Curls

Beauty & Skincare

After putting herself through college at California State University Sacramento, Dellinger got an internship, and eventually a job, at Intel. While at the tech giant, she spent nights and weekends on her idea for a natural hair care line. She launched Curls in 2002, bootstrapping the business. Her big break: landing a partnership with Target. Today roughly 80% of the company’s revenue comes from selling many of her 150 products in stores such as Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and CVS; the rest comes from online sales. She’s written a book about her journey “from the projects to the penthouse” and had her own TV show on Oprah’s OWN Network—Mind Your Business with Mahisha—helping other women-led businesses reach the million-dollar mark.

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