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Never in a million years would I have imagined that my first small business feature would be embraced so widely, and so unanimously supported by everyone. I think it’s pretty safe to say that the small businesses featured all share three amazing qualities:

1. They produce high quality, effective products

2. They use superior ingredients with proven benefits

3. They care about making natural hair healthy

Not to mention, all the owners themselves are natural and use their own product as living proof. Without further delay, here are 9 more amazing, super high quality small business brands worthy of our support. They deliver amazing products with impressive ingredient lists, and even more impressive results.

Note: Just like part I, this list is by NO means conclusive. There are tons more, and I would love to hear from you all exactly who they are πŸ™‚ In fact, there is a part III coming.Β  And this list is in no particular order!

1. Qhemet Biologics

The Backstory: Back in 2004, Felis Butler began her mission to cater to kinkier textures of hair. She believed that naturals in the 4c category had become the most frustrated with this texture, even though there was no reason to be. Pulling from her background as a historian, she was inspired by indigenous ancestors who embraced their hair in all of its textures. With the right combination of ingredients, Butler was able to create a rich, multipurpose, top of the line brand of products for the ingredient-conscious natural. She believes that the combination of the right products, a supportive community and the rejection ofΒ  negative self talk will help Black women come full circle.

Benefits: Qhemet Biologics was the first natural haircare line to feature MSM, which is essential for hair growth and health. QB is also shea butter-free, vegetarian,cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and formulated specifically to address the needs of those struggling with dry, tangle-prone hair. The products also conform to the stricter EU and Japanese cosmetic saftey standards, which means they do not contain mineral oil, silicones, sls, phthalates, parabens, dmdh hydantoin, triclosan, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, diazolidinyl urea, or imidazolidinyl urea.

Best Sellers: The hands-down best seller is the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream ($17), a favorite among those who find it difficult to retain moisture in hair. Along with the Heavy Cream, I found a new home in the Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter ($14) and the Burdock Root Buttercream ($16). Qhemet Biologics definitely delivers on the promise of moisture with each product. I didn’t need to refresh, re-apply, or anything between washes. And a little bit most certainly goes a long way. What I found to be incredible was that even though my natural hair was THOROUGHLY moisturized, it didn’t weigh down my heat damage and make it look like wet noodles. In fact, I got a pretty amazing twist-out when I wasn’t even planning to (sometimes the best hair days happen that way). Products that are able to cater to multiple textures are definitely a winner in my book. By the way, Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter is a miracle end sealer, and slicks edges!

Where to Buy: Qhemet Biologics is available online at www.qhemetbiologics.com, and in a number of stores across more than 20 states. There is some international availability as well! Click here to see if there is one near you.

 

2. Soultanicals

Backstory: Inspired by her love of cultures, traditions, and the natural richness of African design, Ayo Ogun-McCants created Soultanicals afro-vegan hair and body products. The Soultanicals line features products with botanical ingredients, bright designs and fun names, inspired by Ayo’s own earthy, fun, and afro-original nature. Soultanicals products are made for naturals of all textures and lengths who want to experience high-quality handmade natural products, while promoting self-love and wellness.

Benefits: Soultanicals’ products are handmade fresh with 100% botanical (vegan) ingredients. They do not include phthalates, parabens, sulfates, petroleum, mineral oil, glycols, or other controversial ingredients. The products are all 100% toxin-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and do not contain artificial preservatives, fragrances, or dyes.

Best Sellers: Soultanicals hallmark products include the Knot Sauce Coil Detangler ($13), Marula-Muru Moisture Guru ($14), Hair Sorrell Knappylicious Kink Drink ($12), and Fluffalicious Curl Nutricious ($14). Before I get in to which products I adore, I just wanted to stop and recognize that EVERYTHING in this line smells AMAZING. There is a light, sweet aroma that makes you feel good about using it. Positive vibes do come in a jar. The Knot Sauce detangles like a dream, while still managing to be lightweight and moisturizing (a top pick for my pre-poo/detangle time). The Fluffalicious Curl Nutricious defies logic, proving to be incredibly moisturizing but feeling super lightweight. It wasn’t mentioned by I absolutely ADORE the Curl Blaze Hair Glaze ($13)Β  – it makes for an amazing wash n’ go. I have so much more to say about the Soultanicals line…stay tuned for an in-depth review.

