Navy Blue Elastic Natural Hair Headband from La Petite Boutique De Bandeaux
Handmade products are all the rage these days as department stores lower the quality of their products and raise their prices. As the average consumer grows weary and skeptical of mass-market goods, small time entrepreneurs, such as those seen on www.Etsy.com., are growing in popularity. The high quality and indisputable uniqueness of handmade products makes them unbeatable. And with several small-time entrepreneurs offering products that cater to personal needs, it’s no wonder so many consumers are turning to Etsy.com. Consumers not only enjoy the uniqueness of handmade products, but the satisfaction knowing they are supporting families.
The curly community is making its way into online shopping sites, offering amazing products for girls with natural curls and specific needs. So many women started hand crafting their products in their very own home and expanded since then. Using Etsy.com, these women created a high rising business for themselves, taking on the role as “Curlpreneurs,” or entrepreneurs with a curly twist.
Chanel from the Bronx, New York City, is one of these curlpreneurs. Her specialty is hand-crafting hair accessories for thick and curly hair. La Petite Boutique De Bandeaux, her shop, offers exquisite hair accessories. From beaded headbands to gorgeous bridal bows, these hair accessories have amazing detail and make great gifts.
Chanel began making her own hair accessories in the summer of 2008 when she found that hair accessories on the market were too slight to hold her hair. She decided to try her hand at making hair accessories that were catered to her own big hair. Using materials like satin, which are healthier for the hair, Chanel hand made accessories that were big enough to offer control and not be hidden. Her friends took notice of her handmade beauties and began requesting their own. In 2009, Chanel discovered www.Etsy.com, and Boutique de Bandeaux became an official business.
“It was love at first sight!” Says Chanel about Etsy.com. “It took a lot of work and a lot of sleepless nights, but business started to pick up slowly as word began to spread among naturalistas all over the world. It's so exciting to know that my work is being worn by curly girls in Canada, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, and Tanzania.” And with muses like Erykah Badu, Leela James, Esperanza Spalding, and Solange Knowles, Chanel is sure to be making hair accessories for ages yet. “I'm pleased to say this upcoming year I have plans to expand the line to include designs specifically geared toward naturals with locks and TWAs.”
Chanel gives a considerable amount of credit to the natural hair community, which not only serves as her inspiration, but also keeps her business thriving. “They were completely supportive of my endeavor from day one. If you plan to create a product for women with curls, I believe one of your main priorities should be to open a dialogue with your target audience to find out what their needs and wants are.”
Lil Better Butter-Vanilla Scent from Knaps—I love being me!
Another very successful curlpreneur is Spiral Solutions, based in Colorado. With the help of Etsy.com, these curl products can come to you in your very own home. Spiral Solutions makes all kinds of products for curly hair: styling agents, conditioners, butters and more! All of their products are made with natural ingredients that are healthy for your hair, and each item has a detailed description so you know exactly what you’re buying. Check it out!
Do you enjoy the moisturizing effects of butters? Belle Butters offers all varieties of body butters, face butters, and hair butters. They are very reasonably priced, 100% natural, and homemade to your liking. Belle Butters even offers custom orders! These whipped butters come in all different kinds of scents, such as Mango Moisture, Mint Chocolate, and Orange Cream Dream. They sound delicious enough to eat!
Knaps—I love being me! is devoted to providing butters and creams that better you on the outside and inside. With a motto like “Love your Hair, Love your Products, Love Yourself,” it’s no wonder they have received reviews from several users who claim to love the quality and the results.
You must visit Naturalista Tees if you have nothing but pride for your curls. They’re committed to using tee shirts to make a statement. They offer tee shirts and tote bags with messages that convey love and pride for natural hair, such as “Keep your Kinks” and “My Fro equals my Freedom.” It’s not enough to wear your curls on your head anymore, you have to wear them on your clothes!
For girls who like to express their sensuality and love for kinky hair, Kinky Brooklyn Girl has the tee shirts for you. These tee shirts come in all different colors and different messages, like “Kinky Harlem Girl,” “Kinky Girls Rock!” and “Go Kinky be Free PERManently.” Lightweight and 100% cotton, KinkyBrooklyn Girl’s tee-shirts are great for hot weather. Even if you don’t have kinky hair, this shop says that any free girl is a kinky girl.
Combining her love for cupcakes and her love for curly hair, this curlpreneur had the idea to represent curly haired women with cupcakes! Kay Lymon, the genius behind NaturalSweeties, makes tee-shirts with the cutest design. Each tee-shirt design has a different cupcake with their own personality and name, such as “Red Velvet” and “Twistah Girl.” These naturally sweet tees are incredibly unique, but Lymon is open to suggestions from her customers. She just might print your idea onto a tee-shirt.
If you're a curly girl and have an idea for a business, visit www.Etsy.com. Curlpreneurs take risks, have ideas, and love their curls. Make your ideas come to life online and start reaping the benefits! Or, if you're simply a consumer in need of a unique gift for the holidays, visit their shops and support their ideas.