My name is Susan Edwards and I founded Uhai with my husband Varsay Sirleaf. I am a Chicago south sider by origin, but have had the opportunity to live on the African continent - in both Kenya and Liberia - for eight years.
While in Nairobi, I noticed that women were suffering from dry hair and severe hair breakage. While they desired healthy hair, many were unable to achieve it because of limited quality hair products and a never-ending self-inflicted cycle of damage through incorrect use of wigs, weaves and braids. I was also suffering from dry hair and decided to create Uhai. I designed Uhai’s products to be infused with high quality African ingredients such as superfood baobab, coconut oil and shea butter, which deliver key health benefits and address dryness and breakage.
What I miss the most about being on the continent is the women in my husband's family. The way my aunties can command a room upon entering is unparalleled - their confidence and self worth have not been defined by western standards like my own.
Since our humble beginnings in Liberia, Uhai has grown to become more than just a line of hair care products showcasing powerful African botanics. It has become my love letter to the continent I called home for close to a decade and its women, the “Aunties”, I met along the way.
- May 2017: Launch in Monrovia, Liberia - our home base.
- July 2018: Launch in Accra, Ghana.
- April 2019: Featured in Essence Magazine as Black-owned brand they love!
- August 2019: Launch in US at the African Festival of the Arts in Chicago
- February 2020: Featured in Allure Magazine as a Black-owned beauty brand worth getting into.
- April 2020: Launch in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and Nairobi, Kenya.