The history books always mention Estee Lauder, Charles Revlon, and Helena Rubenstein when they talk about icons in the realm of beauty and cosmetics. But those same people don’t know the first self-made millionaire in America was a Black woman named Madame C.J. Walker. Walker created hair products for Black hair back in the early 1900s.
Fast forward to today. Walk into any major retail chain’s cosmetic section and most Black women will find it hard to find quality products designed for them. It might be due to the lack of marketing money available to these smaller (by comparison) Black owned cosmetic companies, that don’t allow them the power to compete for shelf space but we can change that! Here are 11 Black Owned Beauty Brands You Need To Know. Give them a try and support.
Founder: Keyshia Ka’oir
KEYSHIA KA’OIR is a model, actress, stylist & budding entrepreneur. Keyshia is the owner and CEO of KA’OIR, a cosmetics company founded in 2011 to provide women with bold, vibrant makeup colors. The Ka’oir Cosmetics line, personifies Keyshia’s confident demeanor and is starting to be known for its bright, edgy lipsticks and makeup shades that clearly “stand out from the rest.” The Ka’oir Cosmetics Brand has been featured on celebrities, in music videos, beauty events and international media outlets including MTV, BET Rip The Runway, New York Fashion Week, 106 & PARK, VIBE, GLAMOUR, CBS, IN STYLE, Power 105, Shade 45, IMATS Los Angeles 2012 & 2013… even an Exclusive KA’OIR Ad Spot/Television Commercial on Vh1, BRAVO, STYLE Network, E! TV and more.
Founder: IMAN Cosmetics
Iman, the former super model, is the founder and CEO of IMAN Cosmetics, a beauty brand that created a cosmetics and skincare collection designed for all Women with Skin of Color™.
The IMAN brand was launched in 1994 with the ideal, that women with skin of color are from many races, cultures and ethnicities. IMAN Cosmetics are designed for African American, Asian, Latina and multi-racial women who have skin tones in a vast array of shades. The brand has skincare and cosmetics which include 16 foundation shades. IMAN Cosmetics are sold around the globe including the United States, Canada, UK, France, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Founder: Myleik Teele
Curlbox is a direct to consumers cosmetic service that delivers their product to your front door. If you have gone “natural”, you might have spent more money in the first few months on products for your hair than you’ve spent over the last few years combined. If you’ve only recently “gone natural,” you might be spending a lot of money trying to figure out what works for you. But you might also be getting frustrated with each purchase. Enter curlBOX, an exclusive, affordable and easy way to try various hair care products, which will be delivered to your door each month.