Ashleigh Thornton is the Owner and Creator of
In addition to being an entrepreneur,
Dance Mogul: Tell us about your educational experience and how you now use that to help grow your business of hair care products and your inspirations for doing it?
Ashleigh Thornton: Though I am not a chemistry major, I believe that it was the discipline and invaluable skill sets that I developed through my studies in the Belk College of Business and Honors Program at my university (UNC Charlotte) that have aided me in creating a successful business. My inspiration for starting NoireNaturals came when I decided to stop using chemical straighteners and go natural. I experimented with several different products, and found that many of them contained harmful ingredients; once I learned that there were many other people who shared my same frustration, I decided to formulate an all-natural product line of my own.
Dance Mogul: What advice would you have for female dancers in regards helping them manage their hair after hours of rehearsals?
Ashleigh Thornton: I actually danced ballet for 11 years, so I know the struggle! After practice (depending on the intensity of the rehearsal) a quick spritz with a mixture of tea tree oil and water can usually do the trick for freshening up, in place of actually washing your hair*
Dance Mogul: How did you get involved with motivational speaking and why do you feel that field is so needed for our youth today?
Ashleigh Thornton: I think we all have the responsibility of “paying it forward.” In addition to continuing to grow my own small business, I also have a strong desire to promote entrepreneurship and innovation among other members of our community. I have seen firsthand how much of an impact the success (and failure) of small business has on the economic well-being of our country, and one of my goals is to actually serve as an elected official, with a special interest in representing the concerns and needs of those who have consistently been underrepresented in our government, that group is the younger generation.
Dance Mogul: No matter what field you partake in the most important ingredient is to have a strong work ethic, can you tell us how you built yours and how have you been able to maintain it?
Ashleigh Thornton: Being one of the youngest entrepreneurs in a multi-billion-dollar industry, while also being a full-time student, has taught me many things; most importantly, it has taught me that in life, especially in business, sometimes you just have to go for it. You have to be fearless, with solid faith, and COMPLETE confidence in your abilities, you have to persevere and keep on pushing.