- A black-owned haircare startup, Naza Beauty, has just raised over N363 million capital
- The founder and CEO, Natanya Montgomery, was inspired to start the business as a result of her personal experiences with managing her hair
- Montgomery's haircare business would also provide products to help women of color adequately maintain their hair
A black woman’s hair is definitely one of the unique and beautiful features that sets her apart from other women. However, with beautiful black hair comes the perk of maintaining it and making sure that it does not end up becoming a mess.
This is what inspired the founder and CEO of Naza Haircare, Natanya Montgomery, to start a hair business that would cater to women of color who are struggling with keeping their hairs in check.
According to Tech Crunch, Montgomery notes that one of her earliest hair memories draws back to when her mother used to pack her hair into three afro puffs. It was until she clocked seven that she started going to the salon, and that has been her reality for the past 18 years.
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Montgomery’s years of unpleasant experiences at the hair salon inspired her to launch Naza Beauty, so as to attend to the haircare problems of every young black or brown girl child.
The beauty startup is set to open its first location in San Francisco, after a $1 million (over N363m) funding round led by Initialized Capital.
Montgomery’s hair care business features five protective styles with 25 variations. Women are set to enjoy hairstyles such as braids, twists, sew-in extensions, blowouts, crochet styles among several others. However, Naza Beauty does not do any hair cuts, coloring or any chemical treatments.
Asides from the haircare services offered by Montgomery’s salon, products geared towards people with coily, kinky and afro hair are also being developed.
“We center this type of hair in a world where our hair is usually an afterthought,” Montgomery said. “For people with self-proclaimed difficult hair, a lot of products that come out for everyone ignores people at the tightest end of the texture spectrum.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that former Big Brother Naija (BBNaja) housemate Uriel Oputa, took her fans down memory lane to a time when she was a full-time hairdresser back in 2014. The reality star who currently owns a wig line, took to her Instagram account to share a photo of herself working on a client's hair.
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