CharlieCurls started with Kris Akins solving a problem that every parent dreads: tangles. Kris’ 4-year-old daughter at the time, Ciera, would go to bed with clean, brushed hair and wake up with tear-inducing tangles. Kris did what she does best; she found a solution and whipped up a hair device that kept her daughter’s hair neat and tidy as she slept. The first CharlieCurls were made at Kris’ kitchen counter and it worked perfectly! But not only did the CharlieCurl solve the tangle issue, it gave Ciera gorgeous curls. This was the beginning of the CharlieCurl revolution.
Kris Akins is an architect, inventor and business woman who loves to make ideas come to life as businesses. In the last 39 years, she has built internet consumer products and tech companies including angel investor and venture capital backed businesses.
After years of seeing how well the CharlieCurl worked for her family and friends, Kris decided to grow her hair out to see what all the excitement was about. She was hooked. Kris was ready to start CharlieCurls, the company, and continue to share with women all over the world how easy and effective the CharlieCurl really is. Kris uses her CharlieCurl every day on her way to a meeting, while she works out at the barre or while she sits in front of the computer. She’s able to wear her CharlieCurl for just under an hour and get beautiful curls while she tackles her busiest days. Now in her mid-twenties, Ciera also uses her CharlieCurl almost every day at home or on the go, too!
Our mission and vision are to help women achieve simple, effortless, natural curls without a slew of chemical-laden products, damaging heat or valuable time needed for traditional conventional curling. Stress-free styling anywhere, anytime! At CharlieCurls, our mission is to inspire women to do the things they love, all while feeling like their most beautiful, confident selves!
In 2015, Kris and Ciera were invited to the White House for the First Ever Entrepreneurial Demo Day. They met President Barack Obama and were honored to be included among leading thinkers and founders of forward thinking companies.