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Thrive Hair Bar

Thrive Hair Bar is an express hair salon whose mission is to normalize kinky, coily, and curly hair.

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Campaign Ends on September 14, 2021

Project Description

 

Thrive Hair Bar is an express, natural hair salon that provides twists, braids, & blowouts in a welcoming atmosphere while prioritizing hair health, sharing hair care tips, and empowering more people to embrace their natural kinks, coils, and curls more often.

We believe all hair types should be encouraged to show off, are beautiful, and can be easy to manage.

Unfortunately, not all industries agree with us.

Did you know that black women are 1.5x more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair? Or that salons across the nation sometimes have what they call a “texture fee” essentially charging more for the hair textures they deem difficult to manage? or even that some people spend over 24 hours completing "wash day"?

Thrive Hair Bar is here to change all of that.

  • We provide natural, chemical-process free styles like twists, braids, & blowouts. Our services include your shampoo, steam conditioning treatment, and are designed to be completed in 90 minutes or less We want people to understand that no matter their hair texture, their hair can be easily managed and we want to empower more people to rock their natural hair more often. It is our mission to normalize kinky, coily, and curly hair in all settings, so that more people can feel confident & beautiful bringing their authentic selves to every situation.
  • Training Session
    Training Session

Too many people- women, men & children- with kinky, coily and or curly hair have walked into, called, or visited the website of salon, only to be turned away because the stylists aren’t versed in their hair or the salon doesn’t provide the natural styles they’re looking for. Too many women spend countless hours every week on “wash day”. Too many parents have children whose hair is different than theirs and try but aren’t getting the guidance they need to have positive hair care experiences with their children, leading to frustration and tears. Thrive Hair Bar is here to solve all of these problems.

  • Twists
    Twists
  • We promise to 1. Expertly care for & embrace your strands, no matter the type/texture; 2. Give you time back in your week by eliminating wash day; and 3. Enable more parents & children to bond over their hair experiences
  • Heart
    Heart

Let’s talk about opportunities! Thrive Hair Bar believes the opportunities are endless. We specialize in kinky, coily, and curly hair because those are the hair types being ignored and in order to normalize something we can no longer ignore it, we must celebrate it! We also believe that in order to normalize something you have to make it accessible to the masses. With that, we absolutely serve our wavy and straight haired friends too! We say, “as long as you can sit still for 90 minutes and want twists, braids, or a blow-out, we got you!”.  This means we can serve the larger portion of the over 700,000 DC residents with our new location and the larger portion the over 200,000 residents in our current location in Arlington, VA. We are only limited by how many salon chairs we have, how many stylists we train & employ, and the desire for the services we offer.

We’re seeking your support through monetary crowdfunding in order to help us scale to a 2nd location and be able to empower more people to embrace their hair, rock their natural hair, and normalize being fully oneself! Your gift will help us cover the cost of 1. building out our 2nd location in DC and making it a modern oasis with new floors & walls, lighting, an HVAC system, etc; 2. Building our team- sourcing, training/continuous education for, and retaining at least 4 new stylists & one receptionist who all love natural hair and want to provide natural styles in a hip, vibrant, modern setting; and 3. Covering operating expenses for up to 6 months while we build our DC following, including covering rent, initial supplies, furniture/fixtures, payroll, & technology.

  • Hydrate & Blow with Curls
    Hydrate & Blow with Curls

Thrive Hair Bar is more than a hair salon. Thrive Hair Bar is an oasis for both our clients and our employees. We prioritize client hair health by including steam conditioning with every service, our stylists go through rigorous 12-step team training to be able to delicately care for & style all hair types without excessive tension or damage, and we educate our clients during visits so they can understand that their hair, no matter the type, does not have to be difficult to manage. Clients also have the opportunities to become Thrive Hair Bar Monthly Members with perks that include 2 services per month and invites to exclusive networking events. Our employees are offered professional development resources, competitive benefits including a 401k match, & continuing education.

Thrive Hair Bar’s current team consists of CEO/Owner/Founder and Natural Hair Stylists Ajia Minnis, Licensed Cosmetologist Daria Lisbon, and Natural Hair Stylist Janai Jackson.  

  • Our CEO, Ajia  has spent the last 5 years at a variety of SaaS companies from SalesLoft to Hustle, helping organizations to optimize efficiency and drive productivity through leading technology. These experiences make her uniquely qualified to launch and run a business that is based on efficiency, respect, & empowerment. She is also an Equinox Group Fitness Instructor with over 15 years in the fitness & dance industry who has an MA in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University, giving her an understanding of health and wellness that can be applied to cultivating healthy hair practices for the Thrive Hair Bar brand. 
  • Daria Lisbon began at Thrive Hair Bar as an apprentice and has graduated to a full stylist. Daria loves natural hair and understands the importance of caring for it so much that she sought out a natural hair school in addition to her traditional, Virginia Board of Cosmetology licensed program to make sure she could serve the natural hair family appropriately. 
  • Janai Jackson joined Thrive Hair Bar from Aveda Arts Institute in Arlington, VA, inspired by the mission to normalize kinky, coily, and curly hair. Janai is also a huge advocate for using natural products in the hair to continue to cultivate healthy stands and luckily that is exactly what Thrive Hair Bar uses and advocates too. 

