When Tiffini Gatlin graduated from Clark Atlanta University and entered the finance industry, she had no idea that some years later she’d turn her fascination with Black women’s hair as a form of expression into a beauty brand. However, the former banking executive did just that in 2010, when she resigned from banking to blaze her own trail as a serial entrepreneur.
“I started my own magazine, I started a concierge service, I had created an awards show for bloggers, I became a blogger, and I worked as an influencer for several years,” says the biz whiz wife and mother of four, who also decided to revisit the side hustle she’d started at age 16, styling and installing weaves and protective styles for friends and family. Now, enriched by wisdom and experience, Gatlin’s realization of the potential dangers of dipping her clients’ hair into boiling water to secure loose strands and lock in curls led her to launch her first beauty company, Curlkalon Hair Collection, in 2015, before selling it in 2018 after building it into a million dollar business.
“My start into the beauty product industry was actually creating the first pre-curled and looped synthetic hair made to prevent hot water burns while performing protective hair styling,” says Gatlin.
Watch the full video interview with Tiffini on BET.com