When it comes to authenticity, health concerns and the fact that the natural hair community contuines to grow, I think it’s important to talk about this especially as we have seen black owned businesses make great progress in the past few years with products that tend to be a lot more reliable health wise and authentic with their concerns for Afro textured hair.
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When billion dollar companies join a wave because they see the profit potential, after all the grassroots folks and little companies do the work. Unilever bought out this entire stylist magazine, including the outside and inside covers. But their logo does not appear until further into the magazine with the subsequent ads. They want you to invest in the look and ethos before dismissing it because it’s essentially mutton (Unilever) dressed as lamb (cottage indie brand). Nice touch by hopping on two waves with one ad campaign (#naturalhair). You can tell they are hopping on the “buzzword” #vegan because they emphasize “it’s vegan” on the front of every product. Yeah, but is it good? Most chemicals used in beauty products are plant derived or synthetic, which is also technically vegan. So, when you see stuff like this, don’t get caught up in the hype. Continue to read the labels carefully and ingredients. #naturalhaircareproducts #stylistmagazine #veganskincareproducts #veganhaircare #kinksandcoils #muttondressedaslamb #dontbelievethehype
I have become a lot more picky with the choice of products I use. As much as it is fun to be in on the new brands that arise with hidden promises to cater for natural hair, I wonder what is really behind the wave of “curly hair ranges” especially by big brands.
Yes we have been seeking inclusion and more of a variety when it comes to products suited to natural hair, especially for our type 4 brothers and sisters. However the ingredients used and the well-being of those using and creating these products should be just as important as the rise in representation.
It’s all good and well being represented and catered for but if it is done purely for profit and at the expense of our health, can we really celebrate the increase in curly hair ranges
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Just a few weeks Into the new year and we have already seen Rachael and Joycelyn Founders of Afrocenchix win the We Work Global Creative Award and Jameila founder of Treasure Tress featured in Forbes. I believe this is only the beginning for black women within the beauty and natural hair industry this year, we will be seeing many more black Women challenge the industries we rarely see ourselves in and provide us with the care and products we deserve.
Should We Trust New Natural Hair Brands?
We are not going to write off every brand that supplies us with a vegan, sulphate free, paraben free, silicone free, natural hair care range, but are we going to approach with caution? Hell yeah!!
We want is products and brands that we can back 100%, ones that won’t turn on us in a matter of months when the next hot new tread arrives.
All we ask for products that work well in our hair due to a better understanding of our hair and with a great amount of research and care. Brands that care for our well-being and health, brands that are consistent in their message and consistent with their mission to create for those who haven’t been catered for.
If these big brands decide to cater to our natural hair needs, it is important they observe the black owned businesses already in the business, observe the brands who have arrived and then been dismissed by the community for it’s lack of knowledge, authenticity and dedication to it’s core audience.
It is also important that we the customers take more care in our choices, like I said before it is fun to take part in the new ranges of products, but be aware of what the brand and its products claim, be aware of what it is you and your hair actually needs. Not all natural hair products that claim to be vegan are good. Be informed and educated.