POMARIA — Wanting to make each customer feel like a “member of the family,” hair stylist Tangila Bowers has grown her dreams from small to large, now owning her own hair and jewelry boutique.
Born Feb. 26, 1969, in Heidelberg Germany, Bowers’ father was in the service, while her mother worked several jobs over the course of her life. Bowers’ brother, Randall, was 6 at the time.
In the early 1970s, Bowers and her family moved to Newberry after her father became disabled in the military. She recalled growing up on Shelly Street in Newberry.
“I always liked to do hair and play with make-up as a little girl,” Bowers said. “You know, typical girl stuff.”
Her interests as a child, grew into an aspiration growing up. Bowers attended high school at Newberry High School and took Cosmetology classes at the Career Center. While in school, Bowers was chosen by her teacher and classmates as most likely to own her own business and most likely to succeed in the cosmetology industry.
Although she always seemed to have an interest in the field of cosmetology, what Bowers feels really sparked her dreams of becoming a hair stylist, was spending time with her sick grandmother.
Bowers recalls spending time with her grandmother in her home, who had a heart condition. Because she was sick and not up to going out, Bowers said she would fix her grandmother’s hair and makeup for her.
“I could just see the transition she made after I had fixed her hair,” Bowers said. “You could see the difference it made in her mood.”
Bowers said she was inspired by seeing a finished product, and how looking good could also make a person feel better. “It could have looked horrible, but she wouldn’t have brushed it for the world,” Bowers said about her grandmother’s hair after she fixed it.
Following high school, Bowers moved to Greenwood to attend school at Piedmont Technical College and majored in Fashion Merchandising, which was another dream of hers — to become a buyer for a large department store. While she was in school, she worked at Belk department store in the shoe department, then later moving to the cosmetic department, which she said she truly loved working in.
After graduating from college, Bowers worked at several different hair salons, before she decided she may enjoy opening her own place.
“My parents always believed in me and pushed me to follow my dreams,” Bowers said.
Marrying her husband Mike on her birthday in 1989, Bowers said she had built up her client’s and decided she wanted to venture into owning her own salon.
Describing herself as a “daddy’s girl,” with the help of her father, family members, and friends, Bowers built up a small shop to continue following her dreams.
“Anything to get me started,” Bowers said.
Bowers recalled the first equipment she bought out of Clinton’s Carolina Trader. She was able to purchase a chair, hair dryer, sink, and a few other pieces she needed for just around $500.
“The lady had been in business for 40-50 years,” Bowers said. “I’m sure the equipment was at least that old.”
At the time she was beginning work in her own salon, Bowers said she and her husband were also in the process of building their first home.
Where Bowers is today
Still in their first home, Bowers’ shop, Tangila’s Country Hair and Jewelry Boutique, is also located at 255 Ringer Road in Pomaria. Combining her love of fashion merchandising and being a hair stylist, Bowers’ boutique also has a variety of jewelry, handbags, clothing, and accessories at very competitive prices.
Recently, Bowers has also started her own personal cosmetic line, Tangila’s Minerals which are available at her boutique as well.
Bowers said she loves working so close to home, especially while her children were growing up. Together, Bowers and her husband have two children, Brandon and Zachary. Brandon recently graduated with an engineering degree from Clemson University, while Zachary is currently a senior at Mid-Carolina High School.
Bowers sees her customers as her friends, believing they touch her life, as much as she may touch theirs. To reach Bowers at her salon, call 276-7306. She also has a Facebook page under Tangila’s Country Hair and Jewelry Boutique.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at email@example.com.