Haircare is a billion-dollar industry with haircare for the natural sector thriving in the landscape. As women of color, specifically Black women, it can be challenging to find products that work for our hair, particularly because they aren't made by us or with us in mind. In honor of National Hair Day, here's our round-up of haircare brands to support created by women of color that focus on catering to our haircare needs whether you are 3B, 4C, or have a curly mashup of various patterns.
TPH BY TARAJI P. HENSON
TPH offers several lines whether it is for scalp care, moisture-rich styling, or deep repair. The line smells amazing and the price point makes it a great value. You can pick this up online or at Target among other places.
The very first thing any product that is going to claim to put moisture back into your hair should include is water. Mielle Organics does this. Their scent profile is what dreams are made of, but the products deliver as they claim. Moisture-lacking curls immediately plump and become defined when the product is distributed. This moisture lasts for days with a refresher needed between wash days.
PATTERN BY TRACEE ELLIS ROSS
Tracee Ellis Ross is known for her luxurious curls and iconic style. After all, she gets it honestly from her mother. Ross, however, is causing a stir in the natural haircare world with her labor of love PATTERN, a line that promises to nurture and nourish your curls. The products deliver. The conditioner is a great addition and the diversity in product size makes this line accessible.
The next three brands are recipients of Caress Dreams to Reality Fund.
A platform geared at “fighting funding inequity” for brands that are driven and created by IFundWomen of Color. One million has been committed to fighting this disparity in business. These are wonderful brands that you should be familiar with and explore.
THRIVE HAIR BAR
Founder and CEO Aija Minis created an express natural hair salon that prioritizes your hair health. Minis created this salon bar for those with kinky, coily, and curly hair that fail to realize just how amazing their hair is.
BLACK TRAVEL BOX
Created by Orion Brown, this brand gives women of color “a brand they can trust for their personal care needs.” BlackTravelBox's mission is to “enable travelers of color to look and feel their best wherever they go so they can fully embrace the journey.”
HAIR+ SPACE BLOW-DRY AND BEAUTY BAR
Regina Holbert founded something magical when she created this chic space. It’s the formula of inclusion, luxury, and service speed that makes this blow-dry and beauty bar a must to visit.
REVITALIZING SCALP ELIXIR BY WHITNEY DECUIR
If it isn’t natural hair, Whitney isn’t on it. Known for her growing hands and simple approach, Whitney takes the struggle out of natural haircare. With her inclusive Daddy-N-Me classes, she teaches unknowing fathers how to care for their little princesses’ hair. The grab bag is insane, but it has nothing on her Revitalizing Elixir. The lightweight oil is packed with nutrients that stimulate moisture and growth.
Scotch Porter has been causing some noise. This product line uses “vitamins and botanical complexes that not only purifies but balances and restores.”