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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.

Monique Jenks December 14, 2012 at 06:16 PM
What an awesome video, my mamas client made for her...
Monique Jenks December 14, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Thank you so much for making this for me...God bless you
Jose Pulido January 01, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Hi! Odile J. I am very happy to see you on this video. I know you are, very strong nice lady. You are very kind. I want to say: Thank you so much for help me. when I was living in U.S.A. You know., God bless you all the time. Happy New Year. 2013. RECIBE UN CORDIAL SALUDO DE: JOSE PULIDO. (Mexico City).
Jose Pulido January 01, 2013 at 04:51 AM
Hi! Odile J.: I want to say thank you. God bless you all the time. Jose Pulido. (Mexico City).

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