Aris Singleton graduated from Texas Southern University (TSU) in 2017. Six years later, she is the youngest CEO of a textured hair care brand.
In September, Singleton graced the cover of the Collector’s Issue of JET Magazine.
“I am filled with so much pride and great joy,” said Singleton. “I am a Black woman, 30 years old and running a multi-million-dollar business. When people ask me ‘What school did you graduate from?’ I proudly tell them Texas Southern University.”
JET showcased her professional and personal journey of success that started at TSU and has taken her to the top of Thank God It’s Natural (tgin), one of the leading natural hair care companies in the nation.
Singleton has been involved at tgin since it was founded in 2009 by her aunt, the late Chris-Tia Donaldson. Her plan was to help Donaldson for six months while her assistant was on maternity leave and to finish her last semester at TSU that included seven classes. A six-month commitment turned into years of rotations in every department at tgin. She worked in Human Resources, Marketing Operations and social media.
“I built the finance department, thanks to TSU and my education there,” Singleton stated.
She worked closely with her aunt to hone her skills in preparation for taking the brand to its current global status. Her aunt lost her six-year battle with breast cancer in 2021. Singleton took over as CEO and has continued that legacy through the tgin Foundation. Through the foundation, she supports and advocates for women undergoing breast cancer treatment who are experiencing financial difficulties, and she highlights the impact of health disparities on survivor outcomes.
Today, tgin products can be found in Target, Ulta Beauty, Walmart and other leading retailers. The products are also available directly through the company.
For more information on tgin, please visit https://tginatural.com/shop/.