KAZMALEJE

KAZMALEJE creates innovative, lifestyle amplifying tools and accessories for curly hair.

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Project Description

We’re the Stirrup Sisters and the women behind KAZMALEJE (pronounced cosmology), LaTasha, LaToya and LaTrice!

 

Over the years, we have heard stories from fellow curly girls about how stressful and time-consuming the maintenance of their naturally curly, coily, wavy hair can be, especially when it comes to detangling. As consumers, we have our pick of creams, puddings, soufflés, and everything in between. However, the same level of variety does not apply to hair tools, as there is a distinct lack of quality options that are made specifically for textured hair. Instead of waiting for a well known brand to create a tool designed for us, we took it upon ourselves to create the solution.

Say goodbye to industry-standard hair tools that snag and rip through your delicate tresses; and say hello to a fresh solution that will allow you to quickly ease through detangling with minimal stress on your hair!

 

 

Meet our line Curl Care Detanglers, featuring our Pick, Comb and Paddle Comb. Each hair tool was specifically designed to meet the unique needs of those with curly, coily hair.

 

 

 

From the shape of the seamless teeth to the curve of the handles, we've created tools that not only looked stylish but deliver on function. 

 

 

When it comes to curly hair, one size does not fit all. Every curly girl, gent and kid has unique needs and wants hair tools that complement their hair care regimen. Flimsy hair tools that break easily or have extremely thin teeth only lead to frustration. That's why we designed our patent pending Curl Care Detanglers with seamless, conical shaped teeth to work with your curl pattern, not against it. We also included comfort grips to give extra control and alternate ways to hold the combs. 

 

 

 

 

*NOTE: The combs depicted in the images are 3D printed prototypes. The manufactured combs will be plastic with a smooth surface.

 

 

 

 

Once we begin manufacturing, updates will be provided to all backers along the way to keep you informed of progress.

The below timeline is an estimated projection from our manufacturing partner in California. The process may move quicker than expected or we may encounter unexpected hurdles, which is a natural part of the manufacturing process. Either way, we will be as transparent as possible to ensure all backers are aware of the status of production. 

 

 

 

Orders will be shipped from our fulfillment partner, ShipBob. ShipBob is a warehousing and fulfillment company with experience supporting crowdfunding campaigns. In preparation for the launch of our campaign, we were consulted by one of their crowdfunding specialist to ensure we had all the necessary information. 

United States: Shipping fees are included in the cost of the US Shipping reward.

International: Shipping fees are included in the cost of the International Shipping reward.  

Timing: Once the combs have been manufactured and delivered to our fulfillment center, it will take approximately 10 days for the products to be processed by the center and organized for picking/packing. Once the orders are processed and mailed, it will take approximately 3-7 days for U.S. orders and 10-14 days for international orders.  

 

Thank you so much for your interest and support. Our line of Curl Care Detanglers are just the beginning of what we see KAZMALEJE becoming. Your support will help us to realize our vision and bring creative, lifestyle amplifying tools and accessories to market.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at hello@kazmaleje.com.

 

 

 

The Project FAQs

How did KAZMALEJE start?

KAZMALEJE is a company started by three sisters, LaToya, LaTasha and LaTrice Stirrup, who took it upon themselves to solve a problem they continued to face along their journey to reconnecting with their natural hair texture. Like many black women in America, their hair was chemically straightened at a relatively young age. Therefore, they were well versed in how to take care of chemically straightened hair. Then starting in 2008, each sister sequentially began what is called “the natural hair journey.” However, this process is not as simple as getting a haircut. It requires much trial and error (with a mix of bad hair days) to figure out the perfect combination when it comes to styling products, hairstyles and maintenance techniques. During this process, they became acquainted with a very common pain point for many with naturally curly, coily hair - the detangling process. Those with textured hair know the myriad of issues that come along with trying to detangle curly hair without excessive damage and/or disrupting the curl pattern. Having tried various wide tooth combs, the sisters were frustrated with the amount of hair that would come out during detangling and styling. Then one day the proverbial light bulb came on - what if they flipped the scenario and redesigned the comb to better work with curly, coily hair types? They created a rapid prototype using 3D printing technology, tested it against their combs that were purchased from various retail stores and found a huge difference in the amount of hair left in their prototype comb in comparison to the store bought combs. That was the beginning of KAZMALEJE.

