Natural Mumtreprenaur’s

Mumtrepreneur: A woman who juggles business and family life

Two weeks today its mother’s day in the UK on the 30th March we will be celebrating the wonderful women that  gave us life. But what is it like raising a family and having a business? I spoke to these three ladies to find out:

Alicia Thornthwaite is from Cambridgeshire, she has two children a seven year old and a three year old and is the owner of the company AfroDeity Ltd www.afrodeity.co.uk

Alicia Thornthwaite

Alicia Thornthwaite – AfroDeity Ltd

Alica says:
I decided to start AfroDeity, with my mother, a week after my second child was born, three years ago. AfroDeity sources, features and retails Caribbean and Caribbean Inspired natural hair and beauty products. We now also have our own line of Caribbean Inspired products, Joliette, named after my mother.

If someone was reading this with a young family and wanted to start up their own natural business do you have any tips for them?
My kids are the most important thing in the world to me, they always come first. So how do you balance this overwhelming love with having something you call your own? I have always felt that a good support network is important, as I have found when doing my masters degree and starting this business. My husband and parents are very supportive and have always kept me going. Somedays you will feel like throwing the towel in and having people cheering you on to keep going helps. Having started the business with my mother I have so much support from her and she gets to see her grandkids all the time even though we live an hour and a half away.

Find a mentor to sound ideas off. They can again be another part of your support network. Test your ideas first before jumping in with both feet and most importantly learn from your mistakes. There is nothing wrong with making mistakes, as long as you learn from them.

Find and hold onto a niche part of the market and remember shout about your business, if people don’t know who you are, how can they support your business and buy your product.

Having a family doesn’t mean you can’t also be a successful woman.

Alicia Thornthwaite and her mum with THeo Paphitis

Alicia Thornthwaite and her mum with Theo Paphitis

Mother’s Day in the UK is at the end of this month, If one of my readers wanted to buy a gift for their mum from your company what would you recommend?
For Hair: The Joliette Curl Me Soft would be an amazing gift. Joliette Curl Me Softs around the country are being stolen from daughters bedrooms as we speak! Every Mum deserves a little luxury in her life and Joliette’s little luxurious bottles of Caribbean goodness will appeal to any mum. Joliette was named after my own mother who is my inspiration and no matter what I do in life she is always 100% behind me.

For Skin: I would also recommend the Fountain Pimento & Mint Medley Bath Salts which you can find on our site. They are currently Buy One Get One Free.

Joliette Mothers Day Promo

Your special message to any mothers reading
You are fabulous and amazing! Being a mother is the best and the hardest job in the world. Well Done and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Belinda Raji, lives in Belvedere, Kent she has a daughter who is four months old and is the owner of BEUNIQUE HairCare which has been running for two years www.beuniquehaircare.co.uk

beUNIQUE

Belinda Raji -BEUNIQUE HairCare

If someone was reading this with a young family and wanted to start up their own natural business do you have any tips for them?
Make sure you have a support system in place

Reward yourself, if only mentally for the things you manage to tick off your daily to do list and don’t dwell on what didn’t get done.

Do write lists as they help you remember the multitude of things you need to get done, and/or create a weekly schedule

Mothers Day in the UK is at the end of this month, If one of my readers wanted to buy a gift for their mum from your company what would you recommend?
Our deep conditioner Shea Bliss is exactly that, it nourishes and moisturises the hair, but it can also be used as a leave-in and a moisturiser on dry hair. So really you’re purchasing 3 products in one!

Shea Bliss from BeUnique

Your special message to any mothers reading?
Remember that smiles outweigh the trials of motherhood

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Akua Wood lives in , Caversham, Reading and has two children under sixteen. For the past 11 years she has been running Sheabutter Cottage www.sheabuttercottage.co.uk

Akua Wood

Akua Wood – Shea Butter Cottage

If someone was reading this with a young family and wanted to start up their own natural business do you have any tips for them?
Make sure you have a plan of what you want to achieve with your business.  Stay focused but be very flexible as it is not a straight route to achieving that dream.

Akua with her children

Akua with her children

Mothers Day in the UK is at the end of this month, If one of my readers wanted to buy a gift for their mum from your company what would you recommend?
I would highly recommend our Sankofa face cream.  It ticks all the boxes for moisture, soothing and rehydration.

sankofa cream

Your special message to any mothers reading?
Enjoy motherhood as the children grow so quickly.

 

Thank you ladies 🙂 I hope you all get to enjoy your mothers day. Blessings to all mothers worldwide x

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Natural inspiration – Esther Oduga

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Esther Oduga

What’s your name and where do you live?
My name is Esther and I live in Dagenham, Essex

When did you go natural and why?
I officially went natural mid 2011 after my second big chop shortly after I had my son. After I had my chop, I went on to texturize my hair and also did weaves and braiding. I noticed that my hair was severely shedding and my edges were no longer attractive, as this was due to pulling of hair from the weaves.  I also had an incident in 2012 while I went in for a wig cap fix, it went wrong! I had a gash on my scalp and I knew that was the final straw. Since then, I have refrained from doing braids or weaves and I just wear my natural hair. It was a tough learning curve for me, but I am so PRO Afro Natural Hair!

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Esther in her twists

How would you describe your hair texture?
My hair texture is soft and full, it’s quite coarse too, not too fine. I have a TWA going on, so I am managing it very well.

How do you take care of your hair?
Well  I have adapted a good regime of washing with my hair twice week and also doing a full deep condition with Shea Radiance at home. As I haven’t been to a salon for any natural hair treatments or styling,  I style by combing out my hair and and adorning it with scarves and  headwraps.This is Simple and easy to maintain. I have recently started trying out Finger coils, as seen in the photos posted.

Esther in her beautiful headwraps

Esther looking stunning in her beautiful headwrap

What are your words of inspiration to our readers?
Patience is Virtue… So I would you say Love your hair, be patient and you will see growth…

 

Rocking this twa

Esther Rocking her twa

Esther you go girl, love that you are enjoying your hair

Readers – I hope you enjoyed this Natural Inspiration. As always If you would like to appear as a Natural Inspiration all you need to do is send in your answers to the questions above with a minimum of four photos to angel@thenaturallounge.com

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Natural Inspriation – Myra Mushabati

Myra Mushabati

Myra Mushabati

What’s your name and where do you live?
My name is Myra and I live in Milton Keynes (but studying in Lincoln atm).

 

When did you go natural and why?
I had my last relaxer end of 2011 and I BC’d Aug 5 2012 because I suffered from tension alopecia and two trichologists recommended I went natural. Best decision I could have ever made. Although my hair hasn’t fully grown back, I’m loving my natural hair.

 

How would you describe your hair and texture?
For those that use the typing systems, my hair is 4a/b across my whole head. It’s super coily and curly, and that contributes to my serious shrinkage (about 60%).

Myra Mushabati

How do you take care of your hair?
It’s been a good year of figuring out a regime that works for both my hair and my schedule and now that I’m here…I know regular washing, moisturising and protective styling have been the key to my hairs current health and growth rate.

 

What are your words of inspriation to our readers?
Be patient with your hair; love your hair; embrace your hair; learn your hair, and enjoy whatever stage you’re at. Strive for health and the length will come. 🙂

 

I really love your coils Myra,  Readers – I hope you enjoyed this Natural Inspiration. As always If you would like to appear as a Natural Inspiration all you need to do is send in your answers to the questions above with a minimum of four photos to angel@thenaturallounge.com

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