We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Rowley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I started this journey to solve a problem and ended up with so much more. After working as a hair stylist for over 15 years, I began to form allergies to many ingredients found in almost all of the salon products I was accustomed to using. Being told to just “stop using beauty products”, my already immune compromised health issues, and the impacts of COVID, forced my move from my hands-on career. I wasn’t willing to just sit still and accept the cards I was dealt. I went on a mission to create salon quality hair care that could go toe-to-toe with the products I was accustomed to using, without all the crazy chemicals. It took time, a lot of research and many failed attempts before I created our first product, Bella Hue cleaner-than-clean dry shampoo. My husband, Sam, and our two kids play a major role in the business too, from packaging to labeling and a lot of moral support. Thank you for supporting this small business, and for taking the time to share your love for Bella Hue!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
School was always a struggle for me. Learning to do hair was one of the first times in life I felt ahead of the game. It was such a fun and creative outlet to me. When I started this business I was overwhelmed by how much legal jargon and computer work there was to figure out. I remember having 30 browsers open at one time to just try and find out how to apply for our LLC. Every little accomplishment was something worth celebrating. It’s pretty cool to be able to prove to my kids that no matter how daunting something may be, if you want it bad enough, you will be able to accomplish it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston has so many cool things to offer but I love that small town feel. I would suggest checking out downtown Tomball for a day of shopping and good eats. Fire Ant Brewery, Bonfire Grill, and The Empty Glass are our favorite places to grab a drink and a bite to eat. They have the cutest shops out there too, from antique stores to small women owned clothing boutiques. Kids Anthem is my favorite for toys and trendy baby/kids clothing!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband Sam and kids have been so supportive during this transition from me being a stay at home/ working mom to full time business owner. I I I am also grateful to all the boss babes that have shown me so much support and helped to build me up!