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.
Can you please introduce yourself; name, where you from and what is the name of your business?
My name is Jazelle, nick name Jizzou, I’m from Lynchburg, va and reside in Abidjan Ivory Coast. My store is called Chezjizzou meaning jizzous place in French.
What inspired you to start your business, when and what is your goal?
Being multi-racial, I wanted to produce clothes and fashion from my background at an affordable price, also living in Africa makes that possible.
What do you find most challenging about running a business?
Being a full time student, time, disciple.
What makes your business and your products special?
They are hand made, custom made and can be made for any size. Also, most aficionados fashion is expensive but I’m still offering great quality at an affordable price.
What is the most important lesson you have learned from doing business?
Have you ever been to a hair or trade show? If so where and how was the experience?
Do you think it’s important to have a website as a business or is it more important to have social media like facebook?
Both are important, along with the time to actually update them both.
Where do you want to be in five years?
I hope to see more black and mixed women wearing their naturally hair and ditching the chemicals and weaves (besides braids, I love braids and twist).
About Black Natural Hair
Did you ever believe you had “bad” hair? If yes, how do you think you got that idea, when did it change and how did you change it?
I have long puffy curly hair, everyone that made fun of me for it or said it was “too much” for them is now going natural or trying to curl theirs. Now I just wear mine curly 95% of the time.
Did you ever feel ashamed of your hair? If yes, can you please share one or more moments?
When I would hear comments like I’m nothing without my hair Or I felt ugly when I didn’t wear my hair down. I wanted a pixie cut and never thought I could have one because of my curly hair and I thought I would be ugly without my hair. Now I’ve gotten over the fear of cutting my hair and I’m rocking a naturally 3C curly pixie and I love it.
What styles have you tried in the past (relaxers, Jherri curls, locs, afro etc). Which one was your favorite and why do you choose to wear this style now?
I’ve tried to relax my hair, didn’t work, and box braids. I love box braids when done correctly and not too tight…. Besides the itching. I just prefer my naturally hair just down or when it’s long in a high bun.
We are doing a crowd funding for BlackFollicles.comto build the amazon.com or etsy of Natural Hair Care products. The goal is to give entrepreneurs like yourself the chance to expand their market and sell to Europe. Can you please take a look at BlackFollicles.com and tell us what you think of the idea?
The idea of encouraging women especially in Europe to be natural is great and empowering.
What perk/gift would you choose and why?
I would love to be a face of natural hair.
Do you support the idea of BlackFollicles.com? If so why if no why not?
I support it 100%. Living in Africa a lot of the women are complexed about their hair and skin. They prefer to wear raggedy wigs instead of their natural Afro. And they bleach their skin. I love when I see beautiful black women embracing their natural selves.
About Your Store
Where can people find you and your products?
On etsy at chezjizzou https://www.etsy.com/shop/Chezjizzou
My personal Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jizzou_/
My email for any custom orders: Touré firstname.lastname@example.org
I just want people to be comfortable in their skin no matter what color they are.
For any special or custom made orders email me at Touré email@example.com
Thank you for your time!
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