Known as 'Eclark' by many, Ebony Clark, is not only a well known Public Figure and Vlogger for natural hair, but a Real Estate Agent, Image Consultant/Stylist, and entrepeneur. Having created her own hair and skin care line geared to all but specialized for those with specific hair and skin needs, she has opened the door to healing on another level: not just on the outside but the inside as well. With Ebony's informational website and her creative and encouraging videos, this multi-talented woman is the epitome of inspiration motivated by love.
"Kuponya means "heal" in Swahili. This collection was designed to nourish, rejuvenate, and restore your skin and hair."
Q: Who is "Ebony Clark"?
A: Hmmmm...Who IS Ebony Clark? I'm very compassionate, spiritually guided, even-tempered, resourceful, positive, nerdy, and genuine. I'd also say that I'm a non-conformist. Those closest to me might say I'm a mild "rebel". LOL! I love animals and I'm an introverted evtrovert. HA! All of my mistakes are turned into learning experiences for myself, and teaching lessons for those around me. I can be hard on people, especially the ones closest to me because I want ONLY the best for them. Sometimes my ideas never get past the developmental stage because I'll find a minor glitch, and I'll talk myself out of it because it's not perfect. That's why certain business ideas haven't come into fruition---a downside of being a perfectionist. That may be why I find it so easy to pour that same energy into others and draw it out of them. I'm working on that though. Overall, I constantly think of how can I be a better person. :-)
Q: What does "natural" mean to you?
A: To me, natural means to be as authentic and organic as humanly possible. It means to be free of constraints and bondage. Free to be totally you.
Q: Have you always been natural?
A: No, I have not always been natural. Sometimes I wish I had been, but in a sense I'm glad I haven't been because the journey to and through has shaped me.
Q: What is the health of your hair based on?
A: The health of my hair is primarily based on what I put in my body, how I treat it.
Q: Everyone has God-Given talents and gifts; what are yours?
A: My God-given talents/gifts are very diverse. I'm a writer, an artist, designer, and I have an uncanny ability to see and help develop potential/strengths in others (that they may not see), and bring out the best in them. I have the gifts of leadership, healing, powerful intuition, and influence.
Q: Could you give us an example of how you use one/some of these gifts?
A: I use my gifts as a fashion stylist and image consultant to amplify one's strengths. Whether you're a house wife, college graduate, entertainer, business owner, or an executive at a fortunate 500 company, looking your best increases your level of confidence. Exuding confidence maximizes your performance and your rate of success, amongst other things. I love having a hand in someone "getting the job", earning new business, or spicing up their marriage, etc.
Q: Who is your biggest supporter?
A: My greatest support system is comprised of my immediate family and closest friends.
Q: What is the meaning of your company's name and how were you inspired to create it?
A: I have a passion for helping people realize and understand their potential...be it talent-wise, health and beauty-wise, career-wise, or just overall. I enjoy contributing to the growth of others. Growth makes me think of cultivation. Each definition of cultivate, that I've seen, mentions nurturing, growth, improvement, and development. Each of my talents, in some way, contribute to the personal or professional development of another individual. After much brainstorming, "Cultchure" (pronounced: culture) was conceived. Giving birth to it was inevitable.
Q: What specific needs does your product line cater to?
A: There are currently two products in my collection. The balm seals moisture into hair and skin. More specifically it caters to severely dry skin, calms dermatitis, minimizes the appearance of stretch marks, and soothes skin after shaving and exfoliating. The hair oil helps to stimulate follicles and encourage growth. It also soothes dermatitis, rejuvenates, and balances pH. It can also be used to seal in moisture if the balm is too thick.
Q: What made you decide to choose those needs and issues for your products to cater to?
A: As a healer, it comes naturally to help find solutions for others when it comes to their health and wellness. It's one of my gifts as well. I initially created the balm for a friend that has mild psoriasis, and the oil for my mom. She used to get eczema on her scalp from time to time. I created both recipes about ten years ago.
Q: Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
A: I see myself as a well established, best-selling author, artisan, and visionary with a beautiful family of my own. I envision myself being healthy, happy, and making a positive difference in others' lives.
Q: Have you already started or finished this book?
A: If so, can we get a little taste of what's in it, what it's called and where we get it? I've started them both. I'll just say that one is a book geared toward the esteem of little black girls, and the other is a book about hair. ;-)
Q: Did you always know that you would be touching/influencing the lives of people to this capacity?
A: I knew I would do great things in some capacity, but I didn't know the platform. I also didn't imagine HOW I'd touch so many people, but I knew that I would. After a while, you begin to realize that you have to be very strategic the way you do and say things because people are watching. They're listening. It's not just about me---it's about US. We depend on each another because we are one. Very humbling...