Simplifying Life Step 2: Sell Africa Sleeps


One night when my daughters were just little pip-squeaks, I ran out of sleep caps. Couldn’t find one anywhere. The lady I had been getting them from appeared out of business, so I decided to order some online. I soon discovered it cost the same to order 4 or 100 caps, so in a burst of creative energy and an all-nighter, Africa Sleeps was born.


That was 3.5 years ago, and I built my little business with the sweat on my brow and passion in my heart for natural haircare. After a couple of years, the business revenue starting replacing my professor income, eventually allowing me to retire from academia. But at the same time as my sort-of retirement, our family veterinary hospital and pet store launched. We never meant to have two businesses running at the same time – it’s just how it ended up. So this past year I found myself run to the ground, running two businesses, one new and needy and one established and flourishing. I didn’t have much time left over for my charitable work, which I love, and after hyper-prioritizing family time, I had no time left for leisure or sleep.


Something had to go, and it wasn’t going to be the vet hospital we had put all our investment into. Even though we lived off Africa Sleeps, it was obviously the best solution was to try to sell it, and live off the sales proceeds while getting the hospital off the ground.


Yesterday, Africa Sleeps officially changed hands, and had a wonderful new owner in Illinois. She’s an adoptive mom too, with a passion for her kids’ hair, and I know she will do amazingly well with the business. I’m of course very relieved to have the business off my plate, but there are twinges of sadness, too. In very emotional ways, my girls are intertwined with this business. It’s not just that they were the models – I started it for them, and it’s been a source of pride for our family, especially in the African and adoptive family communities. I’m happy that it is over, but like all ending of eras, sad to see it go.


So what are my work plans now? Well, I am planning on spending 3 days a week at the clinic, working 9am-2pm, while the girls are in school. That will leave me one day a week to work on Vulnerable Children Society, and one day a week to run errands and do important cost-saving like meal-planning, still before 2pm. this will be the least amount of work I’ve done in many years, and I so am looking forward to it. I might even discover that elusive thing called free time…


No more tangles! Organic detangler sale


Africa Sleeps has a sale on detangler! Yeah!

detangler banner with code

This delightful, botanical concoction sooths frizz, and adds slip to hair for picking and styling. The detangler is made of organic, Canadian botanicals and is super easy to use in a trigger squirt bottle. We can’t do without it on free hair days! It’s extra useful now that Sugar and Spice are picking out their own puffs.

Now 20% off with coupon code NOMORETANGLES.
Have fun shopping, and thanks for supporting our family business!

Africa Sleeps Organic Curl Detangler 20% Off

Africa Sleeps Curl Detanglers are 20% off until August 31, 2015! These delectable-smelling, organic sprays moisturize, soften and help detangle curly hair. An absolutely essential product for black kids and adults who wear free hair. Made with organic and wild-crafted Canadian botanicals… and designed for children of African heritage, with all kinds of kinks and curls.

Africa Sleeps Organic Curl Detangler

Enter coupon NOMORETANGLES at checkout.

Thanks for supporting our family business!

30% Off Africa Sleeps Braid Balm

The original Africa Sleeps braid balm… and still, our best selling product! Made with local beeswax, organic, fairtrade shea butter and organic sweet almond and apricot kernel oils, it has just the right grip for braiding your child’s hair. Plus, it nourishes the hair and scalp while the style is in! Sometimes, the simple solutions are the best.

spring braids ad

In March and April, get 30% off braid balms with the SPRINGBRAIDS coupon. Happy shopping! And thanks for supporting our family business.

Isn’t that a darling picture of Sugar and Spice? They were only 3.5…

Africa Sleeps’ Sugarplum Faerie Lotions, Bodywash and Lip Balms

It’s back! Our Africa Sleeps fabulous holiday Sugarplum Faerie Sparkling Lotion. And the best news? She came with friends….

Check out the delightful sugar cookie-scented collection, with label art by the fabulous Katie at Mossy Rock Designs! And yes, that is my darling little Spice acting out the Sugarplum role.


It’s the perfect gift for all the little ballerinas in your life…

Thanks for supporting our family business!

Africa Sleeps
Organic, Natural Hair and Bodycare for Children of African Heritage