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.
Can you please introduce yourself; name, where you are from and what is the name of your business?
Hello, my name is Lorraine Kidd born in Jamaica W.I and grew up in Queens NY. The name of my business is Lorraine’s Natural Hair Products,
What inspired you to start your business, when and what is your goal?
I became inspired once I decided to stop relaxing my hair.
I wanted to learn healthy ways to care for my hair. My goal is to be able to have my hair products in retail stores such as Target, Walmart, Walgreen, Rite Aid and local beauty supply stores.
What do you find most challenging about running a business?
I find advertising and getting my product out to be challenging at times.
What makes your business and your products special?
My products are all handmade because they are all hand made and made with love.
What is the most important lesson you have learned from doing business?
The most important thing learned is to never second guess myself.
Have you ever been to a hair or trade show? If so where and how was the experience?
Never been to a hair show.
Do you think it’s important to have a website as a business or is it more important to have social media like facebook?
I think in this time having social media is more important than having a website. More people are on social media and you can advertise…
Where do you vision yourself in five years?
I would like to have my own store locally as well as having products in stores.
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 never believed I had bad hair I always wondered why my mother put a relaxer in my hair…
Did you ever feel ashamed of your hair? If yes, can you please share one or more moments?
I have never felt ashamed of my hair.
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 have only had Jheri I curls, relaxers, braids and weaves…
We are working on a crowd funding for BlackFollicles.com to 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?
I think this is a great idea with a unique range of categories.
What perk/gift would you choose and why?
I would choose a perk/gift from the bridal section. My daughter is getting married soon, and actually looking for headpieces to wear with her dress. Having one that is African inspired is something she would love.
Do you support the idea of BlackFollicles.com? If so why if no why not?
I do support this idea. It is a wonderful way to not only be connected with potential customers, bu to meet other creators of African-inspired products and learn from them.
ABOUT YOUR STORE
Where can people find you and your products?
You can order my products on https://www.etsy.com/shop/LorrainesNaturalHair
I say to all those a who have an idea, a dream or a passion go after it. Don’t let fear or anyone discourage you. If you can believe it or will come to pass. Thank you for the feature…
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