Cubitas products are favorites among curlyheads.

Karl Kim scours the world for the most beautiful, most unique hair accessories.

“We are always looking for products our customers won’t find elsewhere,” says Kim, founder of the Austin-based company. “ buyers seek the very latest in hair accessory styles — from large glittery barrettes to refined hair pins.”

Cubitas was founded in September 2007, and currently carries 250 products. It is adding new products monthly, and Kim expects to have more than 400 items in stock by summer.

Curly customers have been an especially good market for Cubitas, which sells a number of claw clips, barrettes and hair pins that work well with curls and kinks.

“Curly haired customers are looking for versatility,” Kim says. “They want to be able to create a number of hair styles quick and easily, whether their hair is long or short, whether they’re running out to do errands or attending a formal event.”

By using accessories, you can get a different stylish look quick and easy.”

Kim says the hottest curly accessory for spring is the claw clip, which comes in a variety of sizes. He says these clips can hold the thickest curls and kinks.

“You can open the claw clips enough to hold a large volume of curly hair off your face,” Kim says.

Kim comes from a jewelry family, and grew up helping his parents with their business. When he had the opportunity to build an e-commerce site, hair accessories seemed like a good choice because they are small and easy to ship.

“I was able to learn the types of products customers wanted and continued to purchase,” Kim says.

Cubitas company specializes in accessories decorated with Swarovski crystals. They all are made with high-quality metal hinges and springs as well as resilient acrylic and plastic. The hand-painted accessories are all free of lead paint.

“Our business is about integrity, trust, reliability and a commitment to superior customer satisfaction,” Kim says.

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Michelle Breyer

As co-founder of, a website for curly hair she began with her business partner and friend, Gretchen Heber, Michelle Breyer helped create the leading community and resource for people with curly hair. Frustrated by the lack of information on curly hair and the limited products available in the marketplace, the duo launched the site in 1998 with the help of a 14-year-old web designer. When Procter & Gamble called three years later to advertise to the® audience, Breyer knew they had indeed created a force in the industry, providing helpful information and unparalleled expertise for what was then considered a niche market.

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