After a nasty divorce and losing nearly £100000 in a bad business deal, I found myself in a place of depression for almost a year. During that time, I needed something to keep me distracted but not cost me a penny. Frankly, at that time funds were at its lowest low. I ventured into making homemade body and hair products, but this was just for personal use. I liked the calmness that I felt, just standing and watching the melted butter transform into a creamy rich looking almost ice cream mixture. It felt somewhat like I was watching my darkness disappear, it was therapeutic.
Fast forward and I landed in Belfast. I quickly realised that it was a struggle to find hair products, but while in conversation with some ethnic minority persons who’ve lived there longer than I have, there was evidently an opportunity. It was like God was looking down on me, as I ended up in a meeting at Ulster Bank. There they mentioned partnering with Crowdfund to back female entrepreneurs and their businesses. The pen dropped and I had a light bulb moment.
It was there the idea of bringing my test kitchen to a bigger audience, but love, care, and compassion came to life. I have always had a brand called Ava’s Kitchen, its aim was food therapy, and, in some ways, I feel that is exactly what I am doing at Mango Girl.
I’ve always had a deep passion for helping people. Through the years I’ve taken notice of how difficult it can be for women (and men) to get all-natural, organic, ‘Good FOR You’ hair and skincare products. This sparked a flame that soon grew into Mango Girl.
With Mango Girl, I made a non-negotiable decision to create a unique brand that combined my passions for hair, beauty, authenticity, personal empowerment, culture, and modern convenience – All with the added touch of them being handmade. We want to be in control of each ingredient that goes into each of our products starting with our Hair and skin butter line.
We launched in May 28, 2019, in Belfast and quickly started getting a good amount of press. By 2020 February we had won the LUX LIFE magazine Best Handmade Hair & Skin Products in Northern Ireland 2020.
The ultimate push came when we ran into Mary-Lou at an Ulster Bank session and she shared her idea of LOOLYN. It was there that our urgency to switch to a more environmentally friendly packaging for our products was born.
We worked tirelessly during COVID19 to do a total rebrand and here we are.
Rediscover how to treat your skin and hair with that care they naturally deserve.