Tell us about yourself.
When I was 16 years old my Chemistry Teacher taught me how to make nail polish and lipstick because I was failing his class. He had me participate in the school’s science fair and presented me as a cosmetologist / chemist. Unfortunately family pressure led me to become an RN and after years of feeling unfulfilled, I left nursing. I opened a hair salon and pursued my passion.
What motivated you to start your business?
After five years of being in business, I realized my salon “Shades of U Hair and Beauty” had fulfilled its purpose, leading me to create my own hair products.
In 2007, “Diva by Cindy,” a multi-ethnic hair-care line was created. “Diva by Cindy” provides a line of products that improves the hair and scalp, stimulates growth and prevents hair from shedding and breakage.
In addition, not only does “Diva by Cindy” promote healthier and stronger hair, it also inspired The Diva Project,” a philanthropic platform that helps heal and restore women who are survivors of domestic violence.
I want to empower and heal women in style.
Why do you think it’s important we take back the black hair industry?
We need to reclaim the black hair industry because we have lost our legacy. It is our divine birthright to control and sell what our hair needs. We also need to pour back into our community and are not doing enough in that regard.