Updated: March 26, 2021
If you’re looking for Black-owned hair care products, brands and businesses to support right now, here are 16 of them with values and ingredients we can fully get behind! So put your dollar to work by supporting black-owned brands and their all-natural hair products!
Here at Hibiscus Roots, we love to DIY. We preach the value of making your own products, recipes, and remedies yourself. When you mix ingredients, you get a deep sense of what they do for your hair, and how your hair responds.
However, we know you’re not always going to have the time to DIY.
The brands in this list also use healthy non-toxic ingredients you can actually pronounce and support our mission to reduce the number of chemicals on our hair product shelves.
Now, get ready to be inspired by the brand stories, and the powerful black women behind them!
16 Black-Owned Hair Products, their Brand Stories & Ingredients!
1. Naturall Club
Naturall Club was founded by Muhga Eltigani in 2015. Some of their products are so natural that they are delivered frozen and must be stored in the freezer! They also prioritize ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, and castor oil. Since these ingredients promote hair growth and hair health, they are essential in any hair care regimen. You can read more about their grassroots origin story here.
Ingredients: Avocados, Water, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Glycerin, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, and Guar Gum.
2. Curl Mix
CurlMix started out as a DIY subscription box that would send users the materials necessary to make their own hair products. However, now, they make their own ready-to-use products that are amazing for type 4 naturals. They were founded by black couple Kim and Tim in 2015, with the intention of being an innovative take on clean beauty for curly hair. They eventually went on to Shark Tank and have seen success, results, and growth from sales of their amazing all-natural products ever since. You can read more about their story here.
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Organic Brown Flaxseeds, Organic Jojoba Oil, Marshmallow Extract, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Optiphen PLUS Preservative (Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, and Sorbic Acid), Lavender Fragrance, and Citric Acid.
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3. Alikay Naturals
Rochelle Alikay Graham-Campell founded Alikay Naturals in her kitchen in 2008. She was largely influenced by her Caribbean roots, and by catering to the needs of her tightly coiled hair. As a result, Alikay Natural products contain no petroleum, mineral oil, alcohol, parabens, sulfates, or silicones. We love this black-owned hair product brand because of how much they promote the use of natural and organic ingredients in hair care. Read more here.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera )Gel, (Agave) Tequilana Stem Nectar, Argania Spinosa/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera/Coconut Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis/Sweet Almond Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Color Additives, and Botanical Blend.
4. Mielle Organics
Monique Rodriguez launched Mielle Organics in 2014. Their products are results-driven and well-loved for their customer service. They also believe healthier ingredients encourage healthier hair and skin. So each new product is released based on customer demand and formulated with a unique blend of herbs, amino acids, and minerals that promote healthy hair. You can read more about their story here.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Acetyl Esters, Orbygnia Speciosa *(Babassu) Nut Oil, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Euterpe(Acai)Pulp Oil, Sodium Pca, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Pca, Glycine, Alanine, Serene, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Orbignya Speciosa Kernel Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Pentaclethra Macroloba (Pracaxi) Seed Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lavandula Agustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower/Leaf Oil Salvia Officials (Sage) Leaf Oil, *Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, *Citrus Paradise(Pink Grapefruit) Peel Oil, *Litsea Cubeba (Litsea Cubeba) Fruit Oil, *Mentha (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, and Benzyl Alcohol.
*CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
5. Camille Rose
Janell Stephens founded Camille Rose in 2011, using food-grade ingredients and gourmet blends in her kitchen. Her mantra is: “whatever you put on your body should be good enough to put in it”. As a result, the brand prioritizes the safety and quality of ingredients. Though it started out as a skincare brand, it evolved to have products in most spheres of the beauty and hair care industry. Read more about her story here.
Ingredients: Dionized water, pectin, coco nucifera(coconut )oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, panthenol, ricinus communis (caster) seed oil, althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract, agava americana leaf extract, equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract, corn starch, xanthan gum, chondrus (seaweed) crispus, polysorbate 20, tocopheryl acetate (vitanin E), cyanocobalamin (vitamin b-12), phenoxyethanol (optiphen nd) caprylyl glycol, fragance (parfum) and LOVE!
6. Belle Bar Organic
Belle Bar Organic was founded by mother-daughter trio Tianna, Solange, and Annette Bell. And their mission is to help black women navigate their natural hair journies! Belle Bar Organics is a “clean beauty brand that focuses on inclusion, proper representation, and creating all-natural beauty products to replace the toxic products we use every day.” So, most of their hair products come as powders and teas for you to incorporate into your hair regimen as you see fit. Read more here.
Ingredients: Henna, Marshmallow Root, Green Tea, Avocado.
Shelley Davis founded Kinky Curly in 2003. (I think I’m also the only one who didn’t know this company was Black-owned and so are their hair products!) Davis was inspired by handmade hair care and the results she experienced from the concoctions she was making for herself. Because she was curious about these berries, juices, and the science behind the results she was seeing, she decided to study cosmetic chemistry online. Her Caribbean heritage and background in marketing also give insight into the quality and success of Kinky-Curly today.
Ingredients: Organic Mango Fruit Extract, Organic Slippery Elm, Organic Marshmallow Root, Organic Lemongrass, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol and Natural Fragrance.
8. Anita Grant
This eponymous brand also was founded by the curiosity that stems from mixing up ingredients in the kitchen in 2005. Anita herself discovered that she was allergic to an ingredient that is common in a lot of store-bought cosmetics – propylene glycol. Because of this, she uses only ethically sourced organic ingredients and prioritizes giving back to entrepreneurs in the developing world. Read more here.
