Best Black-Owned Hair Care Brands to Shop in 2022 – Our Ongoing Series!
By Jacqueline Samaroo
Hey, hey! Welcome to CurlyNikki’s ongoing series featuring a mix of well-known and up-and-coming Black-owned hair care brands.
Each has an identity all its own but they are all connected by a common goal: creating Black hair products that will produce the best results for textured hair. A healthy scalp and hair, leading to curls with tons of definition, hydration, and bounce are what these brands are all about.
And, stay tuned – there are more than 50 companies in the series. We’ll feature a new lineup of Black-owned brands for you each Friday!
Here are the five Black-owned hair care brands we are highlighting for you today.
tgin (Thank God It’s Natural) was founded by Harvard Law School graduate Chris-Tia Donaldson after she struggled with styling her natural kinky hair for work. She wanted products that were healthy, worked, and were good for her hair and scalp without harsh or harmful chemicals, and tgin was the answer. The company has become one of the giants among Black-owned hair care brands, with hair and skincare products sold in major stores. Donaldson also started the tgin foundation.
Made with raw honey, olive oil, jojoba oil, and vitamins A, D, and E. Deeply hydrates strands then locks in moisture to smooth and renew curls while adding shine.
Hydrates and moisturizes while reducing frizz. Made with raw black honey, biotin, and a blend of hair-healthy oils, including castor, coconut, olive, rice, and papaya oils.
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GirlandHair focuses on making protective styling more protective by helping you to care for your hair while you rock whatever protective style you choose. The company was founded by Dr. Camille Verovic, a dermatologist who needed products that cared for her natural hair after her big chop and then while wearing a variety of protective styles. The G+H System is dedicated to providing cleansing, moisturizing, and nourishing products for under hair care to minimize dryness, brittleness, and breakage.
Designed for all hair types to help tackle frizz and itching while boosting shine. Formulated with shea butter and cocoa butter along with tea tree, neem, and castor oils.
A clarifying hair rinse that removes buildup, balances hair and scalp pH, and reduces dandruff. Just apply to your wet scalp and natural hair, massage in, and rinse out.
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3. Bread Beauty Supply
BREAD Beauty Supply is one of the newest of the newest Black-owned hair care brands. Its founder Maeva Heim is from Perth, Australia where her mother owned that city’s first African hair braiding salon. Before launching BREAD in 2020, Heim got her start in the haircare industry doing brand management for globally established brands. She decided to follow her entrepreneurial spirit and created BREAD as a way to bring “clean hair products that were uncomplicated, practical, and fun” to the market.
A 100% satin scrunchie (or chou-chou) designed to hold your curls in place without tugging or denting. No wonder it was voted Essence Beauty Best Hair Scrunchie 2021.
Made with a blend of oils to leave hair softer, glossier, and with a delicious berry scent. Contains safflower seed, argan, sweet almond, and kakadu plum oils.
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4. OOLI Beauty
Up-and-coming Black-owned hair care brands fare best when they create a niche for themselves. That’s exactly what Jessica Pritchett, founder of OOLI Beauty did. She started OOLI in 2018 with products formulated specifically (but not exclusively) for loc’d hair. The brand reflects her loc love story, based on her 19+ years of loc’d hair growth. OOLI’s products are organic, vegan, nut-free, and include options to both cleanse and style loc’d hair.
Restores moisture to dry, brittle locs to keep hair supple and strong. Made with black cumin oil, shea and mango butters, plus aloe vera juice and silk amino acid.
Formulated with Jamaican sorrel to combat hair loss due to split ends and breakage. Also helps to relieve itching and dry scalp while leaving your locs shinier.
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5. Vernon François
Vernon François is easily one of the best-known names among Black-owned hair care brands. Its founder, for whom is it named, is also one of the most sought-after celebrity hairstylists. François’s love of all things naturally textured hair began in childhood. He grew up in a Rastafarian household where he learned and taught himself many of the skills he now shares with his clients. He created the brand in 2016 with a focus on curly and afro-textured hair.
A hydrating mist that features ginseng and pomegranate extracts. Great for hair repair for damaged hair as well as for styling all types of hair.
A styling cream designed for natural kinks to coils. Defines curls with shea butter, olive oil, and argan oil to nourish hair and scalp without any greasiness, flaking, or stickiness.
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Have any of your favorite Black-owned hair care brands shown up in our series, so far?
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