Black women are doing work in the hair care space with quality brands that have fresh and inventive takes on hair maintenance. All of the brands listed have products available online and some at select Targets, CVS, Walgreens, and beauty supply stores.
1: Shea Radiance
Shea Radiance was co-founded by Funlayo Alabi, who is also the CEO. Most of the company’s products are shea-butter-based, including its shampoos, hair masks, and conditioners. More importantly, Shea Radiance’s shea butter is sourced directly from “women-run cooperatives in rural areas of Nigeria and Ghana”.
Where to buy online: http://www.shearadiance.com
2: TGIN – Thank God I’m Natural
Chris-Tia Donaldson is a busy lawyer by day and inspiring entrepreneur by night. She created TGIN in an effort to create healthier, natural products for our hair.
Where to buy online: http://www.tginstore.com
Founder and CEO of Naturalicious, Gwen Jimmere, is “the first African American woman to hold a patent for a natural hair care product (Huffington Post).” Her company’s products have cut many hair care routines – including her own – from hours down to nearly 30 minutes. In fact, the product which garnered her the patent is her Moroccan Rhassoul 5‑in‑1 Clay Treatment.
Where to buy online: https://naturalicious.net
4: Mielle Organics
Three years ago, Mielle Organics was started by Monique Rodriguez while on her quest for healthy ingredients to get healthier hair.
Where to buy online: https://mielleorganics.com
5: My Honey Child
My Honey Child was created by salon owner and CEO Krika Bradsher. She started the line in the early 2000s when she realized there was little to nothing out there for naturals, especially those with type 4 hair.
Where to buy online: https://www.myhoneychild.com
In 2007, Hairveda was founded by Rasheena, who was a stay-at-home mother at the time and needed quality natural hair care products that were also budget friendly. Her company has since grown and even includes an Ayurveda Hair Care collection of products.
Where to buy online: https://hairveda.com
7: Curl Junkie
The Owner and Product Developer of Curl Junkie is licensed cosmetologist Marsha Coulton. The company’s goal is to have a product for every texture.
Where to buy online: https://www.curljunkie.com/
8: Camille Rose
Camille Rose Naturals was founded by “Master Mixtress” and mother of five Janell Stephens. This company has numerous moisture-rich products; I personally love the Almond Jai Twisting Butter and the Kids’ Brown Butter Melt Mandarin Oil Hair Balm.
Where to buy online: https://www.camillerosenaturals.com
9: Qhemet Biologics
Qhemet Biologics, which was started by owner Felis Butler, has been around since 2004. The company’s products are “inspired by African, Mediterranean and Ayurvedic hair care traditions” according to their website.
Where to buy online: https://www.qhemetbiologics.com
10: OBIA Naturals
OBIA Naturals was created by chemist Obia Ewah during her journey to healthier, natural products and foods. She is also CEO and runs the company with her brother, Omini Ewah. OBIA boasts being “science-based” and ph-balanced in its product formulations.
Where to buy online: https://www.obianaturals.com
Founded by Nadia Ayo, Shescentit’s “philosophy is deeply rooted in less is more and … on utilizing what mother nature provides.” The company’s hair care products are moisture intensive and plant based.
Where to buy online: http://www.shescentit.com
12: Koils by Nature
Koils by Nature was created by CEO Pamela Jenkins. She wanted products that were organic, and thus the company was born.
Where to buy online: https://www.koilsbynature.com/
13: Uncle Funky’s Daughter
Uncle Funky’s Daughter, originally a natural hair salon in Houston, was founded by a black husband and wife who had success selling their Curly Magic concoction to their salon clients. Though the couple eventually divorced, their brand continued under new black owner and president Renee Morris. She acquired Uncle Funky’s Daughter in 2014 with a vision to bring back the Curly Magic formulation and “satisfy every curl in the world.”
Where to buy online: http://unclefunkysdaughter.com
Founder of Soultanicals Ayo Ogu-McCants birthed the company after “tearful hair-detangling sessions” she had with her daughter prompted her to find a solution. Her products boast “toxin-free” and “vegan” ingredients.
Where to buy online: http://www.soultanicals.com
15: Oyin Handmade
Founders Jamyla and Pierre Bennu chose to name their company after the Yoruba word Oyin, which means “honey”. This word perfectly describes the natural and moisture-infused products of Oyin Handmade.
Where to buy online: https://oyinhandmade.com
16: Karen’s Body Beautiful
Founded by educator Karen Tappin, Karen’s Body Beautiful was a healthy alternative to the alarming amount of products containing carcinogenic ingredients in the early 2000s. Today, the company continues to grow and has expanded to bath and body care.
Where to buy online: https://www.karensbodybeautiful.com
17: Tailored Beauty
Tailored Beauty was started by Keya James in 2013 after going natural. She wanted products that lacked artificial ingredients.
Where to buy online: http://www.tailoredbeautyproducts.com/
18: BGLH Marketplace
Last, but not least, is BGLH Marketplace. If you don’t already know, this butter-licious brand was started in 2014 by entrepreneur Leila, who also owns Blackgirllonghair. Since then, the company has grown immensely; BGLH Marketplace just recently opened its first store in New York.
Where to buy online: https://bglh-marketplace.com