Today we’d like to introduce you to Nequia Hill.
Nequia, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Ever since I was sixteen, I stayed with a job. If I could have another name, it would be Hustler. Nothing stopped me from chasing my bag. From the age of sixteen to twenty-one, I worked as a waitress, and from twenty-one to twenty-three I worked as a mail carrier. In the midst of all of that, I would do my dreadlocks or family members’ locs whenever I had free time. As you can see, when it comes down to work, I’m a hands-on type of lady. But oh, did I get a reality check to slow down a bit! In 2018 my son Jayceon was born. He’s brought on so many changes and challenges into my life, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. The moment he came into my life, I knew then I wanted more, not just for him but for my family and me. A few months after my son was born, a family member sent me a photo of handmade dreadlocks. She knew I had a passion for styling dreadlocks, and she would always periodically send me pictures and ideas. I believe that was her way of saying, “you have a gift, so use it!” without actually saying it. So, I’m thinking to myself, this photo can’t be real. I went straight to doing my research instantly. I was so interested that I left the house, went to one of the local beauty supply stores, and purchased all the tools I needed to make the dreadlock. Not kidding; I made the loc that night. Next thing you know, I’m meeting a customer at the gas station to sell my first order. Not only did I master that, but I taught myself how to install the dreadlocks on clients as well permanently. It’s 2021 now, and I don’t work for anyone. I’m Self-Employed. I currently sell and install my handmade locs to local customers and customers out of state. I’m amazed at how far I’ve become and excited to see what more I have in store.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The biggest challenge for me was walking away from my full-time job to focus on my business full-time. I was working 10-hour shifts and raising a child. I knew I wouldn’t have enough time for my business. Not mentally but physically. I took a leap of faith, continued to promote my business, and waited for my first customer. After that happened, well, everything else seemed to fall in place. I tell you about word of mouth.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a Loctician. I help clients start their loc journey and maintain healthy locs throughout the process. My biggest specialty is hand-making dreadlock extensions and installing them on clients’. Not everyone has the patience for what I do. What sets me apart from others is that my product is fast, neat, and efficient.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I always was a people person, outgoing, reading books, and constantly challenged myself. Most of all, I loved having a good time with family and friends.
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