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Meet OmUnique Johnson of The Supply Trap, Baggit Boutique and Tia’s Soils

Today we’d like to introduce you to OmUnique Johnson.

OmUnique, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m 24 years old and I’m from Compton CA. Since I’ve lived on my own, I realized that you either take the risk or be stuck. So nothing I’ve done has been a second thought if I pondered on it I made it happen. I lost my mom at 15 on a Friday and was at school the following Monday so for me there has been no time to sit still. I’ve always been on the move. After I went to college and decided to leave I did an old friend hair and from there, I was doing everyone’s hair all around Los Angeles. I put in the time driving to clients and working for little to nothing. After being in the hair business for five years and running out of products late nights with clients, I decided to start The Supply Trap which is a mobile 24-hour beauty supply. The Supply Trap provides access to products to the businesswoman whose only time to get to the beauty supply was at 6 am before work but it’s closed or the woman that could only make it at 10 pm because they’ve got off of work, fed their families but the beauty supply is now closed. It’s important to me to give the opportunity to every woman to feel beautiful and that may just be a late night lashes before the club or some weave glue at 12am because they ran out. But that was only the beginning.

A couple of years later, BaggIt came to mind…I dress different and use my accessories as a form or expression I’m often asked “where do you get your accessories from?” So I wanted to provide a boutique for women to not only purchase an item but find a statement. An average woman can’t shop here! This boutique is for women who are looking to make their statements and aren’t afraid to be seen. I feel like I’ve always had a thing for making women feel empowered and giving them the little peace of sass they’re missing. After working with multiple women and seeing the joy that looking beautiful and also having healthy hair brought. This year Tia’s Soils became a brand. This is a tribute to my mom; who was also a hairstylist in her time. Tia’s Soils is a hair care line that provides the nutrients in order for crops to grow. (reason why it’s named soils lol) I know I’ve started a lot and sometimes I sit back and notice that with being a full-time engineer student running a successful business can seem impossible. But I can’t stop. I’m running a marathon.

Great, 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?
Nothing has been smooth about it. I’m like the commercial “I want money and I need It now” we’ll I want success and I need It now. I sometimes have to stop myself to realize how far I’ve come. When you have no help most times, I’m just worried about the end goal, but I have to remind myself of all the steps I’ve taken to get to where I am today. Everything I’ve done I’ve done alone and no cookies are necessary for that because it’s life but when being a serial entrepreneur with no investors you’re taking a risk. For the supply trap, no wholesalers wanted to work with me. I sat in meetings and provided all my documentation to show I am a licensed beauty supply but because of me being a young black girl from Compton CA they turned me away. Just so I can have products to sale I purchased them from black-owned beauty supplies for full price. When running a business, you expect to make a profit however it was hard to put a high price on a pack of hair. I spent my whole savings investing in products hoping my business will cross someone who’s willing to help me take it to the next level. But nope it’s just me! And that’s okay.

The Supply Trap, Baggit Boutique and Tia’s Soils – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I have three business and all three of them are built on women empowerment. The supply trap is to give opportunities to businesswomen who work late nights doing hair but run out of products. Moms that have a tight schedule or dad’s who’s raising a queen and need some products. Baggit Boutique helps women find their statements. Baggit provides everything from handbags to accessories. And the Tia’s Soils provides the nutrients that every crop needs to grow. So I would say I specialize In women. I specialize In my community because I know what we lack. Which is the late-night beauty supplies due to safety precautions, the nice jewelry that you would have to go to high in stores to find as well and products that was made for us by us. Everything I’ve done has been with the insight of my clients that I get from braiding. I’ve spoken and connected with so many women and when they walk out of my hair chair they feel empowered and that makes me proud. So if I can take care of them from head to toe with my hair care line, accessories and 24-hour mobile beauty supply, I feel like that alone sets me apart from others. I want to make my customers happy. I take pride in everything I do. And my supporters truly become my friends.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment would have to be being able to provide for myself with my talents. Being an entrepreneur is a risk but God has continuously provided for me. If it’s not with baggit boutique or the supply trap, it’s with me braiding hair and Tia’s Soils hair care line.

Pricing:

  • Tia’s Soils $14 for a 2oz $18 for a 4oz

Contact Info:

  • Others: @itsomunique

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