Wambui JL

My Brand Story

Natural Lifestyle and Creative Entrepreneur

Growing up I wanted to be a hairdresser. I loved everything about hair but I lost the dream along the way. Now, I’m eventually finding my way back.

In 2016, with the help of a team of prolific Naturalistas, I created and launched Hairpolitan Lifestyle. The platform is Kenya’s 1st Natural lifestyle magazine that is currently published online. The idea had incubated in my mind for 3 years and only after I joined African Women in Cultural Leadership (AWCL), a 6-month women-only mentoring program, did I get the push to launch the concept.

Earlier in the same year, I partnered with two friends to re-introduce Harvest of Sunshine to the world. We create water-based, 100% natural products made in Kenya for natural hair and healthy skin. Joining Harvest helped me be part of a brand that I am proud to call our own, to use on myself and recommend to loved ones. It’s also helped me understand the non-creative aspect of running a business.

In a bid to cover for a friend, I found myself moderating a forum called Start-Up Grind, Nairobi; where I have been blessed to interview great women whom I would never have met otherwise. I have had intimate discussions with Gina Din, Dorothy Ghettuba, Anyango Mpinga, Ann McCreath and Wandia Gichuru among others. Secretly, we all want to live out the Oprah in us, and I am glad that I have and can continue to do so.

In 2017, I was invited to co-emcee at The Kurlly Diaries 5th Anniversary event dubbed Denim & Bandana Party. A few months later, I was given the opportunity to facilitate a panel of awesome Naturalistas, at Kenya’s own version of Afropunk event named - The Hairitage Chronicles 3.0. In September, at the request of a friend, I took part in the iHub Women in Entrepreneurship (WIE) series. I hosted two of the events and gave a talk on Branding in another.

I have found that taking part in these events has empowered me as a creative woman in business, while at the same time building my networks. I would love to continue working in similar spaces so that other women can be empowered just as I have been.

In the last 10 years, I have worked to build visual identities that enhance brands with my skill as a trained graphic designer through companies like Ogilvy & Mather, Africa, Yellow Brick Road (formerly ZK), Nigeria and my own company Idea Agency Ltd. Previously, I have also been a gospel performance dancer, an on-stage poet, a blogger, a movie buff among many other pursuits.

I love to create.

I live to inspire.

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