While on tour promoting BlackFollicles.com, looking for exclusive gifts to start crowdfunding, I met Zoë Mezas and Pékula Starke. Two amazing inspiring entrepreneurial women who are the brains behind the most colorful trendy bags that don’t just turn heads, they also changed lives.
Inspired by Istanbul, Turkey and evil eyes to protect people Hande started her own business, selling jewelry worldwide.
Being multi-racial, Chez Jizzou wanted to produce clothes and fashion from their background at an affordable price, also living in Africa makes that possible.
Ahava Felicidad, Creator of the world’s only hair growing sugar blends with a concept that rocks and souls, talks about her inspiration, the business of Black hair and why she supports BlackFollicles.com.
Hello Queen designs products that showcase the inner strength and beauty we all have. Owner Fatima Camara who used to be ashamed of her natural hair supports BlackFollicles.com 110%. Read how she overcame her shame and why she supports BlackFollicles.com.
Enamored with making her own money on Ebay as a child, Michelley began her own hair care line when she realized you don’t have to be mixed to grow long natural hair.
Pheli Dlamini, creatively expresses her love of African fabrics through her company Khokho Designs. The Swaziland native supports BlackFollicles.com because black products are unique and there isn’t a platform for them right now.
Kristin owner of KCamille NATURALS; a brand she built out of her desire to find a product that works for my kinky and dry hair texture: I think Black owned storefronts and online ecommerce sites that bring together the variety of quality products/services geared toward the Black diaspora is a burgeoning concept.
Lorraine from Lorraine’s Handmade Black Hair products: I do support this BlackFollicles.com. It is a wonderful way to not only be connected with potential customers, but also to meet other creators of African-inspired products and learn from them.
My business and products are special in that they are Liberian-inspired. The fabric differs from that of the Kente fabric that many other African designers use. In addition, I create a niche product: Christmas stockings made using African fabric. The handbags I make are original designs (no patterns were used), and the African curl custard is made with all natural ingredients. I use a special process that allows me to use natural oils and butter without the product having an oil-like consistency.
Khepera Adornments, LLC. serves to provide an array of hand-crafted adornments and alluring accessories that inspire you to re-invent yourself and “to become” (kheperer). The Khepera is symbolic to the scarab beetle said to hold the attributes of self-generation and self-renewal. An interview with the owner of this Black Business Abeni Bamidele who has been designing jewelry and accessories for 20 years.
Locks of Nu Natural Hair Spa is making the holidays just a little easier for you, with their holiday specials. All you have to do is choose your style and you can be sure to stand out at the parties to come no matter your hair texture or length. Hair artist Ebony and her stylists just know how to make hairstyles happen!
Susan Peterkin-Bishop is currently a senior cosmetologist in the state of Maryland, where she has successfully operated Jaha Hair Studio, “an all-natural, no chemicals” salon, since October 1996. Susan is both a licensed cosmetologist and natural hair care stylist in the state of New York. Susan holds a BS in Management Studies from University of MD University College (UMUC).
Shakilla is one of those naturally talented hairstylists who really didn’t need to be thought how to braid, loc or style natural hair. Her long dreadlocks elegantly braided and intriguely styled on top of her head made an impression on me when I first saw her back in 2005 at the annual African Arts Festival in Brooklyn.
Tafari Tribe has been famous for their exquisite handmade African Print creations for more than 20 years. Three years ago they finally opened a shop in the hip neighborhood of Park Slope in Brooklyn. This is not just great for their loyal customers but also for anyone interested in African prints and fashion.
Entering the shop transfers you to a wonderful world of colors so vivid that your mood will change to happy instantly. Once you see the handmade creations your mouth will drop and when you see the jewelry you’ll be amazed. The whole store is an exquisite collection of exclusive dresses, suits, accessories and art. Here is just a little example of the stuff they have.
This wonderful style was created by Adenike aka he Natural Hair Whisperer from the Woven Wool Hair & Body Experience. No extensions are added at all.