The Journey to Royalty!

August 3, 2016

    I  was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 15, 1994, and soon after moved to  Kansas City, Missouri. Growing up, I wanted to be a lawyer, but that quickly changed when I started high school. I always liked the idea of being my own boss so I knew that being a lawyer wouldn't be for me. When I started the 10th grade, I begged my mother for a cell phone and because I was only 14 she always told me no, however, on Christmas she surprised me with one, but there was a catch. My mother told me that I would be in charge of paying my bill. I thought ‘how am I going to pay my bill when I’m not even old enough to get a job.' That’s when I began to think, I knew a lot of girls around school who did hair and made a decent amount of money, so I decided to give it a try. I began to practice on all my friends and realized I was good at it when girls around the school started to ask me to do their hair as well. I started off only charging $50 a person because that was the price of my phone bill. I never really loved doing hair, but I didn’t hate it either. 

 

    During my junior year of high school, my mom told me it was time for me to figure out what I was going to do with my life; she gave me two options, go to college or join the military. I decided to enlist in the Navy. During my first tour I was stationed in Japan, and although I liked the structure of the Navy, I still would much rather be my own boss. However, I still had no clue what I wanted to do. In November of 2015,  I transferred to Bahrain, and I figured it was time for me to get my priorities in order so I could get out of the Navy at the end of my contract. I started back doing hair to save more money because I knew my transition would not be easy. I began to love doing hair because of the way it made my clients feel. It was like I was giving them a whole new reason to smile. 

 

Next, I began to do research on hair and the hair industry. I was shocked when I realized that less than 20% of the business is black owned, but we contribute to 70% of the retail market (meaning we own a small amount of the industry, but we contribute to nearly all of it), and I decided to do something about it. I started my business because like most girls I was tired of buying bad hair from companies like Aliexpress and the beauty supply store, then realizing that I couldn't return it or exchange it. Royal Envy Hair is 100% owed me. Therefore I am very hands on with every product I sell. I sampled 6 of the top manufacturers from China to India, and that's how I made sure found some of the best hair.

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