MEET THE FOUNDER
Meraki was founded in 2019 by Amber Makupson, as a labor of self-love, self-care and dedication to wellness.
A native of Ohio, Amber grew up valuing her hair care routine. Amber settled in Atlanta, Georgia at a young age. During the pregnancy of her daughter Amber took on a healthy and holistic lifestyle making her own natural remedies and beauty products.
After suffering 2nd degree chemical burns on her face from an over-the-counter beauty product shortly after giving birth to her daughter. Amber began researching the ingredients in beauty products extensively. "Beauty products marketed to Black women often contain the most toxic ingredients used by the cosmetics industry, including chemicals linked to breast, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, reproductive harm, early puberty in young girls and much more. Additionally due to the lack of regulation in the cosmetics industry studies have found that 70% of toxic ingredients are not disclosed on the label."
Amber was fed up with the toxic ingredients damaging so many women, specifically women of color she utilized her knowledge and skills as a trained aesthetician and herbalist to design a line of award winning, non-toxic holistic hair care products formulated with nutrient-rich, fair-trade, Ayurvedic ingredients for all hair textures to nourish your scalp and sustain hair growth.
In addition to her love for crystals and passion for holistic healing, Amber matches crystals and gemstones in her products based on their energetic healing properties a tradition inspired by ancient Egyptians to promote beauty and wellbeing.
“Meraki for me was created around the idea of self love, finding my passion for life, and being fearless in the pursuit of the things that set your soul on fire.
The word “Meraki" is a Greek word that means to do something with love, soul and creativity - to put the essence of yourself in your work. So essentially my brand combines haircare and wellness, to form high vibrational products that nourish your mind, body, hair, and soul.”