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Q & A With CEO & Founder of the CURLS Empire – Mahisha Dellinger + Hair Tips You Can Use Now!



Mahisha Dellinger, CURLS CEO, CURLS Founder

Mahisha Dellinger is dominating the natural hair industry and is a business and branding leader. Her memoir entitled Against All Odds: From The Projects to the Penthouse, details her difficult upbringing in Sacramento: “I’ve never settled for the norm. Even as a little girl from a broken home, I knew that my destiny was greater than my existence. After all, I’d survived abuse, and my life had been spared more times than I can count.”

Today, her company, CURLS, is now one of the leading suppliers of best quality curly hair products. We had the pleasure of getting to know a little bit about Mahisha and her journey to being a game-changer in the marketplace. And, she has some great hair care tips to achieve healthy curls – which she believes starts with healthy habits.

What inspired you to put your life on paper in your book Against All Odds: From The Projects to the Penthouse?

My journey was filled with so many issues, road blocks, and obstacles once I “made it” through it all AND succeeded, I knew I must share my story so that my testimony could inspire someone else.

The standard for beauty has long been skewed by mass media. How is CURLS reshaping the perception of beauty among people of color?

By offering organic products and solutions for women embracing their natural, God given texture  CURLS empowers women. We empower, encourage and enable women to love themselves just as they are.

What were some obstacles you faced while turning your $30,000 savings investment into the multi-million dollar empire that we see today?

My biggest challenge was getting funding to launch CURLS. Despite having exceptional personal credit. I wasn’t able to secure funding of any kind.  I wanted to launch on a larger scale, instead I started on a smaller scale, reinvested every dollar earned and grew the business over time.


Some of your most tried and trusted products include the Crème Brule whipped curl cream and the Lavish Curls Moisturizer 2nd curl refresher/daily leave in. Why do so many curly girls find success with these products?

Simply put…they were created for us, by us. I am the consumer so I understand the needs of today’s natural consumer.


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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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Recap: 2018 Finding Ashley Stewart Event

Watch our recap of the 2018 Finding Ashley Stewart Finale Pink Carpet at the King’s Theater in Brooklyn, New York.



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The 2nd annual Finding Ashley Stewart Contest searched around the U.S. in search of a diva who personifies Ashley Stewart and everything she stands for: kindness, resilience, confidence, community and fashion! In the video below, Finding Ashley Stewart host and comedian Loni Love, 2018 Miss Ashley Stewart winner Tiffany Gosa-Flamer, journalist and author Soledad O’Brien, DJ Kid Capri, actress Andrea Rachel-Parker, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Peter Thomas, Essence Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor and Naughty by Nature all talk with BFT contributor Ryen Watkins about the importance of this competition and how Ashley Stewart is immersing themselves into the communities that support the brand.

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Episode 5: The REAL Bow – Dr. Rainbow Barris

On ‘Black-ish’ Success, Marriage, Motherhood and Living Healthy Her Way!



Rainbow Barris, Blackish, Kenya Barris, Rainbow Barris book, podcast

We had the great pleasure to chat with The REAL Bow – Dr. Rainbow Barris for episode 5! Click on the link in this article to listen! And, read on to see more info on your chance to enter to win a copy of her brand new book!

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In this episode, we get right into our interview with Dr. Rainbow Barris, who is the inspiration behind the character Rainbow Johnson on ABCs hit show ‘Black-ish’ and author of Keeping Up With the Johnson’s – Bow’s Guide to Black-ish Parenting. It’s hard enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle period – let alone as wife of director and writer Kenya Barris, being a medical doctor and raising six children! But Barris has found what works for her and wants to encourage other women balancing family and career to find what works uniquely for them! Plus, we talk about the show, Mr. & Mrs. Barris’ recent $1 million donation to Clark Atlanta University, and what life is like for her now. Don’t miss this!

Beginning Friday, June 29th – you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Barris’ book! Stay tuned to our website, and Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Episode 4: Leah Uko – Journalist on Fox 11 Los Angeles + Bodybuilder

Los Angeles area native Leah Uko is back home working as a nightside reporter, as seen on Fox 11 Los Angeles. But she’s also a bodybuilder preparing to step on stage again this fall. Learn more about her journey, why she loves to bear arms on camera, and why discipline and journaling keep her motivated and determined to reach her goals.



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