We had the good fortune of connecting with Katrina Floyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katrina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart, so it was natural for me to decide to start my own business. As a cosmetologist, I noticed there was a communication/education gap between most hair stylists and the clients. I was determined to give my clients an experience that would also help to educate them about their hair. This passion led me to starting my own hair care company that not only offered salon professional products to the everyday client, but would also be a platform for education.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My company, QueenTrin Hair Care was created to help aid in the education and support of black hair care. I started out as a licensed cosmetologist and learned that my real passion was educating my clients and giving them the best experiences they could have. I wanted to do more than just be behind the chair so I created my own brand of products that are professional quality to help encourage healthy hair and education. We are in our first year of launching but there are more products and ideas that are to come. It has not been an easy journey, but a journey well worth it. No matter what obstacles I have faced, I’ve never given up. That has been my key to success; always believing in my passion and never giving up on myself. I will continue to create products that people love and building and safe space for education and support in the hair industry.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I recently relocated to Baltimore, Maryland one year ago and it has been such a fun and amazing experience. We would eat at some of my favorite spots like Papi Cuisine, The Local Market, Moe’s Seafood, Georgia Peach. All of these restaurants have amazing dishes from seafood, to soul food. Baltimore is famous for its delicious crab cakes and these places will not disappoint. We would hang out in the Harbor downtown and enjoy great music, local bars, shopping and the beautiful boats that doc in the harbor. One of my favorite summer hangout spots is the Sandlot downtown. It is a man made sandy beach spot located on the harbor where you can enjoy walks, music, beach sports and of course great cocktails. I love going to the hookah bars at night because the locals dance the night away with their unique dance moves, It’s the coolest thing to see in a night life spot. The people here are so unique and full of confidence. I love how proud and confident everyone here is and the melting pot of heritage. Baltimore is full of black history and culture.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank the Paul Mitchell School of Atlanta educators and leaders for being an inspiration to me. While I was a student there, my learning leaders always encouraged me to reach for the stars and to understand that I could and would go on to do so many great things. I always felt so much love and support during my time there and I will always be grateful for that experience, It changed my life.