A Maryland hairstylist who launched her own line of products to help women suffering from hair loss is now opening her first salon this summer, at a Walmart in Clinton. The show is part of the megastore’s efforts to support small businesses.
For years, DeJuan Burns of Prince George’s County has created free wigs for women living with hair loss from treatments for cancer, alopecia or other autoimmune conditions.
“I can’t imagine how they feel in that moment, so I just want them to feel good about themselves,” Burns said.
Burns launched her own product line in 2021 and was selling it on Walmart’s website when the company offered her her own store inside the Clinton Walmart.
“So I said, ‘Yeah! Yeah!'” Burns recalled with a smile.
Burns’ new salon, AuSecours Salon Spa, is part of a Walmart initiative that offers unique services to the community where each Walmart store is located.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome a local black woman-owned business to our Clinton store,” read a statement from Walmart. “Supporting small businesses has always been a priority for Walmart.”
To support small businesses, some Walmart stores offer black-owned salons, braid bars, hair salons, and hair and wig stores.
The new salon will provide Burns with more space to grow her client base and increase her efforts to help others.
“I’m amazed to be able to reach out and reach this level of being able to get into the big chains,” Burns said. “It means a lot to me that I was chosen to be able to have the opportunity to And I hope they will have others, other people who can also bring their business to Walmart, so I think it is a big problem.
The salon is expected to open around late July and early August, Burns said.