What made me want to start a hair company?
Over the years the hair industry has changed significantly.
I remember there was a time when majority of black women would be natural with perms and braids. How have things have changed. I was first introduced to hair extensions my senior year of high school getting ready for prom. I wanted a certain hair style and I had to get hair added. Oh the excitement of getting hair added turned into a slight addiction. Not having to wrap my natural hair or having to style it everyday was the best thing to ever happen in the hair world. I could get up brush my weave blend in my leave out and in less than ten minutes I was out the door. Hair extensions evolved even more with colors and different textures from wet and wavy to kinky curly or straight. With anything else in the retail business higher end quality products cost more. In the hair extension industry that was no surprise, no one wanted to be the girl with the matted birds nest weave. On average two packs of high end hair would cost $115 to $130 depending on the length which was enough for a sewin. After doing the math in my head what I spent on weave a light bulb went off in my head. I can make some good money selling hair but I want it to be different. Meaning I wanted my product to be better than what was in the beauty supply store.
I began my research and GOOGLE became my best friend. I researched what beaut supply store hair was made of and to set myself apart and to go towards the more natural hair is when i read about VIRGIN HAIR. I'm thinking to myself BINGO I'm on to something. When you hear the word VIRGIN you think of something natural in its purest form. Virgin hair is 100% Unprocessed Human Hair Tangle Free and no shedding can be used for a year with proper care. At that point I knew I had to have it because beauty supply store hair you probably could use twice if you received a good batch that wasn't sitting on the shelves for months. M search became more in depth I came across articles on Indian hair with details of how many native Indian people would sacrifice they're hair. Amazing right!!!! So how could I get it? I researched vendors and a million websites popped up and I became overwhelmed because I didn't know where to start. I started to google hair vendor reviews and narrowed my search from there. I emailed about 15 vendors at one time and about 10 responded. I inquired about the process of how it would work to sample hair how much and the process of buying. Fast forward I found a vendor who was very good at communicating with me and answered my questions and even video chatted with me and showed the products. At first I was a little skeptical because they only accepted wire transfers so i'm thinking this is a scam. I told the vendor I would get back with them. After days of thinking the vendor said they will set up a paypal account to ensure they were a legit business and paypal would cover me int he long run. Whats a girl to do??????
I had been talking to my dad about it and he said go for it. SO i did just that I paid my money through pay pal received the hair and I tested it out myself and fell in love. After months of testing I felt this could be a good business after I get a few more people to test it out and give me they're feedback. After being a walking product tester people began to ask where I got the hair and what kind it was and where could they get it . Little did they know I had no answers but I was going to come up with something. Sounds good right but we all know nothing comes easy especially in business. Stay tuned for Part II. of how I started my hair business.