No, seriously, cue the Barry White right now!
Primp Beauty Bar is my official beauty supply store for life. I have so much to say about this wonderful, magical place, but first a little background:
I am the epitome of a hair product junkie. I’ve been natural (chemical-free) for the last 10 years and I’ve rocked all the styles.
- Locs – two sets over a 6 year period
- Braids - #knowme I’ve rocked everything from blonde micros to golden Havana twists, to jet black cornrolls that stop at my fatty
- Wigs – I’ve rocked the Whitney Houston curl, the sultry Sasha Fierce/Farrah Fawcett ombre, and the basic shoulder length bob with a bang
- Twist Outs – My least favorite of my styles. I’m not a daily maintenance kind of girl so this is when my product junkie tendencies take over my life.
- Big Chop – I completed my 4th big chop the first of this year.
Now, I have a TWA (teenie weenie Afro) and I’m trying to decide if I will shave it down low, maintain the current length, or let it grow out for braids in the summer.
I was discussing my indecision with a coworker and she asked if I’d ever been to the only black-owned beauty supply store in D.C.
My response: There’s a black-owned beauty Supply Store on U Street?!?!?!
She went in about how she’d heard about the store on the Frank Ski show and by the end of the convo I was determined to visit with the quickness.
Why Primp Beauty Bar is EVERYTHING!
The prices are comparable if not cheaper than your average beauty supply store.
I’m not talking about Sally’s either. I mean the Costco-sized beauty supply stores that have everything you can think of…everything except trained experts on site and amazing customer service, but more on that later.
I genuinely felt good when I spent my money and time here, I could tell my patronage was appreciated on so many levels.
How about you can get a free sample of ANY product in the store. Ayanna (the owner) encourages her patrons to try before they buy.
I legit gagged when she told us about the free samples. Any true product junkie knows how easy it is to spend a small fortune trying all the options available for your hair type.
Ok, the aura, vibe, whatever you want to call it, was amazing. The store is very open and light and there are products galore! The product placement and floor scheme was so beat (beat=cute/on point). I am not used to a high-end feel when I visit the beauty supply store so I was loving every second!
The music gave me soooo much life. I had to hold it together and not twirl to Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, and will.i.am.
Not only was I greeted immediately when I walked inside (and offered water or wine), I was able to have an in-depth conversation with Ayanna. This never happens when I hit the beauty supply stores near my home.
Looking for Malaysian, Indian, Remy hair? She has it all and offers installation payment plans.
And, how about there’s all types of textured, colorful braid hair in stock too.
The makeup hasn’t come in yet but the OPI polish was on sale for $6.50. I definitely copped a bottle.
HU U Know!
Primp Beauty Bar accepts Howard University’s Bison card. This of course touched my heart as an alumni and made me über pressed to visit the store.
There’s a salon coming. And, a private area where you can try on wigs. That private area means the world to me…I hate trying on hair in front of strangers!
This is a bar where there will be weekly evening events. I love the idea of sipping and talking to people who are familiar with the struggle that is hair.
Company reps have already and will continue to do free product giveaways and host events.
Makeup artists will be on site for a full face beat once the makeup arrives.
Take a deep breath and process all of the aforementioned awesomeness and make your way to Primp Beauty Bar ASAP!
The owner, Ayanna, is the best! I think the most enjoyable portion of my visit was being able to ask someone about hair products and receive genuine advice. I usually have to google a product I’m interested in, read all of the reviews, and then jump out there and take a chance.
On a philanthropic note, Primp Beauty Bar is hosting a product swap the last Saturday in March. You bring in all your old products so they can be donated to young girls living in a group home. I completely melted when she mentioned this as we left the store.
Check out Primp Beauty Bar on Facebook for location and hours.