Claire Namukolo spends a lot of time volunteering for charitable projects in Liverpool, where she lives. The Women4Africa nominee knows first-hand what it’s like for the odds to be against you, but she also embodies pushing forward regardless …
Name: Claire Namukolo
Best Known For: Being the Founder of Hair Heals Foundation & Director of Liverpool Urban Hair Show Ltd
Describe yourself in three words: Philosophical, ambitious, optimistic
Previous occupation: Medical Legal Case Handler
12-month goal: To expand my business into other regions in the UK.
Describe your outlook & what makes your work, unique: I raise awareness of the effects of hair loss as well as organise the urban hair show which is a unique combination of fashion, music, charity fund-raising and hairdressing.
Your greatest career highlights to date: Being invited by BBC a few times to offer my opinion of hair loss in Black women and the challenges Black women face in society
Is international appeal important to you? Sure, it is! Part of my long term plans are to appeal to the international community too.
Most important piece of equipment you use in your career: My google chromebook has been heaven. I cannot imagine life without my chrome.
A typical day for you is: My day varies. I switch from going for a run, visiting the library, checking my emails, social media, cold calling, playing the mother role and making sure to listen to the news at 7pm.
What legacy would you like to leave? A company that not only supports my family but leaves a mark of authenticity and charity, with something that has not been done before.
What is the hardest professional decision you’ve ever had to make? Two years ago, I suspended my successful annual event, so that I could assess why and what the intentions were behind me putting up the event. I noticed as I was becoming more successful, I was getting dragged into another direction that felt superficial. The hardest decision was to stop myself, leave the project and draw back into myself to decided what I really wanted to achieve.
Your biggest career mistake: Running my business or projects on emotions rather than tact or intuition.
Most common & avoidable mistake you see in younger people in your career: I feel young people try to follow the pack. Half the time, things are not as we see in social media pictures.
Single piece of advice you give your mentees: Volunteer, go with your own gut, do not fall into the follower mentality, people that you may look up to at a distance may not believe in your dream or idea when you present it to them but take that as a complement as that means you have a bigger idea than your idol, so follow it. Money is not the issue, use your will, make calls, ask questions, don’t stop.
You live in: Liverpool
Favourite food: I would eat anything
Biggest spiritual/life lesson you’ve learned: Our background, pain, disappointments do not define us. What defines us is how we plan to live our lives from today. All pain can heal if you keep being optimistic about tomorrow!
What do you do for leisure? Sports, travel and watching documentaries.
One app or piece of technology you cannot do without: I’d say WhatsApp but I am not really an apps person. I throw my phone under my couch soon as I get in.
Your most overused word/phrase: “If that makes sense”
Claire Namukolo will be at the Liverpool`s Fashion Night Out on 5th May 2017 at the Bar Signature Liverpool One. The event is a luxury networking fundraiser for fashion influencers. Drinks and canapes will be served at reception.And there will be a catwalk show with designs from CC_Couture, Donna Marina , Prominence Fashion and Shapeshifters & Frenchie LCC. For more details, email Dawnosbourne@liverpoolurbanhairshow.com