The Business of Hair and Why I Chose to Focus On Women Of Color

The black hair business is a $684 million industry, yet the revenue barely makes it back to black communities[1]. As a women that invest so much money on beauty products and the latest trends, this intrigued me. I was contributing to an industry that literally sucked every penny out of me.

The Business of Black Hair has been in the works for many years before it had a name. At a young age I found myself learning how to do hair because my mom couldn't afford to take us to the hair salon. Years after graduating from college, I found myself broke and unemployed with a degree that could barely get me a job as a front desk associate. Needless to say, it was my side hustle that allowed me to generate income. Most people don't take hair stylist seriously, especially in the black community. 

It was in 2015, while visiting my home in Kapsabet, Kenya that I started having these weird visions about owning a hair business. I visited a market in Nairobi, Kenya where I got my hair done and all I could think about was the women who dedicated 100% doing amazing work. I also looked at the conditions that they worked it and something about it bothered me. When I returned home that fall, I had a strange dream one night and all I could see was the word "Nywele" which is swahili for hair, consistently flashing in my mind. I woke up the next morning and told my boyfriend that I had to listen to this strange vision that I had. It was that same winter that I placed on my vision board "The Business of Black Hair." I also forgot to mention that a few weeks prior, when I was getting ready to quit my job, I got laid off. So, here I am broke, confused, and not quite clear about my future. 

I hope my story didn't bore you to much. Needless to say, when you have a vision and a purpose you follow it. It's been a rocky road but, I've been blessed nonetheless. I hope that through my new found love (I'm still in fashion don't get it twisted) you can learn and grow with me. As women of color, we have to find ways to keep the money flowing back into our community. 

I hope that you learn and grow with me. Most importantly, I hope that you find a home with us at the Business of Black Hair.

[1] Full article can be read at www.ebony.com/style/black-women-need-to-take-back-the-hair-industry-887#axzz4bkAcYdnK