We had the good fortune of connecting with ANESHA SMITH and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ANESHA, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process has always been to help and serve others. My brand/product was designed and created to grant confidence and evolution within your natural hair. I suffered from hair loss due to lack of education regarding my hair. I did not know how to properly maintain and take care of my hair. I wasn’t taking enough time or the correct investments. I would not properly maintain my hair to keep it healthy under my protective hair styles. Eventually I grew tired of hiding my damaged natural hair. I was ready to wear my natural hair and regain confidence. I started to research and created my magic potion which is now “hair spice”. I begin to outreach and tell others my story to give them motivation and encourage them to embrace and rejuvenate their natural hair. This was my thought process and the beginning of entrepreneurship. I also wanted to break generational curses and do what my parents and grandparents were not able to do. I am here to break the cycle.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My customers excite me the most, knowing that I was able to help the next person gives me joy and enlightenment. I also, love to encourage others as a entrepreneur. I got to where I am today by pushing and not letting a bad day stop the flow of my manifests or encouragement. This is not a easy journey, you have to learn how to take constructive criticism, you sacrifice time, sleep and money, but that shouldn’t discourage or stop the journey. I over came my challenges by praying, meditating, writing, creating outlines and rough drafts, also going back and editing my craft. I am still learning and these are some of my lessons and blessings along the way. I want the world to know that if you are good at something stick to it, never give up on it. No matter how many times you have to go back and remaster the craft. Always remember what is for you, it’s for you and what is not, is not , and accept that! If you don’t succeed the first time its ok to go back and try again and again and again, until you reach that breaking point and maximize your full potential. I hope my story has encouraged you to keep going and keep pushing regardless of the obstacles that you may face. Never give up.
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?
If I had a friend visiting I would take them to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, World of Coca Cola, Fogo De Chao (Steak is always a go to), Martin Luther King Jr. House, State Farm Arena, Mercedes Bens Stadium, and the Georgia Aquarium. The night vibe would be Ponce City Market Rooftop.
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?
Everything starts with the creator GOD, without god I would not be in this position to the do the things that I am capable of doing today. I am also thankful for my encouraging patients. They have been my army for my entire life. They have taught me so much and they are still giving me knowledge on things that I don’t know. They have given me the courage to be myself and too be happy in my own skin. My parents have motivated me to do anything and to be everything that I dream and aspire to be. They taught me how to manifest and speak things into existence. Last, but not least they taught me to believe and have faith. They have always let me know the journey will not be easy but the fight will always be worthy in the ending.
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Photo Credits: Tony Culbreath & Jasmine Mitchell