We had the good fortune of connecting with Mane Vybe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mane, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Mane Vybe was born out of four friends who often expressed dissatisfaction with their hair journey.
Our journey started off as a need and desire to address the gap of quality hair products by black women, for black women. We sought to create products that would not only style, nourish, and repair hair, but give women a boost of confidence while strengthening and growing hair.
Our all natural products were created with love and will deliver soft, healthy, and manageable hair from our babies to our beautiful elders.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Kelli, Shonda, Kamika, and Maya are friends of over 25 years. They have navigated college, corporate America, and life together. Mane Vybe is an expression of their creative entrepreneurial spirit, passion for their community, and Black Girl Magic.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As black entrepreneurs, we do our best to showcase other black female entrepreneurs. Some of our favorite places to support are:
Hilltop Cafe- A black-owned coffee shop owned by LA’s very own Issa Rae
Create Space- Open space for pop up shops and events co-owned by a former St. Bernard High School Viking Alum
Alaiyo Waist Beads- Get beaded at a black-owned waist bead studio with strands inspired by nature
California African America Museum- Visit the exhibits focusing on the black experience
Thrive Health Lab- black-owned wellness center, owned by our very own Delta Sigma Theta soror La Niecia’ Vicknair
1010 wine bar- First black female-owned wine bar in Inglewood
No visit to LA is complete without visiting the beach!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would first like to dedicate our shout-out to our beautiful black mothers who laid the foundation for our success by instilling in us a strong work ethic and teaching us to live life without limits. Growing up with a limited amount of hair care products specific to black hair we watched our mothers think of innovative ways to maintain our hair while keeping it manageable and healthy.