In this special column called the “TLC x Fempreneurs Series”, we will be featuring inspiring Female Entrepreneurs (Fempreneurs) in short. You will be able to have a sneak peek at their mindsets and their daily habits.
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Meet Koh Qi Wen (Qwerky Colour)
Tell us a little about yourself. What is your business/ brand about?
I’m Qi Wen, 24-year-old girl boss (founder) of Qwerky Colour. Qwerky Colour is a local brand that specialises in non-damaging, semi-permanent hair dyes that are formulated using plant-based ingredients. We have since expanded our product line to include the cult favourite Suck It Up Colour Locking Hair Mask and other complementary hair accessories! We see to help people express themselves through their crazy hair colour without worrying about the damage.
What got you started on your business?
Before you started on your business, what did you do on a full-time basis?
What were some difficulties you faced in your life and how did you overcome them?
Sometimes I do deal with imposter syndrome and self-doubt since this is my first business and I don’t have much experience in this field. When I feel the doubts start to creep in, I look at how far I have come and feel grateful for it all. I also love hearing my customers say how much they love Qwerky’s products, it makes all the hard work worth it.
Who inspires you?
I don’t have a “role model” per se and I draw inspiration from multiple sources. One of the people who I respect is Kris Jenner. She’s a very talented self-made woman who literally marketed her daughters to fame, I think that’s pretty amazing.
What excites you most about your industry?
I love that the beauty industry is ever-changing and there’s so much room to experiment.
What is your vision / personal motto?
Work hard to get what you want because no one is going to hand it to you.
Do you have any words of advice for other ladies who are starting their businesses/ starting to pursue their dream?
Don’t be afraid, don’t be intimidated. If you have done your due diligence and believe in yourself (as cliche as it sounds), you got to just go for it and chase down what you want.
What have you learnt recently that you hope the other ladies can take back?
Stand firm in what you want and what you believe in. As brute as it sounds, in life it’s inevitable that people will try to take advantage of you or try to put you down. So when it’s needed, stand your ground and be firm in your decisions.
How do you think you can help ladies to feel confident and empowered?
I do my part through Qwerky! Being an inclusive business, we strive to empower everyone to be their most unapologetic selves through the use of our products. I hope people can feel more confident and more like themselves after using our products.
What is one thing you are grateful for?
I’m grateful for my customer’s love and support for Qwerky. I’m living the dream and it’s all thanks to them.
What do you do in your free time as self-care? How do you unwind?
I love watching animated films, cartoons and series. Big fan of Disney and Pixar. I also really love Barbie movies and the Winx Club as they remind me of my childhood and I always find myself always getting inspired by these shows.
Let us know more about what you do!
Looking to change up your hair without damaging it? Try Qwerky Colour’s viral Non-Damaging Plant-Based Semi-Permanent Hair Dyes! They have a hydrating formula and don’t contain any harsh chemicals like ammonia, peroxide and alcohol! With over 10 shades to choose from, there’s something for everyone.
You may also find us featured in The Straits Times, Vulcan Post, Beauty Insider, NuYou, 8World, The Vent Machine, The Wellness Insider, Weekender, and WildChild.
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Are you a Fempreneur too?
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Read TLC x Fempreneur Series:
- Margaret Wu, For Beloved One (Singapore)
- Nerissa Low, Liht Organics (Singapore)
- Maddy Barber, Madly Gems (Singapore)
- Dr. Menka Gupta, Nutra Nourish (Singapore)
- Lily Kew, Kew Organics (Singapore)
- Vikki Tear, SoyCraft (Singapore)
- Ezza Yusof, 2morrow Official (Malaysia)
- Julie Yim, Lilin+Co (Malaysia)
- Zairin Azman, UMMA (Malaysia)
- Liza Morales, Ecotecture Design Studio (Philippines)