Where to Buy: I really wish Soultanicals was available in my local Sprouts or Whole Foods, because I’d be there right now to pick up some more Curl Blaze Hair Glaze. Until that day comes (please, Jesus), you can I can stock up on Soultanicals goodies online at www.soultanicals.com. If you’re interested in trying out Soultanicals, take advantage of the exclusive 20% off coupon for BGLH and Mane Objective readers! Enter SOULMANE20 at checkout!!!

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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Rajesh Kumar

Very good website. Thank you so much.

Arjun

Excellent article

Asia
Thank you for this article. And as a customer who has indulged in many of these companies, I can attest they have wonderful products. My absolute fave is Natty Naturals by All Things O’Natural!! They have amazing products that work, surprisingly, for all hair types. They have the best packaging and their customer service is the BEST. I can definitely see why so many sing their praises. And not only that, they have the most beautiful family who focus on an overall healthy lifestyle. My faves from their line are the cupuacu & rhassoul deep conditioner, the natty moist and… Read more »
Laura
This line was created to help black women create their own natural hair care line and it’s called PLM Cosmetics (private-label-minerals.us) I found them researching ways to create my own hair care line and they have a lot of info on how to start your own natural hair product line and are apparently a manufacturer for some of the lines that got in target. Love their products and will absolutely be using them to create my line. HIGHLY recommend the Private Label Minerals company. plmcosmetics.com or private-label-minerals.us. Also, Rockin’ Naturals is a black owned natural hair product line that I… Read more »
Michelle

I looked at Kurlee Belle and her products does contain like 4 sulfates in them. This article is somewhat misleading.

Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Apple Cider Vinegar, Polyquaternium- 10, Polyquaternium-7, PEG-12 Dimethicone, PEG-150 Distearate, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum).

bsbfankaren

Please don’t forget to include my favorite brand, Belle Butters. I sing this company’s praises not only because my hair loves the products, but because the gardenia scented whipped shea butter helped my mother to feel more comfortable in the final months of her life.http://www.bellebutters.com/

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Rosebug

I love camille rose naturals! the curl love hair milk makes my hair so soft.

Shana

We have a Natural Indian Hair Oil that works great with curly hair! It’s called Darshana and was inspired by our travels to India. It helps smooth, moisturize, and condition hair of all types but is particularly helpful with dry, damaged, or curly hair. Its blend of natural oils contains antioxidants, omega 3-6-9, and vitamins which makes your hair healthier, smoother, and more manageable.

You can check us out at and email us with any questions:

http://www.DarshanaBeauty.com
http://www.facebook.com/darshanabeauty

Thank You!!
Shana
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Carla

I love Camille Rose Naturals brand and their ingredients. Their products are very moisturizing and they brought my hair back to life!

miya

Peace everyone! since this article is about supporting black businesses, although this isn’t a hair business, I would like to put out there the name of my kemetic teacher and temple. http://www.akerukhametictemple.info + http://www.queenmotherimakhu.info if anyone here is interested in the Kemetic legacy and learning more about it please feel free to check out these sites! Hotep!

lv
The PJ Arises— that’s the name of the movie that will showing in my house after reading this article. The problem is so many good products from black owned companies and so many of them work on my natural hair.Qhemet is a long time favorite (the Burdock root cream). Just tried camille rose—loves it. Shescentit products is another wonderful hair company. ( I am really praying that that company is black owned. ) not a lot of info on them, but i love the products. I gave up the asian shops a long time ago. I am glad i did.… Read more »
shelikes

kind of like camille rose curl maker for my edges. plus it smells really good. the ingredient list contains natural stuff.

sandy

I hope Oyin Handmade will be included in the second list. Of the ones that are mentioned, I love Qhemet Biologics; the ingredients are stellar. However, I must admit that I have been very disappointed in the fact that they have not had a sale in more than two years. To top it off, free shipping is only offered sporadically and when it is offered, you have to spend at least $70.00 to qualify. Costumers are loyal to Qhemet because their products are great, but the company should give back to its costumers more often.

