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Inspiring Conversations with Cynetrice Carmichael

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cynetrice Carmichael.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Doing hair has always been something I wanted to do. Growing up, my aunts would braid hair around me & I’d watch. It was always so fascinating to me. It was something I was obsessed with.

I feel like I was destined to do hair. My dad would do my hair when I was little & I looked up to him for everything.

There were times when I would get in trouble in school for taking my hair down in class to redo it, lol!

I never cared about getting in trouble because it was always what I wanted to do—I feel like hair is the greatest way to express yourself & who you are.

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?
Honestly, no! There have been times when I really wanted to quit.

The hardest thing for me was learning that I can’t compare my success & work to that of other people. Once I got it through my head that I’d eventually get to where I wanted to be … things got easier for me.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
KBC is honestly not just a brand to me. It’s my life! I started my business in 2016 & it was under a completely different name. I was only offering sew-ins as a service! I never wanted to be braided but as the years passed on, braids became more of a trend.

I started off doing my own hair until I was comfortable doing other people’s hair. I didn’t want to mess anybody up. But as I got more comfortable & started posting my work more… people felt comfortable coming to me. One thing I VOWED that I would never do was locs!

However, at the end of 2020, I did butterfly locs for the first time & I did one head of locs every day that week & my work BLEW up because I mastered them in a week. The one thing I vowed to never do was the one thing that put me on the map. I said all that to say that you should never limit yourself & your abilities.

I was holding my success back because of something I thought I would hate (that I actually fell in love with). When people see me out, they’re always like “OMG you’re CoCo & you do those locs… I can’t wait to book with you!” I love that.

Any big plans?
I plan to take my brand as far as God wants me to! If you would have told me in 2015 that 7 years from now, I would be this successful, I would’ve laughed until I cried literally!

I plan to expand my brand to different states. I wanna travel & see the world & I want the whole world to see what KBC has to offer.

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