We had the good fortune of connecting with LaTishia Edison and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi LaTishia, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When going through my process of thinking about creating a hair growth oil it was when I first decided to go natural.When thinking about hair and different hair types I learned that what may work for some may not work for others. It takes time and many products when working with natural hair. So my process was very personal because I was facing many different struggles when it came to picking products that would benefit my scalp, benefit my hair and also keep my hair moisturized, we all want healthy hair at the end of the day that is the goal. I started doing research on different natural oils, going on YouTube and honestly a lot of this was trial and error to see what worked for me. When we think about hair, we see it as a crown that is important to us. The saying goes when a woman cuts her hair she is on a new discovery and ready for a change. I was using products that contradicted itself. It would hydrate but somehow my scalp was extremely dry, to some products not being good with a sensitive scalp making it irritated, to hair breaking off or shedding bad. I used all of these different problems that people can face when it comes to maintaining healthy hair as well as the scalp as a challenge to create something that could be diverse no matter the hair type. When going through the process of creating a hair growth oil I learned down the line with my own hair that certain oils I could not use, to even certain products I was using I would have to switch them up between weeks or even months because it stopped working for my hair. When working with others it is always good to ask questions when it comes to allergies, or even a person’s health. I then took on breaking down what type of hair I had which was low porosity hair so I discovered that certain products I was using may not be able to even get to my scalp because it was extremely too thick, to even having a scalp that sucks up oils quickly. When learning this I had to make sure the products I was using were good for natural hair and that the products did not build up. I saw what I could do for myself and then I wanted to also serve others. I knew I could not be the only one facing these types of problems. I took the time to do small bottles when asked how my own hair was growing and looking and I decided I wanted to share with others. With a new business comes hardship and being able to take good and bad criticism and not always being too hard on oneself. I decided to take a step with faith and go for it and just what I expected when things go good there also comes bad and at times I did get discouraged, but with a great support system of family and friends I would say to myself I am too legit to quit and got back on track. This was more than just a business I was helping others also, rather it helped build motivation, uplifted their confidence, or help promote their hair journey. I was serving others in a positive light.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a future teacher currently working on my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, who loves working with people and helping them stay on a positive path. I am a firm believer in education and that knowledge is power and it is to be shared. What sets me apart from others I would have to say that I am not perfect and I believe it is okay to make mistakes, that is a part of building success you cannot succeed if you don’t fail. I was faced with many obstacles with school, when it came to adults and what helped me through a lot of my hardships I would have to say was my family and that I was taught that what does not kill you only makes you stronger. So when people doubted me it only gave me a higher drive to prove them wrong. My biggest lesson I have learned with growing each day would be to know that people or obstacles come with either a reason or a season,and the choices we make can either make you or break you. When it comes to me making my hair growth oil I would like people to always keep the faith and believe in themselves and to be a blessing to others. Faith without work is dead, so remember that when curves are thrown your way just keep pushing through the light, your almost at the end of the tunnel.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would prefer to travel somewhere else Chesapeake,Virginia there is not much going on lol. Most people would say Va Beach being it is like a tour area and has a strip with different food places, bars and clubs. However, being I am from here it gets old very quickly.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to say thank you to my family and friends for trusting me and believing in me as I took a chance to help others to believe in themselves. We fail to realize sometimes that the little things matter the most and just a simple keep pushing, motivation and encouragement goes a long ways. I always humble myself and could never be who I am without a great support system and customers who later on become even more like family. I love them all and could not say thank you enough but I am truly forever thankful.

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