Thank you for taking the time to  read over our information and considering supporting Thrive Hair Bar! 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

CAN I CONTACT THE FOUNDER DIRECTLY?

Absolutely,  just email me at info@thrivehairbar.com!

WHY DC?

Washington, DC is a vibrant, diverse place, home to our nation's capital, home to historical universities and research institutions and home to our owner & founder! We're starting with DC given its historical value to the black-American experience & community of thriving professionals. We promise to continue to open Thrive Hair Bars in different cities across the US!

DO YOU SERVE PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE KINKY, COILY, OR CURLY HAIR?

Yes! Thrive Hair Bar embraces all hair types!

DO YOU PROVIDE RELAXERS OR OTHER CHEMICAL SERVICES?

Nope. Thrive Hair Bar is all about that natural life!

DO YOU COLOR HAIR?

Nope. Again, Thrive Hair Bar is all about that natural life!

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU USE?

All products used at Thrive Hair Bar are Sulfate-free & Paraben-free. Most products are also free of paraffins, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, drying alcohols, & silicon. The product brands we use and sell include Alodia Hair Care, Design Essentials, As I Am, & Moroccan Oil products. We also use & mix our own natural oils including Grapeseed, Jojoba, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, & Avocado Oil.

 

 

Kristina
07/29/2021
Monetary Contribution
$20
Curtis Minnis
07/23/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Salima
07/08/2021
Thrive Hair Bar Microfiber Towel
$50
Evelyn Alvarez
07/05/2021
Thrive Hair Bar Microfiber Towel
$45
Kristine Lipscomb
06/30/2021
Monetary Contribution
$25
Amadu
06/28/2021
Thrive Hair Bar Microfiber Towel
$45
Kayla Herbs
06/22/2021
Monetary Contribution
$250
Rohan Duggal
06/22/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Eric Newman
06/20/2021
Invitation to DC Grand Opening Weekend
$100
J’na Jefferson
06/20/2021
Monetary Contribution
$20
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care-

Donate Any Amount You Want!

$5, $9, $10, $20, $30, every dollar counts and we mean EVERY DOLLAR!

Make sure to share your Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn handle in the notes and we'll tag you in our 'Thank you Thursdays" social media post to thank supporters of our mission!

Thank you for supporting the mission!

7 Supporters
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45.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Microfiber Towel

Shout Out on Social Media + custom Thrive Hair Bar Microfiber Towel

Thank you for supporting the mission!

Microfiber towel for hair, the gym, golf, you name it !

996 Left
4 Supporters
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50.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar T-Shirt

Shout out on social media + black Thrive Hair Bar custom logo t-shirt!

Thank you for supporting the mission!

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1 Supporter
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75.00 USD
I like it Kinky T-Shirt

Shout out on social media + Custom Double Sided Thrive Hair Bar T-Shirt

Thrive Hair Bar Logo on the front

"I like it kinky, coily, curly, wavy, & straight" on the back

Thank you for supporting the mission!

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1 Supporter
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100.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Hoodie

Shout Out on Social Media + Thrive Hair Bar custom logo Hoodie

Get a custom Thrive Hair Bar Logo Hoodie in your size, shipped to your address! Hoodie is Black with white logo

Thank you for supporting the mission

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0 Supporters
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125.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Crop Hoodie

Shout out on social media + custom Thrive Hair Bar logo crop hoodie!

 

Thank you for supporting the mission

999 Left
1 Supporter
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100.00 USD
Invitation to DC Grand Opening Weekend

Shout out on Social Media + Invitation to DC Grand Opening Weekend

Date: TBD

Thank you for supporting the mission! Make sure to supply your email to receive an exclusive invitation to Thrive Hair Bar's Grand Opening Weekend in DC for a tour of the new salon!

This daytime event will be throughout opening weekend with live performances by singers, dancers, spoken word artists, & musicians. 

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3 Supporters
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250.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar for the Kids!

Shout out on Social Media + Invitation to DC Grand Opening Weekend+ Service for Kid in Need

Fund 1 Basic Braids, Twists, or a Blowout Service + Hair Treatment (Total Value $120) for a Foster Child from the DMV Area*!

Can be used now in Arlington, VA location or in DC location. May be used by Dec 2023!

*Thrive Hair Bar partners with many foster programs in the area to provide services to children, if you have a particular program or child in mind, we're happy to accommodate. Otherwise we will offer the services to the programs we currently partner with.

