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Meet Devin Cook of Navy Yard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Devin Cook. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Blackbird Salon is an eight-chair salon located on the brim of Navy Yard and Capitol Hill, DC. Owned by two women, Devin Cook and Justine Carlisle – we had a dream of creating an inviting, for-all space that felt luxe and relaxing. Since opening in August of 2020, we now have a full staff of 22 employees. Some are full-time, renters and traveling stylists from all over the nation.

We value our employee’s individuality and aim to support them on whatever their career goals may be, after all – everyone is different! We have quickly grown into a hot DC salon from the support of the incredible women in the DMV area.

In future planning, we consider working professionals, stay-at-home moms, college students, interns, and every story in between to continue to create self-care for our community.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
We opened amidst the pandemic, unknowingly. We signed our lease in October of 2019 without the slightest bit of foreshadowing of chaos. We started construction in March of 2020, again with little understanding of what was to come. When we finally were able to open doors in August of 2020, we only had a few goals in mind.

To provide financial security to our employees, to provide a safe space for our guests, and to eventually make it to 2021. We are proud to say as we close 2021 that we are doing well, healthy, and continuing to create goals for better years to come.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We are an eight-chair hair salon in Washington DC. We specialize in hair color, haircutting, and extensions, with the occasional event hair as well!

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
To remain humble, consistent and in any future planning, always consider your staff, community, and your own safety and health.

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Lexi Trues Dale Photography

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