Davis opens first black owned multicultural hair store in State College

Video posted April 23, 2012 in News by Bianca Hooper


Kimberly Davis opened Kim's Hair Kare in January to help save students and residents of the State College multicultural community the hassle of traveling to the city for hair care products and ordering them from online websites.

Davis has lived in State College since the '80s with her husband, Vernon Davis. She has three sons, two attend Penn State University. The youngest is in high school. In addition to running her business, Davis works as a realtor for Prudential First Choice Realty.

This fall of, Davis plans on moving Kim’s Hair Kare to College Avenue.



She sells a variety of hair care products that are typically not found in State College, such as Velvet Remi human hair tracks by Outre, Indian Remi human hair tracks, Milky Way human hair extensions, Outre Batik hair extensions, Goddess Remi human hair tracks, Knights hair moisturizers, Kinky curly products, Kera Kare products, Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding, DeMerts Wig and Weave shampoo, Hawaiian Silky products, Creme of Nature products, Optimum care, Cover girl Queen Collection make up, Black Soap and more.

Davis graduated from Empire Beauty School of State College in 1997 with a cosmetology teaching license.

In January, she opened her doors with high hopes of servicing the multicultural community with a variety of hair products not typically found in State College.

During the grand opening of the multicultural hair and beauty store, Davis raffled off more than $250 in prizes from sponsors such as Visions Multicultural Hair Design, Giant Grocery Stores, Curves, Eat’n Park, Rapid Transit Sportswear, Esspa Kozmetika Organic Skincare, Darchelle Marie’s, Fitted Cuts, S’Hair-Eng Styling Salon, and McDonald’s. In exchange for sponsoring Davis' event she promoted the following businesses during her grand opening event.

More than 150 people from all over State College attended the event. The grand opening also featured food from Chick-fil-A, Carvers Deli & Barbeque, Original Italian Pizza, Edible Food Creations, and Wood Ring. Rick Rannie, author of “The Way of Authority and Power,” also held a special book signing.

Davis' current store is located at 451 Railroad Avenue in State College near the Greyhound bus station inside "That Oriental Store." Her hours of operation are Tuesday - Thursday 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4pm.

Style your wig without hot curling irons

Davis gives tips on how to style wigs without using hot curling irons. Instead of using hot tools Davis styles the wig with her fingers and a brush to prolong its life.

"Curling irons often damage the texture and quality of wigs," says Davis, "in order to keep a healthy and vibrant looking wig it is important to limit your use of hot curling irons."

Davis has a costmetogology teaching license from the Empire Beauty School of State College. She enjoys giving tips on healthy styling techniques.