9 Black-Owned Hair-Care Brands That Will Upgrade Your Wash Day

If there's one thing we learned during the 1.5 glorious hours of Black Is King — complete with 30-foot wigs, Bantu knots, and sculptural updos — it's that Black hair is truly magical. You can do just about anything you want with it, from wearing it straight or letting it curl to twisting, braiding, or enhancing it with protective styles. But beyond being able to mold and bend it into virtually any style under the sun, Black hair is even more special because of the cultural weight it carries on our shoulders. For decades throughout history, our hair has been a form of expression, protection, and identity.

The nuances and versatility of Black hair make the products we use to care for and style it all the more important. It's why so many Black entrepreneurs have taken matters into their own hands, creating products that cater to all the different types of Black hair textures and hairstyles, and seek to celebrate its expression, not "control" or "tame" it.

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If you've been looking to add more Black-owned beauty products to your routine, the hair aisle is an excellent place to start. Ahead, we rounded up some of our favorite brands that offer products to enhance any style, from a fresh silk press and box braids to your favorite wash-and-go.

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Briogeo

For the twentysomethings anxious to take a big career leap, let Briogeo's founder, Nancy Twine, prove that the risk is worth the reward. Twine left her job in finance and started whipping up products in her New York City apartment. Now, her line is a top-seller at Sephora and carries a wide range of items for all hair types — from fine to super curly. Recently, Twine launched the sub-brand B. Well, which offers wellness products like deodorant and vitamin supplements.
Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash, $32.00 Buy

Dr. Locs



Despite the abundance of natural hair styling products on the market, hairstylist and loctician Chimere Faulk still felt like her clients with locs were missing something. So, she designed a range of products — including shampoo and locking sprayto care for locs at home without worrying about damage or product buildup.
Dr Locs Yasin Shampoo (16oz), $26.50 Buy

Mielle Organics



Since starting Mielle Organics in 2014, Monique Rodriguez's brand has rapidly grown into one of the hottest natural hair-care brands. It's hard to find a curly girl who doesn't swear by at least one item from Mielle's lineup because everything is that good. If we had to choose one to start, we'd say pick up the Pomegranate and Honey Leave-In Conditioner. The range is currently sold at Target and has since expanded into natural skin and body care.
Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Leave-In Conditioner, $12.99 Buy
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Bomba Curls

Consider this hair oil Lulu Cordero's best-kept Dominican beauty secret in a bottle. She formulated the "Forbidden Oil" with Dominican coffee seed oil, castor oil, and rosemary extract to promote a healthy scalp for people with natural hair. It gets bonus points for smelling like a refreshing cafecito when you style your hair in the morning.
Bomba Curls Dominican Forbidden Oil, $18.00 Buy

Vernon François


In addition to being one of Hollywood's most sought-after stylists, Vernon François also has a bespoke collection of products he launched in 2016. The collection works for all hair types, including those not often considered in traditional hair-care lines — like women with braids and twists who need a non-flaking styling cream like this one.
Vernon François Styling Cream, $14.99 Buy

The Doux



Maya Smith wanted to create a haircare line that encouraged Black women from all walks of life to feel freedom with their beauty choices. She created The Doux, a complete range of hair care products — from curl creams and shine mists to co-washes and finishing gels — for any style you desire. Even better than the fan-favorite formulas is the kitschy, colorful, hip-hop-inspired packaging that'll make your bathroom cabinet the life of the party.
The Doux Afro Balm Texture Cream, $22.50 $13.95 Buy

The Mane Choice


Courtney Adeleye, a registered nurse, felt like there was a void in the market for natural hair care that used science to deliver results. She leaned on her personal hair-care journey to inform The Mane Choice, which is now available at Ulta and Sally Beauty. The full collection is complete with hair and body products for kids, men, and women, and features proven ingredients like biotin and vitamin C.
The Mane Choice Laid Back Effortlessly Growth Stimulating Edge Control, $9.99 Buy

Kim Kimble Haircare



Kim Kimble is a hair icon in her own right. In her decades-long career, Kimble has styled everyone from Beyoncé to Zendaya. Kimble was generous enough to bottle up a career's worth of hair secrets into a salon-quality line you can use from the comfort of your bathroom. We love this Hair Polish, which gives an otherworldly shine to silk-pressed strands.
Kim Kimble Hair Polish, $22.00 Buy
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CURLS



Mahisha Dellinger was a newly natural mom when she launched CURLS. Despite challenges, like being unable to secure funding and loans at the beginning of her journey, Dellinger pushed through and created one of the best-selling natural haircare lines at Target.
CURLS Curls Blueberry & Coconut Hair Milk, $14.99 Buy
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