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1ST-GENERATION BUSINESS OWNERS FROM SOUTH CENTRAL LA
Kyra Nicole started making Shea Butter Creams as a UCLA undergraduate when she discovered that nearby stores lacked products for her curly hair. She decided to create her own line to fill this simple need. Kyra's Shea Medleys is woman-owned and led by three African-American entrepreneurs from South Central Los Angeles. From rave reviews from industry influencers to the countless testimonials we receive daily from loyal customers, we aim to become one of the fastest-growing hair and skin care beauty lines in the country all while giving back to under-served communities in need.
What keeps us going? Our faith and the love and support we receive from our family, friends, and every customer that joins our KSM Family. We are first-generation college students and first-generation business owners trying to pave the way for our future and the next wave of entrepreneurs. We believe in the scriptures that says:
"I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me!" (Phil. 4:13).
Why Our Medleys?
MORE THAN BUTTERS
Kyra's Shea Medleys provides a nutrient-rich, plant-based, and heavenly-scented line of premier Butter Creams, Oil Medleys, Floral Waters, 3-N-1 Scrubs, and more. We source the highest quality natural, certified organic, non-GMO, and fair-trade ingredients. Every Medley is crafted for the woman of color seeking SHE-approved (Safe, Healthy, Effective) beauty products for herself and/or her family. Our products are also certified vegan and cruelty-free by PETA and the Leaping Bunny program. Our brand is a pending B-Corp for our dedication to GREEN standards and our community.
Our KSM Team
Kyra Nicole, CEO & Founder
Kyra Nicole is a Kind, Young, Respectful and Ambitious woman in my 20s who loves to fulfill Needs, Imagine, Create, Optimize, Laugh and Express myself. (That was her attempt at an acrostic poem! LOL!) But really...her heart and personality are too BIG to fit into a box, which may be the reason why she does some of everything at KSM. She refuses to be limited to one thing and has no problem sharing everything she learns (she's just a natural teacher). We asked her what is her life's purpose and this is what she said: "I am on a mission to live by love, hope, and faith in God's plan for me. I channel that energy into KSM as it is my art, my expression, and one aspect of my passion for helping others. It's in my heart and purpose to give back, inspire, show love, educate, encourage and motivate the next group of young entrepreneurs by simply showing that...'It's Possible.'"
John Moore, COO/Marketing Director & Founder
John's life led him up to this role. Born and raised in Watts, CA to his background in finance working at the Federal Reserve and J.P Morgan Chase, his real-world experience as well as first-hand knowledge in the area of finance, operations, and marketing creates the perfect mixture to handle the role of COO/Marketing Director. His ten plus years of outstanding customer service (seriously, he has won multiple awards in this area) is just a bonus. Although his role is predominately behind the scenes, he makes sure that what's in front is the greatest representation of what the KSM brand stands for. He is our knight in shining armor and his weapons of choice: Macbook Pro and Android smartphones!
Michael Moore, CFO/Director of Public Relations
Michael is a great conversationalist who welcomes the idea of engaging in a thought-provoking discussion. Occasionally he likes to sing and write his own songs. He enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and fitness and has a growing interest in woodworking...now that his dating profile is out of the way. ;-) We nicknamed him "Dyna-Mike" because he brings an explosion of humor and passion into every environment, including the nitty-gritty financial stuff that would make others flee. He loves the idea of turning something you conceptualize into an actual interpretation while understanding the beauty of creating, building, and preserving relationships on all levels! He fully embraces his CFO/Director of PR hats and wears them well.