Tamla Terry and Kena Arnold hope their new downtown spa and salon doesn't just make people look good. They also want it to help families and children in need.
The Elegant Extensions Salon & Spa in the 900 block of Broad Street offers a full range of hair treatments and massages. The business also is giving discounts to parents staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta because they have sick children being treated at local hospitals.
"We feel like we're here to serve others," Terry said. "We want our business to be able to accommodate and serve others in our community."
Terry has a background in the business world as a corporate recruiter. Arnold's experience is in working with nonprofits and sick and special-needs children. She has completed an internship with the Ronald McDonald House. "We're good friends. We had the same vision, and we balance each other," Terry said.
The business partners have another friend who is serving as a cosmetology consultant for the stylists to keep the salon current on trends.
"We wanted something upscale and elegant but also with good pricing," Terry said.
The salon has seven paid employees and a volunteer receptionist, she said. There are two massage therapists and a licensed barber.
Terry said a goal of the business is to expand its charitable work to include internships for disadvantaged children who want to study cosmetology and help for patients who lose their hair because of chemotherapy treatments.
The business is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.