Coming from a humbled background, helping others came naturally. I was eager to learn, worked hard, and did whatever it took until I reached perfection in anything I did. When it looked as if I was going to take a turn as a troubled teen, I was pulled in by a coach at a summer camp who taught me how to braid. At the age of 14, I begin making money braiding hair. I taught friends and anyone who was interested. My mom would come home to a house full of girls either braiding hair or getting their hair braided. We were a team that worked well with each other and for others. We set up every summer morning at 8am and opened my mom’s house for walk in appointments. When summer was over and school begin, we would take appointments afterschool and on the weekends. Back then, word of mouth was your advertisement, the clients did the marketing. There was no google, no social media and no apps to book appointments. We were in the era of text messages and calls free after 7pm. Before I knew it, I was missing school to do hair. I was willing to drop out of high school to do hair. I continued braiding hair all throughout high school. I was pregnant with my first child the last semester of my senior year. I thought there was no way I could sit and wait for someone to want their hair braided to support my child. I continued to do hair off and on as I worked full time. Over the years, I continued my education, and my career took over. Braiding hair became nonexistent. I became very successful as a healthcare professional in Corporate America. I love everything about it. I make good money and I am happy. In 2018, I was promoted and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia when I suddenly felt I was missing something. For the life of me, I couldn’t find out what it was. Depression set in and lingered for months. After spending hours on social media watching hair trends from wigs to braiding, I found what I was missing. I was missing braiding. I quickly put myself out there and begin taking appointments on the weekends. I found myself struggling with the time it took for me to complete a style, the quality of my style and finding ways to grow beyond the clients I served. It was rough finding my way back. I was determined to reach perfection again and make a mark in the hair industry once again. I was like a new beginner stylist. I took classes to learn new techniques to improve the quality of my work. I even timed myself and tested a few products and tools which I received positive reviews and feedback on. I moved back to the Tampa Bay Area during the start of the pandemic May 2020. Once it was safe and approved, I begin taking appointments in Tampa. I looked myself in the mirror and told myself no matter how hard or slow it get, give 100% every time and there is no stopping this time around. I gave myself I second chance and took it as if it was my last shot in the hair industry. Appointments quickly picked up. My clientele has doubled, I am continuing to grow as a braid professional. I have connected with braiders all over the country through social media and events nationally and locally. I have put in the work, I believe in my products, and I stand behind my products. I believe that my product and my brand can changes the lives of hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions of women and girls around the world. I can and I will make a stamp in this billion-dollar industry.