Let's go back in time when almost every black household had the same hair staples. Luster's Pink lotion was every black girl's go-to in order to lay down a fresh Doobie set. Blue Magic Bergamot was for greasing your scalp. Pantene Pro-V was the handle for washing and conditioning. None of these products were black-owned, but we still continued to keep them in our daily regimen. Even the brands that appear to be catered to black women aren't actually owned by us, such as Dark & Lovely, African Pride, Just For Me aka Just Forrrrr Meeee (in my best singing voice) lol.
Fast forward to today, where a large number of black women who are natural or transitioning to their natural hair texture are not just focused on a beautiful hair style, but maintaining a healthy mane too! With health comes weeding out the many products with active ingredients that can cause damage to our hair and scalp, which is why we are seeing a decrease in hair relaxers, mineral oil based products, and certain chemicals that are commonly found in shampoos and conditioners. This happens to be the primary reason why many of the CEOs listed below founded their own hair care lines with a huge focus on healthy ingredients. Since black women are one of the leading consumers in the business, it’s only right that we saturate this industry with our own hair care brands.
1. Mielle Organics
Mielle Organics was founded in 2014 by Monique Rodriguez, who was formerly a Registered Nurse. This makes sense as she focuses on health from the inside out with products that include ingredients such as almond oil, mint, pomegranate and honey.
Notable Favorite Product: Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner
CURLS, a natural hair brand that includes products for both women and kids, was founded in 2002 by Mahisha Dellinger. With ingredients like blueberry, coconut milk, passionfruit, and aloe leaf juice, of course this line will keep your curls healthy and juicy.
Notable Favorite Product: Blueberry and Coconut Hair Milk
3. Camille Rose Naturals
Camille Rose Naturals was founded by Janelle Stephens, who is a vegan mother of five children, so it's a given that her products contain holistic ingredients such as ginger and agave extracts. What's also great about Camille Rose Naturals, is that the brand recently expanded to include a bath, body, and home collection.
Notable Favorite Product: Almond Jai Twisting Butter
4. TGIN (Thank God It's Natural)
Thank God It's Natural was founded by Chris-Tia Donaldson, who began mixing and selling her own products out of the trunk of her car, all while she served as a lawyer at a Fortune 100 company. This Harvard graduate also self-published "Thank God I'm Natural" in 2008, which has been acclaimed the title of “Natural Hair Bible” by Essence Magazine.
Notable Favorite Product: Shampoo and Conditioner Duo
5. Mane Choice
Mane Choice was founded in 2013 by Courtney Adeleye, who began her career as a Registered Nurse. She began vlogging her natural hair care journey on YouTube, where she would film the use of her very own kitchen-mixed products. Her fan-base loved her results so much, they appealed to purchase them, which resulted to her growing a hair care line.
Notable Favorite Product: Pink Lemonade & Coconut Super Antioxidant & Texture Beautifier Mousse
Don’t forget these brands and products when shopping on Black Friday!!! Best of all, you're not just limited to finding these items on their website, but you can also find them at your local beauty supply store, Sally's, Target, Walmart, CVS, RiteAid, and many other local retailers.