My Hair Journey
When I was a child, my hair was super kinky curly and frizzy beyond belief. My mother had straight hair, and had no idea how to tame my curly locks. I endured several “torturous” hair styles which were quite miserable to me. When I started first grade in 1979, straight hair was “in”. Every couple of days my mother would wash and dry my hair, (the shampoo was—Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific) douse it in “cream rinse” (aka conditioner) and roll it in 2 huge pink rollers at the top of my head. I would have to sleep that way and the next morning she would comb it out and try to get it to behave and be straight. I wore it this way until I was in 6th grade, when I got it all cut off and my new hairstyle was--the mullet. I remember crying for days because my hair was gone, but it seemed easier that what I had been going through. It wasn’t until I was a Junior in High School that I began to let my hair grow and started wearing it in its natural state—curly. I was old enough to fix my own hair…but I had no idea how to tame it.
I kept letting it grow, and it was well past my shoulders before I got it cut again. I went to a new hairstylist ,“Rose”, and she schooled me up on how to take care of my hair and style it. My hair was extremely damaged, partly due to using inexpensive shampoos, and partly due to my styling techniques and just not taking care of it. I had to go to her for almost a year before my hair finally started to look good.
Even though Rose had really helped me get a handle on my hair, I still struggled with it on a daily basis. I get many compliments on my hair on a daily basis, but I always felt like it was out of control.
In 2010 I decided it would just be better if I started straightening my hair. Every other day I was flat ironing it. I got it highlighted, and even had a relaxer put on it. It was even more time consuming than just wearing it curly. Everyone who has naturally curly hair and straightens it knows that all it takes is a few drops of rain or a little humidity to completely ruin all that hard work. And again I found myself in a situation where my hair was extremely damaged, and I still felt like it was out of control.
In 2014 I decided to embrace my curls, and stop the madness. I did a lot of research to find the best products specifically designed for naturally curly hair. I wanted to start my own business, and I felt sharing the products was a way to help others that have had the same issues I have struggled with my whole life. I started my business in Feb of 2016, with some products that I found that were really great, and some that I have designed myself.
I also did a lot of research to find a high quality manufacturer. It was important to me to be able to help others in every aspect of my business. I partnered with a manufacturer in Nepal named Purnaa. Almost all of my products are made by them, or myself personally. Purnaa is an ethical garment manufacturer in Kathmandu. They have a social mission to empower those most marginalized by society to fresh starts and fulfilled lives. They produce premium garments and accessories, primarily women's and children's wear, in a beautiful, “not-a-sweatshop”, manufacturing unit. Purnaa is a full service company. They are passionate about quality manufacturing, environmental sustainability, and making Purnaa a great place for their employees to work. You can find a direct link to their website on the tab labeled “Purnaa”. Please take a moment to check them out!
I hope that you will love the products that I have on my website, and I would love to hear any feedback or suggestions you have. I am still working on more products, and will be adding them periodically.