Bambi Benson is known as a cast member in the VH1 hit Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, but she is also an entrepreneur and artist who does amazing work with her foundation for young girls dealing with clinical issues such as alopecia, cancer and burns. Mental health is also important to Bambi; growing up in Compton, California, Bambi was in the middle of the struggle—and she understands how important it is to be con dent and comfortable in your own skin.
A double major in broadcast journalism and public relations with more than 2 million social media followers, Bambi has successfully turned her hair line, Shimmer Elite Extensions, into a multimillion-dollar empire. She is currently extending her beauty empire to include haircare products.
She is also passionate about giving back, launching her own Shimmer Living Foundation. The foundation sets out to provide disadvantaged and underprivileged girls with life’s necessities, to better ensure their success in life. Its goal is to ensure that young ladies are con dent and have healthy self-esteem in their school and social setting so they’re better able to focus entirely on their education. A few of the main focuses are: hygiene and awareness; hair-care tips and products for all types of hair; clean and proper-fitting clothing for all body shapes and sizes; and basic health and nutritional education.
We enjoyed connecting with Bambi—and she shared some pretty amazing things! Read on to see what inspired the reality star to get into the hair business and life lessons she has learned along the way.
Hype Hair: Tell us about your experience on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and how it has affected your life.
Bambi Benson: Love and Hip Hop Atlanta exposed some very vulnerable moments as far as my relationship. A lot of people knew me and my brand before the show, but it has brought me a broader audience.
HH: Tell us what inspired you to go into the hair-extension industry.
BB: I’ve always been the designated hairstylist among my friends and family, so it just made sense to get into the business and let my fans use the things that I use. Besides, I love making my friends and family feel beautiful…it was a natural progression for me to have my own hair line.
HH: How did you go about achieving your own line of hair?
BB: Prior to the start of Shimmer Elite Extensions, I did a ton of research. I was an obsessive consumer, so it allowed me to test the market out.
HH: How is the business going?
BB: It’s going great! I’m still learning, adding new products to my line and I’m in the process of expanding.
HH: What new trends do you see happening for 2018 in your market?
BB: I’m really more interested in ways to make my company timeless. Trends come and go, so you have to stay true to the things that last a lifetime.