A Nu Twist Multicultural Hair Care Center

Owner Antoinette Black has relocated her business to NW 13th Street


tylists Tonya Sawyer-Jones, from left, Jasmine Jones and Antoinette Black outside at A Nu Twist Multicultural Hair Care Center.

Matt Stamey/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.

A Nu Twist Multicultural Hair Care Center is in a new location, but still providing the same quality and assortment of services since opening in 2002.

Formerly located at 813 W. University Ave., A Nu Twist is now at 907 NW 13th St., where the business has been for the past two months.

"The parking situation is much better here, it is more spacious and there is a city bus stop practically right in front of here, making it easy for our customers who ride the bus to get here," said Antoinette Black, owner of the business. "Being on 13th Street is great because it is a very busy road and we are still in walking distance from the University of Florida campus."

The business is accessible from NW 13th Street and NW 9th Avenue, with scenic red mulch serving as driveways and parking areas. There are three chairs in the main part of the business, which also has a spacious waiting room with comfortable chairs and a couch and a room for blow drying hair.

Black and the two stylists at the business, Jasmine Jones and Tonya Sawyer-Jones, provide an array of services, such as children's hair, braiding, coloring, chemical/conditioning treatments, cutting, extensions, hair removal, locs, transitioning and twisting. They also offer up-dos for special occasions, such as proms, socials and weddings.

The business is also taking advantage of the digital age by offering free wi-fi and online appointment bookings at www.vagaro.com, where after entering "A Nu Twist," clients can also see reviews of the business and a complete listing of the services offered.

Black, who has been specializing in natural hair for 15 years, said she has customers who come from as far away as Orlando, Tampa and South Carolina.

"We have clients from near and far and we are getting an influx of clients from Chiefland and Lake City because there aren't any natural hair-care salons in those areas," Black said.

Black, a native of Charlotte, N.C., received her cosmetology training at the College of Central Florida in Ocala in the late 1990s. She is not only passionate about what she does, she is also passionate about educating other licensed stylists and aspiring stylists. Soon, she will begin a "Stylist's Boot Camp" to educate licensed stylists about natural hair care.

"I really pride myself on educating stylists on the importance of continuing to educate themselves because this industry changes daily and the styles change, so we have to stay up on what is new in the industry," Black said.

Jones and Sawyer-Jones said the passion for educating others about the industry is one of the things they like most about working at A Nu Twist.

Jones, a 2012 graduate of the cosmetology program at The Salon Professional Academy off Tower Road, said she really enjoys working at A Nu Twist.

"I like the professionalism here and I like the fact that the owner is a teacher, leader and believes in guiding other stylists in the right direction," said Jones, a 1996 Gainesville High School graduate who specializes in braiding.

Sawyer-Jones, who also graduated last year from The Professional Salon Academy, also said she likes the professional atmosphere at A Nu Twist and the guidance given by Black.

"I love working with Antoinette because she is a teacher," said Sawyer-Jones, a 1990 Buchholz High School graduate who specializes in extensions.

Black said having a drama-free atmosphere at the business is just as important to her as delivering the best service possible. Two customers at the business last Friday both agreed that A Nu Twist has great ambiance and service.

Laondra Richardson, 16, who was getting her hair braided by Jones for the first time at the business after her father, Marquis Richardson, found out about A Nu Twist online, said she was impressed with the business.

"This is the first professional salon that I've ever been to where the women weren't gossiping," said Laondra, a sophomore at Buchholz.

Talabi Efunbumi, an adjunct college prep math professor at Santa Fe College, has been getting her hair done by Black since 2002, when Efunbumi was an undergraduate student at UF.

"When I come here I feel relaxed and I never want to leave," said Efunbumi. "Like everyone else here has said, the atmosphere here is professional and that is important because I get my hair done as a way of pampering myself and to release some of the stresses of life, and it is nice to have a place to come to and relax, laugh and have a good time."

For more information, call 352-373-3300 or visit www.anutwist.com.

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