Today we’d like to introduce you to Nisha Brown.
Hi Nisha, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
Originally, I started out as a hair extension company back in 2016. The name of the company was La Belle Hair Collection which is French for the feminine version, “The Beautiful” and it came about because my late grandmother Diane had passed away and came to me in a dream referencing extensions. She was big on wearing wigs back in her day, specifically blonde wigs. I always had a passion for the hair industry but never wanted to be a hairstylist due to me being an introvert. My grandma visiting me in my dreams was confirmation for me to get started on my dream of being in the industry. For the first 3 years, business was slow because I was finding my way within the industry plus, I never wanted people to know it was me behind the brand; I just wanted people to know the brand alone. Again, this was my introverted side taking over along with the fear of rejection. Even though things were slow during this time, every year on my grandmother’s birthday July 26, she would bless my business in some way which really became clarification that I needed to keep going. I’ve been big on education my entire life, so even as a child getting my hair done, I would ask questions in regards to what products were being used and why. My stylist would always tell me that I would be a stylist one day, but I never agreed with him. In 2018, I became an assistant to a trichologist, someone who studies the science of hair and scalp, she taught me more about hair even the things I didn’t want to know. Again, she also said I would be a stylist, but I denied it. I truly have a passion for coloring but with going to cosmetology school you can’t just go for what you want to specialize in, you have to partake in the entire cosmetology program. In 2020, I decided to rebrand my business, La Belle Hair Collection, which resulted in adding on the hair care line, La Belle Hair Care. I launched my first hair care system, Anti Dandruff System during the pandemic March 2020, it instantly sold out due to the salons shutting down. During this time, I realized that I wanted my business to be more than just a hair extensions company which led me to the creation of La Belle Hair Company which is the parent company of La Belle Hair Collection and La Belle Hair Care. Realizing that I needed the parent company allowed me to easily branch off into different directions with the La Belle brand as a whole. After holding off cosmetology school, I finally decided to start in February 2021, one week after my birthday. I graduated in September of 2021 with my temporary license and became fully licensed in January 2022. It’s so funny looking back at the journey that I’ve taken to get where I am today because I always said I would never be a hairstylist, but here I am a HAIRSTYLIST. I feel like everything happens for a reason, and everything that I’ve went through built me up to be the confident, educational stylist that I am today. I started working in a salon the following week after I graduated paying booth rent with no clientele. I offered natural hair services and was able to make 10k the first 3 months. I’ve been a full-time stylist since graduating, and I can honestly say I am truly walking in my purpose. Ever since I’ve accepted the fact that everything I did aligns with being a hairstylist, my business has done a complete 360. For anybody who is feeling discouraged, don’t give up because your breakthrough is coming soon also.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Owning a business has not been a smooth road at all. Honestly, I personally feel like only the strong and motivated survive. I started my business in 2016 and quit my job in 2017/2018 because I thought my business was going to grow overnight. Boy was I wrong. During that time, I gave up on my business a little but made a vow to myself that even though I have to go back to working a 9-5 now, this is not the end, and eventually, I will be a full-time entrepreneur. Honestly speaking my business didn’t turn around completely until 2022 after I became a licensed hairstylist. I think that me continuing my education, facing my fears head-on, and finally embracing that I am meant to be a stylist is really when my blessings start to overflow. Nothing about owning a business is easy, but in the end, it really is all worth it.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
La Belle Hair Company is a beauty brand that strives to make women feel beautiful inside and out. It’s more than just a hair care brand or hair extensions brand, our mission is to help women regain their confidence. We believe that a woman’s hair is a point of pride and there is a story behind each hair texture. No matter the texture, length, or color, we aim to help women proudly wear and flaunt their tresses. I am now a licensed cosmetologist, Nisha B Artistry, which is under the La Belle brand also as a hairstylist. I specialize in natural hair care and luxury extensions. The very thing that sets my brand apart from others is The La Belle Experience provided in service and online which is a luxurious sanctuary for all women to receive top-class and exclusive services on top of having the high-quality products to match. I am known for my seamless blend with luxury extensions and natural hair transformations using the La Belle Hair Care line.
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I am from Buffalo, New York originally, so the difference from being up north to down south is very noticeable. I really love the atmosphere and the hospitality given. There isn’t anything I dislike because I feel every state has downsides.
- Website: www.labellehairco.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nishabartistry/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/labellehaircompany/
- Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/labellehairco
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/labellehaircompany/