Accented Glory interviewed Marie Davis of Ria's Beauty Collection, LLC! Ria's Beauty Collection is the home of their world famous "Whipped Shea Butter". Their collection also includes scented candles, soaps, and crochet garments.
What inspired you to create your brand?
My youngest daughter inspired me. She always has her mom's back. On numerous occasions, I would search for Shea Butter products at various locations. During my search, I was constantly unsuccessful locating products that were beneficial and healthy for me. One day my daughter asked, “why can't you make your own products?” I stated, “you're absolutely right.” That was the best advice ever. From that day forward, Ria's Beauty Collection, LLC was created.
The entrepreneur life can be like a roller coaster ride; ups, downs, and loops. What keeps you motivated?
In my opinion, the entrepreneur life is like an addition to the family (a newborn). I want the very best for it, and I'm going to take care of it despite the challenges. This is a part of me. It's something that I created and I'm very proud of it. Always remember to put your best foot forward regardless of what life throws your way. It's up to you to make it happen.
Growth is intrinsic in brand building. What do you see as the next level for your brand?
The next level for the brand is expansion (additional stores, office space, employees, new products, etc.).
What advice would you give someone who's becoming an entrepreneur?
a. Believe. b. Be Unique. c. Be the best. d. Have a plan. e. Set goals. f. Be patient. g. Stay focused. h. Accept criticism.
i. Don't make it all about the money.
j. Never Give Up.
In celebration of Accented Glory's Anniversary this month, we will be hosting a contest on Facebook to win a product from Rias Beauty Collection! Visit Accented Glory's Facebook page here to enter. We will choose a winner on Tuesday, June 20th!
Our visionary continues to provide advice to fellow naturals. She shares 4 tips for maintaining your summertime protective styles. Click AOV to submit a question to her and she'll answer your question in a blog post on Accessory Diva!
Summertime is upon us! During this time of year, many naturals choose low maintenance hairstyle options known as protective styles. Protective styles give naturals the luxury of not having to style their hair daily. This frees up time when preparing to go out and gives natural hair a break from the pulling and tugging that comes from regularly styling your hair.
Two of the most popular protective styles are braids and twists. Thanks to innovation, many naturals can now opt for crochet braids or twists that are time savers when creating these protective styles. Below are some tips on how to keep your braids and twists looking fresh while keeping your hair healthy.
1. Cover your hair before going to bed. Using a satin bonnet or wrap is a staple step in natural hair nighttime routine. A loc cap (pocket bonnet) works best for braids and twists so you can have full coverage of hair.
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2. Moisturize your scalp and hair with water and oil 2 to 3 times a week. Want to save time? You can use a spray bottle to apply water and your favorite oil at the same time by simply mixing the two together in the bottle. Just remember to shake the bottle well before applying to your hair to ensure oil/water mixture blends thoroughly.
3. You can also wash your hair while it's braided and twisted. It's important to remember to dilute your products (shampoo, conditioner, etc.) with water to ensure products rinse out easily. To dry your twist and braids, you should squeeze water from strands with a towel. Doing this helps you to avoid frizz.
4. If your edges begin to get frizzy before you're ready to fully let go of your protective style, you can redo or request to have rows closest to edges redone by a stylist with single braids or twists. Another option is to simply use a headband to cover your frizzy edges especially if you have a crochet protective style. Accented Glory's headbands are perfect for the job!
Executing these quick tips will greatly assist in maintaining your summertime protective style, so you can spend less time styling your natural tresses and more time enjoying fun in the sun.
Tonya - Accented Glory Visionary
What other tips would you add to maintaining your summertime protective style?
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Accented Glory interviewed Kim Richard of Natural Roots LLC! Kim is a natural hair advocate and influencer. She has found her happy in all things beauty!
What inspired you to create your brand?
What and who inspired me to create my brand was my husband. After he encouraged me to go natural, I wanted to learn everything I could about my hair in its natural state. This inspired me to share my love and knowledge with other naturals.
