Mollee, 2020 TSPA graduate, said she was “excited to use [her] license for a greater purpose.” We decided to interview her after she told us about an organization she got involved with called “Not Just Numbers”. Check out our talk below!
Tell me about “Not Just Numbers”.
It is a non-profit that is going to go into foster and adoption agencies and teach parents how to take care of highly textured and ethnic hair; what products to use, what combs to use, simple things like stylists in the area… low-cost, high-cost, how [we can] get this education information to every home.
How did you get involved?
I started it. I am the owner, CEO…
My parents adopted. I have three little siblings and we noticed that when we got them, their hair wasn’t in the best shape. We got my little brother first and we didn’t know what to use on his hair. We started learning, asking friends, and getting more input and realized there’s so many kids who- these parents mean well and they want to help these kids feel loved but they don’t know where to start. So we want to make it an education that’s accessible to all. It shouldn’t even be a question- taking care of your kids’ hair. And the kids don’t feel comfortable asking… they’ve been taught just to say “thank you”.
We want them to feel comfortable in their skin. The biggest thing is embracing who they are… it’s letting them embrace that and own up to it and having… the adults in their lives support it. [Parents] would support it more if they had the education and knowledge to but they don’t. That’s where we come in.
What are you most excited for?
My little sisters… have kind of perked up about it. My little siblings designed the logo, all of them had a part in that. It’s 100% for them… so I like that, at such a young age, they’re able to use their life stories. I’m excited for this new adventure we’re going on.
I’m excited to use my license for a greater purpose.
Mollee, we are so proud of you! We can’t wait to see where this leads and we’re happy to play a part in it.