Mielle Organics’ Monique Rodriguez Talks Viral Hair Oil, More 

Monique Rodriguez.
Courtesy Sally Magnificence

In her prime. Monique Rodriguez, the founding father of Mielle Organics, has constructed a profitable haircare model that has modified the crowns and lives of many Black girls. 

Rodriguez, 39, opened as much as Us Weekly solely in regards to the cosmetics label in celebration of being included in Sally Magnificence’s, We See You marketing campaign, which highlights a spread of manufacturers by founder spotlights throughout Black Historical past Month. The mission is particularly essential to Rodriguez as Sally Magnificence was the primary nationwide magnificence retailer to distribute her line. 

“It’s a blessing,” Rodriguez advised Us. “Sally Magnificence actually believed in us and for me, that may at all times imply rather a lot.” 

By way of her serums, conditioners, lotions, sprays — together with the brand new Avocado & Tamanu Ant-Frizz System — and extra, Rodriguez goals to have fun Black girls by serving to them develop to like and care for his or her curly, coily or kinky manes. 

Whereas the model has been recognized among the many Black neighborhood for years, Mielle Organics lately caught the attention of a distinct demographic by way of TikTok, which finally led to a heated debate. All of it unfolded in December 2022 when influencer Alix Earle raved over the model’s Rosemary Mint Oil, which promotes hair progress. Following her endorsement, which garnered almost 600,000 views, the product grew to become more and more sought-after, inflicting concern amongst Black buyers — who argued that Earle’s reward of the oil would make it much less obtainable to girls of coloration. A number of weeks later P&G acquired Mielle Organics, which stirred much more nervousness amongst shoppers. 

Rodriguez weighed in on the matter to Us, sharing: “I can undoubtedly relate and perceive the frustration as a result of the truth is there’s a lack of entry to merchandise for Black shoppers … However I need to reassure our Black shoppers that the best way we’re capable of scale and develop and create extra accessibility for our shoppers is to create partnerships and for extra folks to find out about us.” 

She continued: “And that’s one of many causes we partnered with P&G. We perceive there’s an absence of entry to nice merchandise and leaning on companions may help enhance distribution … I assured my prospects even on Instagram, stressing that simply because we’re scaling up and supplying you with extra doesn’t imply we’re going to sacrifice the integrity and the formulation of the product.” 

Rodriguez defined that the acquisition permits Mielle Organics to cater to not simply Black girls however all girls “throughout the board,” she advised Us. “When you’ve got an issue, we wish our model that can assist you remedy it with inexpensive, high-quality substances.” 

Nonetheless, the wonder mogul will “proceed to have fun Black girls.” Rodriguez mentioned: “I need to lead by instance, by being an inspiration to our Black girl girls to point out them the probabilities of what they are often.”

Haircare isn’t the one approach Rodriguez pours into her neighborhood. “I do a retreat yearly, the Secret Sauce to Success Retreat, throughout Girls’s Historical past Month and I present contributors with sources, entry and experience.” 

Rodriguez at all times knew Mielle Organics could be a hit — however didn’t imagine she’d obtain a lot “inside a brief timeframe.” 

“My mindset after I began was, I’m going to go full throttle and provides it my all and maintain constructing and within the subsequent 20 years I’ll be capable to kick my toes up. I simply didn’t know it might occur in eight years,” she advised Us

Rodriguez additionally didn’t know {that a} traumatic expertise would result in the creation of Mielle Organics. 

“It was birthed out of ache,” she shared. “I went by a really difficult expertise in my life in 2013 with the lack of my son, having a high-risk being pregnant. I used to be working as a nurse on the time, a job that wasn’t fulfilling for me.” 

She continued: “I noticed I had a distinct ardour; I knew I had a distinct calling on my life and going by that ache led me to my function, discovering who I actually was. As soon as I made a decision to get to know myself and to get to know God, I stepped out on religion and into one thing I’m actually enthusiastic about and that’s being within the magnificence area.” 

Rodriguez began by creating “concoctions” in her kitchen that she hoped would restore her personal hair. She shortly realized her “mixtures” additionally helped different girls and the remaining is historical past.   

The corporate’s identify honors her kids. “So, I’ve Mia, Mackenzie and my son’s identify was Milan. Mia and Mackenzie’s center names are Gabrielle and Arielle, so it’s Mielle … all of their names.” 

Moreover, Mielle Organics is a love letter to Rodriguez. “This model has allowed me to really love my pure curls and my texture greater than I ever have earlier than.”