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Who We Are

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Our team is an extended family with grand dynamics, skill in customization, extensive experience, and deep rooted core values. We are dedicated to building relationships with our clients to learn their likes and what enhances their natural beauty. We are innately compassionate, understanding, and creative. We spend countless hours learning the most innovative creations in wigs and hair. It is our purpose to help others feel beYOUtiful!

 

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LaToya Johnson-Rainey opened A Hair Boutique Shadyside after working with her family beauty supply store and over 15 years in the beauty industry.  She has a personal testimony of temporary hair loss after her own hair was burned in a tragic car accident that took the life of her mother Sandra Marie Johnson.

Toya has earned a MBA in Business & Innovation and a B.S. in Business Communications.  She published her first book in 2014 titled The Hair Commandments; The Shalls & Shall Nots of Weaves, Wigs, and Natural Hair. 

Through her experiences, Toya realized a need for a intimate place where women could shop and learn about hair alternatives. Her passion for empowerment through beauty started at a young age from watching her mother who was a hair stylist at a prestigious Shadyside salon. Toya loved the transformation she witnessed in a woman's attitude after she felt better about the way she looked.  This passion continued to grow and compelled her to open A Hair Boutique Shadyside. 

As a Pittsburgh native, Toya has a deep rooted admiration for small businesses and the community.  She spends countless hours, volunteering, mentoring, and teaching business attributes for various organizations and individuals. 

People who know Toya describe her as sweet, strong, ambitious, and caring. 

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Growing up, my mom was a hairstylist and I got to see her change the confidence of so many women. Since then, empowering women has always been a passion of mine! I get to experience this passion every single day since joining AHB's team. Experiencing hair loss is something that can make a woman feel like she has lost who she is and her confidence. I witnessed someone I love very much lose her confidence after experienced her own hair loss. From that point forward, It became my mission to ensure that every woman has the chance to feel beYOUtiful again. At AHB, I get to be apart of a woman's healing process. I strive to have every client leaving our shop, feeling empowered, confident and loved. When I am not at the shop, I am running my Credit Restoration business or spending time with my husband and children.

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I am a licensed esthetician specializing in glam and natural makeup. I started my makeup career in 1998 in Los Angeles, CA with Fashion Fair cosmetics. After working with Fashion Fair I became a Freelance Makeup Artist working within different areas of makeup artistry in fashion, beauty and the entertainment industry.

 I desire to help every client feel beautiful inside and out. I want clients to know that they will be taken care of with the utmost care and Artistic-Professionalism .  It is my mission to create a beautiful appearance while nurturing the spirit and relaxing the mind.  

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Shari began working in the cosmetology business while working as an assistant in her family’s salon. She went on to attain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance, with a minor in Music, from Saint Vincent College. Her career began as an auditor with Federated Investors, Inc. in Pittsburgh. She then took time off to raise her two boys.  Shari returned to work outside the home as a Worship Leader/Minister of Music with the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  She has been a Director of Music Ministry for 22 years.  Shari is a trained opera vocalist, and she is also a Contemporary Christian recording artist. Shari expanded her interests to include her passion for helping women to feel confident and beautiful! 

Shari started as a client at A Hair Boutique while combating her own hair loss in 2015. She joined the team as shop as a Consultant in 2018.  Shari is now our Ex Officio with A Hair Boutique because of her relationships with clients, passion for empowering women, and expertise as a wig consultant.  She is still apart of our family and we appreciate her impact. Shari enjoys camping, hiking, biking, golfing, wine tasting, and traveling. 

 


 

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