Ingredients: Nondestructive ethically sourced Palm Oil (Elaeis Guineensis), *Unrefined Organic Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Murumuru), *Unrefined Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), *Unrefined Organic Cupuaçu Butter (Theobroma Grandiflora), **Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus Limonum), **May Chang Essential Oil (Litsea Cubeba), **Australian Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum Spicatum), **Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil (Cedrus Atlantica), Vegetable Glycerin (Glycerin), Vitamin E (Mixed tocopherols 1000iu) and Love! Allergy advice: Contains Cupuaçu Butter part of the Cocoa Butter family and Citrus essential oils.
TGIN (or Thank God It’s Natural) was founded by Chris-Tia Donaldson. The brand’s mission is to provide hair care for kinky, curly, and wavy textures at a reasonable price point. Because of this, the brand values creativity, result-orientedness, excellence, accountability, collaboration, and fun! Read more about their story here.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Coconut Oil, Amodimethicone, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Prunus Amygdalys Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Peg 4 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ceteareth-20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Aspatric Acid, Fragrance, Cyclopentasilozane, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Dmdm Hydantoin, Benzophenone-3, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetra-sodium Edta, Simethicone, and Bht.
This brand was founded by Ayo Ogun-McCants in 2012. She prides herself on promoting high-quality ingredients and products that are “good for the mind, body, and spirit.” This should come as no surprise since she describes it as an “Afro-vegan, hair, body and soul lovin’ brand.”
Ingredients: Distilled Water Botanically Infused with Certified Organic Blue Malva, Nettle, Horsetail, Slippery Elm, Oatstraw, Chamomile, Coltsfoot & Marshmallow Root, Certified Organic Aloe Juice, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flaxseed Gel, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocoa Butter, Brocolli Seed Oil, Crambe Seed Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5, Guar Gum, Algae, Coconut Nectar, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Natural, Fragrant & Essential Oil Blends, Potassium Sorbate, Black Willowbark Extract, Citric Acid, an extra pouring of soulistic flava & LOVE!
11. Jane Carter Solution
The philosophy behind this brand is to be kind to your hair, your body, and your planet. It was also created for all hair types and textures. As such offers hair products made of the finest natural ingredients. Some of these ingredients include pure essential oils, natural butters, plant extracts, and vitamins that nourish dry or damaged hair. Jane Carter founded the eponymous brand in 1982 after 20 years in the salon industry and similarly experiencing an allergic reaction to store-bought products.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Equisetum Hyemale Extract, Urtica Dioica/Nettle Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis/Rosemary Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-11, Ceteareth-20, Butylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, and Ethylhexylglycerin.
12. Taliah Waajid
Did you know Taliah Waajid was the first (Black-owned or otherwise) brand to offer a complete line of natural, chemical-free hair care products? They formulate their hair products with “all-natural naturals” in mind! Also, the brand hosts a natural hair and healthy lifestyle event every year that celebrates natural beauty and showcases businesses, and offers workshops that promote healthy living. You can read more here.
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Peg 75 Shea Butter Glyceride), Vegetable Glycerine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Tridecth 6, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage Extract), Parfum (Fragrance), D&C Caramel 050.
13. Oyin Handmade
This line of black-owned hair products was founded in 2001 by Jamyla Bennu and named after honey in the Yoruba language, oyin. Inspired by their name, they seek to promote sweetness, joy, and love in their customer’s daily acts of self-care. Because Bennu couldn’t easily find natural and organic products for natural hair, she partnered with her husband Pierre to start the then online-only company in 2003. They are still a family-owned business till date, and you can read more about their story here.
Ingredients: Aqueous infusion of shave grass leaf, lavender buds, nettle leaf, chamomile flower, and red rose petals; organic flax seeds; organic aloe leaf juice; vegetable glycerin; lavender oil, orange peel oil, grapefruit seed extract, citric acid, and love! Juices&Berries and Frank Juice varieties also include fragrance oil.
14. CURLS Beauty Brands
CURLS was founded in 2002 by Mahisha Dellinger. At the time, she was at the forefront of the natural hair movement so she created this organic hair product line to advocate for natural hair pride. Mahisha encourages women to love and flaunt their natural curls and also offers business coaching conferences and mentorships for women of color. Read more about her story here.
Ingredients: Water, Sorbitrol, Polyacrylate-14, Hydrogenated Castor Oil (seeds co pressed from the ricinus communis plant), Certified Organic Blueberry Leaf Extract, Certified Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Keratin, Hydrololyzed Quinoa, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Certified Organic Mango Seed Butter, Certified Organic Argan Oil, Certified Organic Evening Primose, Jojoba Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrheyldecyl Ascorbate, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, Citric Acid.
15. The Mane Choice
This proudly black-owned line of hair products was founded by Courtney Adeleye, from Youtube. As a registered nurse, she recognized that her specialized knowledge and science-based background also helped her identify products and ingredients that would produce the best results on natural hair. As a result, she started The Mane Choice, which focuses on a health-first approach to hair products. With the help of her husband, a medical doctor, their full-range haircare brand has expanded to also include metabolism and hair growth vitamins.
Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis/Sweet Almond Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Biotin, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Silica, and Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract.
16. Melanin Hair Care
Melanin Hair Care was founded by one of our favorite YouTubers Whitney White aka Naptural85! She is also an OG in the natural hair industry and always favors natural and DIY hair care. Because of this, you can be sure that she put those same principles into her hair products! The brand was born in 2015, and places focus on natural ingredients at an affordable price!
Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/ Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Non-Sulfate Derived From Rapeseed Oil), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Brassica Rapa (Turnip) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, and Citric Acid.
Well ladies, there you have it. All the woman-owned / black-owned hair products we can support right now and always! Making our dollar work doubly hard by making sure we’re spending wisely, and getting healthy high-quality ingredients in return!
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