Today we’d like to introduce you to Monika Willis.
Hi Monika, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am Monika Willis. My entrepreneurial hair career started when I was thirteen years old doing finger waves in the school bathroom for five dollars lol, TRUE STORY. Some of my peers would catch the bus to my house after school so I could do their hair. Eventually, I began trading the books in my backpack for hair supplies. This journey progressed from me going place to place, neighborhood to neighborhood, house to house making money at a young age. I was amazed and just continued to grow and pursue that career path to this day.
Being the black sheep of the family, it was said I wouldn’t graduate from high school because I was rebellious, defensive,
Previously, I was also an educator for Design Essentialswhere I taught classes in various salons and hair schools. I fell in love with haircare while working as an educator. Since then, my career has evolved. I started my own product line called Accelerator 1.0 Accelerator 1.0 is a product line I created from my passion as a hair wellness specialist. My product line is a supreme blend of high-quality natural ingredients combined to prevent breakage, repair split ends, and restore elasticity with anti-inflammatory properties that unclog follicles and stimulate enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp and infuses each hair strand with incredible shine and softness. Accelerator 1.0 is an amazing product that renders results. I am a personal success story, as this product has restored my hair. At the present moment, I’m learning how to position myself from behind the chair into the market place. I have a few endeavors that I will be announcing later this year. As of lately (about a year and a half now), I have been blessed to work on various movie sets as an assistant hairstylist, key hairstylist, and department head for hair wardrobe and makeup. I have worked with celebrities such as David Correy Remy Ma,Tarhonda Jones, Pretty Vee, Rhapsody, and Debbie Morgan to name a few. I have worked with production companies and networks such as Coca Cola, Black Entertainment Television (BET), It’s a Wrap Studios, Octet Productions, Laray Productions, and Home Box Office (HBO). Gracefully, I have held the role as an actress and extra as well. Now that part is still funny to me! ME AS AN ACTRESS lol! I stand in gratitude as my story is still being written by the grace of God.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I have had an amazing career thus far and I’m truly grateful. However, with experience, I understand that the pendulum of success swings both ways. Knowing the bigger you fail the bigger you succeed. That being said, this journey has not come without its bumps, bruises, trials and tribulations in addition to success. I have moved from salon to salon for various reasons, allowing me to realize that it would be in my best interest to establish individual salon ownership due to my personal standard for systems and operations. To highlight the pendulum experience, I recall occupying one of the biggest salon suites, serving 14 people on my first day of service and the power going out. I remember occupying my first brick-and-mortar turn-key space which flooded unexpectedly, but we recovered. Later after the initial flood, we had a big snow storm that caved the roof in and flooded my 1,000 square foot facility in the middle of renovations. In the midst of this happening, I had to divert a shipment of salon equipment worth $4,000 to a storage facility in the middle of bad weather. A few months later, I opened my 1,500 square foot facility, only to experience flooding from the restaurant next door shortly after opening. The floor repair was supposed to take three days, but ended up being a month. USX
was closed the entire time. So you can imagine the amount of loss that occurred. The impact it had and still do till this day will always be a staple in my story. Although, that was a challenging experience, my greatest challenge is losing my mother to stage 4 colon cancer as an only child right after experiencing the financial devastation. Unfortunately, shortly after my mother’s passing, I got into an deer accident that totaled my car. The accident spared my life, but my memory was lost. This abrupt impact crushed my heart as a motivational speaker, mentor, and minister of the gospel. How do you continue to teach, preach, mentor and c
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Recognition & Acknowledgement from Mayors Office, House of Delegates, House of Representatives, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and the State of Maryland.
What does success mean to you?
Success for me is having the ability to evolve with purpose in mind despite the circumstances and situations that come to stop you. YOU GROW ANYWAY!!!
- Stimulating Hair Growth Oil 4oz $30 8oz $50
- Hydrating Sonshine Oil 4oz $35 8oz $60
- Moisturizing Anti Breakage Treatment Shampoo 8oz $24.95
- Moisturizing Anti Breakage Treatment Conditioner $29.95
- Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner 16oz $24.95
- Website: Momentswithmo.org
- Instagram: @Moments_withmo
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MonikaLWillis
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC9q7VyjnJA9hK88FVb0hLYw