We had the good fortune of connecting with Corinthian Carouthers II and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corinthian, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Growing up my parents had several businesses, but it never occurred to me then, that they were entreprenuers. I use to think they were just trying to make more money. As I got older, I begin to understand the power of freedom that can come with starting your own business.
When I was in high school, my parents opened a beauty school, and still, then, it did not occur to me that I could be involved in the business, in fact, I did not want to be a part of the business because of the bad stigma on hairstylist back then.
I quickly learned that a J.O.B. wasn’t it for me along with some other life learning lessons I had. So one day, I decided to join beauty school and learn the business. For the first time in my life, I learned the benefits that could come with owning your own business, and being in business with family (for me) was safe but it also brings some challenges. I just knew I wanted to have an impact, change lives, and become wealthy while doing it. however, there are some sacrifices needed to get there.
Fast forward to years later, I am now the President of the beauty school (which is a business I love) and from that business, I was able to create another business within the same industry.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My family and I are owners of the Creative Hair School of Cosmetology. This year we will celebrate 23 years in business, however, today I want to share my own personal business that was birth through the experience I had in the family business.
Natural Hair Education is my personal business. Many years ago I saw the lack of textured hair education in beauty schools. It bothered me that many schools all over the country were graduating students that would go into the real world and not know how to style textured hair.
I always had a passion for natural hair styling and education. It was in the early 2000s that I did the big chop and dedicated time to learn my hair. From there I was helping my clients transition from chemical relaxers to their natural hair. I was still working within the beauty school and decided to start a Natural Hair Culturist Program. This program was new in our area and had such a great response that people were calling from all over the States to learn how they could get into this program.
I knew the market was searching for this and because this is my passion, I decided to start a podcast as a platform to educate those who wanted natural hair education. From there I started creating courses and programs for the students who wanted to learn what I taught at my school but did not live in the same State.
Today I am most proud of “Adah” and my “Texture on Texture Styling Course”. This program includes a textured hair mannequin (Adah) to help beauty school students, natural hair enthusiasts, and salon professionals learn natural hair styling and to help increase their skills.
Hiring a coach really helped me push my vision and bring it to life. I am naturally an introvert and my biggest challenge has been bringing my ideas to the marketplace. Starting the podcast first, was safe and gave me the courage to speak and share my stories and education with others.
One of the biggest lessons learned throughout my personal journey while creating Natural Hair Education is that someone else’s destiny is tied to yours. You never know who needs what you have, and so it’s crucial that you share with the world what you know.
I want the world to know that this once shy girl in beauty school is determined to educate beauty school students, natural hair enthusiasts, and beauty professionals in textured hair education. I am willing and ready to embrace the journey of natural hair education with you!
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 question is very difficult (lol). I am a proud Flintstonian (born and raised in Flint, MI), however, the city of Flint does not have many “attractions”. In fact, I bet if my best friend was visiting the city, they probably would not want to because of the Flint Water Crisis that our town was struck with a few years back. However, there are many beautiful features within the city and just outside the city.
But let’s just say they come anyway (lol). I don’t think I could show them the best time ever but this is what we would do:
– Visit the Flint Cultural Center, and possibly see a show or two at the Whiting Auditorium, Flint Institute of Arts, or Sloan Museum.
– I would definitely take them on a tour of Historical Flint (Autoworld/General Motors) and show them the before and afters
– We would visit downtown Flint, which has a lot of local businesses selling everything from clothing to bookstores, salons & delicious treats. While downtown, we will eat at either 501 Bar and Grill or Blackstones, and if we’re still hanging downtown in the late evening, I’ll be sure we grab street tacos from Vehicle City Taco.
-If they come during the right time of year (August) we can go to the Crim Races (The Crim Festival of Races is an annual road running event with several races and walking events.. The Crim has been held in Flint, Michigan since 1977) and Back to the Bricks (This event attracts over 500,000 car show enthusiasts annually to celebrate our love of motor vehicles, and the area’s historic role in the automotive industry).
– Visit my beauty school, Creative Hair School of Cosmetology to get a facial, pedicure, nail service, and their hair done.
– Flint, MI is the Vehicle City but it also has produced a lot of amazing people such as:
Ready For The World
There are so many more “Flint Famous” people here with unbelievable talent and businesses. They say if you can make it in “here”, you can make it anywhere. So for the remainder of the time, I will take them to see the black own businesses, bookstores, visit local authors,
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?
My family has played a huge role in my life and has been with me through every step.
My mother Corinthian Carouthers, who shares her name with me has always been the driving force of entrepreneurship, a visionary, and taught me to dream bigger.
My father, Ralph Carouthers, the motivator.
My brother, Quintin Carouthers who is also my day one best friend. The one person in my life who challenges me to get comfortable being uncomfortable and to believe bigger, to question everything but to also believe in the power that is within us. He is my role model. And my son Christian Carouthers who brings out the best in me. He is my reflection.
I had a coach that really had an impact on me and changed how I see successful black women. Her name is Patrice Washington.
I love reading books on finances and self-development, but one book that changed the way I see myself and my work is “The 5 A.M. Club” by Robin Sharma.
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