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Hidden Gems: Meet Emani Haynes of The Sunflower Collection

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emani Haynes.

Hi Emani, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am 22 years old. I remember working at Sprouts Farmer’s Market when I was 18, a former co-worker always complimented my hair and one day she made a comment, “you should sell hair; you always have good bundles in your head.” I agreed but I never looked too much into it. 2020 was the year for change. When I lost my job in the beginning of the pandemic, I knew I needed to find a new route to make money because jobs were becoming hard to find. I instantly thought about that moment with the coworker, and that’s when I started to look more into the hair selling business. I love my hair, I love that I can be versatile with my hairstyles and I know for a fact other women do as well. I knew I would be able to make a name for myself in this field because every hair dealer is different. Here I am a year later, I have definitely made a name for myself, everyone knows it’s Emani when they see The Sunflower Collection.

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?
This has not been a smooth road. I constantly run into bumps. Finding the right vendor for all of my products has been the most challenging task. Having the best quality is my biggest goal. When searching for any product, I look to see which vendor has the best quality. I’ve shuffled through so many vendors in the past year, some I’ve taken L’s with and a couple have been W’s. I knew this wouldn’t be as easy as it sounded when I first started but I will never give up. Quality over quantity is always my #1 motto

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a hair business. I specialize in weave hair bundles, I am known for my satin bonnets that are branded with my logo. I think my business is different from others because I have a variety of products and my name stands out. When people hear “The Sunflower Collection” their first thought is flowers, I’m The Sunflower and the collection is the plethora of items I have. I am most proud of my items. I use everything I sell and I knew other women would as well. Bonnets and edge control are always an eye-catcher, I knew adding them to my collection would be a good idea.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success is being proud of you. Whether you’re making a lot of money or not. Success is not built or gained solely from money, it’s growing in and with something you are passionate about.

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