We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaiya Howard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaiya, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
If I start a hair business, how can it be different from those that are in the same industry? I thought about all that I would have to do to get started from the legal side of things to finding a vendor. I knew there was a lot to getting started, but when I started doing my research and saw how much more I needed. I decided to do pieces at a time, instead of doing it all at once. I also had to prepare myself for the hard times to come, so I wouldn’t allow those moments to get to me. I knew I wanted to do something in the hair industry and starting with selling hair got my foot in the door. I knew I’d have to start somewhere to see success down the road.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started my hair business in the midst of the pandemic knowing that’s what I wanted to truly do. I realized doing hair is something I wanted to do after college instead of working in the field of psychology. I’m glad I decided to pursue having a business in the hair industry. In my first year of having a business, I’ve been able to develop my brand, do more research on the different kinds of hair that is offered, how to tell the difference between good and bad quality. There is so much that goes into having a reputable brand. Yet doing all those things which is great it still wasn’t the one thing that made my business stand out. So, this upcoming year I will be introducing monthly recognitions to women that suffer from hair loss, but each month we will spotlight a specific reason of what causes the loss of their hair. Whether they lost it from radiation/chemotherapy, pregnancy, stress, skin conditions, or even certain medications. All those are factors of why women lose their hair and I believe that they should see that someone is thinking about them and wanting to help them rebuild their confidence. I don’t want women to feel like they need to hide their issues under a wig, but until their ready to reveal why not get a custom unit until then. My brand has no limits, I’m willing to continue to expand this brand and make sure its rememberable. It took me about a year to realize what I wanted my focus to be of my business and learned a lot along the way. Realized there were areas where I should’ve listened or possibly take a different approach. But it’s all a learning process and I’m thankful for it. Wasn’t easy but I realized I had to stop doing things on my own and let the Most High have full control.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m very much a homebody, the both us would be exploring the city honestly lol. I love to have fun, so I’d try to find places where you can play games, I’m not sure. Throughout the week I would find some black businesses to support whether its food or fun activities. Just explore the city and enjoy it.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Parents. Ken and Wand Howard are the two people that truly saw my gift with my hands before I did. For a long time, I stayed away from doing things with my hands until I went to college. Started doing hair from time to time until my final year of school. I began to put a lot of my focus into doing hair when the pandemic hit, and that’s where I truly found a love for doing hair and in that same year, I started my business. They saw how dedicated I became into perfecting my craft and they invested in me. After I graduated, they built me an in-home salon. I’m truly blessed to call them my parents and thankful for what they do for me and praying that Yah continues to bless their household.