The 3 companies selected in L’Oreal x She Leads Africa’s latest cohort are some of the most brilliant companies operating out of the continent today. With a chance for mentorship, knowledge and networking opportunities for these start-ups, we can’t wait to see how far they go. BN Style had a quick chat with all three winners. Read our interview with Nyaki Tshabangu and Lindiwe van Staden are the founders of natural hair community Natural Hair Co .
BNS: Tell us about your brand
Natural Hair Co. is a community of natural hair enthusiasts. We are the leaders in experiential marketing events for natural hair and have an online store that sells customized box sets based on hair needs.
BNS: What’s your best-selling product?
We host annual conversational events called My HairStory that allow us to actively engage our community and empower local and international brands.
BNS: What’s your educational background?
Nyaki Tshabangu has a background in project management special focus on the built construction. Lindiwe van Staden has a background in Development Planning.
BNS: What’s been your biggest challenge so far?
Turning our passion into a business and also navigating a completely unique business model
BNS: What has been the biggest highlight of your career?
Hosting our events in areas that are often forgotten (townships) this has allowed many brands [reach] an untapped market.
BNS: Any plans to diversify into other categories or other regions on the continent ?
We are excited to see what the future holds and definitely keen on hosting events and even retailing brands from different African countries.
BNS: What’s the earliest accomplishment you had in business that inspired you to keep going?
Being nominated by the African Hair Awards and winning Most Informative Hair digital Platform
BNS: Who is your favourite African style icon?
Brenda Fassie, Boom Shaka and Mafikizolo’s Nhlanhla Nciza – these women have graced our screens for decades and they have shaped and influenced culture with their timeless style.
BNS: What advice would you give a new business owner/entrepreneur?
It gets hard; but don’t give up. Keep your eye on the prize