Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophie Lumene.
Hi Sophie, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My story began in the sixth grade when I started selling candies at school. I can still remember, my father purchased one box of candy for me to start, then I purchased three more boxes the following week. By the end of my sixth-grade year, other students were selling for me, and I would give them a small percentage. I believe I have always had a business mindset because my parents were business owners. My parents had a Caribbean takeout restaurant for over ten years. I have watched how hard they worked to provide for my siblings and myself to have a better future.
In 2013, as a college student, I also started my journey as an entrepreneur in the hair industry. One of the reasons I decided to join the hair industry is due to a bad experience my sister had with purchasing hair extensions from a local hair supplier. My parents spent over $ 200, but the hair quality was horrible. The hair matted to the point we had to cut the extension out of my sister’s hair. After such experience, I began my research on hair extension and contacting hair vendors to start my own business. Just like my candy business, I started small but quickly gain customers through social media and word of mouth.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My journey as CEO and founder of my hair extensions company was quite difficult at times. One obstacle that I experienced was managing a full-time job, finishing my bachelor’s degree, and running my hair business alone with the support of my family in the areas that they could help. However, the main challenge that I am steadily faced with is my health. There are times where I would not be able to function properly for a week, and because I am the only one who operates my company, everything would have to be placed on hold. One of the hardest hits that my business has taken was when I was ill for over a year in 2016, when my business was at its prime. This is why I have currently revamped and registered my hair business in 2019 as Unique Beauty Extensions.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
We are a hair extension company established in 2013 in Orlando, FL. We have customers throughout the United States and even outside of the US, supplying some of the most honorable US Soldiers. Our vision is to provide amazing quality hair at even better prices. We strive to have all of our customers beyond happy with their entire purchase process. This means that we take pride in ensuring that our customer service is impeccable. We pride ourselves in our tag line which is “Where Quality Meets Affordability with a Unique Touch” this means that not only you would be provided an amazing product at a great price, but from just our logo and packaging material, you will see that we stand up to our name.
How do you think about luck?
To be honest, within my business, it’s been a sense of bad luck. However, due to being a believer of Christ, the prayers of my family and myself have help us overcome I have faced.
- Lashes and Lash pens: two for $ 20
- Bundles: starts at $ 40 and up
- Closures and frontal: starts at $ 85 and up
- Wigs: starts at $ 150 and up
- Accessories: starts at $ 15 and up
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uniquebeautyextensions/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uniquebeautyextensions/