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'Mama OJ' Chats With Patch (VIDEO)

The owner of OJ African Master Braider has operated out of Lakewood for 26 years. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, she says her place has a "spirit" of friendliness and family.

  • Name: Odile Julian "Mama OJ" Kukelemena
  • Business:  OJ African Master Braider
  • Years in Lakewood: 26
  • Address: 10307 Bridgeport Way SW, Ste. C
  • Phone: 253-584-9502

Odile Julian Kukelemena's braid and hair shop is about more than just good hair. It's about more than paying money to look your best.

No, a trip to OJ African Master Braider gives customers a sense of family. It's that same sense you get the moment after you walk into your mother's house, or your grandma's house, or your auntie's house.

Even her nickname is fitting: Mama OJ.

"The spirit," as she calls it, envelopes visitors upon entry and sticks with them long after they leave.

Watch the video to find out what I'm talking about.

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