We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Ashley Hurt. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Ashley below.
Ashley, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. What do you think it takes to be successful?
Your support system! Be it family, friends even your customers/clients! You cannot be successful without a support system. There is no way being an entrepreneur can be successfully done on your own!
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
I have always been totally against natural hair as relaxed hair was more manageable for me. I have eczema in my head and relaxers would always irritate my scalp but I didn’t care! I began the natural journey by force in 2019. I kept braids the majority of the year so there wasn’t a purpose to keep getting a relaxer. I transitioned for 10 months and decided to do the big chop April 2020. I never had to manage my hair in its natural state so I was totally lost. Even though I do have a cosmetology license, I did not do natural hair often especially my own! I tried all of these store bought products until I was introduced to handmade, all natural hair products. BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD! The only people that could tell me about my hair were the ones who looked like me and had hair like mine, so natural products made by African American women was my choice! Then I was introduced to Ayurveda by a friend of mine. Mind blowing! I started researching Ayurveda heavily! I started making conditioners and masks for my hair using Ayurvedic Herbs and methods that changed the way I looked at my own hair. My eczema cleared up almost immediately. I started making oils and butters and shampoo bars that changed my entire shampoo day routine and regimen! I started adding Ayurvedic Herbs to my conditioners and I never stopped! I asked a few friends to be my testers and for their opinions on some oils I made and they loved it! Then TheHairapy Infusions was born!
How’d you meet your business partner?
How I met my co-founders! Lol, I had them! My co-founders are my kids! I wanted them to have a way to make extra money without having to get a job right now so when they pack orders or make product, they get paid! I also went into this with the mindset of leaving them a business when I’m gone.
How did you put together the initial capital you needed to start your business?
I honestly took the money out of my paycheck. I’m a corporate girl, so instead of doing the frivolous things I usually do after paying bills, I started a business!
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