8 Black Beauty Boss Babes You Should Know

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

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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

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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

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courtesy of sheen magazine

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

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courtesy of essence magazine

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

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courtesy of 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

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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

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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

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courtesy of 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.

Millennial Duo Creates New Online Beauty Market for WOC

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When you visit Coil Beauty’s website and see four fists of color, you know you’re home. In an industry traditionally known for its lack of inclusiveness, Founder and CEO Aisha Shannon-Bates and COO and partner Kethlyn White decided to create an online community and marketplace that caters to the unique needs of women of color. The new e-commerce site carries emerging beauty products for women of color - and it gets better, because the brands they carry are owned by people of color too! The site launched in 2018 after Shannon-Bates became frustrated with her shopping experiences at major retail stores. There was often no one to answer questions, make product suggestions, or give any advice on common beauty woes. Seeing this void, Shannon-Bates worked with White to not only improve the online shopping experience for WOC, but offer a well-curated selection of products to address their concerns. Their growing product selection includes some well-known brands, such as The Lip Bar, Camille Rose and Lime Green. From nail polish to tinted moisturizer, they have products women of color are eager to try.

In a MILQ Magazine exclusive, Coil Beauty Founder candidly discusses the upheavals of creating a brand from scratch, and offers some much needed insight on the value of more African-American women represented in the digital beauty arena.

MILQ: Why do you believe it's important to have a digital space for WOC and their beauty needs?

Aisha Shannon-Bates: We believe it is essential for the beauty industry to have representation and a space for all types of beauty in order to continue to evolve. Our site and social media pages showcase women of color in all shapes, sizes, color and everything in between. Coil Beauty gives us the opportunity to engage with our customers through a variety of platforms: they can email us, they can chat with us on any of our social channels, some of our #CoilBeauties and #CoilKids have made videos we’ve featured on our Youtube channel and our ever present “Hey” button lets customers interact with us quickly.

MILQ: What were some initial challenges that both overcame when starting a business?

Aisha: The biggest challenge I've had to overcome when starting Coil Beauty was not really knowing where to start when starting a business. The first task I completed was getting a logo which I thought was my brand but it was not a brand it was just a logo. Once I sat down with someone who develops brands for a living and went through brand discovery, logo development and creating our voice that was the moment Coil Beauty was born. And, the brand development paid off because now when people have questions about my brand or even when my team and I are trying to work through something whether it’s creating a social media graphic or a discount code we revisit our brand book to guide us and without it I do not think we would be where we are today.

MILQ: What makes COIL Beauty unique?

Aisha: Coil Beauty is unique because it’s a site that was created with the idea of showcasing people of color and making it easier to shop for people of color. Coil Beauty was created to make our customers feel like they are important and not an afterthought; we accomplish this with the products we carry and also they way we choose to showcase so many types of black beauty. Coil Beauty also interacts directly with our customers via email, via social media and our “Hey” button which resides in the top right corner of every page on our website. Questions our consumers ask are typically answered by professionals in the field of beauty. We also attend hair shows and expos always looking to interact with our customers, look for new products and to be educated at these events.

MILQ: What is the vision for the company in the long run?

Aisha: The vision for Coil Beauty in the long run is that Coil Beauty will be the go to place to shop for products for people of color. We want people to say I’m having this issue and I need something to fix it and then to say ‘let me go checkout coil and see what they have for me’. We want brick and mortar stores and we want our customers to know that Coil Beauty is theirs and we welcome their feedback and their smiling faces.


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