Gwen Jimmere is the founder of the natural hair care line Naturalicious and in her efforts to simply make her life a little easier, she made in history as well. She is now the first black woman to hold a patent for a natural hair care product.
In a recent interview with Bougie Black Girl, Jimmere shared some of her journey that led her to where she is now. Jimmere noted some of the women that influence her and how she feels about making history as a black business woman.
“Applying for the patent was super intimidating. It’s can be very difficult to go through the patent process, let alone to get one granted. In the 21st century, there aren’t a whole lot of literally brand new inventions being created; so they don’t just hand patents out. Many apply, but very few are granted.”
In the interview Jimmere also dished some helpful advice for other women looking to follow in her foot steps. “Receiving this patent is very exciting and such a win not just for me, but for black entrepreneurs and for us as women literally owning (the legal rights to) our beauty.”
Check out the full interview on Bougie Black Girl’s website and see what tips and tricks Jimmere has for other’s looking to make strides with their businesses.