Jaimie Kirby
Naturalista of the Week

Who is Jaimie Kirby?

Jaimie Kirby is the founder and owner of Kizzy's Cakes, a cake-decorating company and bakery. She is an active entrepreneur all while pursuing a career as a Physician’s Assistant by studying biology at New York City College of Technology.

At 27, she began creating custom cakes, cupcakes, cake pops and other sweet treats for every occasion. She taught herself the basics of baking and cake decorating, which has now grown to sculpting and creating things that seemed beyond her imagination at the outset.  

“It all started with an idea and has now become a wonderful business that I enjoy,” says Jaimie. “It has been growing substantially every year.”

She strongly believes in the words of former statesman Colin Powell: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”

Jaimie’s entrepreneurial pursuits keep her extremely busy, so she is a still “very single female,” as she puts it, who comes from a HUGE family, and happens to be an only child.

She was born on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a small nation made up of the mainland St. Vincent, Grenadine Islands and cays. She grew up on the lovely sounds of Soca, Reggae, Calypso and the breathtaking sights of emerald beaches and amazing waterfalls.

“We are truly the Gem of the Antilles,” says Jaimie.

She is a proud member and worship minister at Kingdom life Ministries International, a church that prides itself on serving the community and touching lives though the word of God and deeds. The music department has funded several outreach programs, where Jaimie and others served food and clothing to the community.

As a business owner, Jaimie loves the idea of giving back to charities and organizations. Kizzy's Cakes has donated cakes, cupcakes and other pastries to various educational and religious charities and fundraisers.

“I believe that God has placed people in our lives to be a blessing to them, and not just for personal gain,” says Jaimie. “This may not be something tangible, but if I could help one person, whether big or small...that seems like a great accomplishment in my book.”

How long have you been natural?

 I did my first big chop in June 2008, 6 LONG years ago. Since then I've cut my hair 2 times to shoulder length hair because it's so easy to manage. As it gets longer, the maintenance gets more complicated than I like so I opt for shoulder length.

Why did you decide to go natural?

I thought about going natural before natural was the "in thing.” I got lots of "Why do you wanna have nappy hair again?” and "That's not gonna look good, " but after years of procrastinating, I just did it! Many hated it because I've had a perm since the age of 7, so it was a shock. Some waited for the day that I would perm it again, but I LOVED IT!

I embraced my kinks and coils, from my 4A crown to my 4C nape and all the textures in between! I bought some simple accessories and I rocked my natural hair like I was the modern day Diana Ross! My hair is so versatile! I could wear it straight if I wanted to, an afro puff today or a nice sleek bun tomorrow.

What is your fave styling product?

Here's my list:

Aunt Jackie's "Knot on my watch" leave-in conditioner

Jamila Henna

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In conditioner

Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Shampoo

As I Am Coconut Co-wash

What is your fave natural hairstyle?

A twist out never failed me yet! I love the definition it gives, how easy it is to achieve and how classic it looks!

- Week of Dec. 22, 2014

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