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TRUTH: TURBAN THURSDAYS

Written by marie mack

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Posted on May 03 2018

THURSDAYS TO ME MEAN LET YOUR HAIR DOWN THE WEEK IS ALMOST OVER. THROW THAT SUPER BOMB TURBAN ON AND GO. HERES SOME MJ TURBAN BACKGROUND, I STARTED MAKING TURBANS IN 2012 BECAUSE THERE WASN'T REALLY ANYONE MAKING THEM WELL NOT CUTE ONES THAT I WOULD WEAR. SO I GOT A WHOLE BUNCH OF OLD FABRIC AND MADE ALL TYPES OF HALF TURBANS. AT THE TIME I WAS LIVING IN A LAKE VIEW LOFT IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT SO I HAD ALL TYPES OF INSPIRATION FROM THAT. I WAS DOING HAIR IN A HAIR SALON IN EASTLAND MALL AND I WAS TRYING TO MAKE IT. SO I MADE TURBANS AND SOLD THEM FOR 25$ AT THE SHOP AND THEY ALWAYS SOLD OUT. EVENTUALLY I ADDED THEM TO MY WEBSITE AND THEY DID WELL. NOW I WAS STILL IN COLLEGE I ENDED UP DROPPING OUT BECAUSE I WAS JUST TOO UNSURE ABOUT WHAT I WANTED TO DO.

SO I STARTED DOING THESE BEANIE HATS THAT SAID CATCHY PHRASES ON THE FRONT AND THOSE DID REALLY WELL. RENT HAD TO BE PAID SO HEY I WAS DOING WHAT I WAS TRULY PASSIONATE ABOUT AND MAKING A PROFIT NOT TO MENTION I WAS BUILDING A CLIENTELE DOING HAIR SO I WAS ALWAYS AT THE SHOP TRYING TO GET WALK INS BECAUSE OF COURSE WE HAD TO PAY BOOTH RENT. ONE DAY I SAID IM TIRED OF DOING HAIR ITS NOT WHAT I WANT TO DO. MY BEST FRIEND OF 20+ YEARS AND MY BROTHER WAS LIKE GIRL DO YOUR CLOTHES YOU ARE SO TALENTED JUST DO IT. SO I SPENT MY LAST ON FABRIC AND I STARTED GETTING MORE AND MORE CLIENTS. 

I MOVED BACK TO NEW YORK GOT BACK IN THE GROOVE AND REALLY TRIED MY HARDEST TO JUST START OVER. THAT DIDN'T WORK GOT A JOB AT FOREVER 21 AS A VISUAL AND I ALWAYS WORE MY TURBANS SO I WOULD SELL THEM THERE TOO. I STARTED DOING TURBAN WHOLESALE ORDERS OF LIKE 100 TURBANS WHICH WAS MUCH NEEDED LIVING IN NYC. UPDATED THE WEBSITE OFTEN USING A STYROFOAM HEAD WITH NEW TURBANS AND KEPT A STEADY INCOME WITH IT. 

TURBANS KEPT ME ALIVE, KEPT ME MOTIVATED, KEPT CLIENTS COMING BACK AND ORDERING MORE THAN JUST TURBANS. I GREW AND SO DID MY CLIENTELE TURBANS DID THAT. THEY KEPT MARIE JANAE IN THE GAME. WENT FROM USING A STYROFOAM HEAD TO USING MODELS. TURBAN THURSDAYS TELL A STORY FOR SURE. MY STORY <3