Category: entrepreneurship

Here’s why we’re giving away free hair products

As the owner of a small, boot-strapped business, I pretty much do everything myself.why we're giving away free hair products

PR, marketing, social media and writing blog posts are just a few of the things that keep me on my toes every day! It can be a lot of work sometimes but it is so much fun and I love the fact that I have a personal connection to my customers. I answer every email they send, share tons of hair advice and answer their hair care questions.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about ways to spread the word about My Curls UK without having to wear so many hats and so, I came up with an idea which will enable our customers and social media fans to receive rewards for helping spread the word.

I wanted to keep things as simple as possible so that almost anyone can take part.

The idea is that everyone who wants to can become part of the My Curls UK family by simply sharing the link to our website with their friends, contacts and family.

For every friend who purchases a product, you’ll receive a free product of your choice.

You’ll therefore not only save money but will help a small business to grow. How cool is that?

Here are a few pointers to get you started:

When sharing on social media, use the hashtag #mycurlsuk so that we can find you.

When recommending our website to a friend through email, text or any other means, tell your friend to let us know that you recommended our products to them so that we can reward you for your referral.

Get started by sharing the link to our site: http://www.mycurls.co.uk with those you know and love today.

PS. If you’ve ever found it difficult to find a professional natural hair stylist, check out a new service called Afrocks who are transforming the way natural-haired women find stylists who actually understand our hair. Take a quick minute to sign up to their website registration list which is free for a limited time only.

Wishing you a great week,

Victoria.

Founder, MyCurls.co.uk

 

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My Curls Founder Is Announced As Virgin Media’s Pioneer Of The Week!

We’re pleased to announced that Vicky has been selected by Virgin Media Pioneers as their Pioneer of the Week!

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VirginMediaPioneers.com is an incredible online community of enterprising people who use videos and blogging to share their ideas and experiences.

The Virgin Media Pioneers Programme is an initiative of Virgin Media and words closely with Virgin Unite.

You can read the full interview with Vicky here http://www.virginmediapioneers.com/2015/01/pioneer-of-the-week-vicky-olubi-of-my-curls/

 

 

Music Inspiration For Curly Girls

Do you ever have those days where you’re feeling down about your height, weight, skin or your natural hair?

We all do. Even the most confident of naturalistas has a day or two where they feel a little less confident or a little less pretty.

I’ll admit that the other day, I had one of those days and I felt awful for it.

But then I heard a song that made me feel a little more beautiful and a whole lot more fierce.

That song was All About The Bass by Meghan Trainor. I am in love with this song and I think that the lyrics are fantastic!

If you haven’t heard it yet, have a listen below.

After hearing Meghan’s song, I realised that it would be great to share some of my favourite confidence boosting songs with you.

Listen to them below and don’t forget to leave a comment telling me what you love most about yourself.

TLC’s Unpretty.

Destiny’s Child’s Bootylicious

3 Spring Hairstyle Ideas For 2014 and Beyond

I don’t know about you but here in London the Spring whether it usually pretty glum.

That means that wearing your curls out or sporting a ‘fro isn’t such a great idea and it’s usually best to cover your curls in a hat.

However, it is possible to look chic and glam regardless of how good or bad the weather is.

Here are 3 spring hairstyle ideas that will keep your hair looking fab for weeks to come!

#1 The Milkmaid Braid

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Simple, chic and versatile. This hairstyle is bound to get heads turning whilst also allowing you to have low maintenance hair for several days. It’s also a brilliant option if you’re thinking about keeping your hair in a protective style.

#2 The Side Part

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Side partings add extra ‘umph’ to your hair without taking much time to create. To make creating side partings easy, simply start with damp hair, apply a coin sized amount of oil to the palm of your hands, massage into your hair and scalp and then take a long tail comb and create the parting. It takes just a few minutes and looks great!

#3 The Low Ponytail

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According to Elle.com, the super sleek low ponytail is back this spring.

What’s great about the low ponytail is that it’s perfect for medium and longer lengthed hair. However, girls with shorter hair can still achieve the look by using hair extensions or a clip-on ponytail.

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3 Fun Ways To Use Our Curl Smoothie

curl smoothie my curlsThe Curl Smoothie is by far our biggest selling and most popular product and what never ceases to amaze me is the rather unique ways our customers use this product.

When I came up with the Curl Smoothie I was looking for a soft, creamy moisturising lotion that would help to soften my hair.

I, like many naturals, felt as if there were no hair lotions that really moisturised without making my curls feel greasy and icky. I was therefore determined to create a lotion that was super moisturising but that didn’t weigh my hair down. After much experimentation, I came up with a recipe that made a tremendous difference to my hair.

Here are 3 unique ways to use the Curl Smoothie, some of these might surprise you. Read on!

Way # 1

As a scalp lotion. Yes, the Smoothie was designed to be a hair lotion but a number of our customers use it as a scalp lotion as well. To do this, it’s best to start with freshly washed hair, part it into sections and apply the Smoothie directly to your scalp in small-medium sized sections. Apply it to your whole scalp and your hair as well. To finish off, massage your scalp as this will help to stimulate it.

#Way 2

As a split end preventer. Split ends are the bane of most curly girls existence. We all hate them!

Split ends are often caused by dryness and neglect. Sometimes you might neglect your hair without realising that you’re doing so. This is exactly why it’s important to remember that the ends of your hair are so important because once they begin to break, split or tear, there’s no way to repair them. To prevent splits from happening it’s a really good idea to apply the Curl Smoothie to the tips of your hair and finish off with a dose of olive oil. Keep the ends of your hair constantly moisturised and you’ll be far less likely to get splits.
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#Way 3

As a body lotion. A customer recently emailed me to say that she’s been using the Curl Smoothie as a body and hair lotion! I was pleasantly surprised but then I realised that its moisturising properties make it an excellent lotion for your hair and skin. However, it’s always a good idea to test whether it would work for you by applying a small amount to your skin before using it as a regular moisturiser.

