Mahisha received a degree in business administration and marketing from California State University Sacramento before beginning her career as a Marketing Manager for Intel Corporation. It was while she was at Intel that she discovered her true passion in life: creating effective and eco-conscious products for natural curly hair. Frustrated with the lack of products for natural, curly hair, Mahisha worked to develop an award-winning line of organic hair care products. She left her position at Intel, and in 2002, she launched CURLS, creating those products she was seeking for other women and girls embracing natural hair textures.
As Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Curls, Mahisha singlehandedly built the demand for her organic haircare products to grow into the brand it is today. In 2009, Mahisha Dellinger further expanded the reach of the CURLS products with the line being carried in Target stores around the U.S., and in other stores and salons in countries around the world.
Mahisha details the story of her road to success, and gives tips to others who want to start their own business, in her 2015 book Against All Odds: From the Projects to the Penthouse.
She is the host of the business show, Mind Your Business with Mahisha, on OWN, helping other women-led businesses reach the million-dollar mark. Mind Your Business with Mahisha premiered in August 2018.