QUICK Q&A WITH HAIRFINITY CO-FOUNDER TYMEKA LAWRENCE
WomanInTheJungle How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Tymeka Lawrence: In the beginning, I struggled with work/life balance. I worked a lot, lost a lot of sleep, etc. However, overworking yourself doesn’t come with a consequence. When I realized that it could affect my health, I just thought about what was most important in my life. I thought about what I could live without, and what I couldn’t live without. My family and my health trumped my business, so it put things in perspective for me. Now, I just keep a schedule that works for me. I have certain hours for work, and certain hours for my family.
WomanInTheJungle Can you describe a typical day in your working life?
Tymeka Lawrence: Over the years, my work day has changed dramatically. In the early years, it was just my husband and I doing everything including customer service and packaging. Today, I am mostly involved with product development and overall management. So, a typical day in my working life is split into two parts. Half of the day would be spent surfing the internet looking for ways to improve something for others. The other half of the work day is spent in the office working with our various departments. The rest of the day is reserved for my family.
WomanInTheJungle What is the most challenging part of owning your own business?
Tymeka Lawrence: The most challenging part of my job is deciding what to tackle first and who to focus on. Our team comes up with lots of ideas about products to help people, but you can’t do everything for everyone. It’s difficult to decide which products make the cut, and which ones don’t. They are all great ideas.
WomanInTheJungle What advice would you give someone hoping to follow in your footsteps?
Tymeka Lawrence: I would tell someone hoping to follow in my footsteps to believe in themselves. When you try to do something different, people won’t always be supportive. They won’t always see your vision. But if you believe in yourself, it will be easier to pursue your dreams and make them a reality.Remember, social media is big today and if used correctly it can benefit your business greatly. Through social media you can really engage with your core audience. Even before I launched the company I remember blogging that I was going to bring out Hairfinity and there was a huge demand before it even went on sale which was incredible.
WomanInTheJungle What else can be done to help hair growth?
Tymeka Lawrence: Try to use a gentle shampoo that is free from sulphates as these strips the hair. Moisturising treatments, balancing conditioners and protein treatments work great for the hair but remember too much protein could break or make the hair become very dry. Satin pillowcases are also a must-have to sleep on to protect hair as cotton pillowcases can often dry it out.
You can get other great advice and tips on how to keep your hair healthy and beautiful over at the Hairfinity Blog and on Facebook.