Founder,The Original Sprout
Inga Tritt was born in Germany, but grew up in Montecito, California where her love of nature, art and architecture eventually led to a successful career as a master stylist, then salon and spa owner. When her daughter Maya was born, Tritt sold her salons and spas to become a full-time mom. And, while she pledged to use natural bath products and baby shampoos, she quickly discovered that most wreaked havoc with her daughter’s hair and skin. Tapping a need, Tritt combined her professional experience as a master stylist with her real-life mom experience to create The Original Sprout, a globally trusted, natural family brand of professional products.
From where does your entrepreneurial drive originate?
I had the fortune to grow up with my Grandfather Tritt’s loving and innovative influence. He created new technology surrounding the use of fiberglass in boating and sports cars back in the day. He always nurtured my own insight, instinct and creativity. To have such an accomplished man “see” me and my talents from such an early age was a blessing beyond measure.
As you grew your company/brand, what “ah-ha” moments of clarity helped you shape its future course?
When my daughter Maya was born and I realized the exceptional lack of professional-quality salon products for the family that were natural and non-toxic—not private-label products or grocery store brands, but original, professional formulas that worked. For me, professional products were a necessity, like toothpaste, but I couldn’t expose that toxic burden on Maya’s little delicate body let alone all my stylist friends and family!
As you shaped your company, what have been some of the biggest stumbling blocks?
I know from experience that the best opportunities often come disguised as stumbling blocks. The secret is not judging what occurs. We’ve had the awesome experience to be extremely selective in whom we choose to go into business with—a hard-won lesson that is bearing more rewards and even greater opportunities!
How would you describe your management style? What do you think makes you a good leader, and in what areas would you to improve?
By attracting the right employees, I completely trust them. There is no need to micro-manage at our scale. I listen and take all of their ideas into consideration. Perhaps I could stand to improve by being a little more realistic about some people. I tend to believe everyone has the same level of integrity as I do, and that isn’t always true.