Interview By: Teenie
Since March is coming to an end and International Women's History Month is coming to a close, what greater way to end it than with women today trying to make history of their own?! A'maara Lynn, a young, black college student and entrepreneur from NYC is doing just that with her Shea Butter products; better known under the line Curl Whatever. As a skin and hair savior, her products not only keep you glowing and moisturized, but they also have great additions to them such as tea tree oil, rose water, aloe vera and lavender oil to help treat skin problems as well as overall relax your body and keep you feeling good! I got the chance to talk to her about inspiring others and handling a business all on your own in the interview below.
Okay so first, tell us a little bit about yourself and your business!
My name is A'maara! I'm a 20 year old, NY based entrepreneur. My business; Curl Whatever, caters to people of color and their most essential skin needs. I started the business last July and ever since then it's been a complete blessing to me. There's something calming and satisfying about making people happy through my products.
As a black entrepreneur, I'm sure you agree that it is so important for our people to create their own businesses and products as well as support their own, especially in a system that doesn't. I know that there can also be a lot of setbacks both product and support wise, but what has kept you going during this journey?
Okay, I was in a bad place towards the end of last year. Having a lot of bad energy and free time allowed me to massively transform my business, especially to better myself. It's also important to understand that as a black entrepreneur, everything won't be smiles and sunshine. You will be stressed, broke, and you will be on the verge of giving up.But TRUST the process. Everything is cyclic. And every step you make, only makes you better.You also have to surround yourself with like-minded people and people who trust your progress. Having a strong support system will take you far!
Are there any women that inspire you? Who are they and why?
Every black woman that is out here grinding. Every black woman that's out here struggling. Every black woman that's thinking about quitting. That's my motivation. I'm here doing it all for them!
And lastly, what advice would you give to young people who want to start businesses of their own?
My biggest advice to anyone wishing to start their own business is to first do your research. Research includes finding a target audience and looking into marketing. Make sure that whatever you're doing is unique in its own special way. The second tip that I'll give out is to just do it. Stop allowing yourself to seep into your fears and just get it done. You'll find out who truly supports you when you do.
Be sure to grab yourself a jar of shea butter before they're all gone!
And check out A'maara 's blog as well, where she's talks about self care/health, self love, and growing through the ups and downs of life!
Her social media is listed below so you can keep up with her daily!
Personal Instagram: @amaara.lynn
Business Instagram: @curlwhatever_