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1 Supporter
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250.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Service of Your Choice

Shout out on Social Media + Invitation to DC Grand Opening Weekend + Thrive Hair Bar Service of Your Choice

Thank you for supporting the mission!

This can be used now at our Arlington, VA location or in the future at our DC location. Good for 1 basic service + 1 hair treatment (total value $120). Gift is transferable and must be used by Dec 2022!

500 Left
0 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Private Movie Night

This is for you +5 of your closest friends!

2.5 Hours get booked out just for you and 5 of your closet friends at Thrive Hair Bar's new DC location to get their hair slayed while watching the cult classic movie of your choice ($700 value) in the salon!

Sparkling wine will be served to those 21+ years of age and each guest gets to choose from our basic braids, twists, or blowout styles*

(Yes we do Loc styles and Wash & Gos!)

Thank you for supporting our mission!

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0 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Grand Opening Evening

Thrive Hair Bar Exclusive Event!

Bring yourself + up to 2 friends to join Thrive Hair Bar's Team & Family Members for a night out in DC to celebrate our grand opening!

Details TBD but event is estimated to take place between December 2021 and June 2022 in Washington, DC

Drinks & Hors d'oeuvres included. Must be 21+ to consume alcohol.

Thank you for supporting the mission!

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1 Supporter
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care-

Donate Any Amount You Want!

$5, $9, $10, $20, $30, every dollar counts and we mean EVERY DOLLAR!

Make sure to share your Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn handle in the notes and we'll tag you in our 'Thank you Thursdays" social media post to thank supporters of our mission!

Thank you for supporting the mission!

7 Supporters
Select this reward
45.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Microfiber Towel

Shout Out on Social Media + custom Thrive Hair Bar Microfiber Towel

Thank you for supporting the mission!

Microfiber towel for hair, the gym, golf, you name it !

996 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar T-Shirt

Shout out on social media + black Thrive Hair Bar custom logo t-shirt!

Thank you for supporting the mission!

99999 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
75.00 USD
I like it Kinky T-Shirt

Shout out on social media + Custom Double Sided Thrive Hair Bar T-Shirt

Thrive Hair Bar Logo on the front

"I like it kinky, coily, curly, wavy, & straight" on the back

Thank you for supporting the mission!

999 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Hoodie

Shout Out on Social Media + Thrive Hair Bar custom logo Hoodie

Get a custom Thrive Hair Bar Logo Hoodie in your size, shipped to your address! Hoodie is Black with white logo

Thank you for supporting the mission

10000 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
125.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Crop Hoodie

Shout out on social media + custom Thrive Hair Bar logo crop hoodie!

 

Thank you for supporting the mission

999 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Invitation to DC Grand Opening Weekend

Shout out on Social Media + Invitation to DC Grand Opening Weekend

Date: TBD

Thank you for supporting the mission! Make sure to supply your email to receive an exclusive invitation to Thrive Hair Bar's Grand Opening Weekend in DC for a tour of the new salon!

This daytime event will be throughout opening weekend with live performances by singers, dancers, spoken word artists, & musicians. 

997 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar for the Kids!

Shout out on Social Media + Invitation to DC Grand Opening Weekend+ Service for Kid in Need

Fund 1 Basic Braids, Twists, or a Blowout Service + Hair Treatment (Total Value $120) for a Foster Child from the DMV Area*!

Can be used now in Arlington, VA location or in DC location. May be used by Dec 2023!

*Thrive Hair Bar partners with many foster programs in the area to provide services to children, if you have a particular program or child in mind, we're happy to accommodate. Otherwise we will offer the services to the programs we currently partner with.

9999 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Service of Your Choice

Shout out on Social Media + Invitation to DC Grand Opening Weekend + Thrive Hair Bar Service of Your Choice

Thank you for supporting the mission!

This can be used now at our Arlington, VA location or in the future at our DC location. Good for 1 basic service + 1 hair treatment (total value $120). Gift is transferable and must be used by Dec 2022!

500 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Private Movie Night

This is for you +5 of your closest friends!

2.5 Hours get booked out just for you and 5 of your closet friends at Thrive Hair Bar's new DC location to get their hair slayed while watching the cult classic movie of your choice ($700 value) in the salon!

Sparkling wine will be served to those 21+ years of age and each guest gets to choose from our basic braids, twists, or blowout styles*

(Yes we do Loc styles and Wash & Gos!)

Thank you for supporting our mission!

50 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Thrive Hair Bar Grand Opening Evening

Thrive Hair Bar Exclusive Event!

Bring yourself + up to 2 friends to join Thrive Hair Bar's Team & Family Members for a night out in DC to celebrate our grand opening!

Details TBD but event is estimated to take place between December 2021 and June 2022 in Washington, DC

Drinks & Hors d'oeuvres included. Must be 21+ to consume alcohol.

Thank you for supporting the mission!

249 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward