Category: women in business

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

 

3 Stunning Natural Beauty Queens Who Are Rocking The Professional World

Here at mycurls.co.uk, we pride ourselves on being open-minded and tolerant. We like to look at arguments from both sides of the fence; we think compassion is an all-too-rarefied commodity in today’s cut-throat environment.

There are limits, however – and nothing gets our goat quite like that being told that our natural hair is “unprofessional” or “unsuitable for the workplace”.

Excuse me, what?

It’s true: it happens, it’s damaging (and plays no small part in the growing number of women with natural hair who suffer from self-esteem issues), and it needs to stop.

What better way to end this onslaught of bigotry than by starting a conversation about the wildly successful women who refuse to abandon their curls for the sake of “professionalism”? Read on to discover the three queens we’ve chosen to profile for this piece.

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Julee Wilson‘s first steps in the professional world were as humble as they could be. After being told numerous times that her preference for wearing her Afro hair naturally was “unprofessional”, she finally landed a position an assistant to the Editor-In-Chief of Real Simple Magazine.

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Needless to say, her natural hair didn’t hinder her journalistic talent to any degree – a fact made evident by her meteoric rise to the Staff Fashion Editor in two years, becoming the first African-American woman to do so.

Where is she now?

Queen Wilson now plies her trade as the Style & Beauty Editor for the Huffington Post’s Black Voices project, making frequent reference to her roots (pun intended!) through articles and series such as Curly Hair Chronicles, in which she discusses the very problem she had to overcome to get to where she is today.

 


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Denise Young Smith: a name you should get used to because you’re going to be hearing it a lot over the next few years. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in Organisational Management from Grambling State University, she made her first corporate inroads when contributed HR and management consulting to companies such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers portfolio companies.

Denise Young Smith

It wasn’t until 1997, when she joined Apple (then still a fledgling, albeit rapidly-expanding, company) that she really started making waves, though. She has since served the company in several key HR roles, not least among them sitting on the team that crafted Apple’s retail organisation – which today welcomes more than one million people every day, and has re-defined what the word retail means to the corporate world.


Where is she now?
Ms. Smith was recently chosen as Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources – a position whose responsibilities include attracting and retaining talent at Apple, and reports to none other than Tim Cook, the CEO, himself.

3.
Kay Wilson Stallings earned her master’s degree at the University of Illinois, and ever since has been charting an astonishing rise through the ranks of corporate television.

Starting out as a manager at Nickelodeon, within ten years she’d become the Vice President of Production and Development – the first African-American woman to hold the title. She was primarily responsible for the development of such adored television programs as “Yo Gabba Gabba!”, “Lazytown” and “Wonder Pets”, and shows no sign of slowing either her creative juices or her impressive ambition.

Kay Wilson Stallings
Where is she now?
Ms. Stallings currently works her naturally-curled head off as Senior Vice President for Sesame Street, where she has an enormous amount of influence over what our children are exposed to on television’s most-loved children’s program.

There they are: three gloriously natural women sticking it to the Man one curl at a time.

Do YOU have any similar success stories you’d like to share?

Let us know in the comments below!

5 Gorgeous Valentine’s Day Hairstyles For Natural Hair

With Valentine’s Day being just two days away, you might be wondering what on earth you’re going to do with your hair.

Truth be told, it can be a complete pain to come up with a look that works well on your curled tresses and you might also be wondering whether it’s worth straightening it or rocking the biggest afro ever.

Whether you’re heading out to enjoy a night out with the girls, or off on a romantic date with your other half, these 5 hairstyles are sure to make you look and feel sublime.

Take a look and leave a comment below letting us know which of the hairstyles is your fave.

#1 The FrowHawk

Mohawk + kinky, curly hair = the frowhawk.

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#2 The Twistout 

It’s a natural girl’s go-to hairstyle for a reason. Twistouts rock because they’re versatile, easy to do and look amazing.

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3# Cornrows.

Whilst most of us associate cornrows with having mum plait your hair in Primary School, they can in fact be a great hairstyle for formal and glamorous occasions. Take for instance, Christina Milian who rocked this gorgeous look on the red carpet in November. Just goes to show that they old school hairstyles can be modernised.

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Source: Getty Images, November 2014.

#4. The Afro.

This picture says it all. The Afro can be a wonderfully glamorous hairstyle if paired with the right makeup

and a chic outfit.

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#5 The High Bun

The high bun was one of the most worn hairstyles in 2014 for a reason. It’s also brilliant for keeping natural hair protected which means that you get the added benefit of healthier hair alongside a glamorous look.

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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/

 

 

Breaking down? Overcome heartache with a simple mindset shift

Back in October, I wrote my first article for The Huffington Post.

Writing for Huffington was one of my biggest goals of 2014 and I was so happy when THE Arianna Huffington gave me the opportunity to become a blog contributor.

I wanted my article to be heartfelt because I often find that when I write from the heart, I create my best pieces of work (I guess that’s only natural, right?).

And so, I wrote about a real life situation (which you can read about here) and in the article I share a pearl of wisdom that might just transform how you handle difficult situations and dark times.

Click here to read the article in full and discover what that one simple but highly effective mindset shift is.

PS. If you liked the article, please click the ‘LIKE‘ button beside it and share it on your social media handles. You can also tweet me @mycurlsuk to let me know that you think it’s awesome 🙂

Victoria.

Founder, MyCurls.co.uk

 

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

When Technology Fails: This Week’s Technical Glitches

Just a very quick post to let you know that we’re in the middle of some big changes! I’m so excited about them.

However, sometimes technology isn’t perfect and over the past few days it’s certainly proved to be difficult.

The plan was to have a website makeover. Sounds exciting, right? Well I was sooooo excited until I discovered that our url (website address) wasn’t pointing to the right website.

In fact, it’s actually pointing to our old website (if you’ve been a customer for a long time you’ll remember the pink butterfly, hot pink colours and error signs). Yes, it’s pointing to that old website!

Whilst I’m rather embarrassed by the whole situation, it does nonetheless remind me of how far My Curls has come over the past few years.

And if you don’t believe me, take a look at the brand-spanking new site which looks great if I must say so myself. Yes, I designed it! I’m really proud of it but slightly disappointed that most people won’t be able to see it until we sort out these technical problems 😦

Our gorgeous new website

Our new website!

Not to worry, we’re working crazy hard to ensure that in the next few days, our site points to the right address so that when you type www.mycurls.co.uk into your browser you won’t be stepping back in time.

I’m praying all of the chaos calms down and everything gets sorted out.

Once the new site is ready and our email is back up, I’ll be jumping for joy and will be making some even more exciting announcements! Let’s pray there are no more glitches.

Fingers and toes crossed, 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