“Everyone deserves luxury without the price tag,” says Marcia Cross, owner and originator of Luxury Tress Salon and Extension Bar. While this location has been open for six years, Cross has been in the hair business for 21 years.
Cross explains that she has always loved working with hair. She used to work at a City Center salon. When a space opened in that area she was quick to jump on it for her own business.
However, Luxury Tress Salon and Extension Bar is not Cross’s first venture. In 2006, she started a hair extension line where she sold her original clip-in hair highlights. Cross began her company’s growth by attending hair shows where she sold her clip-ins. Following this, her products were eventually sold in salons. Even with this growth, Cross knew her dream was always to have a salon of her own.
Cross is now able to combine both of her business ventures, selling her clip-ins and full hair bundles at her own salon. Her extensive education that includes attending Anthony’s Barber Styling College, the Texas School of Hair Extension and the Hair Extension School in California, has enabled her business to flourish during the past six years.
Luxury Tress offers a variety of services, although it specializes in extensions, coloring, lace wigs and braids. Additionally, it offers haircuts, relaxers and work with natural hair. These options allow for the simplest haircut to the most extravagant appointment, ensuring all customers receive their desired hair services.
Cross says the only aspect she would like to change is for more people to know where the salon is located. Recent construction obstructed the salon’s visibility. However, a recent remodeling of the salon has offered better views from the street. She is proud of the business’s current location and says her next step is to open additional locations, hopefully with one in Virginia Beach since many of her customers drive to Newport News for their appointments.
Cross believes this venture may come to fruition in the next three years.
She is also pleased to announce that she will soon be launching her own online school. She explains that it will be focused on the business side of beauty because she is a “teacher at heart.” She has taught online classes in the past and loves helping new hairstylists.
In addition to being a business owner and a teacher, Cross is proud to be the mother of four children. “Family is important,” she says. “My business is currently family operated with my sister and mother.”
Cross is excited to continue to grow and looks forward to seeing new faces in her salon. “Here, you’re going to get a family-friendly environment that doesn’t sacrifice quality for affordability,” she says. “We’re looking forward to helping other hairstylists—and growing!”
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Luxury Tress Salon and Extension Bar
Address: 701 Mariners Row, Ste. 102, Newport News VA, 23606
Contact: Marcia Cross, owner