I met Tanisha recently when she inquired about some product photography. When she came in, I immediately liked her. Not only was she young, smart, super sweet and driven, but she impressed me with what she was doing with her business.
She’s only been in business for 11 months, but her website looks professional and she was seeking out professional photographers to make sure her products looked right for her website. She was def. on the right track!
Tanisha is only 25, and not only is this her first business venture, but she’s also an active member of the military. I had to know more!
Where can people buy your products at?
Online (www.shadescolorscoils.com). Etsy is coming soon!
How did you get your start?
It actually all started on a cruise ship. I was on a cruise with my best friend and I wasn’t have the “perfect” hair day on the cruise due to the products that I was using on my hair. So the gears started turning and I decided to start thinking about the hair products I needed and then I started thinking of names for the products. Once the cruise was over and I got back to Jacksonville I went to a health store called “Grass Roots” and I began to purchase ingredients to mix to start making shampoo! And that’s how it all began.
My brand Shades, Colors, & Coils, LLC was built off diversity and individuality. I don’t want my brand to be “JUST” portrayed as a hair care line. I want everyone to recognize that this brand is based off confidence, diversity, and individuality from all walks of life! Whether you have a lot of hair or a little bit of hair or whether you’re a man or woman this brand is here for you!
How did you come up with the name of your business?
I wanted a name that would help reflect people’s diversity and individuality. I wanted a name that everyone could be apart of. My cousin Kymeshia also played a big part with helping with the name and tying everything together. Shades- (Means to be comfortable with the color of your skin no matter how light you are or how dark you are! Be comfortable and confident in your skin! Colors- (No matter what color, race religion, or gender you are you will always be represented within this brand) Coils- (Everyone has unique hair and sometimes straight hair is always seen as the norm but no matter how curly, coily, or straight your hair is these products will benefit you!)
What product of yours can you not live without?
Hydrating Conditioning Cream (Deep Conditioner)
How do you come up with the scents?
I always loved tropical and fruity scents. So I always aim for scents with peach & mango in them (My favorite fruits) and I like soft scents like vanilla. I like these types of scents because they are not over bearing.
Do you think you’ll have a storefront soon?
Not sure about soon but that is definitely my goal in the future!
Where do you see your business in 5 or 10 years?
I see my business thriving based off the individuality and diversity my business has to offer! My brand is for all walks of life no mater what color, race, religion, or gender you are! My plan is to have my products in stores for all people to be able to purchase! I also plan on having a storefront that allows you to make your own hair products that cater to your individual needs!
(I can’t remember what happened to get her laughing, but I loved the images!)
Now, some fun questions:
What is your favorite thing to do around Jacksonville?
The beach Duhhh (:
When your family comes to town, what is something you guys always have to do while they are in town?
Spend quality family time together! Game night, cook out, shopping, and making a trip to a theme park!
What’s your favorite movie?
Menace II Society
What’s your favorite song?
Bob Marley – Is this love
What’s your favorite food?
Brown rice! Peaches and Mangos!
Molten lava chocolate cake
Burger Fi (I love the veggie burgers)
Favorite place to hang out in Jacksonville?
(Downtown Jacksonville) I love the scenery, food places, and the different scenery!
What’s your current obsession?
I love to travel and see the world! I’m obsessed with seeing the world and meeting people I have never met before to learn different cultures and customs!