By the time she turned 22 last year, Justice Bush (known on stage as Justice B.) had already released three albums and a new single, and was performing regularly live.
Although music is still in her heart and her voice, at 23, her hands have a new calling at the Justice B. Beauty salon.
“I just wanted to create a nice place for girls in the community to work out and people to come and have fun,” said Bush, a licensed cosmetologist and artist.
The official opening of Judge B Beauty will take place Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at 120 Mendel Parkway, off the Atlanta Freeway. There will be giveaways, food trucks and DJ Ole Yella. Text “I’m a winner” to 334-224-6319 to sign up for giveaways.
The new salon is a continuation of a family tradition of hairdressing and beauty.
“My (maternal) great-grandmother, she owned a store in downtown Montgomery for over 50 years,” Bush said. “It was Dorothy Posey’s beauty salon.”
The late Dorothy Posey opened her first boutique in the 1950s. Back then, the price was $1.50 to $1.75 for a shampoo, hairstyle and press. In the 1970s, Posey was the first black esthetician to serve as president of the Montgomery chapter of the Alabama Cosmetology Association. In the 90s, the price of Posey’s hair care rose to $15 and up.
“When I was little, I always liked to play with hair, you know, neighborhood kids,” Posey told the Advertiser in 1992. “I just liked dealing with hair.”
Along with Posey, hair care was also part of Bush’s family through his father’s relatives, who owned May Street Style Shop in Montgomery.
“I think it’s cool to carry on the family legacy and be another generation doing it,” Bush said.
Everything about beauty at Justice B. Beauty
Bush said she and her team of experts will provide natural hair care services, extensions, tints, facials, eyebrow waxing, eyelash extensions and other luxury services while around.
“We’re basically a one-stop-shop for everything beauty,” she said.
In addition to hair supplies, this includes items like candles and shirts, as well as Justice B music CDs.
She attracts patrons from the Montgomery music scene, including Cassidy and top 10 “American Idol” finalist Lady K.
“Lady K is actually my brand ambassador for my company,” Bush said. “Me and Lady K have known each other for years.”
She said their goal was to help people on the inside as well through “beauty therapy”.
“People can come and talk to us about anything they might have,” Bush said. “We will give you advice and guidance. You will have a pleasant environment to relax and feel good about yourself.”
Bush had a soft opening for customers this week, with his music playing throughout the living room. Guests will likely hear Bush sing in person as well.
“I sing a lot in the store,” she said. “I hum and sing all the time. Any of my clients can tell you that.”
Normal show hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information, visit justicebbeauty.com and follow the salon on Facebook @justicebbeauty.
“I really want people to feel good about themselves,” Justice said.
More music to come
Although the show took a long time, more Justice B music is coming soon.
“I kind of shifted my priorities so that I could accomplish one goal at a time,” Bush said.
His latest release from earlier this year is the single “Flow”, which is available on most digital platforms.
An upcoming musical project is in the works, but there is no release date yet.
Look for her live on stage again soon. Once the store is officially open, it will start booking shows again.
“I never stop at music,” she said.
Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at [email protected]