 

How do you pronounce KAZMALEJE?

KAZMALEJE is actually the phonetic spelling of the word COSMOLOGY, which is used to describe various theories and cultural accounts on the origin as well as evolution of the universe.

 

Why are you doing a crowdfunding campaign?

KAZMALEJE was started as a solution for a community of consumers. Therefore, the sisters wanted to incorporate the community in the start of the business so that they are as invested in the success of the business as the co-founders.

 

Why should I support?

KAZMALEJE’s crowdfunding campaign is the perfect campaign for you to support if you believe in the vision, identify personally (or have a friend or loved one who identifies) with the need for hair tools made for curls and/or understand the importance of empowering women-owned businesses.

Over 30% of all businesses in the US are now owned by women and black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs. However, there are still disparities when it comes to women entrepreneurs securing traditional funding. iFundWomen is a platform that looks to fill the gap by empowering women to start and grow better businesses.    

 

How can I get others to support?

On the main page of our campaign is a SHARE PROJECT button. Please feel free to click that button and share our campaign across all of your social media channels as many times as you like.  

All campaign backers will receive an email with templated copy and images that can be shared via email and/or on social media. KAZMALEJE wants to be sure all supporters have the tools to spread the word to their family and friends.

Another surefire way is to tell a friend. In our digitally led era, word of mouth still works wonders.

And of course, follow @kazmaleje on all social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube), comment, like, and share all posts.

 

How long will it take to get my order?

The production process will take about five months. This is due to the various stages within the manufacturing process that ultimately work to ensure the end product meets the high quality standards of the brand.

 

Do we have options for retail?

Yes. We have a reward level that includes a starter kit for retailers. If a larger order is desired, contact us to discuss prior to purchasing the existing reward. Please email hello@kazmaleje.com.  

 

Can I use the combs if I have straight hair or extensions?

Absolutely! Our combs are made to detangle curly hair, so imagine how great they will work on straight hair or extensions. 

 

Are there any potential risks or challenges?

With manufacturing a new product, there definitely are potential risks and challenges. However, we were very diligent in identifying and vetting our partners. For manufacturing, we identified a partner in California with over 40 years of experience in custom plastic injection molding. They have state-of-the-art equipment, renowned quality assurance team and experts with years of experience in the industry.

Yet and still, there are some potential challenges we could encounter such as issues with the production run. Luckily, our manufacturer has a very extensive process, which includes test runs to ensure the best quality product. Therefore, any potential issues should be addressed during this phase of the process.

Another potential risk is unforeseen delays. Along each phase of the process, from manufacturing to fulfillment, we will have access to a tracker to stay up to date on the orders as well as quality of the product. Each of our partner companies have provided us with a direct contact, who will be available to us for any issues and/or questions.

Lastly, a common issue that many retailers face is damaged goods. Our fulfillment partner has a process to alert us of any damaged goods that are received at their centers. Therefore, all orders that leave the warehouse for delivery to customers will have been confirmed that they are in good condition prior to shipment. However, should your order arrive damaged, please contact us immediately at hello@kazmaleje.com with your order number and details of the situation so that we may assess the cause and take the proper action.  

 

What if I have additional questions?

If you have any additional questions, please contact: hello@kazmaleje.com.


 

07/06/2018
Curl Care Detangler Set (US Shipping Only)
$56
07/06/2018
Curl Care Detangler Set (US Shipping Only)
$100
07/04/2018
Curl Care Detangler Set (US Shipping Only)
$56
07/02/2018
Curl Care Detangler Set (US Shipping Only)
$56
07/02/2018
EARLY BIRD - Paddle Comb (US Shipping Only)
$25
06/30/2018
EARLY BIRD - Comb (US Shipping Only)
$19
06/30/2018
EARLY BIRD - Curl Care Detangler Set (International Shipping Only)
$55
06/30/2018
EARLY BIRD - Comb (US Shipping Only)
$19
06/29/2018
EARLY BIRD - Paddle Comb (US Shipping Only)
$22
06/29/2018
EARLY BIRD - Comb (US Shipping Only)
$19
Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Thank you for supporting our vision!

7 Supporters
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$14
EARLY BIRD - Pick (US Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Pick. In addition to the Pick, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a backer and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out! 

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

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$19
EARLY BIRD - Comb (US Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Comb. In addition to the Comb, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward. 

