I founded CURLS back in 2002. I was a newly natural mother that was searching for a natural option for my curly hair. Back then, the options for textured hair was extremely limited - it was either chemical relaxers and perms or jherri curl and hair grease products…I didn’t want any of that. I worked closely with leading Cosmetic Chemists to develop my award-winning brand that helps to empower women to embrace their natural hair textures.
What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them?
Getting funding to launch my business, and a lack of access to the information and resources needed to be a successful entrepreneur. Now it is my life’s purpose to give back and help those that are also trying to achieve entrepreneurial success.
What books are you currently reading? And your recommendation for entrepreneurs to read?
I am currently reading “Finding My Virginity” by Richard Branson. I recommend “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki.
Did you ever deal with contention from your family and friends concerning your entrepreneurial pursuits?
How did you handle it? What would you do differently in hindsight?
My family has always been super supportive of all of my endeavors. They have a sense of pride that I am the first to graduate from college, the first entrepreneur, and the first multi-millionaire in the family.
What would you say was the single most influential factor in your business success?
Grit…my sheer will to succeed, by any means necessary, is 100% the reason why I have.
What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur?
Nothing…everything that I learned along the way helped to prepare and shape me. I do not have any regrets.
What advice would you give to an upcoming entrepreneur locally and internationally?
Create a path to success...this must include a robust marketing plan and business plan. I always say, failing to plan is planning to fail. Don’t go it alone. Get a mentor in your industry ASAP - you’ll be surprised how much easier decision making is when you have a soundboard to bounce ideas off and an experienced guide.