7 Nigerian Natural Hair Entrepreneurs To Watch

These Nigerian entrepreneurs have launched innovative hair extension companies and products geared towards empowering natural hair wearers.

Ngozi Opara, Founder of Heat Free Hair and Owner of NZO Hair Studio

Photo courtesy of Ngozi Opara

The word committed gets thrown around pretty loosely when describing an entrepreneur's work ethic. But when it comes to Ngozi Opara, that adjective couldn't be more appropriate. To ensure that her burgeoning hair extension company Heat Free Hair would stand out from the crowd, the former financial analyst traveled to China and lived in a hair manufacturing factory for six weeks to learn the process first-hand. "This experience really allowed me to understand the production process and how to produce different textures," the Washington DC-based entrepreneur told Black Enterprise. "Ultimately, I just don’t sell hair, I manufacture it and I can vouch for the integrity of my product."

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