We’ve all been there.
Trying to find the right product for our hair that gives us the right feel, touch and look that we want but doesn’t contain harmful ingredients that will damage our hair later on.
So many of us have just said, “forget it” and started to try to create our own hair product, but even that can become frustrating.
Kim Lewis was in the same boat.
When Kim made the decision to change from chemical-based hair products and cut off her heat-damaged hair, she tried to find natural ingredients to make organic products herself.
But the ingredients were hard to find, and making them in her kitchen was more than a notion, it was exhausting.
“It was definitely a learning process,” said Lewis, 25, of Chicago.
Around this same time, her husband Tim, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign double major in Economics & Psychology left college without a job. Without having any income coming in, Tim was forced to work at Starbucks.
“It was just so intense,” she said. “I was working over 80 hours a week, and I’m like 21. I really hated the life I was in because I felt that I had no control over my time, and I wasn’t doing something that I loved.”
Knowing his talent for trivia, his wife Kim signed him up to be on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” where he put his knowledge of random facts to good use by winning $100,000.
With his wife’s frustration of finding the right hair recipe, he then invested $25,000 into Kim’s first business and the two started their own business, CurlMix. He has been her biggest supporter ever since and is CurlMix’s business strategist.
The business ships a box full of natural ingredients directly to customers, giving them the tools to create their own natural hair products without ever leaving home. Unlike many other subscription box retailers, subscribers of CurlMix are also provided online video tutorials.
Products include Apple Cinnamon Edge Control, Brown Sugar Hair & Body Butter, Curl Styling Jelly and more. There are some pre-made samples as well.
In under a year, CurlMix has turned into a six-figure company, Lewis said.
Their innovative take on Do–It–Yourself hair products has won praise from top industry publications such as…