Founder: Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett
Ginger + Liz Colour Collection™ is a brand of vegan friendly, toxin-free nail lacquer with a loyal following of customers and celebrity fans alike. The brand was founded in 2010 by Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett, two friends who bonded over their love for beauty products with a particular love for nail lacquer. The women also bonded because of their personal journeys to becoming vegan and vegetarian and the way it affected their overall health and beauty routine.
Liz and Ginger had a breakthrough moment in 2009 while discussing the limited choices available in opaque cremes, vivid brights and cool nudes with the nail polishes they were using. Both women realized they had adverse reactions to the harsh chemicals in nail polishes as young adults. This is when the idea of a vegan-friendly, toxin free nail lacquer line was born. Within a year, the Ginger + Liz Colour Collection was established.
Founder: Cheryl Burgess, Ph.D.
In 1994, three people came together collaboratively to use their knowledge and passion for beauty to create a brand geared towards skin of color and they created the brand known as Black Opal.
The face of the company would be a woman of Jamaican descent, who personified the Black Opal consumer. The product development specialist would be a chemist who possessed unrivaled knowledge as a product formulator. And finally, the skin care expert would be a doctor, who is a Board-Certified Dermatologist. Combined, these three individuals created a comprehensive and affordable collection of skincare products aimed at the needs of men and women of color that used the latest technology to create along with natural ingredients.
After its original launch, Black Opal later released a makeup line specifically engineered to address the beauty needs of women of color. Black Opal has a wide array of formulas and shades of makeup to complement and enhance a woman’s natural beauty.
Founder: Miko and Titi Branch
Miss Jessie’s Products was founded by sisters Miko and Titi Branch in 2004 with women who had curly hair in mind. The sisters had vast knowledge in developing curly hair products from their salon/workshop, which also gave them the ability to perfect their curly hair product’s performance. Miss Jessie’s Salon became known for curly hair solutions because of its expertise in styling curly, kinky, and wavy hair of all types and textures.
The sisters said they created their product because “there wasn’t a lot to work with, and finally we realized that we wouldn’t get that perfect solution unless we created it ourselves.” Thanks to a “can-do” attitude instilled in them by their grandmother, Titi and Miko decided to perfect the curly hair product they created and Miss Jessie’s Products was born.
The inspiration and name behind their brand came from their paternal grandmother, Miss Jessie Mae Branch. As young girls, Miss Jessie would combine all sorts of mixtures and formulas at her kitchen table, in order to help tame and style her granddaughter’s wild, curly hair.