I Just Play By My Rules and Answer to Myself -Melissa Etienne
My name is Melissa Etienne, Founder and CEO of Big Chop Hair. I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart. Growing up I was always different. I enjoyed working hard, but I didn’t enjoy following ALL the rules.
At a young age growing up in NY I always Dreamt BIG. I wanted to have it all. The money, the cars, the clothes, the lifestyle. Then, I found out like most people, while wanting, dreaming, and wishing is great you have to be willing work your butt off for success.
I noticed in my first year of college that I would not achieve my goals and dream here. I’m not knocking schooling, I’m just saying doing your research and make sure it going to give you what you truly want in life. While in college I noticed the beauty trend of people loving and investing in buying hair.
Even though people already sold hair, they weren’t me. I believed If could put my passion and spin on it, I could make it more affordable and fun. Needless to say, it worked. It worked so great that I had to say bye -bye to school and started my business working 7 days a week 24 hours a day. I was HUNGRY!!!
Within a few years I went international selling only straight hair and then a new trend came along strong kinky hair.
Thus creating Big Chop Hair. For over 4 years Big Chop Hair has been a major player in the hair and beauty industry. Always learning and growing we created a culture we people love themselves and feel good about.
Big Shop customers also known as Big Chop Beauties are part of the brand. With our many contest giveaways, phenomenal customer service, and affordable pricing it’s a win win. I’m so passionate about our brand and it shows because I give it my all and myself. If you know Big Chop Hair you know me. I’m all over the social media showing others that I’m human just like them.
I’m very close to my family. I’m a wife, mother of 2 boys, 1st 5 years old and 2nd is 10 months. A daughter, sister, cousin, aunty, you name it and I hold the title. Managing everything and not losing your mind is not easy, but it’s possible. I’m living proof.
Being an African American woman a lot of people are surprised at my success of being one of the TOP Hair Brands in the world. I did it for me but I also did it to pave the way for other to believe it’s possible for them. I’m an avid supporter of several charities. Supporting others to dream and believe that they have a chance to create the life they want and deserve.
The advice I would give to everyone is to Dream Bigger, Work Harder, and Put your ALL into it. You don’t know what you don’t know, so pay attention and always take the time out to invest in you. When I say invest in you I mean it in every aspect. Mentally, Physically, Spiritually, and Financially. Always willing to learn has always kept me on the right path and I know It can help you on yours.
Thanks and hopefully I will see you in person or online rocking some Big Chop Hair and joining our Big Chop Beauties.