Usually around February (aka Black History Month) when we’re stumbling over the third verse of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and quoting MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech with so much vigor, at least one person will pay homage to badass female millionaire #1: Madam CJ Walker. Walker wasn’t just a trailblazing businesswoman, she also was the first black person own a patent for a hair straightening product. A lifetime later, enter Gwen Jimmere, CEO and founder of natural hair care products company Naturalicious. Gwen launched a hair product company that helps natural folks get their hair on point in record timing. She stopped by Madam Noire to talk about her journey. Our favorite highlights are below:
At the time, I didn’t know I was going to be the first Black woman to hold a patent for a natural hair product. To be the first Black woman to do anything is truly an honor.
I figured I could either cry about my situation, or I could make something happen because there was absolutely no Plan B.
I am my customer; if it’s not something I would use on my own head, I’m definitely not going to be selling it.
But all money is not smart money.
There will rarely ever be a “right” time, or “right” circumstance, for you to pursue your dreams and live your best life. So just do it because none of us are getting any younger.