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Creator of Snappee Keziah Okonkwo teams up with Curl Kit monthly subscription box. April 10 2015

What's Your Hair Wishlist? 

Insider Interview with Snappee Founder Keziah Okonkwo

 


It seems that the 21st century is truly the era of the entrepreneur. With more and more people delving into the DIY (do it yourself) spirit, inventing products, solving everyday issues, and taking the leap to start their own businesses, how does anyone keep up with what's new and great on the market? Subscription boxes have become very popular because they help answer that question. Monthly or quarterly subscription boxes feature new products to targeted audiences and help companies gain new customers. And who doesn't want to receive a monthly package of goodies suited to your personal interests? (Especially when it feels more like getting a surprise gift from your best friend).

It seems like you can find a subscription box for just about anything. Many celebrities even have their own subscriptions boxes, from fashionista, Nina Garcia to musician, Pharrell Williams and even Bill Nye the science guy! Snappee, Inc. recently had the opportunity to be featured in a new subscription box called Curl Kit. In this special interview with Keziah Okonkwo, founder of Snappee, the Snap Off Hair Tie, we had some fun getting to know more about what products she's excited to give a try from her Curl Kit package and more. 
Q. Hi Keziah! Thank you for taking some time to chat with me. As the creator of a new hair tie, the Snap Off Hair Tie, we know some of your hair woes have been solved. You created one of the best hair ties for thick hair and everyone benefits from no more damage with those old worn out elastic bands. So what remains? What are your other hair pet peeves?
A. Yes, I still have a few pet peeves that I don't think I can do much about like random people touching my hair! Waking up with an automatic fro hawk and sleeping with wet hair.
Q. I share some of your frustrations! So, I know that you were recently featured by a new subscription box called Curl Kit who caters to curly hair individuals like yourself. Tell us, what product are you most excited to try from their package?
A. The Koils by Nature Hair and Body Butter! I'm all about oils, butters and cremes, they work really well for my skin and hair. Cant wait to lather it on and get that silky smooth!
Q. Have you tried any other subscription boxes? Which one(s) are you interested in?
A. Does Netflix count? (laughing). Curl Kit is my first subscription box and I love how you don't have to commit to a full size bottle of something that may not work for you. You can get samples, its wonderful, can't wait to try more. Some that I've been browsing are
1. 
Curl Box which is another great one for natural hair. I'm always interested in new curly hair accessories and keeping up with new hair tie trends. 
2. Vegan Cuts Beauty Box seems interesting because I have sensitive skin and they offer eco-friendly, natural, clearly vegan, products. And they also have a snack box that sounds yummy! 
3. Birch Box is probably the most common subscription box I hear about and I admit, I'm curious. They have all kinds of subscription options available for men and women.
4. Test Tube even though that is a interesting name for a subscription box (laughing)! It makes sense for what they offer because they give you the option of sample or full size products to try. Pretty cool.
Q. If you could pick 5 things to be featured in a subscription box, what would your wish list be and why?
A. 1. Deva Curl sample kit. All my friends with afros use this, I want to try it! Some one send me some! 
2. LUV Naturals products from the YouTuber Kim Love. I've watched all Kim Love's videos and took a lot of product recommendations from her that I've been using for a few years. She now has her own product! This is at the top of my to try list! 
3. Already made Flax Seed Gel. I’ve heard great things about this gel, the only problem.. where can I buy this already made? The people that recommend it make it themselves. I don't think I will be doing that.
4. A Deva Cut hair cut from the Curl Doctor Shai Amiel at the Los Angeles Capella Salon. Would love to get the official Deva Cut done for my hair. Say I did it and look good too!
5. Rhassoul Clay Mix. Definitely a try it before you buy it kind of thing for me. Clay on hair sounds messy, but if it produced the the results I've been hearing about, I'm all in! 
Q. That would be such an awesome and exclusive subscription box maybe we can get someone to sponsor this idea! The subscription box concept is so great too with all of the various products that are coming out all the time. It's a great way to get recognition for new start up businesses, particular those for natural hair enthusiasts. As the President of a start up company, what has been your favorite aspect of entrepreneurship so far?
A. Connecting with all types of people and getting my product out to the world. As an entrepreneur you have to learn and develop all types of skills, even the ones you are not good at. I have been able to connect with so many people with my product, whether it be moms, daughters, my curly hair sistas, dads, other entrepreneurs, you name it. Once I get time to talk about Snappee, I find that people love the product with out even having to sell it! And when you want to make a sale, you have to make that connection first. I really enjoy meeting new people, hearing what they're about and learning from them. It’s a really cool thing that we all do naturally, we want to help and connect with all people and I find this to be my favorite part of being an entrepreneur. Having something to share like Snappee that I can connect with all people in some kind of way.
So there you have it! Keziah's subscription box wishlist would be a dream come true. What would your subscription box wishlist include?

A big thank you to Curl Kit for featuring Snappee in their subscription box. We look forward to hearing from the members of Curl Kit with product reviews and testimonials. 

Snappee Welcomes Spring with a Surprise! March 30 2015

Out With the Old, in With the New

Snappee Welcomes Spring with a Surprise!