Christina Patrice

Hi Sandy! Oyin Handmade made the first list πŸ™‚ Peep it here: http://blackgirllonghair.com/2013/08/8-incredible-black-owned-natural-hair-businesses-to-support/

Jesse
Great article. I have been using Qhemet Biologics since April of this year and those products are amazing. I have naturally dry 4c hair and these products prevent me from worrying about hair moisture, which was once my number one problem with my hair. It’s not listed in the article, but my holy grail product is the Coco Tree Detangling Ghee by Qhemet Biologics. That stuff is a miracle! It makes detangling my hair very easy. Can I just repeat that I have the absolute tiniest spring-like 4c curls on the planet? I’m talking more than 70% shrinkage, and thus… Read more »
florence.wyler

Your website is by far the best I have seen. I have recently been battling with the idea of stopping weaves altogether, but my own hair is weak and not very manageable. I have started looking at natural products to grow my hair but it is very rare to find any on the market. I am even considering importing the goods myself and setting up a shop where people can but natural hair products! Thank you for sharing!

lisa d

I am obsessed with Qhemet Biologics! It is the only product I will use in my hair! My 4c hair can’t survive without it! I recommend it highly for 4c hair! Everything they make is FANTASTIC!

robi

Loved this list! I’ve tried a couple of these and I love combining the leave In of one line with the shampoo of another as well as butters and styling gels.(Tell tale signs of a PJ right? lol) Right now I’m using products only from smaller black owned businesses. http://www.edensheart.com is one of them too. love their leave in and their cleansing smoothie. They should be on the next list like this one.

linda

I love these series of list on Black-owned Natural hair businesses but oh Lord it’s waking up the pj that sleeps in me. Very hard to resist the call with such beautiful products names, benefits and backstories.

nylse

good article and great resource – but I have an issue with the prices. Nothing is under 10 dollars (now I may have gone too fast and missed one) but to me its too expensive.

Christina Patrice

Hi Nylse, I totally understand. I consider myself a bargain shopper, but I’m discovering by and large that for the most part, you get what you pay for. These products are made with incredibly high quality ingredients, and in my eyes are well worth it πŸ™‚

merry

i use qb amla cream. it is the best.

however, the prices keep going up. products are not always in stock. the online store closes periodically – for long stretches. and the service, even when you try to address something with the owner, is not great. she is argumentative.

but yeah, these are very good products. i think she stays in business because of the quality of her product.

lola

Wow. That’s unfair. She raised the price on one product by 50 cent. Everything else is the same price and she’s always been kind and helpful. When she does close, she makes her products available through other websites. She also offers college scholarships several times a year.

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apples

I’ve never had a problem with their customer service and I’m a repeat customer.

Sheena Crawford

Congratulations to everyone who made the list! I hope Hairitage Hydration will make the list next year. I also hope to see Coco curls on the list and Honey Chile hair love.

Christina Patrice

Hi Sheena!!! Thanks for the heads up on Hairitage. Checking them out now!

AnonSince87
My thing is; I wish black people were SELLING the products. I hate having to go into the hair shops. I don’t even bother asking them any questions because they never seem to know anything! And they don’t care because they don’t have to – we go in there and buy the products anyway. I don’t get it! You don’t see black people owning shops selling products targeted to Asian people?? I go into the hair shops – they own it, I go into the food shop to buy my carribean produce – they own it! What’s happening with us?!… Read more »
Suga

There is a small black owned hair shop in south london – west croydon, she hasn’t got much natural products but its getting there, she has all the other stuff though and I think she is natural her self.

chloe

Love Qhemet. It’s been my staple for 4 years now.

Tim Smith

Hi My name is tim smith I just read these articles why are black women always complaining why this is why the Koreans will always be far ahead we never want other black to move forward.if you have a complaint contact the owner black women are always making trouble n yes I am a black male

Amber

Yes, I could tell by the bad grammar.

TINA SMITH

preach

Deb

hahaha omg you are the worst troll ever

la*belle

There’s a brother o_0

merry
lol. black women who are naturals have helps some of these business succeed. why do you think more are trying to come into the game? if someone wants to say on a blog that a certain business owner or product has done a poor job, that’s cool. it’s called social media. some of these business owners ought to know that if people have poor experiences, they may be posted in some sort of public way. if there’s is a business that struggles with service, i want to know. rather than stew over being put on blast, take it as a… Read more »
Nappy4C Rocks

please take a seat, thank you

Rayven

The issue with all these companies is you can only buy majority of them online!! I prefer to co into a store and buy hair products. I can read the label, smell the product, see the consistency and return it with no hassle if need be.

