Leia’ Love’s goal as a professional is to help women feel both beautiful on the outside and strong, healthy and empowered on the inside.

That’s why she not only runs the Leia’ Love Hair & Nail Salon, but also opened a new business next door called S.H.E. Suite, which offers classes on business, personal development and self-care.

Love, 35, is a Barberton native who graduated from Norton High School’s cosmetology program in 2004, when she got her cosmetology license. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in communication at the University of Toledo before further studies at the National Institute of Cosmetology.

When she opened her own salon in 2012, her goal was to create a one-stop shop for women’s beauty needs —  everything from hair care, eyebrow enhancement and makeup to waxing and pedicures.