Black women are no longer waiting for more diversity in the beauty industry. Instead, they are creating brands of their own that are making waves in multi-faceted ways. In every arena of beauty from hair and skin care to nails, black women are one of the fastest growing entrepreneurs nationally and are showing no signs of slowing up. Catch this list of black beauty entrepreneurs that are MILQ Magazine approved!
Janell Stephens, Camille Rose
Camille Rose CEO and Founder,Janell Stephens, is a force to be reckoned with. The mother of 5 and former therapist initially created Camille Rose to treat her children’s skin ailments in 2010. After realizing her all-natural products helped her family and friends too, Stephens expanded and launched her company into a recognizable brand of hair, skin, perfumes and candles. Her products can be found in Target, Walmart, CVS and more.
Kimberly Chloe-Wilson, The Butter Bar
Houston native Kimberly-Chloe Wilson developed her penchant for all-natural ingredients after reading the labels of products and being horrified at what she saw. Unwilling to put her or her family's health at risk, she decided to do her own research and whipped up ingredients of her own. Fast forward and what started in her kitchen is now a full-blown all natural skincare business.
Tracey Golbourne, Fortifyd Natural
Former Financial Analyst Tracy Golbourne is on a mission to educate women about the difference between moisture vs. hydration with her emerging hair care line Fortify’d Naturals. Her brand is gaining enormous traction for its specialized moisture technology, which treats dry and brittle hair from the roots -- earning her the title as Head Mixtress.
Melissa Butler, The Lip Bar
Detroit-bred Melissa Butler turned her rejection on Shark Tank into her motivation to reach new heights with her vegan lipstick company The Lip Bar. The holistic and uber in-your-face brand unapologetically advocates for women to celebrate who they are outside of traditional beauty standards. With sexy and sultry lipstick shades like jet-black Night Owl, her lipsticks are all made from healthy ingredients like shea butter and organic avocado oil.
Melinda Herron, 103 Collection
Melinda Herron is the Co-Founder of vegan and organic lifestyle brand 103 Collection. The brand offers affordable and effective products for beard care, grooming and hair care. Mixing and matching ingredients straight from Mother Nature’s backyard like blueberries and pomegranate, the company is quickly becoming a fan favorite.
Kim Lewis, Curl Mix
Kim Lewis, who founded Curl Mix with her husband, developed the brand to assist naturalistas who were eager to create their own DIY goodies for themselves without the hassle. What started as an ingredient-based subscription box is now a full-blown hair care line receiving rave reviews.Fully engaged with their customers, the duo recently transformed the brand in response to growing request from excited customers.
Vonetta Williams, The Truth Bar
After years of watching WOC deal with skin ailments like hyper-pigmentation, scarring and acne, Veteran esthetician Vonnetta Williams developed The Truth Bar. The bar harnesses the power of sulfur 8 and glycerin to provide skin with moisture while cleansing and exfoliation.
Sha’Donna O’Neal, Nancy’s Kitchen
Sha’Donna O’Neal’s up and coming hair care company Nancy’s Kitchen Products NKP targets women of color with naturally kinky and curly hair textures. Her products focus on achieving and maintaining healthy hair by using high quality ingredients best suited for the kinky and curly hair types.