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Black Women In Hair Care You Ought To Know

Let’s celebrate Women’s History Month by recognizing some of the most notable black women who have made strides in the multi-billion dollar hair care industry.

Written By: Kayla Jones

Lisa Price

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● One of the most recognized brands in black hair care, Carol’s Daughter was founded by Lisa Price in Brooklyn. Appointed to the National Women’s Business Council during the Obama Administration, Price is an inspiration for many women in business– as she addresses issues that women business owners face. Even after being acquired by L’Oreal in 2014, Price is still a large part of this brand. Carol’s Daughter remains one of the products that jump-started natural hair care amongst black women.

Janell Stephens

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● Stephens began making hair care products in her kitchen where she sought to make effective and healthy hair care products that weren’t readily available for her and her children’s hair. She first started selling her products in Whole Foods, a confirmation of the natural ingredients found in Camille Rose’s production, and Camille Rose has since grown into one of the largest hair care brands in the country.

Monique Rodriguez

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● Inspired by her own hair care journey, Rodriguez started Mielle Organics as a way to share her secrets with others. A former nurse, Rodriguez began making products in her home and started with a mint almond hair oil, which is still a top seller today. Since selling Mielle Organics to P&G in 2023, an amazing acquisition, Monique Rodriguez still seeks to uphold the founding standards of Mielle Organics as the face of the brand.

Annie Malone

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● Annie Malone, born in 1869, understood early on the importance of appearance for African American women. Despite facing racial and gender discrimination, she founded Poro College Company in 1902, offering education and employment opportunities. Her innovative hair care products and “Poro system” empowered black women globally, leaving a lasting legacy in the beauty industry.

Madame C.J Walker

Madam C.J Walker

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● This list wouldn’t be complete without Madame C.J Walker. Walker, born to formerly enslaved parents faced challenges at a young age. Struggling with her hair, she sought to make evolutions so she studied at Annie Malone’s Poro College company. Walker began making her hair care products and her “Wonderful Hair Grower” gained fame, propelling her into success. In 1902, she opened Lelia College and cemented her legacy as America’s first self-made female millionaire. Walker’s story is an inspiration to all to create our own paths to success.

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