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Five Black-Owned Hair Companies That Should Be on Your Radar

With the arrival of spring and the warm weather in tow, it’s important to pay attention to the health of our kinks, curls, and coils. While warm weather represents sunny skies and salty beaches, it also means that we have to pay extra attention to our hair to prevent frizz, split ends, and dryness. We’re bringing you five amazing companies to stock your hair closet with.


1. Canviiy

Canviiy was born when its founder, Sherrel Sampson, experienced an itchy scalp that refused to go away. She struggled to find scalp-soothing products, so, like any boss Babe, she created her own. Canviiy provides powerful scalp solutions formulated with botanicals such as aloe vera, lavender, witch hazel, and manuka honey to help address scalp itch and irritation.


2. Bask & Bloom Essentials

Bask & Bloom Essentials was founded by Bahamian native Candera Thompson. She experienced postpartum hair loss and shedding after the birth of her daughter due to hormonal changes and wanted a solution. She created a line that fuses ayurvedic herbs for hair length and retention. A great aspect is that Bask & Bloom also does not use any parabens, sulfates or mineral oil, which us curly gals should avoid.


3. Alaffia

“Alaffia” is a common greeting that originates from central Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. The phrase means a state of peace, health, and well-being. Olowo-n'djo Tchala founded Alaffia in 2003 with a mission to center its hair, skin, and body-care products using shea butter. The company also prides itself on its social responsibility aspect by creating and funding empowerment projects that cater to local African communities.


4. Qhemet Biologics

Qhemet Biologics is a plant-based hair care line founded by African Historian Felis Butler. The line combines African, Mediterranean, and Ayurvedic principles that help provide tons of moisture and nutrients to your coily strands. Qhemet Biologics is vegetarian, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly on your roots and the earth.


5. Oyin Handmade

Oyin handmade was founded by Jamyla Bennu in 2003. The company launched digitally in 2005. Jamyla focused on moisture-rich products that catered to natural hair. She noticed that most products were catered towards straightened or relaxed hair and decided to create a brand that helped those with natural hair to embrace their tresses. Oyin Handmade is based in Baltimore and remains family-owned and self-manufactured.


Warmer weather calls for extra care in your tresses. Check out these amazing hair companies that create their products using ingredients directly from the earth. What is your go-to hair product?


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Minerve Jean is a Haitian-born storyteller who shares her poetry and writings unapologetically. She believes in the power of words and their ability to help and heal. Her debut book For The Secrets That Gave Themselves Away is an anthology of raw poetry where she uses words to paint pictures that will resonate with the human soul. She has also contributed pieces to Hercampus, Orange and Blue Magazine and MLNNYC. In her free time, she likes to snack on Avocado toast and curl up with a good book.