Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Scott.
Hi Brittany, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started my natural hair journey four years ago when my mom asked me if I would go natural with her. I was reluctant at first because I knew it would be difficult since I have never done my own hair before, and I have been relaxing my hair for over 18 years. I took up the challenge nonetheless. I eventually did the Big Chop and fully committed to the process. After watching countless of YouTube videos about natural hair and different styling routines, I started to get into my routine. One of my favorite routines was the Apple Cider Vinegar rinses because it made my hair super soft BUT the process of using the plastic bag to cover my hair was absolutely messy, not attractive and not to mention painful when the drips of ACV/water would slip through and get into my eyes. Shower caps were no better because I would have to use multiple shower caps to be able to fit my thick coarse hair and I still had the same issue of water dripping down my face, lol. The frustration of constantly having to wipe my face or neck was the last straw. I started thinking There Has To Be A Better Way!!
So I went to my job and complained to a coworker who is also natural and she was having the same issue. We started searching on Google to see if there were options that would suffice in helping our issue. Our search came up empty. I went to the store-bought some fabric, borrowed a sewing machine, watched YouTube videos on how to sew and started to create something. I will say my first prototype was not the greatest but it was a start! So I kept working on it and finally came up with a cap that may actually work. I did a test run and YES, this could be it. It actually worked but how do I produce this. My full-time job had an opening in California! I moved from Georgia to California for my other job with this project still in the back of my mind. It was a blessing in disguise because Los Angeles is the mecca for what I needed to continue this idea. I was on the hunt for a manufacturer that could turn my prototype into an actual product. I found one that turned my prototype into what Kapchair is today. I was so amazed because what I thought was a solution for my ACV rinse problem turned out to do sooo much more. ACV, Deep Conditioning, Hot Oil Treatments, Greenhouse/Baggy Method, hair dying, to name a few of the things the cap can do. I then added on the sleeve after thinking again there can be an easier way instead of boiling water! The Kapchair cap is a deep conditioning cap that you can use to deep condition, do hair rinses and more for your hair. You can even use it as a shower cap!
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest issue when starting a business is learning how to start a business lol I researched for hours on how to get started and what all I needed to become an LLC. I also The biggest step was researching where to find the perfect wholesale fabric since I needed a specific type of fabric and who can manufacture and help design my prototype better! There were times I wanted to give up because I got the run around a lot and then you have to be careful because people will see that you are new to the game so they try to overprice things and quote you for more than you actually need to start off with. You just have to do ALOT of research for something that has never been done before!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an Electrical Engineer and my full-time job is doing Systems Engineering on satellites and GPS systems. I am also the CEO of Kapchair. I am proud that I am able to manage my time to still be an engineer but also have my side business that is constantly growing.
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
Natural Hair is exponentially growing and women/men constantly need products for their hair! The key is finding niches in the industry that can make a person’s hair care routine less stressful, less messy, more manageable as well as fashionable.
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