Berenice Mulubah | October 26, 2015
|Gradieh Brewer Wreh|
1 Why the hair industry?
Hair is something that I was destined to do. I don’t really remember deciding that I wanted to be a hair stylist. I just did it and grew in it. Once I discovered that I was on a path that I loved, I kept paving my way
2 How did you get started?
In 8th grade I did my first sew in weave after a friend stood me up for a hair appointment. An in law that owned a salon saw my work, liked it and started encouraging me. I starting working as her assistant and grew from that.
3 What is the hardest part of being an entrepreneur?
There are many difficult aspects of entrepreneurship. Being an entrepreneur, finding people that understand you is not always easy. Entrepreneurship is not a job but a way of life. You have to truly believe in yourself and your ideas. That’s not always an easy thing to do but I’ve come to realize that if you build a solid network for yourself it becomes easier. That’s not always an easy thing to do.
4 Are there any Liberian celebs that have the pleasure of your expertise?
I’ve worked with F.A
5 Which Liberian celebs would you like to work with?
I’d love to work with Bernice Blackie. She is beautiful and exudes such positivity.
6 How would you describe your product line and where can people get it?
BIndu’s Organic was birthed out of a need to empower myself. In the effort to be more intentional about the things that I do and how I live my life, I started with making better food and beauty choices. There are so many options in the beauty world yet we are left with limited healthy options. Many ingredient beauty products are linked to the cause of cancer and part of that is because beauty products are not regulated. Any body can put anything on the shelves. BIndu’s Organic is my way of creating freedom from the bonds o f the cosmetic industry. No one should have to use product with harmful ingredients. Further more, I wanted to get back to my roots. To get back to using use of shea butter, coconut oil, palm kernel oil and many others to achieve beautiful hair and skin like my aunts, grandmothers and other strong beautiful women of Africa.
7 What have you learned so far on your personal journey?
First and foremost, the lord is my strength. In him, I am more than a conqueror. Second, I have learned to embrace my individuality. I am who I am and because of that, I am where I am. We influence our journeys, we choose our paths and our perceptions become our reality. Learning to love and accept who I am has allowed my to define so much for myself and is a never-ending road. I believing in me and I look forward to discovering and embracing amazing things about myself.
8 What should we expect from your beauty empire in the next five years?
In the next five years I look forward to educating women on how to own and operate their own beauty businesses. Women are powerful beings and we can do whatever we put our minds to and will sacrifice ourselves at any given moment to achieve what we believe in. I want more women to believe in themselves and in their ability to influence the world.
9 How do you balance family and building an empire?
This has definitely been a challenge in the last couple of years. I’ve had to relocate twice in 2 ½ years to support my husband in building his career. Living in one state and running my business in another has been difficult. As an entrepreneur, I believe that your spouse is one of your biggest business decisions. My husband is a great asset to my business. His support is never ending. My family has been nothing short of awesome. Though their feedback can be tough, it is always exactly what I need.
1 What advice do you have for anyone who is considering starting a business?
1) Your business/goals/ dreams belongs to you. You cannot expect everyone to understand or embrace it.
2) Confidence is contagious
3) Be the change you want to see.
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