Deb

yeah but they all gotta start somewhere.

linda
I agree with both Rayven and Deb that most are only online and need to start somewhere. The thing with handmade and/or small businesses is that because of the natural ingredients and their high quality, products are a little bit more expensive and the shelf life is way different from those laden with chemicals preservatives.At Rayven, you want to smell the product, see the consistency and return it with no hassle if need be; that’s fine but don’t forget that once the product is open, the spoilage starts and for those small businesses it means a lot. Would you buy… Read more »
Rayven

Most foundations and other make up that I buy are sealed, there is no way for someone to drag their fingers through it!
FYI..I worked retail before and returns on cosmetics are not returned to the shelves but destroyed.

mlank64

Bee Mine products is another one.

Nature Girl

I may have to try them all. *don’t judge me*
Right now I’m lovin’ Oyin Handmade, Camille Rose, and Qhemet Biologics.
I’ve been wanting to try My Honey Child, Honey and Horsetail Reconstructor.

colorfulkinks

Omg I love this new feature. OOO but in the next one can you mention kimmaytube’s luvnatural’s line. I know she isn’t popular on the blogs, but I’m sure we can all agree that she has made youtube natural hair guru history. She introduced even more science and so much stuff to the community. It’s great to see our own making huge strides in the buisness world. I have yet to try her products tho, bc i’m have so many others. Can’t wait!

Zoopath

I tried the kimmaytube conditioner and the detangler. The ingredients were nice but I didn’t get enough softening nor slip from either product. I think it’s more for 4a’s and looser. They probably work better for finer strand thickness too. OTOH Quemet is too heavy and oily for me and just sits on my hair.

Nhlanhla

Sigh American naturals are so lucky. Here in South Africa we are not so lucky. What I would do to get my hands on these products πŸ™

la*belle

Tell me about it πŸ™

Aree

Does anyone know if any of these stores are 100% percent organic?

mimi

I’m not going lie but post like this may turn me back to my product junkie ways. CURSE YOU PEOPLE. You gonna make a girl relapse

LBell

I know, right? Thing is, there’s a big part of me that wants to buy all my staple products from black-owned companies. I just need to find conditioners and DCs that will do as good of a job as my beloved mainstream stand-bys…!

Thick Nigerian Hair

You should review the Koils By Nature line. My personal favorite is the leave in.

Thick Nigerian Hair

Nevermind. I saw it in the previous list you made.

Stephanie

LOVE this list. You showcased some of my favorites. Really got to get up on Sweet Eddie. I have a 2oz of their light moisturizer and people with fine texture would love this.

Dabney

I love the list! I tried to go to the Camilla Rose website but it seems to have a virus or My Kapersky doesn’t seem to like it! Can you let them know? I want to visit the website!!!

Assata

It’s Kaspersky itself; I had it a while ago, and it flagged Wells Fargo as a harmful website.

But these sites look interesting; I will do some investigation.

TINA SMITH

LOVE THIS LIST, NEVER HEARD OF EDDIE’S NICE TO KNOW LOVE THAT THIS WAS ALL NATURAL COMPANIES FEATURED. LUCKILY I ALREADY HAVE MY STAPLES AND CAMILLE ROSE IS ON MY LIST. I WILL SAY THAT YNOBE SHOP HAS A TERRIBLE OWNER WITH A RUDE ATTITUDE AND SENT ME EXPIRED SMELLY PRODUCTS. NEVER AGAIN SMH. AND THAT NATTY LADY LIKES TO ACT STANK TO

lala

STOP SCREAMING

momofIV

It is usually proper etiquette to voice a complaint with the owner directly rather than a third party. Your situation may be isolated but others will think it’s the norm and that will affect their business. Shame on you.

TINA SMITH

myob

Asia
I have NEVER ever heard anyone complain about either of these companies and I follow a ton of pages. And I definitely never heard All Things ONatural having any negative comments about them, their business or their pages, so I’m not sure what your issue may be. .but it’s seems you are the common denominator in the equation. And as momoflv stated abovr, the proper thing to do is voice negative remarks directly to the owners in an email. And I also noticed you spoke about’ stank attitudes’…have you actually ever supported or used the products. .another factor I’ve never… Read more »
Charm Jones

Have you tried contacting the owner of this company with your issues? That doesn’t seem like something she would do. I know her personally and she is very customer service friendly.

TINA SMITH

I DID DIRECTLY AND SHE GOT STANK WITH ME

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