If you watch my YouTube videos, you’ve probably seen a huge, bright bonnet – well it’s by Flor Bella Boutique and they are this month’s small business spotlight! I met Crystal last year in Dallas and I love how involved her daughters are in the business. She recently opened a brick and mortar beauty bar in San Antonio so I thought I’d have her share the story behind her businesses!
How long have you been natural? What made you go natural?
My last relaxer was Dec 2008. I went natural out of being cheap. I have 2 girls and I didn’t want them to see me getting relaxers then asking for one because I was not paying for all of our hair (and we have a lot of it) to get relaxed. I was being cheap, pure and simple.
Tell us about your business.
Flor Bella Boutique started in October 2012. My husband had gotten laid off earlier that year and I made bonnets for my girls (when I really didn’t know what I was doing). Tino told me he liked them and that I should sell them and the rest is history.
Where do you find inspiration?
My girls help me pick fabric. They go to the store with me and if I like something I ask them if they like it. If I am looking online I ask them then as well. If they tell me they like it then I get it.
What is your favorite product in the collection?
My favorite pieces are the mugs and T shirts that are apart of my self esteem collection. I did these because I knew I wasn’t the only one who struggled with loving herself. I was teased for years about my nose. So at 36 I have just decided to make peace with it. I wanted to create this line so other people can say they are making peace with their ‘flaws’ and loving themselves, too.
How did you decide to start the second business, the Beauty Bar?
I decided to start the Beauty Bar because I noticed that San Antonio gets overlooked when it comes to the Natural Hair world. Events are a dime a dozen in Houston and Dallas. San Antonio has 3 military bases full of women of color from across the country who need and want access to great natural hair care without having to drive 5 hours to Dallas and 3 hours to Houston.
What is one piece of advice you have for minority entrepreneurs who want to start their own businesses?
Pray!!! It is only by God’s grace that I am able to do what I do. Also, find a mentor and forge a meaningful reciprocal relationship with him or her. And lastly, READ! Learn as much as you can about what it is that you want to do.
Where can we find more of you?