Fleurzty is the mastermind behind Texture Playground. She is like my blogging “auntie”. She totally gave me my first push back in January with a feature on her blog, Who’s Who with Savvy Brown. I had the pleasure of meeting her last month in VA when I was there for a wedding, and she is really beautiful in person! So are her lovely son and husband. (I think Sexy and him had to plenty to talk about, what with their blog-crazy wives and all). I was thrilled when she agreed to do this interview, and she shares some great advice on everything from low-budget natural hair tips to how to balance a busy schedule with blogging. Fleurtzy has started her own line of natural hair care products that can be found in Boutique de Fleurzty with all-natural ingredients. She even shares how she balances her hectic schedule with her family….
When and why did you decide to go natural?
I went natural in 2004. It was a combination of reasons really that I think started with a comment my now husband made. We had evening plans and I was very strongly considering canceling because I showed up to the salon and it was closed. It was time for a relaxer, so I had a mini-fit and did not know what to do with my hair. He looked at me, and said “Something is not right with this picture. I guess you can stay home if your hair isn’t freshly done” in his very sarcastic voice of course. It stayed with me, and I began to think “well, why won’t I go out with my hair like this. When did I stop knowing how to ‘handle’ my own hair”, especially since my hair had only been relaxed for five years. The thoughts just kept coming, and soon they led to a strong determination to grow my hair out.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I have always documented my hair journey. I began paying attention to what worked and what didn’t early on. I also always had a fascination for good products. With time, I began wanting to share my documentation with others, and hopefully share some of the knowledge I had been soaking up. At the time I began blogging, I was a stay-at-home mom who not only saw it as sharing but also an outlet, and a way to stay busy during my little one’s down times. I had the time and blogging turned out to be a way to use it productively.
Your products at Boutique De Fleurzty are a hit! And they have all-natural ingredients. What inspired you to make your own products?
I love mixing hair concoctions. I love experiments that go well and those that don’t. Very much like any other aspect of my hair experiences, my products began with a thought. A thought that would not go away! I was nervous, and for a while unsure of whether I wanted to commit myself to creating products. I have always thought there are many great product lines out there, so I had to have a vision, a purpose and actually see a need to start my own line. I did not want to have products just to have them! After I stabilized my first few formulas (some of which are not yet for sale), I sent some to my family and their hair were thriving with them.
My goal then became to offer products that work effectively and give great hair days in a few steps. The four products currently available have definitely done just that for many women. I get emails from women who are excited because they achieved fabulous twist-outs or wash and go’s with using one or two products. I believe that’s why the products are a hit. They focus on freeing your time without sacrificing hair health, shine, moisture, definition or softness. All the things that many products achieved when combined.
How do you balance your day-job, the blog and the Boutique? Continue reading