5. HoneyChile HairLove
Backstory: Back in 2010, extreme breakage from a bad relaxer and dye job forced HoneyChile HairLove founder Tazia Armstead to big chop her hair and start fresh. With this new start, Tazia learned how to embace, manage, moisturize, nourish, and promote growth with her own hair. In 2011, she set out to support women in pursuit of embracing their kinky, coily, curly, wavy, afro-textured and loc’d hair with a line of products designed to hydrate, pH balance, and strengthen hair. Out of this vision, HoneyChile HairLove was born.
Benefits: All of HoneyChile HairLove’s products are handmade, ensuring quality and freshness. They do not contain petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones, glycols, paraffin, parabens, fillers, and sulfates. They are cruelty-free and do not contain any harmful chemicals. Because of this, all HoneyChile HairLove products are safe for children.
Best Sellers: On HoneyChile HairLove’s hot list are the Avocado Truffle Hair Milk, Lushcurl Custard, and Curl Glaze. Due to a shipping mishap, I was unable to test drive the HoneyChile HairLove products before this article went to publishing. But I will definitely update it once I have tried everything out!
Where to Buy: HoneyChile HairLove has two US retail locations, and four internationally. Click here to see if you’re a part of the lucky six. But if you’re like me and can’t get your hands on any in-store, you can always order online at www.honeychilehairlove.com!
6. Komaza Hair Care
Backstory: Komaza Hair Care founder Rene Lesane has always had a scientific fascination with hair. As early as 18, she began to study hair — from structure to cellular division. She used this knowledge to help her friends and family care for their hair. Stricken with Ulcerative Colitis in her 20’s, Rene’s body was unable to properly absorb the nutrients needed to make her hair grow healthily, and a relaxer only made it worse. After a disaster with beauty supply store products, she decided she would be better off putting her previously gained knowledge to use. As her hair began to thrive, the inquiries and request to purchase products came in. Rene teamed up with long-time friend Jennifer, to develop a Christian-based business founded on the notion of komaza, which in Swahili means to “encourage growth”.
Benefits: All Komaza Hair Care products are tested and analyzed in their in-house laboratory using high-powered microscopes. This way, they are able to understand and assess the quality and effectiveness of all products. They also make use of third-party laboratories to confirm the results. Every ingredient used in Komaza Hair Care products is scientifically researched and demonstrates proven effectiveness. Depending upon hair type and need, the Komaza Hair Care lines differ. In the Matani Line (for relaxed and heat treated hair), silicones are included for protection purposes. Some products do contain wheat proteins and silk amino acids, while others do not and are gluten-free and vegan. All Komaza Hair Care products are free of parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, propylene glycol, and phthalates. All products are cruelty free as well. Komaza also offers a hair and scalp analysis service, which can give you insight into hair care and product solutions for any hair/scalp challenges.
Best Sellers: Komaza Hair Care has tons of product offerings. On their best sellers list are: Coconut Hair Pudding, Califia Care Leave-In, Califia Care Moisture Spray, Califia Moisturizing Cream, Protein Hair Strengthener, Olive Moisture Mask, Shea Butter Hair Lotion, Aloe My Hair Leave-In, and the Hair Lengthening Serum. I really, really, like, really love the Protein Hair Strengthener. I like to think of Komaza Hair Care as the ApHogee for Natural Hair. The Protein Hair Strengthener spread in my hair easily, and I noticed increased strength after just one use — seriously. It didn’t leave my hair hard feeling or dry, which is amazing for such a protein-heavy product. My next mission is to try out the Aloe My Hair Leave-In.…my hair loves anything aloe-based.