Some know from a very early age what they want to do with their life. But even with this knowledge, they often take a detour into other careers before returning to their first love. One such person is Elisa Robertson, owner of Miracle Hands Full Service Salon in Lexington, SC. Elisa Robertson was born in Baltimore. After moving to South Carolina, she graduated from Lakewood High School in 2004. “I was good at math when I was in school. I was good at organizing as well. So I figured I wanted to go into the accounting area,” Robertson said.
Robertson enrolled in Benedict College to study accounting. After taking a year and a half off to have her first son, she graduated with a Bachelors’ degree in Accounting in 2010.
After graduation, she worked as an assistant accountant at the Capital City Club. She soon discovered that she did not want to spend her entire life working as an accountant.
“I discovered that it was not my passion,” Robertson said. “It was not something that I really wanted to do. It wasn't like I was getting up saying, oh, you're ready to go to work.”
Since she was a little girl, Robertson loved doing hair. She taught herself by setting up a mirror and doing her own hair, and practicing on relatives.
“I started doing hair when I was 10 years old. Nobody taught me how to do it. It was just a natural talent. I started doing my hair and I started doing my sister’s and my grandmother's hair. And then I started doing my community’s hair and it just went from there. Even after I got admitted to college, I did some of my professors’ hair, and some of the students’ hair on campus. So everybody knew that cosmetology was my passion.”
“When it comes to cosmetology, I love the transformation,” she continued. “I love to see people who come in one way and then leave a totally different because I put a smile on their face. It gives me inspiration to do even more.”
Robertson enrolled in cosmetology school and while working part-time as a bookkeeper for Javis Tax Service. After graduating from cosmetology school in 2015, she decided to work as a cosmetologist full time.
“It was just me walking into something that I really love, instead of going with something that I really didn't want to do,” Robertson said. “I decided that I'm gonna be all in.”
Robertson got a job working for Frontline Hair Design in Columbia Place Mall.
It had always been Robertson’s dream to open her own salon. After growing her clientele, she opened her first salon at 1919 Hampton Street on September 18, 2017. But after nine months, the owner of the building closed it without warning, forcing all the tenants to move.
“He collected rent and didn’t give us a heads up that he was closing the building,” she recalled.
Fortunately, she had a mentor willing to help. Robertson began working at Divine Oasis Salon under Shavetta Belton while she looked for a new location.
“She was my salon coach, and she heard what happened,” Robertson recalled. “She offered me space in her salon.” Eventually, Robertson found a new location in Lexington.
“God led me to this location,” she recalled. “I definitely would have never thought that my salon would have been in Lexington because I was looking in the Columbia area.”
She opened Miracle Hands Full Service Salon on August 23, 2019. The new salon offers a wide variety of services. “I offer hair coloring, haircuts, braiding, kids’ braids, make wigs for alopecia clients, sew-ins, crochets, natural up-dos, blow-outs, and quick weaves,” Robertson says. “I am very versatile.” Robertson says her goal is for her clients to have healthy hair.
“I am all about healthy hair,” Robertson says. “I really focus on my clients’ healthiness when it comes to their scalp and hair because if you got scalp issues, it's going to spill over into breakage and different things concerning your hair as well. So once you get your hair healthy, if you desire a quick weave or whatever, you can it because your hair is healthy enough to get those things.”
Robertson was well-known in Columbia, but now she is making her mark on Lexington as well. She teaches cosmetology classes at the Lexington Technology Center. In addition, she offers free haircuts to homeless veterans in Lexington.
With her clientele growing, Robertson is seeking five cosmetologists to work in her salon on a commission basis. She says that she wants her salon to be a place where she can mentor and help up and coming stylists – just like her mentors helped her.
Miracle Hands Full Service Salon is located at 1812 Augusta Highway Suite I in Lexington, SC (in Hope Plaza). It is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Robertson can be reached by calling (803) 529-5351.