Hey, thanks for coming to check out this episode of the Curl Power Podcast. I’m speaking to Jamelia Donaldson, the founder of Europe’s first and largest product discovery service for women and girls with kinky curly hair. She is also the co-Founder of the Teen Experience, the workshop series for Black and Mixed Race teen girls.
She is busy creating the things she wants to exist and I am here for it.
This episode is scattered with little gems of advice for anyone else on their entrepreneurial journey.
In this episode Jamelia discusses:
- Her Hair Journey
- The importance of representation in beauty and business
- What it would like if part of the black experience was enjoying hair from a young age.
- Setting up a business as a young black woman
- How mentors and advisors can help you on your road to success
- Adding value and getting noticed.
- Proof of concept, what it’s like when your business idea is validated.
- Building a team and starting a community
05:00 This or That | Natural Hair edition
07:07 Hairstrory “Why is it that every other ethnicity wears their hair in its natural state”
17:40 The Importance of Representation
21:12 The Realities of Setting up a Business as a Young Black Woman and the Power of Mentors and Advisers
31:33 What it’s Like to Have Your Ideas Validated, Building a Community and the benefits of a mailing list.
37:00 Building a Team and Tips for Hiring
42:45 The Teen Experience: Creating Safe Spaces for Black and Mixed Race Girls to learn and grow
47:40 She’s Obsessed the Podcast, Elevating the Voices of Black Founders
51:20 Balance and routine
55:25 Book Talk
The Teen Experience
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