Empire Life Fall 2016 - Page 28

M onique Rodriguez has a quiet This led her to spark an interest in but calm aura about her. natural hair care as she began to Petite in stature, she patiently experiment with ingredients to treat waits on me to come down from the her own tresses. Anybody who has studio to open the door for her. My seen Monique can automatically tell mind rushes as I hurry downstairs, that she takes incredible care of her scrambling to figure out questions to hair; her beautiful crown trails down ask her to start the conversation. her back. Considering her education in science, Rodriguez was extremely To my pleasant surprise, our mindful of products she used. Her discussion flows easy as we talk ideal product would be one that about cities we visited. I learn she contained all natural ingredients that is not too fond of LA, too many would keep her hair health y. She facades. Atlanta is more her style then decided that she should go which makes complete sense as ahead and create many see it as the her own. mecca of Black "I STARTED entrepreneurship. After researching and ordering RECEIVING Rodriguez always ingredients to knew that wanted LIKE DMS develop concoctions to own her business for her own personal AND E-MAILS at some point but use, Rodriguez not before she tried FROM WOMEN began to share her a more traditional hair journey and SAYING THAT I route. "A lot of people on social media. don't know that my WAS HELPING When she set out to background is in educate women on THEM WITH registered nursing," how to maintain their she explains as her ACTUALLY hair, she started to face gets painted receive feedback. CHANGING with a versatile "I started receiving beat that translates THEIR LIVES." like DMs and e-mails effortlessly with each from women saying wardrobe change. that I was helping them with actually "My mom is the one who wanted me changing their lives." to become a nurse. I went to nursing school because. I thought that was Women began to flood her inboxes the right thing to do." with questions about the recipes and inquiries of where they could I relate to her story, as I too am one purchase her creations. This is when of the many children who heeded Rodriguez decided to take her their parents' wishes in hopes to experimental hobby seriously. She make them proud. Also similiar to knew this time couldn't be like her me, Rodriguez believed that there attempts at business (she first was much more out their for her than other tried her hand at direct sales and a working a 9-to-5. "I went through a jewelry line). Rodriguez made sure very dark time in my life and I was to take her time to do the research just like 'you know God? Help me to lay a strong foundation for a find something that I can do that I'm successful business. Cue Mielle really passionate about that doesn't Organics. feel like work."