We had the good fortune of connecting with Consy Toribio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Consy, how does your business help the community?
The mission behind my brand, Dominican Curly, is that “all hair is good hair.” This is actually a play on the Spanish phrase “pelo malo” which translates to bad hair. This term is often used in the Dominican Republic and in other Spanish-speaking countries to describe curly/textured hair. Through hair care, I learned that all hair is good hair if you just take care of it, and that is how I impact my community, by helping other women fall in love with their natural hair through simple and effective natural hair care. I think a lot of women are opening their eyes to the fact that some of us only disliked our natural hair because we were always told by someone else/society that it was “bad” or ugly, not professional, etc. In accepting your natural hair, you also learn to accept other parts of yourself.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
In 2018, I was inspired to start Dominican Curly by both my love of natural hair care, and my desire to help other women embrace their natural textures. I straightened my hair from a very early age and stopped when I was 21 and graduating college. Before I stopped chemically straightening, I had convinced myself that I didn’t like my curly hair, as I got older I realized that I didn’t even know what it looked like. When I found my natural hair pattern, I also found myself! Dominican Curly is the product of that “enlightenment” – returning to my natural hair had such a huge positive impact on me, and it also gave me the desire to help other women reach that as well. Almost 3 years later, I’d be lying if I said it’s been easy and challenge free! I definitely had my share of hurdles and minor setbacks, however, I refuse to let them stop me. I overcome all challenges by staying focused on my end goal; a quote that I say to myself and others often is “slow motion is better than no motion”. I would want others to know that if I can do it – you can too! The difference between successful people and non successful people is that successful people do not give up once they encounter failure.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hmmm so me personally, I love the beach! A week long trip in south florida would definitely need to include at least 1 or 2 beach days, I love the boardwalk at Hollywood Beach. If my friend has never been there before, we’d need to stop by Wynwood Walls also! I love the mojitos at Miami Mojito Company at the Key Lime Pie at KUSH Wynwood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It would definitely have to be my mother! She’s been the inspiration behind my business before I even knew what a “business” really was. All of my life she has set a great example for me with her drive, work ethic and the dedication she puts into everything she does. For as long as I can remember she has always had multiple “side hustles” and always worked hard to provide for her children on her own.