When you think of spring, you may think of spring cleaning, springing forward with the time change, ruthless allergies, the Easter bunny, hunting for Cadbury eggs & jelly beans, spring training (for all you baseball lovers), flowers in bloom, and fresh ideas

Now, you can add 
brand new Snappee colors 
to the list of exciting things for Spring 2015!

Keeping things flavorful, we are proud to announce:

Coconut
Creme Brulatte,
Chocolate Cherry
Green Apple, 
& Blueberry!

 

Change it up this Easter and stash some Chocolate Cherry and Creme Brulatte Snappee's in with Easter egg hunt! 

Stay in style with fashion trends and Pantone's Spring 2015 color scheme. Pantone Sandstorm, Pantone Toasted Almond and Pantone Marsala fit right in with the ombre of Creme Brulatte! While our Blueberry set vibes right along with Pantone Dusk Blue and Pantone Classic Blue.  

 

Stay in style with fashion trends and Pantone's Spring 2015 color scheme. Pantone Sandstorm, Pantone Toasted Almond and Pantone Marsala fit right in with the ombre of Creme Brulatte! While our Blueberry set vibes right along with Pantone Dusk Blue and Pantone Classic Blue. 


Learn to Love Your Hair February 26 2015

Learn to Love Your Hair

5 Simple Tips for Loving the Hair You Have

With Valentine's Day upon us, we thought it especially apropos to talk about

L--V-E

It's not always easy to love the hair atop our head. It can be especially difficult for those of you transitioning to your natural hair style for the first time. It can be very frustrating to feel as if you have no control over your locks, but a little love can go a long way. That's why we came up with this simple list of ways to practice loving our hair! But don't stop there, apply these tips and practice self love as well!

1. Be Gentle

Truly touch your hair with care and consideration. Try finger combing your hair in the shower in preparation for brushing/combing. Use gentle, non-damaging products such as the Snappee Hair Tie or silk wraps to treat your hair right. 

   

2. Take Your Time

Take your time to detangle with care. We recommend a wide tooth comb and a Denman brush for getting the rest of the pesky knots out safely. When styling, be mindful of causing damage for the sake of saving time. What's the rush? 

3. Give Yourself the Best

It may take a bit of time (and money) to test out hair products, but once you have found your regimen don't skimp. You and your hair deserve the very best and don't you forget it! Some of our favorites include Wen, Kinky Curly, and Shea Moisture (pictured left) and Moroccan Oil (not pictured).

4. Stay Hydrated

Challenge yourself to drink more water every day. Use a moisturizing conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and a deep conditioner from time to time. Another tip is avoiding over-processing and handling your hair - try protective hair styles. At night, put your hair up in a pineapple or wrap your hair in a scarf.

5. Accept Your Quirks

This may be the most challenging and quite possibly the most important tip for loving your hair, and loving yourself! Sometimes it feels like our hair has a mind of it's own. Go with it! Our quirks are what make us unique. Love every aspect of who you are including the cowlicks, grey hairs, varying textures and all!


Through with the woes of thick hair? January 30 2015


This one goes out to all the thick girls!
(And we aren’t talking about your thunder thighs) We are talking about hair so thick you go through a bottle of conditioner every week!

So how do you know if you have the kind of thick hair we’re talking about? 

When you literally get an upper body workout putting a hairband in your hair…
You know you thicky thicky thick girl!

When you have to use multiple hair ties to get your hair in a pony or bun…
Ya thicky thick!

When you resort to the infamous sloppy bun because you’ve lost all hope and know your hair will just fall into a slop-mop regardless of your valiant effort… 
You know you thicky thicky thick girl!

When you have to part your hair into sections just to comb it… 
Ya thicky thick!
 

 

So if you’re still reading this, you’re probably a thick (hair) girl like Snappee founder, Keziah Okonkwo. Her thick hair woes is what inspired the creation of the Snappee, Snap Off Hair Tie. And thank goodness she invented these life savers! Now, those of us with thick hair are able to rock cute buns and ponytails without breaking a sweat trying to lock them in, and without them melting into sloppy buns! (Sorry, Snappee wasn’t able to resolve your need to part your hair into sections before combing!

@afrolicioushairaffair 

   

@jenniferingrum

 

@melrosetradingpost

 

 

Keziah’s favorite way to use Snappees is by connecting two hair ties together to make an even stronger hair tie for her updos. She is also a big fan of the Kinky Curly product line, which helps keep her thick and curly hair moisturized. 

@keziahokonkwo

@snappeeinc 

 

Hair blogger and thick hair extraordinaire, Chime Edwards, has awesome things to say about Snappee and choosing tools and accessories for thick and natural hair.  Her advice is to lose those Goody rubber bands for good and protect your locks with a Snappee! She also gives brilliant tips on how she keeps her luscious locks in great shape in her latest blog about hair regimens

 

@Chimeedwards

 

 

We asked our thick-hair friends about their favorite hair care products and all of them agree that an oil is poignant. Most absolutely love and recommend the Moroccan Oil hair care line, while others prefer Coconut or Argon Oil to keep their hair moisturized. Let us know what your favorite thick hair accessories and products are by tagging us on IG or tweeting @snappeeinc