So ladies, you already know I’m natural, but did you know that I’m a complete product junkie? Shampoos, deep conditioners, curl smoothies, coconut oil. Anything made for natural hair, means I’m there straight away, spending my money. So naturally, (see what I did there) I wanted to get in contact with a black owned natural hair care business for the segment. We’ve had a clothing brand, a barber and even a natural hair salon on here, but we haven’t an actual natural hair care brand yet.
So let’s put our black hands together and welcome ‘Curly By Nature’ to the collection of black businesses being featured. I managed to catch up with the founder Klerissa Mcdonald, who also happens to be a natural hair care specialist. (so she knows what she’s doing.)
So who and what is Curly by nature?
Curly By Nature provide natural hair products specifically made for us curly headed girls. Being a natural hair specialist, I’m pretty sure Klerissa knows what she’s doing. Products include hair Repair Oil, Moisturising Shampoo, Intensive Conditioning Mask and Nourishing Gloss Balm.
Curly By Nature also have a care clinic, located in North London. Which provide various services, like a scalp detox, to help maintain a healthy head of curly hair. (I seriously need to check this out)
*Curly By Nature believe’s that every individual and their hair, is uniquely beautiful and wonderfully made. We believe that individuals should have the freedom to embrace and creatively express themselves. We believe that everyone should experience truly healthy and stylish hair using quality, luxurious and natural care. Our goal is to guide many people into discovering the luxury and love of achieving and maintaining ultimate healthy and stylish hair through our simple healthy hair care methods and our natural hypoallergenic products.*
So let’s see what the founder of Curly By Nature had to say about herself and her business, shall we?
What gave you the idea to start up Curly By Nature?
What is the end goal for Curly By Nature and what is next?
What is your definition of beauty?
To me this means a host of things and yes I suppose it does include maintaining personal hygiene *LOL* But I mean it broadly speaking in terms of the design of something being clean or simple. To me, beauty can be seen in a host of things but I would define it as being clean because as we know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder but if it is/ when it is clean or simple it is almost undeniable for example a glass, a room, a design, a body, a face, a picture.
Who is your natural hair inspiration?
My mum & my daughter.
One piece of advice for black women?
Take care of yourself.
A few facts behind the mind of Curly By Nature (Klerissa Mcdonald)
I am a professionally trained Ballet dancer, I am a self confessed foodie and I love to bake in my spare time!
What’s one thing you think black people need to start doing?
We must start doing way more of ‘supporting one another’ in every sense of the word (actively promoting, feedback, education, volunteering, buying without asking for discounts etc…). I do think that the central issue is more of a financial one- I find that people want to support but due to economical reasons sometimes they choose not to which is a whole other discussion in itself.
I think that we need to find ways of making money by serving other communities as well as our own because as a community financially we are not necessarily the richest. We should be using a percentage of our profits and time towards empowering our people to be more business and community minded.
Any advice for someone wanting to start up their own business
Yes! I love to speak about this and have just written an article for Pure Beauty Magazine (published by Cosmetics Business) which will give you some super tips- you can read it here: www.curlybynature.com/purebeautycreateyours . In a nutshell I advise you to:
1. Define your vision
2. Study your target & market
3. Define your brand
4. Stay in start up mode
So there you have it, a natural hair care brand, owned and run by a successful multi talented black woman. Now that is the definition of ‘Queenin’. #goals
Go check out the website and see for yourself. I’m going to head over there and get me some of that Intensive conditioner.
Stay Blessed Queens.