A SAVVY woman launched her very own haircare business now worth a whopping £90k – all while working on the tills at Aldi.
Kadian Pow, 41, from Bournville, Birmingham, became frustrated when she couldn’t find a product suitable for her hair so she starting playing with ingredients herself at home.
As well as working at Aldi 20-30 hours a week, she was also teaching part-time to fund her way through her PhD, and Kadian had no intention of ever starting a business of her own.
But wanting to speed up mornings on hair-washing day, she took to YouTube for answers, which led her to create Bourn Beautiful Naturals – which now has a wide range of products available.
After playing with ingredients at home, she eventually combined a winning concoction of coconut milk, aloe vera, mango butter, hemp seed oil, silk and goji berry extracts, which helped detangle her locks with ease.
Pleased with the results, the business owner bottled some of her creation and gave it to family and friends who all raved about the incredible product.
After seven or eight tries, I’d made a smoothing conditioner that reduced my wash and detangling time to just half an hour rather than the two hours it had taken me before.
Before long, Kadian and her partner Gillian found retailers across the world wanting to stock their items – and last year, the business made a £90,000 turnover, double her previous year.
Kadian – who, in October 2020, was named as one of Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘five black-owned wellness brands to put on your radar’ – eventually converted her garage into a studio when orders picked up, and she still makes and packages the products herself there today.
It all began when Kadian was determined to find a “conditioner that would make my wash day easier.”
She told Birmingham Live that she began “testing and experimenting with everything I could find” and after “seven or eight tries” found the winning formula.
Kadian created a ‘whipped curling custard’ to “moisturise kinks and curls and set them in place” Mirror online reports.
“After seven or eight tries, I’d made a smoothing conditioner that reduced my wash and detangling time to just half an hour rather than the two hours it had taken me before,” she told the publication.
“We’re still making all the products ourselves at the moment, my partner is very patient, it has taken over various rooms in our house.”
Now a sociology lecturer having completed her PhD, Kadian and Gillian are approaching manufacturers to make their formulas for them as the business continues to grow.
The business owner admitted they are “bursting out of our house” and that it’s “hard to keep up” with all the orders themselves.
“We hope that by the start of next summer, we’ll have manufacturers in place.”
We also spoke to Georgiana Grudinschi who fled a dictator & lived in a refugee camp – but now her haircare company makes £1.4m.
And Tropic Skincare’s Susie Ma set up her £51m business when she was 15 – Lord Sugar fired her on The Apprentice but STILL invested £200k.
Plus Rayner Davies was a single teenage mum on benefits – now her cleaning business turns over £4m a year.