The entrepreneur life can be like a roller coaster ride; ups, downs, and loops! What keeps you motivated?
What keeps me motivated is just that, I'm an entrepreneur to my heart and no matter what comes my way in life that tries to distract me from my course I always find myself back in business for myself. I'm a serial entrepreneur...LOL
Growth is intrinsic in brand building. What do you foresee as the next level for your brand?
I foresee Natural Roots LLC collaborating with major brands that I believe in; to give them more exposure to my community.
What advice would you give someone who's considering becoming an entrepreneur?
If you have thin skin it's not for you, stay consistent, believe in yourself and stay prayed up.
Our visionary has answered another question from "Ask Our Visionary"! Check out her recommends to a fellow natural that's experiencing a thinning hairline. Click AOV to submit a question to her and she'll answer your question in a blog post on Accessory Diva!
I'm getting some great questions from AOV! A fellow natural asked how can she avoid and resolve thinning edges. Assuming that a medical condition or medication is not her culprit; below is my advice to her.
Too Tight - Too tight hairstyles can wreak havoc on your edges. Braid/twist protective styles can put stress on your hairline. Thanks to innovation, braid/twist crochet styles are replacing traditional styling techniques and cause less stress to hairline. Too tight hair accessories can be bad news for your hairline as well. Many naturals use tight fitting hair accessories to lay down their hair. I recommend using hair gel to achieve this look instead of too tight accessories.
Uncover - Regularly wearing hats, wigs, or headwraps can also wear out your edges. I recommend taking breaks to avoid placing on going stress around your hairline. In addition, your scalp also needs to breathe. A sweaty scalp can be breeding ground for fungi. Uncovering avoids this and a healthy scalp is the foundation for healthy hair.
Black Castor Oil - I have had much success with black castor oil for thinning hair and highly recommend it. This oil is known to stimulate hair growth and repair damaged hair. You simply massage the oil into your scalp with your finger tips. Massaging your scalp also stimulates hair growth.
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I'm team "Save The Edges"! I welcome opportunities to encourage fellow naturals to take the necessary steps to minimize damage to their tresses. So remember, avoid too tight hairstyles/accessories, take breaks from covering hair, and restore thinning hair with black castor oil!
Tonya - Accented Glory Visionary
Feel free to comment below with any additional advice you would like to add!
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Accented Glory interviewed Marsha of Sassy Critic! Marsha is a beauty blogger and influencer. She is truly building a brand around her passion!
1. What inspired you to create your brand? - I have always been into beauty products and somewhat of a product junkie. When I buy things or am thinking about buying new products, I always check the reviews first. At one point, I started making it a point to leave reviews on things that I've bought and saw how helpful it was to others in influencing their buying decisions. So, I decided to pair my love for beauty products with reviews and started my blog, Sassy Critic (SassyCritic.com). On my blog, you will find reviews of and discussions about products from makeup, curly hair products, skincare products, and nail polish! All of my favorite things lol! I have a lot of fun blogging.
2. The entrepreneur life can be like a roller coaster ride; ups, downs, and loops! What keeps you motivated? - That is so true! I have experienced that with previous business endeavors and even with my blog. It's a struggle to be seen in a sea of other fish in the same niche or industry as you. What keeps me motivated is focusing more on why I started in the first place and less on my website's stats. I wanted to get to a place where I stopped checking my views and likes every 5 minutes and just focus on consistently putting out good content. I'm happy to say that I've gotten to that place. Another motivator has been joining groups of other bloggers. I've learned so much from them and they have given me the support and encouragement I need to keep going and improving.
3. Growth is intrinsic in brand building. What do you foresee as the next level for your brand?- Last year, I was encouraged to start a YouTube channel as an extension of my blog. I wasn't posting videos that often initially, but now my goal is to grow Sassy Critic even more by growing my YouTube channel (Sassy Critic Beauty). On my channel, you will see more product reveals, reviews, demonstrations, and I'd like to also collaborate with other beauty bloggers and vloggers. I would also love to become a brand ambassador for a curly hair or makeup company! I think that would be so exciting!
