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Meet Marvette Adderley of BraidbyMarvette

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marvette Adderley.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
As a kid born and raised in Freeport, Bahamas. I grew up watching my mother who is self-taught from the age of 16 doing hair. I remember going to visit her at Dudley’s Cosmetology school in North Carolina. I was a little girl at the time but I remember always being fascinated with hair. As a child growing up, I remember I sat and study how my mom did her client’s hair. I would go home and mimic the same thing she did 1 try every time and mastered it. That’s when I realize I really have a passion for hair. The way my mom made woman feel after getting a makeover was something I wanted to do. Put a smile on someone’s face. At the age of nine, my mother started training me in the business. I started working with my mom helping her braid out client’s braids and quickly after that after she saw what I can do she put me on the booth alongside her. One of the things my mother said to me that a stuck with me from a child to now; she said I am going to teach you this trade because when you get older, I never want you to have to be put in uncomfortable positions for money because my back is again the wall: then she add you can always go anywhere in the world and make money because of your talent, that stuck with me. I had says I wanted to go outside to play with my cousins but my mom said I need you to learn this my child she said you will thank me later.

To this day, I still remind her of those words and thank her for it. I’ve been my own boss from the age of nine years old. I move to Brandon, Florida with my grandmother, great grandmother, my uncle and my cousin. I went to Brandon high at the age about 15 and I started braiding my own hair because my mom was back home so I went back to what she taught me and that hair. I started braiding my own hair for school then my friends at school and other people loved my work. So people begin to ask me to braid their hair and my grandmother allowed me to do hair in her house. That meant so much to me because that was the start of my own journey outside of my mother mothers shadow and I can now create my own footprint in the business. I started doing the kid’s hair from school, then people outside of the school saw my work and started booking with me. Rom there, I started advertising and people started giving out my number and my clientele slowing grew. As the years went by everywhere I went, my talent went with me from the Bahamas to Tampa to Orlando and back to Tampa again, I started placing ads on craigslist, thumbtack, any free advertising platforms as possible. Today I am a proud mother of three beautiful children Maliq, Cayden & Faith. My kids are definitely my motivation. Picking up the pieces after a bad breakup with children was one of the toughest things I had to do. Being a mom while being an entrepreneur and starting over was tough because I had three little children that’s depending on me. I went into game mode even more and worked harder at my craft and learned way how to become better at it every time.

Today I am the proud owner of Braids by Marvette with 5 star ratings on Google, Facebook & setmore. From a little, my main goal for doing hair was to make people feel beautiful and confident inside and out. The reactions I get on the phone from first-time clients warms my heart every time. One thing they all say to me is “I trust you” that’s great to hear because it’s coming from people that never met me just heard about me or saw my work on the internet. I receive calls all the time from Fort Myers, Florida all the way to Washington and in between. My goal is to one day open a franchise of braiding salons all over the country. I always express to my clients how much I love and appreciate their business because without them Braids by Marvette will be nothing without them. My mother gave me something that I value as priceless “my talent” I can take that anywhere in the world with me. My goal is to create a program for younger children ages 7-17 so they can be able to have a creative space to perfect their talent while having fun doing it. I never had to wait for school to do what was already inside of me… I just need to create space and a platform and my goal is to give that back. I want to create as much jobs and opportunity for as much people as I can that’s just like me.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Honestly, I give thanks to god because I must say it has been tough sometimes it was very hard after surviving narcissistic abuse it got hard and painful to still push and be a mom an entrepreneur at the same time. I started to lose hope because here I am facing a tough challenge in my life but I remember the many smiles I put on my client’s faces. I remember the many phones calls saying, “I trust you” I am excited to meet you! I remember the many people who lives I’ve changed just with my talent. I remember how my kids always told me I love you and your the best mom. I remember doing hair in a tiny closet in my apartment and people still drove from near and far some over 3 hours away and I’ve always appreciated that because they did not have to but they did… and when those rough patches trying to still remain professional while running a business out of my home came I think about all the people that really love me and love what I do and that kept me going so I want to publicly say to each and every one of my clients new and old and upcoming from the bottom of my hear I want to thank you for all the years you stuck by me, for being so understanding and supportive. My business is what it is because of my clients. They say I make them smile really, they make me smile. One thing I always remember growing up I was always told a humble child tastes grace… the more God blesses me, the more I remain humble with a grateful heart.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
My specialty? BRAIDS I am a very visual person and very hands on. I can look at a style and instantly know if I can or can not achieve. Knotless Braids is a very popular style that I find myself doing a lot of, even box braids but honestly I am known as Braids by Marvette. I am very neat, fast and professional, I am known for being an incredible braider. I want readers to know if you are looking for a Braiding Salon where there is great quality braids, professional, clean and friendly? I’m your girl! My clients love how I take the time to answer any questions they may have or give them suggestions on hairstyles. They appreciate the information I give them even down to taking care of their hair. They really appreciate how professional I am, my energy my vibe. What can I say they love me! I go above and beyond to make sure my clients are happy.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Always paying attention to detail, remain professional, take the time to listen to their concerns or questions, fast, kind heart, my energy, I am down to earth…Some even say I’m their therapist lol. I find myself a lot of time doing hair and have a therapy session and many of my clients love and appreciate my wisdom and just to have someone to talk to… Many fall asleep lol because it’s so calm and inviting and you know what they say if clients falling asleep in the chair, they feel relax and safe.

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My Face Portraits by SmokeBehindThaLenz Other Photos Are Client Selfies

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