I love a good tee. Its flexibility is undeniable. Worn dressed down with a pair of jeans and sneakers, or upgraded with a blazer and heels, the right tee can be the perfect complement to any outfit. While recently attending a natural hair event, I noticed a steady flow of traffic at the Natural Hair Don’t Care table. I figured it must be good. What I found were some pretty darn cute tees.
I chatted a bit with Carsa Hemphill, Owner of Natural Hair Don’t Care Tees, LLC to find out more about her T-shirt line and being an independent business owner.
1) What's the inspiration behind Natural Hair Don't Care? How long have you been in business?
I started my t-shirt line a year and a half ago, in September 2011. I was inspired by my daughter who was born that same year. I wanted her to grow up loving herself just the way she was created and I wanted to be her best example of embracing the "natural" me. So I came up with the idea to create an apparel line to celebrate my natural hair loud and proud. I designed this line for women that want to make a statement about their natural hair without saying a word. I also wanted to be sure not to alienate women who choose not to wear their hair in its natural state, but rather to celebrate those who do. My tees are created to express the pride I have in my hair-itage and the joy I feel in sharing that pride with others in our community. All of my tees are designed with the fashionable girl in mind. I understand that natural girls are fashionable too. I do this for the fly natural girls!
The name Natural Hair Don't Care Tees LLC derived from the term "long hair don't care" which was coined by Lil Wayne, the rapper. Natural hairdon't care simply means to have the audacity to wear your hair in its natural state.
2) Your tees have a very cool design element. Do you have a design background?
No. I sketch my ideas and designs, then my graphic designer brings them to life.
3) What is your best selling item?
The signature tee in brown and gold. It's currently sold out. I can never keep it in stock. The "Natural Is The New Black" t-shirt is also a fave of my customers.
4) What are the challenges to having your own business?
Time management! I'm a one woman company so I run my business by myself...from sketching designs to managing my online store to de-tagging and packaging t-shirts to shipping to responding to emails and vending at events. I do it ALL but the reward is greater than the sacrifice. To see women who look like me express their love for their natural hair by rocking my tees is EVERYTHING to me.
5) Your product line currently includes tees and earrings, do you have plans to add new designs or products?
Yes, I'll be adding new t-shirt designs and different color ways for Spring. I also sell wristbands and button pins with my logo.
6) What advice would you give anyone starting a new business?
Be clear on why you want to start a business, do your research, create a simple business plan, determine/know your target customer, and network network network! Most importantly, do what you love and love what you do.
7) Anything else you would like to add?
Listen to God for direction. He will lead you, if you let him.
Find these and additional colors Natural Hair Don't Care website: http://nhdctees.bigcartel.com