Monday Motivation from Regina Gwynn, Co-Founder and CEO at TresseNoire

Mondays can be rough and, sometimes, we can all use some motivation. Our #MondayMotivation blog series brings you tips and life hacks from industry leaders and some of the most creative entrepreneurs out there.

We sat down with Regina Gwynn, Co-Founder and CEO at TresseNoire, an on-location beauty booking app designed for women of color in New York City & Philadelphia. Regina discusses her determination to fledge an easier path to daily beauty solutions for women of color.

What inspired you to start your business?
I am inspired by the magic that is being a woman. Our beauty is so much more than skin deep, and there is a real truth to the adage “When you look good, you feel good.” The idea of helping women look and feel strong, capable, accomplished and beautiful is exciting.

Who or what motivates you to keep going, even when things get tough?
The standard of beauty is a sensitive topic, especially for women of color. We face very real challenges in accepting and highlighting our kaleidoscope of skin tones and gorgeous hair, and finding solutions to overcome these issues motivates me every single day. There simply has to be an easier path to pretty for women who look like me. Period.

What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
One of our biggest challenges has been balancing the technical restraints of our fledgling platform with the human elements of what our customers need in terms of styling and beauty preferences. It’s definitely an art and science determining how much variation should be allowed and where it should be incorporated into the user experience.

What’s been the greatest reward?
Receiving the thank you messages and overall feedback from our clients is huge. Knowing that you know their struggle because it has been your own reinforces the commitment to making the path to pretty easier for all women.

What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in your industry, and how are you working toward making that change happen?
Cosmetology licensing is inconsistent, to put it mildly. Providing access to education for textured hair would raise the bar for all beauty professionals, and supporting initiatives that are working on this is important to TresseNoire.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to another entrepreneur just starting out?
Nail your business model and your path to profit as early as possible, and stay laser focused on testing and maximizing growth strategies that strengthen that path.

What do you do every Monday morning to prepare and motivate yourself for the coming week?
I work out every week day, so starting my Monday mornings with a great gym session clears my mind and sets the intention of being focused and productive!  

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