4. What advice would you give someone who's considering becoming an entrepreneur? - My advice would be to only start a business that you really genuinely believe in and have a strong interest in doing and not something you're doing just for money. Money is great but when you truly believe in the service or product you are providing, you are more likely to stick with it and push forward when you hit those bumps in the road. Plus, people can tell when you're more focused on making money and that's a huge turn-off.
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Our visionary has answered another question from "Ask Our Visionary"! Check out her recommends to a fellow natural that's experiencing problems with her headwrap. Click AOV to submit a question to her and she'll answer your question in a blog post on Accessory Diva!
Too often hair accessories get a bad rap and are accused of causing hair damage and pain. As a hair accessory designer and a natural, I embrace opportunities to educate other fellow naturals on what to look for in hair accessories. So for the record, it's not the hair accessory per se that's the problem, but the misuse of it, bad fit, and materials used to create it is the culprit. As naturals, we must be mindful of protecting our hair and avoiding pain when choosing hair accessories.
When styling with hair accessories, the first thing I recommend is making sure your hair is properly moisturized before applying accessories. I know, I know headwraps are our go to for bad hair days! I get that but, that doesn't give you a pass on caring for your hair. Moisturizing your hair protects it from dryness and breakage. It also acts as a safeguard against fabric of headwraps.
So, how do we know if our hair accessory is a proper fit? It doesn’t hurt; our headwraps should not cause pain or headaches. Many people experience headaches, because their hair accessory is too tight. Headaches caused by accessories are known as external compression headaches that are the result of continuous pressure on forehead, scalp, or behind the ears. To relieve the pressure I recommend loosening the headwrap; find that line between snug and comfortable. Also, lessening the amount of tension from headwraps protects the hairline from stress. If you're concerned about your headwrap slipping, you can secure it with bobby pins.
Naturals need to also avoid headwraps created with fabrics that will cause friction with textured hair and dry out hair. Often times naturals use scarves as headwraps. Most scarves are designed for warmth and are created with coarse tight woven fabrics. Course fabrics such as tweed and wool can cause friction and lead to breakage. Some cotton fabrics has a tendency to dry out hair. Many naturals already struggle with dry hair and there is no need to further contribute to the dryness. Softer lighter fabrics like linen or cotton gauze (a "good" cotton) are better suited for naturals because they don't cause friction or dryness. They are also open weave fabrics which allows airflow and the scalp to breathe under headwrap.
We should always moisturizer our hair before wearing any hair accessories; this minimize damage to textured hair. You control the tension of your headwrap so, lessening the tension avoids pain and also protects your hairline. Be mindful of the fabrics you use to wrap your hair with; all scarves and headwraps are not created equal. To sum it up, your bad hair day don't have to mean bad news for your beautiful natural tresses!
Tonya - Accented Glory Visionary
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Accented Glory kicked off "Ask Our Visionary"! Below is our visionary's third answer. Click AOV to submit a question to her and she'll answer your question in a blog post on Accessory Diva!
I have received my first video request! I was asked to create a video tutorial of a head wrap style.
Tonya - Accented Glory Visionary
Below is answer to our visionary's second question. Click AOV to submit a question to her and she'll answer your question in a blog post on Accessory Diva!
With all you are involved in, would you care to share any tips or tools you use to stay organized?
I must confess, I have not always been the most organized person! Within the pass few years, I've had to become organized because of all the hats I wear. Organization brings a balance to my life and below are a few tips and tools I use.
1. My iPhone is the best personal assistant EVER! It helps me keep track of my appointments, meetings, and events. I can set reminders and successfully avoid overbooking.
2. My iPad is my mobile office! Having an online business, I often times have to deal with an issue in a timely manner. I can quickly address questions and concerns from customers with my iPad. I also use it for administrative tasks like bookkeeping and creating blog post. It's also great that the information on it syncs with my iPhone!
