Entrepreneur Beatrice Richardson- Piper is a soft spoken and open minded young lady, who’s always wanted to own her own business. Her dream was not confirmed until the last months of 2015. It’s then that she found her passion, which is maintaining and advising/consulting with black women who wear their hair natural.
Who is Beatrice Richardson- Piper?
A young entrepreneur, Mother of 3, and I’m happily married.
I grew up in a business owner household as my father had his own Auto parts shop. RoI started to work there from the age of 16 and after a while the business was taken over by my sister.
Where were you born?
I was born on the French side of the island.
I attended Lycée Polyvalent Des Iles Du Nord on the french side of the island.
I enjoy looking at YouTube hair tutorials and reading about Natural hair
What do you do for a living?
I’m the owner of Glamorous Hairtopia. It’s a store that opened its doors on July 18th, 2016. I offer hair consultations with Naturalistas (black women who wear their hair natural) or persons who are on their way to Naturalista land (transitioning) based on their hair type. I also sell natural hair products, wooden jewelry, fabric and clothing. The clothing consists of natural hair t- shirts and clothing made from African print fabric.
What type of products do you like to use on your hair without?
I absolutely love using natural oils on my hair.
Who’s your favourite natural hair guru?
Jenell Stewart is my absolute favourite and the reason for that is because we appear to have the same type of natural hair. I also admire the manner in which she spends quality time with her family.
What inspired you to open a store?
In 2015 I started a Facebook group called Naturellement Belle in sxm, because there were many people that I would meet, who were interested in tips and ideas as how to care for their hair the best way possible. I consulted and gave advice on hair care and the interest people showed grew. I then contacted Initiative Saint Martin and I also did a survey. The purpose behind the survey was to get a general view of what people were interested in. I received lots of responses to the Survey and they were very positive. This resulted in the decision to open my own store.
What do you like about having your own business?
Being able to determine my own working hours, allows me to spend more time with my family when I want to.
What are some of the challenges that you’ve encountered?
There can be many challenges. An example of such is that there are days you may not earn the amount of money you would have liked to. However, there are other times that make up for the previous days that you earned less.
What do you have planned for 2017 and what are your future goals?
There will be new services offered in my store, such as treating hair, styling hair, new styles of African print clothing, jewellery, and hair care products. I also plan to organize more Workshops.
One of my future goals is to host a huge natural hair event with the association that I created last year and is also a facebook group called "Naturellement Belle in sxm"
What would be your message to anyone who would like to open their own store?
Keep your eyes on your goal and stay focused. You might encounter others who have the same business idea as you do, instead of focusing on competing, look at how you can collaborate with one another. Anytime someone tries to discourage you, keep going towards your dreams.
If someone wants information on your services, how can they contact you?
They can visit my Facebook page Glamorous Hairtopia for more information and contact me via the page or visit my store in Marigot.
Where would you spend your dream holiday?
I would like to travel to Italy, Germany and the African continent, I would love to experience what each of them has to offer.
What are your pet peeves?
I really don’t like to hear the sound of persons dragging their feet while walking.
What’s your favourite quote?
Love your hair and your hair will love you back.
What kind of music do you like to listen to?
I love to listen soul, soft Rnb music from artist such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Brian McKnight.
If you could ask any three persons (dead or alive) to a dinner party who would they be and what would you cook for them?
I would invite my Husband my Mother and Ms. Jenell B Stewart (the natural hair guru that I admire).The meal which would be prepared would consist of Lasanga, Garlic bread and Plantain. To top it all off, Caramel ice cream would be served for dessert.