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Click for part 1 and part 2 of this series.

The past mon­th and a half has been noth­ing short of a whirl­wind of e-mails, prod­ucts, and research. Com­pil­ing infor­ma­tion about small busi­ness­es and their prod­ucts is a lot of work — but rest assured that it is indeed a labor of love. I’ve “met” some pret­ty amaz­ing entre­pre­neurs and busi­ness­wom­en along the way, and if I have to do it all over again for a part IV and V in the future, I’d do so in a heart­beat. But for now, I present the third and final (for now) install­ment of the Small Busi­ness­es to Sup­port!

In the same vein as parts I and II, this list is by no means con­clu­sive. But just for fun, I’m doing this one in alpha­bet­i­cal order!

 

1. AfroVeda

Back­sto­ry: A trained and licensed mas­sage ther­a­pist spe­cial­iz­ing in work­ing with can­cer suf­fer­ers, AfroVeda founder Mala Rhodes has always been focused on pro­vid­ing relief to those in need. Inspired and ground­ed by her own father who lost his bat­tle with can­cer, Mala pur­sued the cre­ation of AfroVeda as a means to provide a holis­tic way to care for hair, mind, and body. Five years ago, she shared a home­made mois­tur­iz­er with a few wom­en on a hair­care board, which encour­aged her to move for­ward in cre­at­ing her line of prod­ucts. The nat­u­ral hair scene had not grown to encom­pass Ayurvedic prac­tices as of yet, and Mala saw this as an excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ty to share with nat­u­rals every­where the ben­e­fits of Ayurveda for nat­u­ral hair.

Ben­e­fits: AfroVeda prod­ucts are based on the ancient tra­di­tions of Ayurveda, using some of the most potent and vit­a­m­in-rich herbs and botan­i­cals proven to ben­e­fit both hair and skin. Because stud­ies show that approx­i­mate­ly 60% of what we put on our skin goes into our blood­stream, Mala and the AfroVeda team are very con­scious of the ingre­di­ents cho­sen for prod­ucts. AfroVeda prod­ucts are also cre­at­ed accord­ing to a person’s dosha (body type), not hair type. This is the tra­di­tion­al Ayurvedic method for treat­ing hair and scalp issues — and cus­tomers enjoy much bet­ter results with prod­ucts that are in line with their body’s chem­istry. All AfroVeda prod­ucts are 99 — 100% nat­u­ral, and do not include parabens, sul­fates, ptha­lates, propy­lene gly­col, PABA, min­er­al oil, paraf­fin, petro­chem­i­cals, DEA, syn­thet­ic col­ors and ani­mal ingre­di­ents.

Best Sell­ers: The num­ber one fan favorite AfroVeda pro­duct is the PUR Whipped Hair Gel­ly. It is used by celebri­ties, styl­ists, and every­day nat­u­ral­is­tas every­where. It was even list­ed in the list of favorite prod­ucts in Audra Davis-Sivasothy’s book, The Sci­ence of Black Hair. A close sec­ond is the Shea Amla Whipped But­ter Cream. I took the Dosha Quiz (I’m Pit­ta with a lil’ bit of Kapha by the way), and used prod­ucts that were tri­doshic (good for all 3 doshas). My per­son­al AfroVeda favorites are the M3 Curl Quench and Car­rot Seed Clar­i­fy­ing Sham­poo Bar. The M3 Curl Quench is THEE go-to for pro­tec­tive styling, pro­vid­ing tons of mois­ture. I even used it for a wash n’ go (under my styling pro­duct) and found that it left my hair super soft and mois­tur­ized for days on end. The Car­rot Seed Sham­poo Bar, I sim­ply love — and it shocked me that I could feel such a way about a bar of sham­poo. Read more about it here.

Where to Buy: Most Afroveda prod­ucts are avail­able on Amazon.com. AfroVeda also has their own shop, locat­ed in Grand Prairie, Tex­as. You can mix, match, and cre­ate your own cus­tom prod­ucts at the Gourmet Hair Cafe, and even make a hair appoint­ment with a nat­u­ral hair styl­ist. For those of us not locat­ed in Grand Prairie (or any­where near­by), prod­ucts can be pur­chased at www.afroveda.com.

