Ladies, wouldn’t it be nice to go to a salon and for once and not get your hair torn out. Wouldn’t it be nice to get some advice on your natural hair, instead of hearing “ya hair tuff”,whilst the woman doing your hair simultaneously drags a fine tooth come through it.
Yes, yes your thinking. Well, I have just the thing for you.
Which happens to be first up in my collection of beautifully black owned businesses. So who, what are where is Blackhairblackbeauty?
Black Hair Black Beauty caters to women of colour in the UK. We specialise in providing advice and information on natural hair and skin care. Our objective is to inform black women on how to maintain and enhance their natural look.
Black Hair Black Beauty is comprised of a team of specialists. We deliver natural hair and beauty workshops, consultations and seminars. The information we provide will give you the tools you need, that will enable you to create and enhance your own look.
Blackhairblackbeauty has just recently opened their first natural hair salon in London (Upper Norwood), which is a big plus for us naturals on the south side of the river. I got the chance to interview Sandra Dodds, founder of Blackhairblackbeauty , to ask her a few questions about the business we will soon be hearing a lot of.
What gave you the idea to start up blackhairblackbeauty?
The idea actually came about when I was studying for my social work degree. I became friends with someone who was on the same course and she initially said about making natural hair products. I mentioned about doing consultations for black hair. We thought it would be a brilliant idea to work together. As we studying, we conducted a business plan. This involved carrying out field research in Lewisham. Black women stressed that they wanted a service where they could get advice and information on hair and beauty. It was then that Blackhairblackbeauty was officially born.
What is the end goal for blackhairblackbeauty and what is next?
The end goal for Blackhairblackbeauty (or my personal goal) would be to set up a charity for black women (primarily single parents) who had a vision like myself to be a business owner but did not have access to resources or are not in the right supportive environment. I want to set up a charity where black women can access resources that I did not have (such as a financial advisor/business consultant) to aid them in achieving their dreams. When I set up the charity is when it is time to retire.
For now, Blackhairblackbeauty has just started. We deliver services, we have our first salon. I see this company extending into more salons across the UK (in particularly areas where there is not many natural hair salons), eventually making our own natural hair products which could potentially be sold in mainstream shops. Our objective is to deliver services which are affordable, accessible and for the everyday woman and that is what I strive to achieve.
Personally when the salon is up and running and I have created a managerial structure, then I would like to spend some time pursuing my creative passions. As it states on my website, I have self published my first book called Therapy (available on amazon – had to promote there lol). I would love to write another book about my business journey and dedicate it to my son. I would also love to give talks to black women about my journey and how I have overcome many challenges (creating the right positive mindset).
What is your definition of beauty?
My definition of beauty is simply to love yourself. There is nothing more beautiful than self love. Loving who you are as a person. Loving every bit of you. How you look, how you dress, how you wear your makeup, how you feel comes afterwards. As Lucille Ball says (quote on my website) ‘Love yourself first and everything else falls into line’.
Who is your natural hair inspiration?
I do not have a particular person. My answer to that is anyone with natural hair-the everyday woman. Our natural hair shows our journey not only to the world but also to ourselves. To me, I see a black woman with natural hair and I smile with joy, with happiness for the person because it is like she is saying a statement. She is non verbally communicating to the world ‘this is who I am naturally as a beautiful black woman-this is me!’. Don’t get more inspirational than that to me.
One piece of advice for black women.
Love who are you are – a beautiful black woman. No one else gets to be such a special you!
A few facts about the mind behind blackhairblackbeauty
- I want to create a business where women feel empowered- where women use anyone of my services and feel like they leave with vital knowledge and feel great in the meantime.
- My background is social care where I have always had a passion to support people to be the best they can be.
- I get asked how did I set up this business-how did I overcome such challenges (especially with little money). The answer is simple-my faith, looking at my son everyday (gives me determination to keep going) self belief and creating a strong positive environment.
Whats the one thing black people need to start doing?
With the natural hair movement and #blacklivesmatter campaign it is evident that we are starting to work collectively as a group. I feel that this is so important and hope that we continue. I am very passionate about working in partnerships with other British black owners as working together can lead to powerful results.
Now you know the mind behind the idea, why not give them a visit?
Go check out Blackhairblackbeauty on their website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.