Melony Armstrong was working for other people when she decided she wanted to learn a skill that would enable her to open her own business. She loved the idea of natural hair care and took a short course in African-style braiding. She was hooked. She taught herself and practiced on people for free. As she gained skills, she began braiding out of her home. But she wanted a legal business, one that she could grow and develop. Melony now operates Naturally Speaking, a natural haircare establishment in Tupelo.