A Family That Mix Together...Sticks Together!
Welcome to Natty Love..
THE ESSENCE OF ALL THINGS O'NATURAL:
One of the benefits of growing with a business is the firm desire to incorporate positive inspiration into our vision and brand. Positivity is written all over the essence of who we are as husband and wife, as parents and as the creative team behind our brand, All Things O'Natural and our Natty Naturals and Bohemian Collection products.
MEET YOUR ARTISANS:
I'm Dominique, my husband is Syeed, and we are the Harris Family. Two groovy souls of the 70's, exactly 3 days apart in birth, with a passion for all things Holistically artistic.
I began All Things O'Natural with a hopeful vision of 'what if'..What if we lived in a world where we went back to the basics of appreciating nature? A world where we appreciate all the natural goodness that are beneficial to our 'whole self'. Finding beauty and peace in the simplest ingredients found, many times, in our own backyards. My goal was to bring those 'what ifs' of back to the basics of nature and placing them inside of a beautifully packaged bottle or jar, and sharing them with the world.
What sparked my interest into all things natural and holistic was an episode that happened when my 8 year old, then 2, suffered from a severe scalp infection called Kerion. After getting the run around from the ole docs and after them telling me that his hair would never grow back, I decided to research and research and research to find a natural cure for his ailment. Much to my success, well actually a blessing, I gained knowledge of a concoction of butters, herbs and extracts to help his little inflamed scalp. Something had to give as it was so itchy and painful that he would sleep on his little hands to avoid his scalp touching the pillow or mattress for fear of the pain and discomfort. So, for 2 months, I applied the herbal concoction to his head, twice per day, in addition to giving him the immune boosting echinacea extract to help strengthen his insides and voila, healed. I then went through every cabinet, read every ingredient and researched and researched those ingredients and the harm they can cause our bodies in the long run and threw almost everything out and replaced our pantry, medicine cabinet and linen closet with products that contained healthy ingredients. Oh, and, not only did his hair grow back, it grew into a beautiful healthy thick mane. It stayed this way until at 5 years old, he asked if he could get a 'big boy' hair cut...go Figure!
a very laid back bright handsome kid who loves to draw.
BEFORE THE BUTTER..OUR STORY:
During the recession, my husband and I were both layed off and Pregnant with our 3rd child on the way, we had some serious decisions to make. So, my husband and I made the decision to move our family of 4, almost 5, to my mom and step dad's home in beautiful Chattanooga, TN. As soon as we arrived, 8 months pregnant with our 3rd child, I was called in to the hospital as the next of kin for my father who was dying of prostate cancer. Very emotional time.
While my husband was banging out hours upon hours as a new GM of a restaurant in Chattanooga and attending college, I was homeschooling 2 of our children as well as one of my cousin's children, caring for a newborn, and constantly studying for hours and hours on the benefits of healthy ingredients and how important it was to be mindful of what we put in and on our bodies. After researching ingredients, I made my first batch of hair and skin butter for me and my family in the kitchen of my mom's home shared by 8 people. That butter became loved by friends and family and even some of the co-workers at my husband's job. What started out as something for my family, was the beginning of a love affair with a business called All Things O'Natural LLC. Since the beginning, I was passionate about my butter, which my husband called 'Natty Butter'..short for Natural Butter, and so were my customers. I would spend hours sharing information with my followers on social media sites, educating them on the awareness of ingredients and being mindful of what we put on our hair and skin. Natty Butter was a great hit and people were truly digging it. I was so proud of being a first time 'Mixtress' and over joyed at the response of my whipped goodness.
AND WE COULDN'T STOP THERE..
As All Things O'Natural was taking off as a business in March 2011 and our Natty Butter was becoming the rave, our customers began demanding a wife for our butter. So, after another year of striving to master a conditioner to partner with our butter..and after flop, after flop, a few broken immersion blenders later and after days of tears and frustration, I screamed when I mastered our next product to our Natty line, our Natty Moist conditioner. Our business was definitely progressing ahead. Our company was honored an Empowerment Award via Mhe Magazine in 2012, featured in Naturally Happy Hair Magazine (Spring, Fall and Winter Editions 2013), named as 9 Incedible Black Owned Natural Hair Businesses by BGLH and voted Top Instagram sites via Essence Magazine Online 2012.
The mixing didn't stop here, as we have since expanded our line to include an entire healthy hair regimen of natural goodies: A Shampoo and African Black Soap Bar, A Deep Conditioner, An ACV Mist, a leave in Conditioner, a Butter and a Styling Cream. Since we are a family with diverse hair textures, our goal was to focus on creating a line of products that included healthy butters, exotic oils, Ayurvedic herbs and essential oils. Products free of mineral oil, petroleum, phthalates, parabens, propylene glycol and other harsh ingredients. Products that can be used on diverse hair types of all ethnicities and all ages as many of our customers are.
Another major focus of All Things O'Natural is the power of education and awareness. My husband and I dedicate much of our time sharing information about healthy eating, beneficial ingredients, healthy marriage, healthy parenting and holistic living overall.
TRUE DEDICATION TO A VISION:
My dedication, as the face of our brand, also lies with inspiring love of natural hair and the process of achieving and maintaining healthy hair. I share videos, pictures, healthy hair tips and countless tutorials on how to maintain and style natural hair. I'm also an advocate of sharing helpful tips on how to grow healthy hair naturally by expressing great diet, exercise, good water intake, healthy ingredients and healthy hair maintenance.
What we've learned....Growing a business takes patience, dedication, love and definitely hard work. I'm so extremely grateful for a husband who left the restaurant business to focus full time on supporting and growing our vision. Incorporating his knowledge of management of 10+ years, truly helped to bring needed organization. He is also the head Artisan of our Natty Butter and exudes pride in crafting each batch by hand, one natural ingredient at a time. Team Natty to the core, he refuses to use any other products besides our Natty Natural goodies on his gorgeous healthy hair.
Just look at the glow of his hair and skin as he strikes a silly pose. Now that's a Natty dude!
MEET OUR NATTY BABIES:
Truly one of the inspirations behind our business. The importance of not only what we put in and on our bodies, but more importantly, what we put in and on their little bodies.
And, I was blessed with the most amazing and beautiful step daughter
WHAT WE'VE LEARNED:
Five years into the micro business world and we have learned so much about ourselves, our family and about, well, business. We love constantly learning and constantly helping others find their inner 'natural'. We have a ways to go and are enjoying every single dip, mix and whip. And we especially LOVE the genuine love constantly shown to us by our Natty customers, many of who have been consistently supporting our business since 2011. What a great feeling, and working with my husband is superb...I'm finally understanding what true partnership looks like.
ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS