We had the good fortune of connecting with Maresha Braswell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maresha, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is huge, especially to someone who has anxiety, you sometimes have that nagging voice that tells you not to do it, not to go forward with your dream, and talks you down. Risk requires being unsafe and vulnerable. You have to set aside your negative thoughts and just dive in. When I started my company in 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic I kept saying to myself am I going to do this now? Why didn’t I do this before? I didn’t know who would support me if anyone or if anyone would give me a chance to try my products. I’ve always taken a risk in life and didn’t know just how moving from Stone Mountain, GA to Phoenix,AZ would change my life for the better. I moved here in 2007 to make a better life for myself and, child.The only way to grow in life and learn is to take risks whether it is in your business or personal life. Risks also lead to mistakes that we can learn from and are worth it. I have always known that I wanted to work for myself and be my own boss. The risk for me was stepping out on faith and starting this business knowing there would be challenges such as financial, competitive,and the all mighty unknown of how this business would be successful. Nothing in life comes great without risk.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have a hair growth business where I help women and men feel more confident in their crowns (hair). If you deal with hair loss, alopecia, bald spots, etc I have the perfect hair oil that helps grow in those spots and edges. I have used myself to show these products work as I have dealt with bald spots, and hair that wouldn’t grow. I post my results as well as others to show these products work. I also make these products affordable for everyone. In my years of going natural, I have tried every hair care product on the market and nothing worked for me. It wasn’t until I did tons of research and created, tested, and bottled my products to share with the world. It wasn’t easy at first because there are tons of trials and tribulations you go through as a new business owner. When I first started I picked out my business name and wanted to go ahead and start the business well. I didn’t trademark my name and another company did. I was crushed and wanted to give up. I waited a few months and revamped my business with a new name and better business tactics on the back end. When you are a one-man show sometimes it is hard especially when you are working a 9-5 with overtime and trying to keep your business in order, you have to stay strong and plan out your day so you won’t become overwhelmed as I did in the beginning. I want people to know that I work hard for this brand and only put out quality products to help you feel more confident in your hair.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is a great question as I can’t wait for my besties to get here. We would This is a great question as I can’t wait for my besties to get here. We would brunch at First Watch in Tempe, Snooze AM in Tempe, and of course Hash Kitchen for those build your Bloody Marys!
For fun, we would go to Dave n Busters, shop at AZ mills and go swimming. For dinner, we would go to PK Shabu and Grill in Mesa, Kura revolving sushi bar, Melting pot, and Fogo De Chao Brazilian steakhouse. There is an awesome cigar bar in chandler called Puro cigar bar that has amazing drinks and a great selection of cigars to choose from. Of course, we would also hike south mountain and the A mountain. I can’t wait for them to arrive so we can have fun!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Thank you for recognizing me and my business and, I want to shout out to my boys and my husband who have helped with orders, post office runs, and, late nights working on my dream. I appreciate those who have supported me in my business journey and, even when some did not believe in me, they know that this is real and I’m here to make my mark. I want to also recognize my grandmother who’s in heaven looking down and proud of the women I am becoming.
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