New Doll House Bundle Lounge Opens on Kimball Avenue in Waterloo | Local news
WATERLOO – Taneia Galloway’s former living room, The Red Room, was tucked away on the ground floor of a triplex building, out of sight and just 400 square feet when it opened in 2016.
It was too small – and too unfamiliar – to become the kind of living room Galloway envisioned last May, when she decided to look for a new space.
âIt’s a radical change,â said Galloway, standing inside the Doll House Bundles collection, at 2124 Kimball Ave. in the Ridgeway Plaza in Waterloo. “I see myself growing up here.”
Galloway, owner of Doll House and licensed professional stylist, opened the first weekend in December offering “elite natural hair services,” she said.
âI would say my expertise is in hair growth and maintenance,â she said.
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This includes hair extensions, wigs, custom branded caps, silk press and other services. She also creates and sells her own brand of sea moss, Boobies Wild Crafted Sea Moss, a consumable gel that Galloway says helps boost the immune system, as well as women’s clothing and footwear under The Doll House Boutique.
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The popularity of Galloway’s hair extensions, or bundles, is one of the reasons she changed the name of her salon. Bundles, as well as U-shaped wigs – which range from straight waves to loose waves to deep, curly waves – are designed to be protective styles, keeping the underlying hair healthy.
âAfrican American women love to have their hair braided so that it grows underneath, but we also love to look really pretty,â Galloway said. “So the package itself kind of gives us a versatile option for growing our hair out, and also for it to look really stylish while the hair underneath grows.”
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The most popular, she says, are either wigs and body wave or deep wave extensions.
âWomen love the Body Wave because it’s so versatile,â Galloway said. “He sits up completely straight, but it’s also kind of like an ice bounce at the start.”
Her stylists include the formidable Arctician Lesley Arndt, an aspiring esthetician who will handle hair removal, eyebrows and makeup, and she has room for at least one other stylist.
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Galloway is also a recent graduate of the Black Business and Entrepreneurship Accelerator, which is part of the 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium.
âIt was another way for a lot of people to know that I was here,â she said.
Although she’s been busy, she’s also working on the interior design of Doll House, including the greenery on the walls inspired by a recent trip to Tulum, Mexico.
âIt was so beautiful, intimate and tropical, I was like, ‘I want to implement some of that in my space,’â said Galloway.
And while this part is still going, business is booming.
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âPeople love it,â Galloway said. âSo now I want to flourish: I want to build a brand and become better. … I’m super excited to be back.
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