 

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$56
Curl Care Detangler Set (US Shipping Only)

Pre-Order our Curl Care Detangler Set featuring all three combs. In addition to the set of three, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. Don't miss out. Your curls will thank you.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

14 Supporters
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$233
EARLY BIRD - Retail Starter Kit (US Shipping Only)

This reward features five (5) sets of hair tools at wholesale price and is the perfect starter order for salons and independent stylists looking to resell. The order will include (5) Curl Care Detangler Picks, (5) Curl Care Detangler Combs and (5) Curl Care Detangler Paddle Combs in individual packaging with hang tags for easy display. As a retailer, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. 

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward. 

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$16
EARLY BIRD - Pick (International Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Pick. In addition to the Pick, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a backer and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out! 

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the US shipping reward.

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$23
EARLY BIRD - Comb (International Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Comb. In addition to the Comb, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the US shipping reward.

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$27
EARLY BIRD - Paddle Comb (International Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Paddle Comb. In addition to the Paddle Comb, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the US shipping reward. 

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$55
EARLY BIRD - Curl Care Detangler Set (International Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Curl Care Detangler Set featuring all three combs. In addition to the set of three, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the US shipping reward. 

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$104
EARLY BIRD - CurlFriend Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips Book (International Shipping Only)

Do you love sharing the latest finds with your curlfriends? Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the CurlFriends Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips eBook. The CurlFriends Gift Set comes complete with one full Curl Care Detangler set for you and another set for your friend. You will also receive a downloadable ebook featuring hair tips and tricks from professional stylists. In addition to the two sets of tools and ebook, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the international reward.

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$249
EARLY BIRD - Retail Starter Kit (International Shipping Only)

This reward features five (5) sets of hair tools at wholesale price and is the perfect starter order for salons and independent stylists looking to resell. The order will include (5) Curl Care Detangler Picks, (5) Curl Care Detangler Combs and (5) Curl Care Detangler Paddle Combs in individual packaging with hang tags for easy display. As a retailer, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. 

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the US shipping reward.

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Pick (US Shipping Only)

Pre-Order our Curl Care Detangling Pick. In addition to the Pick, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a backer and your name listed in our Thank You video. Don't miss out! Your curls will thank you. 

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

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$21
Comb (US Shipping Only)

Pre-Order our Curl Care Detangling Comb. In addition to the Comb, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a backer and your name listed in our Thank You video. Don't miss out! Your curls will thank you.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

0 Supporters
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$24
Paddle Comb (US Shipping Only)

Pre-Order our Curl Care Detangling Paddle Comb. In addition to the Paddle Comb, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a backer and your name listed in our Thank You video. Don't miss out! Your curls will thank you.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

0 Supporters
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$112
CurlFriend Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips Book (US Shipping Only)

Do you love sharing the latest finds with your curlfriends? Pre-order our CurlFriends Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips eBook. The CurlFriends Gift Set comes complete with one full Curl Care Detangler set for you and another set for your friend. You will also receive a downloadable ebook featuring hair tips and tricks from professional stylists. In addition to the two sets of tools and ebook, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. Don't miss out. Your curls will thank you.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

0 Supporters
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$265
Retail Starter Kit (US Shipping Only)

This reward features five (5) sets of hair tools at wholesale price and is the perfect starter order for salons and independent stylists looking to resell. The order will include (5) Curl Care Detangler Picks, (5) Curl Care Detangler Combs and (5) Curl Care Detangler Paddle Combs in individual packaging with hang tags for easy display. As a retailer, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. 

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

0 Supporters
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$49
EARLY BIRD - Curl Care Detangler Set (US Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Curl Care Detangler Set featuring all three combs. In addition to the set of three, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward. 

15 Supporters
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$99
EARLY BIRD - CurlFriends Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips Book (US Shipping Only)

Do you love sharing the latest finds with your curlfriends? Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the CurlFriends Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips eBook. The CurlFriends Gift Set comes complete with one full Curl Care Detangler set for you and another set for your friend. You will also receive a downloadable ebook featuring hair tips and tricks from professional stylists. In addition to the two sets of tools and ebook, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

8 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Thank you for supporting our vision!

7 Supporters
Contribute
$14
EARLY BIRD - Pick (US Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Pick. In addition to the Pick, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a backer and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out! 

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

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$19
EARLY BIRD - Comb (US Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Comb. In addition to the Comb, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward. 

