I had the pleasure of attending The Puff Cuff Pop Up Salon on yesterday in Atlanta. The event atmosphere was so welcoming and uplifting. If you have been thinking of starting your own business you definitely miss out on an inspiring event. To see black small business owners motivating each other and complimenting each other was amazing.
What is The Puff Cuff?
PuffCuff Hair Clamp is designed to GRASP your hair, lock into its texture and hold hair in a puff style. Our original 5″ PuffCuff is demonstrated above. The unique teeth are designed to hold the clamp in place, NOT to glide through the hair like a comb or the old “banana clip”. Even though the look of the PuffCuff is similar to the old “banana clip” it DOES NOT function the same.
HOW TO USE YOUR PUFF CUFF:
1. If you have extremely thick hair, you may want to dampen it with water or your favorite moisturizer.
2. Gather hair as if creating a ponytail.
3. While holding hair, INSERT (we stress INSERT) the teeth of one arm of the PuffCuff into the hair at the base of puff, as close to the scalp as possible.
4. While still holding gathered hair, use free hand to insert teeth of the opposite arm into hair as close to the base of puff on the opposite side of the head.
5. Do NOT let go of gathered hair. Insert both arms into the hair at the base of puff, push arms toward each other overlapping the hooks. Gently pull arms in opposite direction to interlock hooks and close the clamp.
6. Let go of gathered hair. Fluff and enjoy a painless puff!
Who is the founder and why did she create The Puff Cuff?
CEATA E. LASH
When I decided to change my lifestyle and make the transition from relaxed to natural hair, I discovered that it was impossible to find accessories to accommodate the thickness and texture of my hair. Searching in stores and online, I realized that most accessories on the market are designed for straight, thin hair – NOT for my naturally thick, coarse hair! Existing products cinched my hair to its smallest point of resistance, creating “bunny tail hair” (not a good look for a grown woman), hair breakage, damage to the accessory and pure frustration for me!
I became determined to find a solution, but it just didn’t exist. As I became more aware of other African American women making the same transition — all with similar hair texture and hairstyles, it became clear we all had the same need for an easy-to-use styling tool that would help us achieve quick looks without stressing our hair. We also needed it to be sanitary, durable and affordable. A little more research revealed that there were others — men and women with curly hair, locs and braids — who were experiencing the same styling woes. It was then that the concept of the PuffCuff was born, but I wouldn’t let myself imagine that I could be the one to invent, manufacture and retail it myself. And, then, inspiration moved in.
In the fall of 2011, I was blessed to have my 99-year-old grandmother come to live with my family and I. She had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and was close to death. My grandmother was my heart and I loved her dearly. In our quiet moments together; I often wondered, “Did she do everything she wanted to in her long life? Did she pursue all her dreams?” The answer was a resounding and confident, “YES.” She was at total peace in knowing her time was at hand. So I thought, ‘Would I be at peace with how my life turned out if the Lord blessed me to live to her age?” Knowing I might not get 99 years, if I put this idea on the shelf and left it there, I might not have the same kind of peace my grandmother had when death was imminent. I decided I had to at least try. If I failed, it wouldn’t be for a lack of trying. So here I am! PuffCuff LLC was launched in August of 2013. The first PuffCuff was available for purchase in February of 2014.