Have you used the Curl Smoothie before? Have you discovered a unique way to use it? Share it by leaving a comment below.

Click here to try the Curl Smoothie on your hair.

Victoria xo

Words of Wisdom: Life and Beauty Quotes We Love!

Sometimes a girl needs a pick me up!

When things don’t quite go your way, you’re tired or stressed out and you’re feeling a little down in the dumps, there’s nothing better than a good ole’ quote!

I love quotes and find myself gravitating more and more towards them as the days go by.

So today I figured I’ll do something a little different and I’ll share some of my favourite words of wisdom with you.

Read the quotes below and in the comments below tell me which of them is your favourite.

By the way, if you like this post and want even more natural hair inspiration head over to our website and subscribe to our VIP List.

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beauty quotes

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Sources: http://pinterest.com/pin/10555380347843309/

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Thank You!!!!

The past few days have been a complete roller coaster ride!

Thank you!

I’ve cried, danced, skipped, jumped, screaaaamed and sobbed. It’s been insane! In fact, I don’t quite think I can articulate how amazingly insane things have been.

Let me take you back to a few days ago when I heard that Marie Forleo was giving away a scholarship for her flagship programme, RHH B-School. For three years I’d wanted to take part in the programme but it seemed like a distant dream.

To enter the contest, I had to face one of my biggest fears- being on camera. I am THE most camera shy person ever. In fact I’m one of the shyest people I know so being on camera is completely out of my comfort zone.

Despite my whole body being filled with nerves, I decided to face my fear and just do it. I poured my heart into my video and shared my story.

I realised now that my nerves stemmed not from looking the camera in the eye but from the feeling of vulnerability that comes with being on camera. Putting yourself out there isn’t easy. It takes bravery, courage and heart.

The biggest thing I learned from posting up my video was that your fears are never as scary as you think they are! Fear is irrational, silly and it doesn’t make sense.

Fear is also totally normal and natural. The virtue of it being normal means that it, like any other natural thing, comes and goes. We can’t help feel it but we can confront it and choose to not let it paralyse us.

I know now that when you face your fears they dissipate and that is a great thing!

Isn’t it amazing what you can learn in a few days?

I want to thank you for supporting me. I was completely and utterly flawed by the level of support and encouragement that I received. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

From the tweets to the Facebook posts and emails, the support was amazing and I am forever grateful.

I’m determined to make the most of this opportunity, to work harder than I’ve ever worked and to make My Curls an awesome business that transforms lives.

March is just around the corner and I have so much planned for the next few months. I’m super excited and am forever grateful.

With love,

Vicky xoxo

I Need Your Help!

It’s not often that I beg. In fact, I’m usually the last person to ask for anything and have the awful habit of trying to do everything myself.

However, over the years I’ve come to realise that sometimes a girl needs a helping hand and it’s perfectly okay, natural and normal to ask for help when needed.

In fact, by doing so you’ll come across dozens (maybe even hundreds) of people who’ll be there to help you out.

So why do I need your help? Well, I’m in the running for a business scholarship. It’s for an online business programme called RHH B-school.

The programme is meant to be one of the best online business programmes available and is lead by one of my big business inspirations and mentors, Marie Forleo. Words can’t describe how awesome Marie is! She’s gone from being a girl with a dream to building a million dollar business.

Aside from that, Marie’s weekly videos have inspired me to change my thoughts, beliefs and actions for years now. She’s an incredible woman and I can hand on heart say that it is one of the biggest  dreams of my life to take part in this scholarship.

watch my rhh b-school video entry

In order to win I seriously need your help. Firstly, I need you to please pretty please watch my video entry. In this video I share my story of how I went from being unemployed with no business experience to starting my own hair care brand. I also share my vision for My Curls and reveal the very things that inspired me to start my business.

I’ve always been afraid of being on camera, it’s just one of those things that makes me go ‘Aaaaaaghhhhh’ but in order to enter the scholarship I had to face one of my biggest fears.

Throughout the video, I had the phrase ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ running through my head. I was absolutely petrified! But despite my fears I decided to face the camera and just tell my story. Once I turned the attention away from me and onto the purpose of the video, the fears dissipated into thin air. Take that fear!

I can’t say it enough, I really, really want to win this scholarship and the possibility of winning means the absolute world to me!

Please help support me by doing these three things:
1. Watching my video. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/12Xd7F8
2. Leaving a comment under the video.
3. Sending a tweet to @Marieforleo and telling her why you think I deserve to win the scholarship.
E.g.  You could send something like this -> “I hope @MyCurlsUK wins the @Marieforleo scholarship because she’s a great entrepreneur #winBSCHOOL rhhbschool.com.”

Your reason should be honest and should reflect what you think is great about My Curls.

I’ve already received lots of tweets, Facebook messages and words of support from some of the most amazing people ever!

I’ve been utterly flawed at the level of support I’ve received and can’t thank you enough for everything. It means the world to me!

If I win, I’ll be jumping for joy and you’ll watch me turn everything I learn into mega success. I promise!!!

I’m also really considering doing Youtube videos more often. In the comments below tell me what you’d like to see me post about on youtube.

Hair tutorials? Q&A’s (questions and answers) or something else? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lots of curly love!

Vicky xoxo