Black Women in business: Klerissa McDonald – Curly by Nature
We caught up with the beauty behind the brand Curly by Nature, Klerissa McDonald who launch their curly/kinky hair products at pre-launch of the WITJ Natural Hair & Beauty Show back in August 2013. We questioned her on business & beauty, here’s what she had to say…
KM – Whilst I was gaining experience as a hairstylist working in several salons across London, I recognised the sad and shocking stories of chemical and heat damage that was plaguing the industry and community. Before I entered the professional industry I was so passionate about the versatility of what I call ‘genetically curly’ hair. I knew that it was were my real talents and passion lied, it was my speciality as I had built a regular clientele whose hair I would regularly style and this started from the tender age of 8 years old. After experiencing work life in London salons, I decided to become a freelance stylist specialising in Natural haircare and adopted and developed alternative effective natural haircare and hairstyle solutions. Whilst I was on maternity leave with my baby girl, I developed a love of the science of creating amazing concoctions that the hair absolutely adores so I went on to become a certified advanced haircare product developer. Curly By Nature was born from the need to have all natural, honest haircare products that has been clinically proven to be truly effective for the hair. I thought that it was about time that the people of the UK were offered high quality, all natural, british haircare products.
KM – Challenges will always come, but for me work-life balance has been a real ongoing struggle. In reality there never seems to be enough time in the day. Between doing the school run, to visiting a supplier, to food shopping, to meeting a stakeholder on Skype, to responding to emails and enquiries and posting orders to customers there is an awful lot of juggling. Knowing my purpose and staying committed to my personal and business mission to see the realisation of my vision is what helps me to overcome any obstacle.
KM – Although it sounds really simple and cliche this is so true: follow your heart, seek God in all things and work to your absolute best ability. Also please marinate on my favourite quote: Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.- Saint Augustine.
KM – I love the Hair Repair Oil the most, simply because it is so versatile. It can be used to detangle the hair before you shampoo. It can be used as a hot-oil treatment. You can use it to seal in moisture when hair is wet and use it to soften and add shine when hair is dry. It quickly absorbs into the hair shaft and goes through to the cortex. It is filled with such rich ingredients which have been proven to be effective for genetically curly hair. It smells sublime and is also great for the skin! Our customers love our Hair Repair Oil so much.
KM – We will be an internationally recognised brand that is still active at a local level within the community. We are all about education and believe that that is where our focus will be.
KM – I see myself being more active in my community in regards to haircare and business education simply because haircare, business and education are true passions of mine.