Crown & Glory Enterprises

Owner Rosalyn Washington is an independent hairstylist with a jewelry business, too

Rosalyn Washington, owner of Crown & Glory Enterprises, which she operates out of Eclipse Hair Salon & Boutique at 5 SE 12th St.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.

You can get healthy and beautiful hair and buy unique fashion jewelry — all for an affordable price — at Crown & Glory Enterprises.

Through Crown & Glory, owner Rosalyn Washington provides more than 22 years of hairstyling experience for women, men and children, along with a line of fashion jewelry and accessories, some that she makes and some that she orders.

Washington operates her businesses out of Eclipse Hair Salon & Boutique at 5 SE 12th St., where she works as an independent hairstylist. She is available by appointment only.

"I specialize in maintaining healthy hair," said Washington, adding that she offers services to men, women and children of all ethnic groups, and includes such services as haircuts, coloring, hair weaves, sew-ins, relaxers and hair silkening. For maintaining healthy hair, Washington recommends shampooing and conditioning black hair once a week and every day for white hair because it tends to be oily.

Washington said she makes some of the jewelry she sells, but most of it comes from a supplier. She sells earrings, necklaces, bracelets, hair accessories, hats and scarves. In May, she will add leggings to her inventory. She said her jewelry prices range in price from $2 for some earrings to $35 for Australian crystal necklaces suitable for evening wear.

"I started my jewelry business in 2011 to supplement my income to help my child," Washington said. "I want my jewelry to be unique for my customers."

Washington, an evangelist at Showers of Blessings Harvest Center, is married to Carlos Washington, a minister also at Showers. They have five children ranging in age from 15-24 and three young grandchildren. She said she met Carlos Washington, a long-distance truck driver, while they were both in the ROTC program in high school. Rosalyn Washington is the oldest of seven children of Judy Willis and Charles McBride. She graduated from Gainesville High School in 1990 and earned her cosmetology license in 1991.

Soon after, she opened Crown & Glory Beauty Salon on NW 5th Avenue. But due to the economic downturn, she closed her salon in 2011 and began working at Eclipse as an independent stylist.

Washington said not all hairstyles suit everyone because a person's facial and bone structure dictate how they should wear their hair. She said hairstyling and selling jewelry and accessories are a good fit for her because, "I get the joy of giving a person a complete look."

"I want people to be beautiful and to have self-confidence," she said. "When you create beautiful hair, it makes the person feel good about themselves."

Washington received high praise from two of her longtime clients.

Alison Edwards, who has been a client for nearly 20 years, couldn't say enough good things about Washington.

"She's a very good beautician and she truly cares about her clients and how they look," said Edwards. "She won't give you a hair style she thinks will not work for you. I trust her opinion."

"Her jewelry is very pretty and reasonably priced," Edwards said. "She'll do special orders."

Patricia McCray, who has been going to Washington for about 13 years, said she is very particular about her hair, so she watched Rosalyn do hair for five months before she made an appointment. McCray said Washington takes her time and uses very good products. She also likes that when you come for your appointment, she's ready for you. She said the most she's ever had to wait was less than 10 minutes.

"She's very professional and very gentle," said McCray, adding that she owns a box full of jewelry she has purchased from Washington at very affordable prices.

"I recommend her," McCray said.

Hours of operation are from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 352-219-8793.

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