Though her talents in cosmetology have taken her to many spots on the map, Tywahneikai Bailey still considers Radcliff home. Bailey is the namesake of Bailey’s Beauty in Radcliff, a salon on Knox Boulevard she founded in 2016.
Originally from Louisiana, Bailey moved to Radcliff in 1998 and earned her cosmetology license in 2000. She worked in the area for 12 years before opening a multicultural salon in Houston, Texas, which lasted about four years.
“I was able to learn more business ethics being there,” she said. “It was fun and different but I was missing Radcliff.”
Before moving to Texas, Bailey previously owned a salon in Radcliff called Beauty By Grace. She said she now sees about 50 clients a week through her salon and has three employees.
Bailey said many of her clients have used her as their beautician since she graduated from beauty school.
“Some of them have become family,” she said.
Teesha Bacon, who has been a client of Bailey’s since her beauty school days, said she has had no reason to consult any other beautician.
“No one puts as much love and detail into making you feel beautiful as she does,” she said.
Bailey’s Beauty specializes in working with those with scalp issues and has a private room for clients who might feel embarrassed by these issues. Bailey said she is working on developing her own beauty products designed for those with sensitive scalps.
Bailey said she enjoys giving her clients confidence.
“I love when my clients jump out of their chairs and feel good about themselves,” she said.
Bailey also has used her business as a vehicle to give back to the community. She helped organize donation drives for homeless individuals in the region, along with school supply drives for area school students.
“We kind of just go to the street with it,” she said.
Bailey also has organized an event designed to showcase local businesses in the beauty industry called Bailey’s Beauty and Business Expo.
“I like to see everybody win,” she said of the expo. “I’m a big pusher.”
Though she is a brick and mortar business owner, Bailey doesn’t let her salon keep her stationary. Bailey is a member of the Legion of Glam, a coalition of stylists that organizes beauty shows around the country. Bailey has traveled everywhere from Atlanta to Orlando, Florida to Memphis, Tennessee, to participate in Legion of Glam tour events.
Through collaboration with Legion of Glam founder Terrence Davidson, Bailey has pursued several opportunities to work with celebrities. She worked as a hair stylist for Missy Elliott’s “I’m Better” music video; as a stylist for the stage play “Redemption of a Dogg,” a production starring rapper Snoop Dogg and as a stylists for Tamar Braxton’s dancers on the The Great Xscape Tour in 2017.
“You get a chance to meet a lot of different people,” she said. “At first you think you’re going to be all starstruck but you’re looking at them like ‘you’re working just like I’m working.’”
Looking ahead, Bailey said she hopes to one day earn her cosmetology instructor certification and open a beauty school in Radcliff. Until then, she said she would like to keep traveling and develop hair products.
Bacon said when reaching her goals, Bailey always brings others with her.
“She remains humble and always ready to lift somebody up with her,” she said.