About Leottia Beauty
Leottia Kinard was born on April 14, 1928, to her parents Daniel and Birdie Lee Kinard. They lived in Ehrhardt, South Carolina. After moving to Rockville Centre, Long Island in the late 1940’s, she met Ernest Hopkins, and they fell in love. From their union was born six children; Ernest Jr., Ellen, Sandra, Debra, William, and Anthony.
In the middle 1960’s, Leottia made a life-changing decision to become a beautician. She attended the Long Island Beauty School which at that time was located in Babylon. After graduation, she worked in her cousin Ida Conway’s shop in the heart of Hempstead which was the thriving shopping Mecca prior to Roosevelt Field opening.
Several years later, she met salon owner Doris Walker in Amityville. Leottia revived a failing beauty salon by becoming a partner and completely building up the clientele.
She was a beautiful and classic woman. She had a great sense of fashion and beauty. Her motto was, “A little powder and a little paint, makes a girl look like something she ain’t.” She also expressed her style of dress as “simple and elegant.”
She had to deal with many tragedies during her life. But she faced them with her great faith in God. And what a faith she had.
Leottia Beauty was formed from an idea that her granddaughter Apryl (daughter of Sandra) had. She had the opportunity to live with her grandmother until her death in 1990. They had a special spiritual bond of love. With the entrepreneurial spirit that Apryl has had from the time she was a little girl, she decided to start her own beauty line of cosmetics and name it after her grandmother. Consequently, Leottia Beauty of Hopkins Beauty Solutions.