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The 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.
1. 4C Only
4C Only is the first-ever natural hair care brand dedicated to the tightest of all the curl patterns. Launched in November 2020, it has become one of the most sought-after Black-owned hair care brands, thanks to the niche it proudly serves. Its founders are Tim and Kim Lewis, who also created CurlMix in 2015. Tim and Kim knew there needed to be a line of 4C-focused products but “just adding a collection to CurlMix wasn’t sufficient.” So, 4C Only was born!
BTW, CurlMix was featured earlier in our series!
4C Only Too Thicke Deep Conditioner for 4C Hair
Organic grapeseed oil and glycerin offer maximum softening and slip. Leaves kinks and coils detangled, manageable, and feeling “juicy”. One of four products in the 4C Only Too Easy Collection.
4C Only Too Slick Styling Cream for 4C Hair
Another product from the Too Easy Collection. Be sure to also check out the Too Soft Leave-In Conditioner and the Too Clean Shampoo!
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2. Sassy Hair Cap
Like many other Black-owned hair care brands, Sassy Hair Cap was created out of the need for products that cater specifically to Black hair. It was designed by Bianca Rush who needed a top-quality bonnet for hair of all lengths and textures. She “teamed up with a seamstress, found a manufacturer,” and the Sassy hair cap came into being. Her brand now also sells satin queen pillowcases as another step in caring for all hair types.
Sassy Hair Cap Expandable Satin Sleep Cap – Black
Comfortable, adjustable, and at least twice as long as most other bonnets. Features a snap to gather up its length when needed, so it can be worn long or short.
Sassy Hair Cap Expandable Satin Sleep Cap – Pink
Helps to protect your hair and hairstyles while sleeping, showering, or just going about regular chores. Made of ultra-soft polyester satin material. Has a snap to adjust the length.
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- 10 Best Silk Pillowcases for Curly Hair + 2 Non-Silk Worth Considering
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3. TPH by Taraji
Actress and activist Taraji Henson launched her namesake brand in 2020. TPH by Taraji takes a scalp-first approach to natural hair care. This is one of the Black-owned hair care brands that understand hair and scalp issues related to wearing protective styles, such as wigs, weaves, and extensions when caring for your hair and scalp can be a challenge. Henson’s brand is expanding, too. She launched Body By TPH, a body care line, in April 2022.
TPH by Taraji Master Cleanse Scalp Wash
Designed with a tri-touch applicator that makes it super easy to get the product past your protective style and onto your scalp. A vegan, color-safe formula that includes tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and witch hazel water.
TPH by Taraji After Dark Overnight Repair Treatment
A vegan and color-safe rejuvenating treatment that’s meant to repair and replenish your hair while you sleep. Made with grapeseed oil, shea butter, horsetail extract, and mango seed butter.
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- 3 Healthy Hair Butters for Natural Hair – Shea, Mango, and Murumuru
4. Qhemet Biologics
The range of products offered by Qhemet Biologics covers 3C to 4C hair types. The brand was founded in 2004 by Felis Butler with formulations “inspired by African, Mediterranean, and Ayurvedic hair care traditions.” This is highlighted in its tagline “Ancestral Hair Care for Modern Naturals.” Butler, who has a master’s degree in History, was motivated to start Qhemet Biologics by her hair obsession and the frustration she experienced trying to find “natural, effective products, for her own 4C hair.
Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream – Moisturizing Balm
A thick multipurpose scalp butter that leaves the “thickest, driest, coarsest hair” soft and elastic. Made with castor and olive oils, along with amla and other Ayurvedic botanicals.
Qhemet Biologics Castor & Moringa Softening Serum
Contains moringa oil to nourish and soften hair, as well as castor oil to moisturize dry hair, thicken your strands, and enhance hair growth.
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- 5 Excellent Benefits of Fenugreek for Hair Growth – Ayurvedic Hair Care 101
- Ayurvedic Hair Care: 4 Wonderful Benefits of Brahmi for Hair
We round things off this week with one of the best-known and best-loved Black-owned hair care brands. Kinky-Curly was founded by Shelley Davis in 2003 and was one of the brands leading the charge in the early days of the natural hair movement. Davis was inspired to create Kinky-Curly by the wonderful homemade products a family member made. As a true pioneer, Kinky-Curly has developed an extensive line of natural hair care products that nurture kinky to curly strands.
Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner/Detangler
The detangling leave-in conditioner many, many naturalistas swear by. Contains mango fruit extract, slippery elm, marshmallow root, and lemongrass – all organic. A true superstar among Black hair care products.
Kinky Curly Original Curling Custard Natural Styling Gel
Tames frizz and defines curls with long-lasting hold. Will not leave your hair greasy, crunchy, or dry. Contains horsetail, marshmallow, nettle, aloe vera, and chamomile.
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Just one, maybe two, articles left in the series. Be sure to let us know which Black-owned hair care brands we have not featured yet but DEFINITELY should!!