 

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$56
Curl Care Detangler Set (US Shipping Only)

Pre-Order our Curl Care Detangler Set featuring all three combs. In addition to the set of three, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. Don't miss out. Your curls will thank you.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

14 Supporters
Select this reward
$233
EARLY BIRD - Retail Starter Kit (US Shipping Only)

This reward features five (5) sets of hair tools at wholesale price and is the perfect starter order for salons and independent stylists looking to resell. The order will include (5) Curl Care Detangler Picks, (5) Curl Care Detangler Combs and (5) Curl Care Detangler Paddle Combs in individual packaging with hang tags for easy display. As a retailer, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. 

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward. 

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$16
EARLY BIRD - Pick (International Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Pick. In addition to the Pick, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a backer and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out! 

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the US shipping reward.

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$23
EARLY BIRD - Comb (International Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Comb. In addition to the Comb, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the US shipping reward.

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$27
EARLY BIRD - Paddle Comb (International Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Paddle Comb. In addition to the Paddle Comb, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the US shipping reward. 

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$55
EARLY BIRD - Curl Care Detangler Set (International Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Curl Care Detangler Set featuring all three combs. In addition to the set of three, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the US shipping reward. 

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2 Supporters
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$104
EARLY BIRD - CurlFriend Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips Book (International Shipping Only)

Do you love sharing the latest finds with your curlfriends? Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the CurlFriends Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips eBook. The CurlFriends Gift Set comes complete with one full Curl Care Detangler set for you and another set for your friend. You will also receive a downloadable ebook featuring hair tips and tricks from professional stylists. In addition to the two sets of tools and ebook, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the international reward.

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$249
EARLY BIRD - Retail Starter Kit (International Shipping Only)

This reward features five (5) sets of hair tools at wholesale price and is the perfect starter order for salons and independent stylists looking to resell. The order will include (5) Curl Care Detangler Picks, (5) Curl Care Detangler Combs and (5) Curl Care Detangler Paddle Combs in individual packaging with hang tags for easy display. As a retailer, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. 

*International shipping included. For US orders, select the US shipping reward.

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Pick (US Shipping Only)

Pre-Order our Curl Care Detangling Pick. In addition to the Pick, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a backer and your name listed in our Thank You video. Don't miss out! Your curls will thank you. 

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

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$21
Comb (US Shipping Only)

Pre-Order our Curl Care Detangling Comb. In addition to the Comb, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a backer and your name listed in our Thank You video. Don't miss out! Your curls will thank you.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$24
Paddle Comb (US Shipping Only)

Pre-Order our Curl Care Detangling Paddle Comb. In addition to the Paddle Comb, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a backer and your name listed in our Thank You video. Don't miss out! Your curls will thank you.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$112
CurlFriend Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips Book (US Shipping Only)

Do you love sharing the latest finds with your curlfriends? Pre-order our CurlFriends Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips eBook. The CurlFriends Gift Set comes complete with one full Curl Care Detangler set for you and another set for your friend. You will also receive a downloadable ebook featuring hair tips and tricks from professional stylists. In addition to the two sets of tools and ebook, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. Don't miss out. Your curls will thank you.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$265
Retail Starter Kit (US Shipping Only)

This reward features five (5) sets of hair tools at wholesale price and is the perfect starter order for salons and independent stylists looking to resell. The order will include (5) Curl Care Detangler Picks, (5) Curl Care Detangler Combs and (5) Curl Care Detangler Paddle Combs in individual packaging with hang tags for easy display. As a retailer, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. 

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$49
EARLY BIRD - Curl Care Detangler Set (US Shipping Only)

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the Curl Care Detangler Set featuring all three combs. In addition to the set of three, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward. 

15 Supporters
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$99
EARLY BIRD - CurlFriends Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips Book (US Shipping Only)

Do you love sharing the latest finds with your curlfriends? Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discounted price for the CurlFriends Gift Set + Downloadable Hair Tips eBook. The CurlFriends Gift Set comes complete with one full Curl Care Detangler set for you and another set for your friend. You will also receive a downloadable ebook featuring hair tips and tricks from professional stylists. In addition to the two sets of tools and ebook, you will receive recognition on all of our social media pages, your name on our website as a contributor and your name listed in our Thank You video. There are only a few orders available at this price. Don't miss out.

*US shipping included. For international orders, select the international shipping reward.

8 Supporters
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