By Nicole S. Daniel
Kenya Staples, owner of beauty small business Dear Sunday Skincare, has a background in chemistry, but military training shaped her, she said.
“I joined the military in my senior year[at Ramsay High School]. I grew up on the north side of Birmingham in a single-parent household with two younger brothers…because of our living arrangements and circumstances,” Staples said. said.
Mr Staples said [the family] She eventually settled on a house and living environment with only one working faucet. “…at some point she had to make a big decision[about her career choice].” So she enlisted in the military.
When asked how his mother felt about his decision to join the Army, Staples said, “She was always proud of me, but given the circumstances we were living in, I think she understood.” Ta.
That discipline is one of the reasons behind Dear Sunday Skincare, which she launched in November 2021. Staples said her ultimate goal is for customers to “adapt to the brand, not just skincare regimens, but ‘self-care’ regimens.” . My motto is ‘refresh your skin, refresh your spirit’. “
Staples wanted to pursue a career in medicine, but “didn’t have the money to pay for tuition. I did well academically and applied for scholarships, but I didn’t have the resources to go to college.” I didn’t have any, so I think joining the military was the best decision at the time.”
After graduating from high school in 2011, Staples underwent basic training at Fort Martin University. Leonard Wood, Missouri.
“That summer, I did my first boot camp, then Advanced Individual Training (AIT). I enrolled in , where I enrolled in ROTC. [allowed me to be in the Reserve while working towards becoming an officer]. You can become an officer if you get a degree, so I was appointed as an officer as soon as I graduated. “
ROTC shaped her as a leader, Staples said. “You learned that discipline and being a military leader…I just learned a lot back then.”
She graduated from A&M with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in the spring of 2016 and then spent three years in active duty at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Ms. Staples returned to Birmingham in 2019 after she completed her military service, and she married her husband Keevin in June.
She worked as an ophthalmologist for a short time, but I said to myself, ‘This is no good, I’m really creative and I want to explore something else. was born.”
self care sundae
The Dear Sunday Skincare brand name has a special meaning, she said. “Sundays have always been a hard reset day for me and I look forward to it. It’s Self Care Sunday. But I wanted it to be more hands-on and frequent, rather than just once a week. “
This product simplifies your self-care routine by formulating effective products to treat and nourish common skin concerns, while promoting daily self-care to enhance your overall health. .
“Self-care is my hobby and I’ve always been interested in beauty and products of that nature. When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do as a career, I really wanted something that resonated with me.” I really wanted to see if I could do something with my chemistry degree, I didn’t want to do research or work in a lab.”
As a student, Staples said she loved beauty products. He wanted to create a product with minimal steps. “
She also considered herself a product geek.
“I wanted to stick to products made with minimal ingredients and minimal steps to achieve exactly what I wanted for my skin and other skin types with the same symptoms. is,” she said.
Although she has never suffered from acne, she has suffered from oily skin as well as hyperpigmentation and dark spots from the heavy sun exposure she received while in the military. “She wanted to create a product that controlled oil and mimicked her real skin condition and how her skin should be hydrated,” she said.
That was the beginning of Dear Sunday skincare. She then started creating products to address other areas. The reason is, “When I started launching the product, I realized that there are many other skin conditions and I wanted to challenge myself to create products for more customers who suffer from different things. “Because it is related to the skin.So [that] …that became my goal. “
“Sunny and bright”
Dear Sunday Skincare consists of a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, comes in a 4-ounce bottle that “lasts about 60 days,” and is packaged in a burnt orange and brown bottle.
“I think I chose these colors because I’m fixated on aesthetics. ‘Dear Sunday’ for me, almost sunny and bright, but just warm.” I want to use colors that look beautiful. There is a burnt orange color and it’s all like a brown bottle. “
You can also purchase travel and trial sizes that come with a travel bag.
Staples went to chemistry school, but has learned a lot about the business since launching Dear Sunday Skincare.
“In fact, I was accepted into the Chicago-based Future Founders accelerator program…To be honest, this was probably the best thing that could have happened to my business because running a business was Because it’s very new and doing it alone can be daunting, so far I’ve just been learning things on the fly or researching on my own, but the accelerator The program is very helpful in providing resources.”
Learn more about Dear Sunday Skincare here. website Or purchase products at Thrive Wellness, 5528 1st Ave S Birmingham, AL.