We had the good fortune of connecting with Abena Tetteh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abena, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Being a college in freshman, I realized that I had a skill and I could become profitable. I had to discipline myself by teaching myself how to budget, how to generate income to start the business, and how to make the most out of the situation I was in. Eventually, when I started to get the hang of things, a certain energy was within me and I was able to keep that momentum going. In my business so far, experience has been the best teacher.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Initially, I started off as a wig maker. I made wigs for people with difference head sizes. Each wig was unique in its own way. I would make curly wigs, straight wigs, frontal wigs, closure wigs, & colored wigs. Making wigs were very therapeutic to me when I was in college, it acted as a stress reliever.
Getting to where I am at today was not easy. There were times when I doubted my abilities to run a business. Anytime I doubted myself, I told myself that I would not have made it this far by doubting myself. Perseverance, grit, and a sound mind took me through every challenge I’ve faced.
With every challenge I’ve faced, I’ve realized that sometimes we are our biggest critic and we set ourselves back by allowing fear and doubt to take control. I’ve learned that when you conquer that fear and take that risk, everything around you starts to flow.
I want the world to know that my business is something I have dedicated a lot of time and thought into. Being that my business has been a production of the thoughts that go in my head, I was able to tap into my creative side and that ultimately allowed me to expand my clientele, add more services, and enhance my vision moving forward.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my bestfriend and I were on a week long trip, I would take her to Ghana. We would go to Woodin, a store that sells African print clothing and accessories. Then we would make our way through the local markets/malls and get kelewele (fried plantains with spices). Later that night, we would go see a movie at Silverbird cinemas.
I would book a lesson to learn the traditional Adowa dance. We would spend the nights on the beach watching the sun go down. We would visit local restaurants/lounges and interact/connect with natives of Ghana.
I would love to take my bestfriend to the Safari so we can see different animals and explore nature.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mentor from my first salon job when I was 15 years old made me realize my passion for the beauty industry. She taught me the ins and outs of the beauty business and encouraged me to pursue my own journey.
When I got to college my freshman year, my roommate realized my worth as a stylist and encouraged me to start my business on campus.