Meet Vanessa – a typical young girl who lives in a Florida suburb, likes listening to music, hanging out with her friends, playing violin, making crafts, and drawing. She became one of the thousands of American youth who are subjected to bullying. But, with the bullying came something unexpected, encouragement and support from friends and strangers. In reaction to the experience, Vanessa’s mom was inspired to do something positive for other girls. There is also a gap in the availability of natural hair care products for girls that highlight and strengthen naturally coily, curly, wavy, and kinky textured hair. And so, Vanessa’s Essence Hair Care was created.
The Company’s goal is to encourage young girls to love themselves and be who they are naturally. We also want to help stop bullying by starting conversations that raise awareness of the serious consequences of bullying and provide encouragement and resources to help young girls with their confidence and self-esteem.
Vanessa’s Essence Social Mission
There is a serious bullying problem in the United States – many girls are bullied in school for the way they naturally look, and in extreme cases, some commit suicide because they are bullied. In addition to providing girls with quality natural hair care products, Vanessa’s Essence encourages girls to accept and embrace who they are. We stand up for natural beauty in the face of bullying and pressure to conform to traditional ideologies of beauty.
To achieve our mission, Vanessa’s Essence Natural Hair Care works to connect with young girls and their families to promote a sense of community and acceptance. We strive to be an advocate for the natural hair community and a voice for girls around the world to say that wearing afro-textured hair and afros in their natural state are not fads but a part of a rich and beautiful culture. The company partners with non-proﬁt organizations that give self-esteem and bullying seminars to young people. We participate in the Bring Out the Dolls charity, which collect and donate dolls to support various efforts that encourage self-acceptance. We have also partnered with the PACER.org, an anti-bullying organization and became one of their Champion’s Against Bullying.
Vanessa’s Essence Natural Hair Care wants to help young girls with wavy, curly, coily and afro-textured hair to understand and love the hair that was given to them naturally. We worked with experts to develop a special a line of natural hair care products just for girls. We use only the finest natural and organic ingredients that work best for thick, curly, coily, kinky and wavy hair. Here are some of the nourishing ingredients you will find in our products: Organic Coconut Oil infused with Grape Seed Oil, Capuacu Butter, Organic Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Mango Butter, Manuka Honey, and Yucca Leaf Extract.
Our products are compliant with US Food and Drug Administration Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) standards.
Currently, Vanessa’s Essence Natural Hair Care products are only available on this website, but they will be available in retail stores and other websites in the future.
Vanessa’s Essence Mission Statement
Vanessa’s Essence Natural Hair Care’s mission is to promote natural beauty in all young girls and raise awareness of bullying and other types of demeaning acts that girls may be exposed to. We want to inspire young girls all over the nation to embrace their natural hair and love themselves as they are.
“Dear insecure girls everywhere, you are more than enough.”
“Beautiful is who you are and not what you look like. Beautiful is a feeling that comes from within and radiates outwards. So, no matter how many times you change your clothes, your hair, or your shoes – don’t change who you are. You are beautiful.”
“Unfortunately, as young brown girls go through the world, we encounter people who are confused about us. They don’t see us for the powerful, beautiful, important people we are. But when that happens, think of someone who knows the truth about you–how great you really are. Someone who knows you well and believes in you. It could be a family member, friend, teacher, coach or religious leader. When someone comes at you crazy, keep that other person in your mind, so the craziness is less likely to make you confused about yourself. Their craziness can’t diminish your power, beauty, and importance. In times of challenge, try to see yourself through the eyes of those who understand your value.”
“Young people, always do your best!! Good, better, BEST. NEVER let it rest. Until your good is BETTER, and your better is BEST!!”
“I think it’s important to empower girls and women to follow their dreams. To stand up for each other and to be brave for the few seconds it could take to stop someone, including their self, from being bullied. It’s becoming to easy to allow others to be bullied. We can stop this partially by our own acts of kindness we show everyone we meet and how we allow them to treat us. Learning to say ‘NO” when necessary and trusting love. So, remember to hold your chin up and be kind to yourself and others. Your dreams matter, be kind in the Pursuit of them.”