Mahisha Dellinger Founder of Curls

Mahisha Dellinger grew up in a rough neighborhood in northern California, where she learned to take charge of her life and control her destiny. It was this upbringing that gave her the drive and leadership skills to get to where she is today.

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.

As one of the pioneers in the natural hair market, Mahisha Dellinger is considered an industry expert. She served as an expert on a panel at Black Enterprise Magazine’s 2012 Vision 20/20 Entrepreneur Conference and spoke at their 2013 Women of Power Summit. She’s also spoken at the Texas Black Expo Diva Dialogue as a panel expert and was the keynote speaker at her university’s 2013 Make Your Mark conference.

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.