3. Marketing is a necessity for business but, can be very time consuming. To maximize and save time automation has become my best friend! I use Hootsuite to schedule social media post, MailChimp for email marketing, and PayPal for online payment.
4. I set aside certain days for certain tasks. Mondays is my off day for me time! Tuesdays and Wednesdays are days I schedule meetings and appointments. Thursdays and Fridays are days I reserve for my hubby and family. Weekends is when I create designs for Accented Glory and event plans for my organization.
5. I understand the importance of seeking help and teamwork. I have a team of awesome content curators who work with me to provide great information for Accented Glory Naturals and Accessory Diva Blog.
Most importantly I have an awesome support system of family and friends who lift me up and have my back if need be! Because of them I CAN.
Tonya - Accented Glory Visionary
Accented Glory has kicked off "Ask Our Visionary"! Below is our visionary's FIRST question. Click AOV to submit a question to her and she'll answer your question in a blog post on Accessory Diva!
How can naturals who wear short hair use Accented Glory hair accessories?
From brush cuts to TWA's (teeny weeny afros), Accented Glory hair accessories embrace all lengths and can be worn by anyone. Our headbands and head wraps are great hair accents for brush cut naturals. TWA's can rock our headbands, floral hairpins, and head wraps.
Narrow headbands (1" or less) worn slightly behind hairline looks best with short hair. Select printed fabric, feathered, and jeweled headbands to dress up your look. Short haired naturals can also rock narrow headbands bohemian style around the forehead!
When selecting floral hairpins, short haired naturals should choose a moderate sized flower. Remember hair accessories are accents; your natural hair is beautiful, so it should be the main attraction! If you're not allergic, natural flowers are a nice touch. Artificial flowers can be used for both a casual or dressy look. My favorite is printed petals. They allow you to express your style and personality. Accented Glory will be adding back our floral hairpins to our online store in the Spring!
Head wraps come in a variety of sizes and don't have to cover your entire head. Someone with a brush cut could rock a bandana as a head wrap. Naturals with TWA's can use a scarf as a head wrap and tie it behind their hairline, exposing some hair in front.
Shop at Accented Glory's online store to find hair accents perfect for short hair!
Tonya - Accented Glory Visionary
Check out Cynthykay Obi YouTube video below that shows how to style your TWA with hair accessories! Cynthykay Obi is a fashion, beauty, natural hair, and lifestyle vblogger. Be sure to subscribe to her channel!
Accented Glory is highlighting our Fall designs this month. These natural hair friendly designs will be great accents for your Fall look. What makes our designs natural hair friendly? Accented Glory has three requirements for our hair accents: fabric, fit, and durability.
Naturals need to avoid fabrics that will cause friction with textured hair and dry out hair. Coarse fabrics such as tweed can cause friction with textured hair and lead to breakage. Some cotton fabrics has a tendency to dry out hair. Many naturals already struggle with dry hair and there is no need to further contribute to the dryness. Softer fabrics with a smooth finish like satin are better suited for naturals because it don't cause friction or dryness.
As naturals, we must also be mindful of protecting our hairline when choosing hair accessories. We all desire those perfect flat edges with the baby hair. Often time we use too tight ties, bands, or scrunchies to achieve this look, all along causing damage to our hairline. Unfortunately, hair accessories get a bad rap because we choose to wear too tight styles. How do you know if your hair accessory is a proper fit? It doesn’t hurt. Your hair accessory should not cause pain or headaches; it should be a comfortable fit. We recommend using hair care products to lay down your edges and not hair accessories. We're for team save your edges!
Another feature that naturals should look for in hair accessories is durability. The hair care regimens of naturals includes various oils. These oils can breakdown many adhesives and rubber materials used to create hair accessories. The less rubber and adhesives used to create the hair accent the better! The hair accessory will last longer and endure natural hair care.
Accented Glory's Fall designs meets all the requirements mentioned above! Shop at our online store to purchase designs.
Cierra has been apart of Accented Glory Team since it's launch in June 2013. Outside of being an "Accessory Diva", she's a newly college graduate who desires to pursue a career in law.
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