Zigleys is pioneering fine jewelry specifically for locs, braids, and twists. Our mission is to illuminate these already beautiful traditional hairstyles through adornment in our line of gold and diamond hair accessories. We believe that fine jewelry does not only belong on your neck and wrists but in your hair- your crown– too. The brand offers a unique collection of hair jewelry crafted from 18- karat gold, with some pieces embedded with diamonds.
The Founder of Zigleys is a proud wearer of locs and is excited about bringing her product to the market. She said: “For so long, we have heard that these hairstyles are unprofessional and not compatible with luxury. We don’t need jewelry to tell us that’s not true. But our hair, our crowns, are very personal to us and have deep cultural significance. “So, why not adorn it?”
We had the pleasure of sitting down with CEO and Founder Daria Dana to get a inside look into the mission behind this amazing brand.
Who is Daria Dana, Outside of entrepreneurship and business?
I’m a life enthusiast with penchants for relaxation, luxury, and food. I love hanging out outside at the park or in nature, watching shows, singing, and dancing (I practice ballet and aerial dance), meditation, spas, and self-care, dining out at restaurants, and sitting in swanky bars with my journal and laptop, and anything else I feel like doing at that moment. Life is short, and I believe my purpose is to simply enjoy it by doing what I want and trying to leave the world and people better than I found them.
Tell us about your journey with Locs, braids, etc, why was creating a brand like Zigleys important to you?
My journey to get locs was one of freedom. I feel freer with my locs, not only because I let go of the notion that I needed to alter and ultimately damage my hair but also because it’s the lowest-maintenance hairstyle I’ve ever had. Locs require maintenance and care, but I am not overwhelmed by the amount of maintenance. I feel like they’re my babies and an extension of my spirituality, and I love giving TLC.
How did Zigleys get its unique name?
My dad has been calling me Zigley since childhood. I don’t know why, nor does he; he just thought of it one day. But the name was perfectly fitting because, growing up, he was the only one who told me that my natural hair was beautiful as it is. As a brand dedicated to not only normalizing but celebrating natural black hairstyles, Zigleys was perfect and a great way to honor my loving father at the same time.
Can you share a little about the creative process behind your unique pieces?
Every design idea I’ve ever had has honestly just come to me, and then I draw it in my sketchbook, which I take almost everywhere in case inspiration strikes. I think about historical African royalty with a modern twist and design based on that. I began with releasing the staple pieces first, which I believe I’ve done in the Premier collection. Moving forward, Zigleys will release more unique and intricate pieces. There will be something for everyone.
What message do you hope women take away from your brand?
Our hair is worthy of fine jewelry, just like every other part of our body is worthy of fine jewelry. Our hair is beautiful. All of our features are beautiful. We are royalty.
What can we expect next from You and the Zigleys brand?
Zigleys is slowly releasing pieces in its charm collection, which are almost like earrings for your locs, braids, and twists and can be worn in micro lots, our most commonly requested feature. We are also coming out with luxury microfiber towels to quicken drying time so your locs can remain lint-free, and we are releasing a loc spray that I believe will be the best on the market.
What is your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustles?
Any woman who gets ish done and musters the courage to step out of their comfort zone and take risks or chances to benefit themselves, their loved ones, their community, or the world. I admire that.