 

2. Brown But­ter Beau­ty

Back­sto­ry: Christine Gant start­ed Brown But­ter Beau­ty after a tran­si­tion­al peri­od in her life. She was strug­gling with her weight and her hair — it was short, very thin, and almost bald in some places due to over-relax­ing. She was very unhap­py with the way she looked, and knew she need­ed to make some changes. After a lot of pray­ing, she was deter­mined to work on her­self. She began exer­cis­ing and eat­ing healthy nat­u­ral foods, which ulti­mate­ly led her in the direc­tion of a nat­u­ral hair jour­ney in 2000. After a  lot of read­ing and research, she began exper­i­ment­ing with mak­ing nat­u­ral beau­ty treat­ments and for­mu­las. Her hair grew back thick, and peo­ple began approach­ing Christine and ask­ing to pur­chase her prod­ucts. Brown But­ter Beau­ty offi­cial­ly launched in 2007 with hair pomades, oils, and body but­ters. Since then, the brand has grown to include con­di­tion­ers, sham­poos, and oth­er skin­care prod­ucts.

Ben­e­fits: Brown But­ter Beau­ty prod­ucts fea­ture food grade oils and organ­ic herbs. They are free from sil­i­cones, min­er­al oil, petro­la­tum, parabens, and sul­fates. Prod­ucts are cru­el­ty-free and nev­er test­ed on ani­mals.

Best Sell­ers: Brown But­ter Beau­ty best sell­ers include the Rhas­soul Herbal Sham­poo Bar, Babas­su Cream Deep Con­di­tion­er, Sweet Milk Detan­gling Leave-In Con­di­tion­er, and Mixed Greens Hair Pomade. I fell head over heels in love with the Rhas­soul Herbal Sham­poo Bar — so much that I was con­vinced that it was made just for me. Seri­ous­ly. It’s in my top 3 favorite sham­poo bars of ALL TIME. The Babas­su Cream Deep Con­di­tion­er is worth it’s weight, leav­ing my hair but­tery smooth (that’s real­ly a thing for me) — espe­cial­ly my ran­dom­ly kinky thick­et of crown hair. Sweet Milk reminds me of Kinky Curly Knot Today, and is a detan­gling dream. It is also real­ly light­weight, and incred­i­bly ide­al for tran­si­tion­ers and nat­u­rals with fine hair.

Where to Buy: Brown But­ter Beau­ty is avail­able in three loca­tions across the US, and five inter­na­tion­al­ly. Click here to find out if you can get some Brown But­ter Beau­ty prod­ucts in-hand, or if you have to order online at www.brownbutterbeautyshop.com.

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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33 Comments on "10 More Incredible Black-Owned Natural Hair Businesses to Support"

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Al Calice

Hi every­one” I am Al try­ing to ven­ture into the nat­u­ral hair sell­ing busi­ness. I need your pro­fes­sion­al advise on, what type of hair is more prefer­able in the mar­ket?

rose

I would sug­gest mar­ket­ing to all hair types. That way, you reach a wider audi­ence and bring in more mon­ey. Or, if you’re fuzzy about what is accept­able in the nat­u­ral move­ment, I would try it safe for may­be the first cou­ple years and sell prod­ucts that are essen­tial and nour­ish­ing for ALL nat­u­ral hair. You can stock items such as oils (pep­per­mint, avo­cado, coconut oil), stock glyc­er­in, wide tooth combs, spray bot­tles, plas­tic caps, safe heat­ing caps for deep con­di­tion­ing, or may­be even part­ner up with oth­er nat­u­ral hair care busi­ness.

sanjidude

I like Karen’s Body Beau­ti­ful prod­ucts but the order­ing process and cus­tomer ser­vice is like going back to the stone age.

Yes, Really

More black owned beau­ty sup­ply stores too please!

Coilsaplenty

I know this is an old post, but I just want­ed to add that Curluxe Nat­u­rals is a new line that I believe is black owned. There items are AMAZING! I just received a sam­ple order from them based off of a youtube review. http://curluxenaturals.com/

Caroline

http://www.NaturalStyleByFUBU sur­pris­ing­ly Great pro­duct line for men and wom­en…

Kala

Do you know if just nat­u­ral skin care is black owned?

Ada

there are more check out this page/link. you will find any­thing busi­ness by black peo­ple in USA,also in the com­ment sec­tion. http://www.afrobella.com/2014/11/26/101-independent-black-owned-businesses-support-blackout-friday/

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beatrice john

Great list and I like Afroveda. Also check out Jakeala on etsy, that deep hair con­di­tion­er and choco­late sham­poo bar is the BOMB!

Bej

Con­sign­ing on buy­er beware with hairatagehydration.com. Poor cus­tomer ser­vice, extreme­ly unpro­fes­sion­al, unsan­i­tary con­di­tions, and no set sys­tem for pro­duct con­sti­tu­tion. Extreeeeem­m­m­meel­l­lyyy slow ser­vice.

