Myriam Taylor took her own personal journey from relaxed hair to natural and turned it into a profitable business based in Portugal.
After years of relaxing her hair Taylor decided to go chemical free during her pregnancy. Of course, at the time she found it difficult to find the products she needed for her hair. This led Taylor, who is of Angolan descent, to start her own natural hair products company, Muxima, in June 2016. Muxima means “heart’ in Kimbundu, an Angolan language.
With the support of her husband, Paulo, a technology expert, Muxima created products that would work well with textured hair without containing any harmful sulphates, parabens, or synthetics. By December 2016, Muxima officially launched with ﬁve products worldwide in its online store. Now, Muxima’s line of products are also sold at stores in Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam, London, and Luanda. This year, the line will be introduced to the American market.
Taylor’s parents fled Angola as war refugees in 1976. They came to Portugal where Taylor was born and raised before graduating from the Rose Bruford School of Drama in London.
Taylor told MadameNoire the hurdles she faced being the child of Angola war refugees in Portugal and how she built her new company.
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