when toronto Boluwatife OguniiAt 19, she couldn’t find a hair accessory to fit her tie, so she started a business. Here, the young entrepreneur shares her story in her own words.

I was born in a very densely populated area called Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria.growing up [there], I’ve witnessed firsthand what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. When my dad got a work visa, we moved to Jamaica and then to Canada. We lived in Parry Sound for a while, it’s a small place, [predominantly] White Town. I remember kids wanting to touch my hair to see how it felt.

When I was in 4th grade, I googled, “how to straighten your hair” because you know how the main character in the movie blows his hair in the wind? My hair doesn’t do that. If you don’t see someone who looks like you, obviously you don’t think you deserve it. I remember seeing Lupita Nyong’o on a billboard with the same textured short hair and dark skin as me, [and] Think it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. It really taught me that you have to create your own definition of beauty.

I have thick hair which is usually difficult to manage and [I began] Notice the lack of representation of hair accessories on the market.so [two years ago], around the age of 17, I started making things for myself that were more resilient to them.My vision is to create a space where women
All races can find fragments that make them feel beautiful, [but] I have no way to do so.

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