Wayne State students may never look at a hair salon in the same way again, thanks to Sebastian Jackson.
The 25-year-old public relations major is the creator and founder of The Social Club, a hair salon that emphasizes students socializing and connecting with each other.
The Social Club will be located on Anthony Wayne Drive; it replaces Salon X, where Jackson was a barber for three years. After Salon X closed, Jackson decided to go into business for himself.
His original plan was to open a nonprofit salon that offered services for the less fortunate, but in order to occupy the space at WSU, Jackson had to make his business for-profit.
Jackson’s journey to opening The Social Club was a long one, involving on-the-spot learning about how the university’s Business and Operations Auxiliary Operations Division works.
“Business Operations has very strict guidelines on how they see business conducted and making sure that the businesses here serve the students and serve the university,” Jackson said.
After presenting Bus-Ops with four different business plans, Jackson finally received permission to start creating what will be The Social Club.
Associate Director of Leasing and Retail Services Ian Studders noted Jackson’s determination and people skills as a few of the things that sparked his interest in Jackson and his business.
“Sebastian is a great, motivated individual who likes making connections with people,” Studders said.
Studder also has high hopes for the salon, which is set to open in February. “My hope for The Social Club is to be an inviting and innovative place that gives students something that they don’t
have: a place to get groomed right here on campus,” he said.
The Social Club will offer standard salon services such as haircuts, press and curls, manicures and massages, as well as
giving the WSU community an outlet to come together outside of the classroom.
“I want people to be able to come together that normally wouldn’t come together, like a sociology professor and this kid from the hood who listens to hiphop,” Jackson said. “In the classroom,
the professor teaches the student. I want this to be a place where the student can teach the professor, and they’re both open to that.”
The Social Club will expose students to things they have never seen in a salon before. In addition to including a space for student organizations to hold meetings, the salon will also throw
tailgating parties for WSU’s sports teams, have a monthly art gallery and more.
WSU junior Devonte Jordan is excited about the salon.
“I hate having to drive across town to get a haircut, so it will be cool to have somewhere I can go on campus,” he said.
Jackson is optimistic about the future of The Social Club and is confident that his business is here to stay.
“I want to build relationships here. I want people to be happy in this space. I want people to have fun in this space; I want people to be able to come here and kick it,” he said. “Five years from
now I want The Social Club to be the most influential salon/barbershop in metropolitan Detroit.”