Roberto

Awe­some web site. All your posts are actu­al­ly btraully gen­uine as well as to the point. You don’t spend your time on com­mon argu­ments. I won’t just about any reply have, but, thanks, and con­se­quent­ly grat­i­tude.

Claudette

Please be warned about Hair­itage Hydra­tion!!!!!! Unsan­i­tary work areas , no con­sis­ten­cy in prod­ucts and sep­a­ra­tion or prod­ucts due to free hand mea­sur­ing prod­ucts. Own­er is com­plete­ly unpro­fes­sion­al in every pos­si­ble way. Ship­ping tak­ing up to 43 days if not longer.

Shirley Kirby

I rec­om­mend doing fur­ther research on Hair­itage Hdra­tion. Cus­tomer ser­vice, unsan­i­tary work­ing con­di­tions, and pro­duct quality/consistency is an issue. Also she uses a formalde­hy­de as a preser­v­a­tive. Check out Curly Nikki and Long Hair Care Forum, hun­dreds of posts by unhap­py cus­tomers.

BlackIsIndeedBeautiful
BlackIsIndeedBeautiful

did I miss Karen’s Body Beau­ti­ful?

Bianca

I love Crystal’s Roy­al Secrets. Their Sheep Sor­rel oint­ment is the truth!The Herbal Hair Reju­ve­nater is so very mois­tur­iz­ing.…
http://www.crsecrets.com

luvnM3napturally

Afroveda is like nour­sih­ment for your hair. Oyin Hand­made is anoth­er treat as well. My third choice would be B.A.S.K.

Tina Beanie

I love, love Darcy’s prod­ucts! Plus, she has amaz­ing cus­tomer ser­vice and her pack­ages were received won­der­ful­ly pack­aged (and extra touch I loved). I will have to try the pump­kin seed mois­tur­iz­ing con­di­tion­er. It’s the per­fect sea­son for it.

Tiff E.

Suprised that Oyin Hand­made and Camille Rose Nat­u­rals didn’t make the list. Amaz­ing prod­ucts from both!!!

Black Girl With Long Hair

They are men­tioned in part 1 and 2 of this series :)

CoCotheSweetOne

I LOVE Tree Nat­u­rals prod­ucts. Her hair, Natasha, is the only mar­ket­ing she needs lol. My hair adores the Whipped Curl Cre­me. I get so excit­ed when I see her table at a naturl hair event because I get to stock up! And the fact that she is a sweet­heart is def­i­nite­ly a plus.

Lulu

I would love to sup­port the­se busi­ness­es but it sad­dens me that most of all the prod­ucts avail­able have some form of pro­tein or pro­tein mim­ic­k­ing ingre­di­ent in MY hair (ex. coconut oil, aloe vera)is in them. You see the same core ingre­di­ents in nat­u­ral hair prod­ucts over and over again and if your hair hates them or you are aller­gic, you are shut out of much of the mar­ket. I just wish there was much more vari­ety in ingre­di­ents but its noth­ing new in hair care. It just sucks.

I’m just vent­ing real­ly because I hope com­pa­nies read this.

MichelleToo

Make your own! There have got to be oth­ers out there like you. May­be next time you will be fea­tured!

Lulu

Yes, I plan to in the future! Thanks! I will still be rec­om­mend­ing the­se brands to oth­ers in the mean­time.

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belle

Please add Krey­ol Essence to the next list!

Caramelcurls

I love, loVE, love the Pump­kin Seed Mois­tur­iz­ing Con­di­tion­er by Darcy’s Botan­i­cles! It’s one of my sta­ples. I love how it mois­tur­izes my hair with­out weigh­ing it down and the smell is heav­en­ly! Did I say that I love it? ;)

nylse

i’m intrigued by the pomade shop — will have to check them out.

Karen
My favorite from Afroveda is their Shea Amla Whipped But­ter. I haven’t tried any prod­ucts from any of the oth­er lines except for Darcy’s Botan­i­cal when everything/most things were $12 and I was very hap­py with what I pur­chased. I’ve tried some things from the oth­er lists such as Qhemet Bio­log­ics which I’m using now and real­ly like too, and don’t think I’ve tried from the oth­er brands but hope to try all of the oth­er 24 lines. Yes, I’m actu­al­ly try­ing to be a pro­duct junkie. I still need some help with what works for my hair in addi­tion… Read more »
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