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You already are my best friend for even pulling into the #REALTALK corner! I want to first thank you for visiting my website! If you're reading this, we have recently opened and I am SO freaking ready to get this on. Just to start, I want to tell y'all a little about me, Sadio, and how The Mink Link NYC came to be born.

I had an epiphany when I was in my second year of college. I entered my school, set on the idea that I was going to be a nurse. That clearly did NOT work out. Long story short, I realized that I never wanted to be a nurse. The idea of holding on to someone's life scared me, honestly! Though I do consider myself a very intelligent, hardworking individual, I was not prepared for college. Most of our urban schools lack in the prep department, (that is a whole future blog post!) This coming from the girl who used to write out business plans for lunch in the 3rd grade. I knew I had the brainpower, as I've always been a thinker/planner/Fairy Godparent. Adjusting was just very hard, caused me to dip into a depression. By the grace of God, I was able to get situated and move on.

Ahh- African Parents, those of you who have them, we know that the only things that are deemed as appropriate career choices are: Lawyer or Doctor. So imagine my Mother's disdain when I told her I never wanted to be in the medical field in the first place. 

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Now, I'm a Business major in college. With that being said, I never initially wanted to own my own business. For some reason, I convinced myself that it was IMPOSSIBLE for me to own a business, but I really wanted to help run some huge Fortune 500 Company. I sound like a dummy, IK this but listen to my wayward reasoning.

I genuinely thought that owning a business was going to be too much painful work and that I would ultimately fail. I watched my mother operate a hair salon for years. I've seen her struggle, get played crazy, and most of all, bust her ass to provide for her 3 kids as a young, single mother. I told myself I didn't have the drive, as if seeing and experiencing my mother's hard work hadn't already manifested itself in me already. I was working with her from an early age which also helped me learn the ins and outs of the business. So, If that wasn't the dumbest shit I ever told myself, (and I've thought A LOT of dumb things LMAO) I don't know what is.

As I mentioned before, I grew up in the black hair salons of NYC so it was ingrained in me at an early age to know that beauty was therapeutic. Salon time was not only to get beautiful, but a time to dish out the latest tea, get advice from our sistas, and pass on life advice. Hair, Nails, and Make-up get a bad rep because of its broadness, in my opinion. Overall, it's a form of art and that, we can't deny.

Fast forward to October of 2018. The idea of The Mink Link NYC came to me through divine intervention, or at least it seemed like it. I've always been a huge fan of everything Beauty. I wanted to put together an online store to bring all of the beauty products we, as Black Women, WoC, might ever need. I wanted the products to be natural and without all the bullsh*t that we can't pronounce! I want The Mink Link NYC to be accessible to everybodyyy, so please, just join us for the ride and you won't be disappointed! Questions, comments, concerns, or compliments are always welcome!

More topics will soon come too, submit an idea for a future blog post here! Nothing is off-topic, please just always remain respectful of other cultures, races, and identities. I can't wait to talk more with you all! We'll be updating Bi-Weekly.

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