Please introduce yourself!
Hi my name is Anni Winnersjö I’m 32 years old and I’m living in Haninge Sweden with my son Adrian (18 months) and my “hubby” Fredrik. I love entrepreneurship, cooking, singing and laughing. And of course I love my family and friends.
Tell us a little about Afrostore.se! (How long it's been around, why you first started, etc)
When I was younger, around 13-14 I started to get really interested in makeup and hair. That's when I realized that the combination of dark skin and Sweden did not go so well together. I spent years angry on the fact that I couldn’t get a hold of the products I wanted and needed. Finally I took matters in my own hands and decided to start my own business both for myself and for others who also struggled finding the right products.
I started Afrostore.se in 2009 as a hobby or side project keeping my day time job. The business went larger and larger and I found myself in a situation where I was forced to decide whether to go all in on with Afrostore or close it and stay with my regular job. The time wasn’t there so I needed to pick one direction. Unfortunately I was a coward that time so my decision was to stick with my daytime job and close Afrostore (I still regret this). I closed the webshop in the end of 2010 but couldn’t stop thinking about it, my customers, the products, my future. In 2013 I made a life changing decision, I decided to quit my job, and to start Afrostore again, but this time go all in. I was so nervous opening the shop in December 2013, would any one find me again, and would they like to shop? Luckily it only took a couple of days for me to get my first order.
Which are your best sellers?
Right now the products that sells the best is most products from the brand SheaMoisture and Ecco (Ecostyler).
Are there any brands you would like to sell but don't at the moment?
Yes, oh there is so many brands I would like to sell and I’m constantly trying to listen to my customers wishes and needs, adding more and more brands to the store. One brand I’m hoping to add soon is Kinky Curly.
Which is your favorite product and why?
I personally have many favorite products much depending on my goal at the time. Since I try to use products that are very natural and not containing ingredients like for example paraben and sulfate I really like the products from SheaMoisture. BUT the product I actually use the most right now is OKAY Jamaican black castor oil since I’m trying to add growth to my hair and castor oils is known for its growing benefits.
What is your goal for Afrostore.se?
I have many goals with Afrostore.se but one of them is of course to be able to supply all the great products that are out there (but unfortunately not in Sweden) to the Swedish market. I would like to see my company grow large and be the leading store in Sweden selling products for curly hair. I’m also hoping to be able to launch my own brand, but in what product area is a secret that I’m keeping for myself at the moment J
What's the most common comment you receive from customers?
I would say that the most common comment would be people asking for help with their dry or frizzy hair. They often are transitioning from relaxed to natural hair and want defined curls and a healthy hair. They need help in figuring out what products to use and how to manage their hair the best way.
If you could only sell one brand which would it be and why?
Oh god I really don’t know, but since SheaMoisture is so popular among my customers I think that it would be the brand to sell.
Where can we find you online?
Thank you, Anni!