Every girl who has owned hair barrettes has lost them at some point. Sometimes she finds them, but sometimes they are lost for good, with no trace where they vanished to.
This has always been the case; well, until now. A mother and daughter have just solved the problem of missing barrettes.
Rozalynn Goodwin and her daughter Gabrielle Goodwin have invented a new kind of hair barrette, called GaBBY’s Bows. This is a double snap, double face barrette that will be almost impossible for young girls to lose.
The idea came to them after Rozalynn took to Twitter to rant about always having to buy barrettes for her daughter, who was five at the time. She also didn’t like that the barrettes would not close if they did not have hair in them, so Gabrielle’s thick hair would not stand a chance. Understanding how she felt, other moms joined the conversation, saying how they were also frustrated by barrettes.
Rozalynn told her daughter about the discussion. Gabrielle then started to ask (and, soon, nag) about when she would get bows and when they were going to make them. She persisted, and this pushed Rozalynn to think of making reliable barrettes; after all, she wanted to show her daughter that nothing is impossible.
They started to compare and study bows on their kitchen table, and they soon developed the idea that became GaBBY’s Bows. As the two promise, their bows will not slip out of twists, braids and pigtails. Gabby took home the 2015 South Caroline Young Entrepreneur Award.
The duo also won the American Small Business Championship by SCORE, which mentors small business owners.
GaBBY’s Bows are available in seven countries and 43 U.S. states at selected Walgreen and Bi-Lo stores, or online at gabbybows.com. Sets cost between $3.50 and $4.99. You can find the barrettes in a multitude of colors.
GaBBY’s Bows is an incredible invention from a forward-thinking duo. Let’s hope this kind of innovation in the black community will continue.
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