylist. Hensley, 36, said she has dreamed nearly her entire life of reaching this goal.
"When I was five years old, I knew I wanted to be a hair dresser, and I was obsessed with it," said Hensley, now the owner of Rhapsody Hair Salon and Spa.
The Hampton resident said she has experienced enough success in less than two years of operating her business, that she has had to expand her facilities.
This weekend, she moved into new digs -- a 3,600-square-foot, three-door store front, located at 2110 Jodeco Road in McDonough.
Hensley said she moved from the smaller store front at 2094 Jodeco Road, in part, to incorporate the salon's new full-service spa treatment center. She said the spa will include a massage therapist, estheticians and a nail technician.
"We also tripled in size because of the need to grow, and the demand for stylists," she said. "I did it out of just wanting something that wasn't available. I wanted to be in a place that you can thrive and grow. Sometimes, you just need room to grow, and I grew up fast."
Hensley initially opened the smaller salon on June 25, 2008, following nearly two decades of experience as a professional hair stylist. The Griffin native said she began her career, unofficially, in her early teen years, as a shampoo technician at various hair salons.
At age 18, she enrolled in the cosmetology program at Griffin Technical College. She said she juggled her schooling while she worked full-time at a convenience store.
Hensley split the next 17 years as a hair stylist at three Stockbridge hair salons, including Great Clips of Stockbridge, Cutting Edge of Stockbridge, and Studio Cuts at Eagle's Landing.
Stan Hand, a hair stylist of 34 years, worked with Hensley during her time at Studio Cuts, and joined her as she began her own business, which recently expanded to include full-service spa treatments.
"I love the idea," Hand said. "We're going to give everybody in Henry County a place on the south side of town where they can have a facial and get their hair styled."
Hand is one of about a dozen independent hair stylists, who will be renting space at Hensley's salon, which can accommodate as many as 20 hair stylists.
Hensley describes that growth as a feat accomplished through a higher power.
"I don't have anything that the Lord didn't give me," she said. "I'm completely blessed."
Josh Hensley, Amy Hensley's husband of four years, helped with the move. He said he was excited to see his wife's dream become a reality. "I think it's a wonderful experience," he said. "We've worked really hard to get to this point. [Now,] the sky is the limit."