When I was younger, I got teased about how big my har was and I did a lot of damage to my hair trying to fit in. My mom begged me to be myself and go back to my natural hair. I found that I actually loved it. Every girl deserves the chance to embrace her coils and unlock her true potential.’ – Lexi P.
What inspired you to start The Curlanista movement?
Lexi: “There are so many things that inspired me to create Curlanistas. I would like to share my top 3 things that inspired me. The first thing that really inspired me to start my business was my love to help others. I was bullied and teased about my hair and I just hated it. I literally damaged my hair by sneaking to straighten it every day. I thought if I had straight hair the bullies would leave me alone. I wanted to build this brand to help other girls going through what I went through. I want them to not only love who they are but know that what other people say doesn’t matter. My message of self-love really motivates me daily because I know there is a girl out there that needs to hear my message and know it is okay. I teach Curlanistas to love their hair, but also care for their hair with my products. The second thing that inspired me is my family. My parents always tell my brother and I to dream big and reach high for our goals. They told us at an early age to both find something that we love to do and just go for it. My parents and entire family are so supportive they inspire me to go hard. The third thing that inspired me was Beyonce and Oprah. They are both so strong, giving , intelligent and successful. I look up to them so much.”
As an activist to inspire young girls to love themselves, how did you overcome bullying and everything else you’re going through as a teenager?
You did BeautyConNYC this year which is huge! What was that experience like and what did you learn from it?
What is the best advice you have for kidpreneurs and young girls your age who wants to start a brand or business?
What are some of your favorite products so far that you have created for Curlanista?
How was the journey from starting a product to now having them sold in major stores around the world?
What’s the best advice you’ve received while starting your business?
What do you love most about being a kidpreneur?
About Lexi P.
Lexi P. is an author, independent publisher and sought-after motivational speaker. A young entrepreneur who overcame her struggles and learnt to love her own naturally beautiful coils, she is an advocate for building self-confidence and empowering teens to find self-esteem through natural beauty. Lexi P is a captivating speaker with a dynamic message that transcends audiences.
Lexi P is a recognized motivational speaker and award-winning teenpreneur. She has been featured on Good Morning Washington, Black Enterprise, V-103 Atlanta and Essence Magazine. She partnered with Verizon to promote youth careers in STEM and entrepreneurship and she is a member and mentor of girls through Girl Scouts of America. Her monthly journalsubscription shares motivational stories, insights into her many adventures and guides on how to build confidence and empower young girls looking to unlock their potential and pursue their dreams.