Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Perry.
Hi Monique, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
The story of Unique Organics Haircare begins in the summer of 2020. Alopecia is prevalent in my family, particularly on my mother’s side. All of the women, including my sisters, have lost all of their hair at the top of their heads leaving only hair around the perimeter. My hair started to fall out at the crown after having a hysterectomy. I cried because I knew it was gonna be over for me. I just knew that my hair was going to go. After washing and styling my hair, my husband told me, “let’s not be reactive, let’s be proactive! Do something about it!” So I begin to research for hours and hours for herbs that have worked to stop hair loss and stimulate growth due to alopecia. After about a month, I came across the ayurvedic lifestyle. I learned all about the holistic way of restoring hair loss. I knew about some of the herbs because I was raised by my grandparents in Compton and she gave me herbs for every ailment that I had.
So this was also taking me back to my roots. I put all of the herbs together, the carrier oils and essential oils that stop hair loss and promote growth, and it worked for me. My husband began to use the oil because he suffered from severe dandruff issues. The oil cured his dandruff. When I saw that the oil stopped my hair from falling out and grew it back, I began to share to my Facebook page that my hair oil stopped my hair loss. In the beginning, customers were just direct messaging me to place their orders. I then opened an Etsy shop and my alopecia hair oil quickly became a best seller. Shortly after, I started to make my own organic shampoo and conditioner to combat hair loss and that became a best seller. I sell my shampoo in other countries!! My husband said for me to create my own organic line. I started to make hair oils for children to cure cradle cap, I made lotions, body butter, scrubs, deodorant and soaps. My brand expanded quickly within in year’s time. Currently, I am in 2 stores. I sell online and at craft shows. My plans are to sell in Walmart and in Target. My products are effective and I would love for the world to experience them.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It hasn’t been smooth. I was working as a full-time dental assistant as well as a full-time business owner. Some days I would shut down at 2 AM just to be back up for work at 6AM!! There’s also a lot of competition. But, I’m not too focused on that. I will just deliver a quality product backed with great customer service and let the products sell themselves. Marketing and financial avenues are a challenge. I use my own funds and savings to keep my business going. I’m hoping to one day be able to secure the funds to be able to have my own warehouse so that my apartment is not so crammed with supplies.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am most definitely a creator. I’ve always been. As a small child, I had to be creative because I was raised by my grandparents. I would cook for them, pay the bills, grocery shop, pick up their medicine and other things around the house. I cook very well. My specialty is soul food. Someone once told me that my food tastes like an old lady from the South cooked it. And that made me happy. If someone gave me a recipe, I’d nail it on the first try. lol It’s what I love to do. I bake as well. I’ve sold my cakes, pies and cookies to restaurants, food trucks, and private customers. When I started my hair care business it just came naturally for me to mix oils, create shampoos, make body butters, scrubs, etc. I am most known for my pastries and my hair oil. I am most proud of my haircare business. I stepped out of my comfort zone and created something that became a big thing for me as well as my customers. What sets me apart from others is that I actually care about the products I deliver. If I wouldn’t eat it or use it myself, I won’t put it out for sale. I’m here to make the customer happy. I use everything that I make so that you’ll know that you can trust me. I show myself making my products and I also research every ingredient that goes into my products.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
To not take anything personal. I can’t please everyone. Although I wish I can. Sometimes, I’ll feel down if I get less than a 5 star review, but I have to remind myself, that even though I’ve tried my best to deliver a quality product, people are entitled to their opinions. One hundred people will give it five stars, and then you’ll have someone to give it 2 or 3 stars. I’m learning that I just need to learn from their negative experience and move on. I’ve also learned that not everyone is supportive of your dreams and that can include family and friends as well. I’ve learned not to expect support from them.
- Alopecia Hair Oil $16.50
- Organic Soapberry Shampoo $18.00
- Organic Rhassoul Clay and Shikakai Conditioner $16.50
- Organic Moisturizing Body Butter $14.00
- Vegan Soaps $9.00
- Website: www.alopeciahairoil.com
- Instagram: UniqueOrganics_Haircare