Rasheda Stewart, while working full-time and pursuing her second Master’s Degree, (Marketing Management), founded Rapunzel, LLC in 2010. Ms. Stewart was motivated by a fascination with the qualities and beauty of hair, along with a deep frustration with the mixed messages and inaccurate information propagated by the hair care industry. Energized by her frustration, Ms. Stewart consulted with local licensed salon professionals who were unable to provide any accurate information that would allow Ms. Stewart to grow her hair past her shoulders. Shocked, disappointed, and even more aggravated, she was determined to find the solutions to the historical and never-ending problem of Black hair growth. After extensive reading and researching to educate herself regarding the actual truths about hair, she developed a deep desire to put an end to the myths, misinformation and inaccurate perceptions that certain ethnic groups are unable to grow hair past their shoulders.
After founding Rapunzel, Ms. Stewart developed and began producing a new and amazing line of hair care products, carefully designed to promote hair health and growth. These products, coupled with a policy of providing sound advice and educational information through use of various media, would quickly place Rapunzel’s clients well on their way to their goals of achieving beautiful and healthy hair. Through Rapunzel’s educational program and steady use of their products, Ms. Stewart and her team have begun making an impact in weaning African American women from the unhealthy practices and expensive addiction to wigs, braids, and weaves. Rapunzel, LLC is continually researching and learning in order to grow and fulfill the dream of providing a sensible, affordable, and informative pathway to the option of allowing all women to “let down their hair!”
Mary E. Corcoran holds two graduate degrees, an MBA in Human Resources and one in Marketing Management, with an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science. With a minor in International Business, it has been Mary’s plan and passion to be an intricate part of a successful global operation and to one day successfully lead an international organization. She has been able to use this knowledge to her advantage by way of successfully aiding in the upward mobility and expansion of Rapunzel’s sales and market reach. She brings to Rapunzel a very a strong work ethic as well as her vast business experience as a successful leader in domestic and foreign executive level operations. She has always had a passion for helping others achieve their dreams and goals. In 2010, shortly after Rapunzel was founded, Mary decided it was time to write a new chapter in her life by way of pursuing her dreams to become a successful entrepreneur, all while helping others pursue their dreams and goals through infusing proper hair care education with superior quality hair products for both women and men.