Former Ad Executive Starts Kids’ Haircare Business – and Finds More Life Balance

For almost 20 years, Megan Sanders held executive positions with advertising agencies in New Zealand, Singapore, Britain and Australia. When her son, Jimmy, was born three years ago, the Auckland woman began developing a different perspective on life.

“Being in a creative industry, it’s quite natural that one comes up with harebrained ideas.  And I have come up with a few in my time. I started looking at this amazing world of ours with a different lens,” the 43-year-old said in this New Zealand Herald article.

A business idea surfaced when Sanders was unable to find what she considered quality, natural products for her son’s hair. In 2012, she launched Pineapple Heads, a line of children’s hair care products that uses all-natural ingredients and fun, colorful characters that appeal to a very young clientele.

To develop her products, Sanders worked with a specialist in organic lotions and a French perfumer. Not long ago, British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s accepted Pineapple Heads for a trial run on its shelves.

The transition from an advertising professional to an entrepreneur hasn’t been easy but Sanders doesn’t regret it. In the old days, she was often the last one to pick up her son from daycare. Now, she still works long hours – and worries about earnings — but has flexibility that allows her to spend more time with Jimmy.

“It’s a different pressure now but it’s a nice one. I want to be the mum who picks him up.  That’s the goal,” Sanders told the New Zealand Herald.

“Most mornings I have to pinch myself that I am actually living the dream.”

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About Lynne Strang

I'm a writer who blogs about 40-and-older business owners. I am also the author of "Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40." Outside of work, I enjoy reading, cooking, vegetable gardening and exercise (especially cycling).
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10 Responses to Former Ad Executive Starts Kids’ Haircare Business – and Finds More Life Balance

  1. Great story! I think it’s an example of GREAT courage!

  2. daltonsbusiness says:

    It just goes to show that it is possible to ‘live the dream’ with some hard work and bravery – well done Megan Sanders!

    • Lynne Strang says:

      No doubt that her hard work and bravery matter. I’d say another factor behind Megan’s success is her willingness to research and hire the right experts who can help develop her idea and move it forward.

  3. coffeecara says:

    Reblogged this on Coffeecara's Blog and commented:
    Great way to do business. Tells me that business is in many forms and that I still have hope for one. Thanks for the info!

  4. papakekebaim says:

    Reblogged this on Mandiri Jaya Bersama

  5. catchycarlo says:

    Hi Lynne , this is a refreshing article and it’s so important to have that work/family balance. I know from my own experience of raising kids and having a business is a tough juggling act especially if you’re a working mother(that was in my wife’s case ). So well done Megan on making a better choice with your career/family.

    • Lynne Strang says:

      I think work/family balance will always be a challenge for any parent who works outside the home — but it’s doable with planning, good time management, realistic expectations and support from significant others. Thanks for reading.

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