Overdraft: How One Founder Built A Braiding Business—from her Living Room

Portrait illustration of Melony Armstrong founder of Naturally Speaking.

Melony Armstrong painstakingly built Naturally Speaking—her hair studio dedicated to the art of traditional African hair braiding—from nothing. For years, she worked out of her small living room, sometimes for no money, gaining experience and saving every penny. Two decades have passed since Melony opened her salon’s doors. Here, she shares how perseverance, the kindness of strangers, and a pinch of luck helped her realize her dream.


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