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Black-owned businesses surged since the pandemic, but it hasn’t always been easy staying afloat. In an effort to showcase some of the many Black-owned companies that you might not be familiar with and some you may already know, we collected a list of more than a dozen fashion and beauty brands to support, now and forever. Black History Month is the perfect time to spotlight these Black-owned brands that you can shop all year long.
See below for our list of Black-owned beauty and clothing lines.
Mielle Organics is a name that you may have already seen around the web, especially after the bestselling Rosemary Mint Scalp Hair Strengthening Oil went viral last month. Founded by Monique Rodriguez in 2014, the health-conscious brand of shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, vitamins and other products have been promoted by reality stars and social media influencers alike.
Mielle Organics carries dozens of products that you can find at Sally Beauty, Amazon, CVS, Target and other major retailers. Aside from the Rosemary Mint Oil, Mielle has an entire Rosemary Mint Collection which includes moisturizer and sealing cream in addition to the other collection such as mango & tulsi, pomegranate & honey, oats & honey, rice water, sea moss and more. Looking for a deal? Shoppers can save 40% off haircare bundles inspired by the character from the Prime Video series, Harlem.
A conversation about not being able to find the perfect lipstick shade sparked the idea that became Mented Cosmetics. Amanda E. Johnson and KJ Miller created the company because “every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty no matter her skin tone.” Made for your lips, face and skin, the Mented product lineup includes lipsticks (matte and liquid), concealer, blush, eyeshadow, foundation, eyeliner, lip liner, makeup brushes and more. The products are vegan, paraben free, cruelty free, dermatologically tested and available at Ulta Beauty, Amazon and MentedCosmetics.com.
Eden Body Works
Like a lot of great ideas, EDEN BodyWorks was also born from necessity. Created in 2004 by Jasmine Lawrence, the brand offers body and hair care products made from clean, cruelty-free ingredients at an affordable price (everything in the line retails for less than $10-$12). One of EDEN’s top-reviewed products is the Coconut Shea Cleansing Co-wash, which is designed to remove buildup, along with restore, moisturize and detangle hair. You can purchase EDEN BodyWorks products at Target, Amazon, Sally Beauty and at EdenBodyWorks.com.
Unsun Cosmetics grew out of a lack of sunscreen options for people of color. Founded in 2016 by Katonya Breaux (Frank Ocean’s mother), the company offers tinted sunscreens, body lotions, highlighters, body butters and more. You can purchase Unsun products at various retailers including Macy’s, Amazon, Nordstrom and UnsunCosmetics.com.
Black Girl Sunscreen
Speaking of sun protection, Black Girl Sunscreen is another great option. The sunscreen is available as a lotion or spray and in stores and online at Target, Ulta Beauty and BlackGirlsSunscreen.com.
Beards need love too! Bevel’s Beard Grooming Kit for Men comes with beard oil, conditioner, 2-in-1 beard balm and pomade.
The company was founded by Tristan Walker to help customers embark on a positive beard journey. Bevel products have been clinically tested to help prevent clogged pores and skin irritation and are available at major retailers such as Amazon in addition to the Bevel website.
Curl power! Emmy-nominated actress Tracee Ellis Ross launched Pattern Beauty because she wanted to “create a line of products that gave our hair the support it needed to be true to itself.” The brand carries shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, styling creams, hair tools and accessories including an edge tool, combs and the new Pattern Beauty blow dryer, which is “designed for curlies, coilies and tight-textures.”
This sleek and stylish blow dryer includes four unique attachments to help shape, stretch, smooth, and define your hair and is equipped with a powerful AC motor that reduces dry time and an ion generator to smooth the hair cuticle.
TPH by Taraji
Healthy hair starts at the scalp. Having spent years on movie set, photo shoots and red carpets wearing different hairstyles –- some of which damaged her hair — Taraji P. Henson took matters into her own hands.
The Oscar-nominated actress began mixing her own hair concoctions over a decade ago and in 2020, she decided to let the world in on some of those haircare secrets with the launch of TPH by Taraji. “I was having issues keeping my scalp and hair clean,” said Henson. “There was nothing on the market that was servicing my needs, so I concocted something in the bathroom with an applicator and I perfected it with TPH,” Henson told Women’s Wear Daily in 2020.
The line takes a “scalp-first” approach to hair car offering including gental but hydrating conditioners, cleansers, clarifying shampoos, hair milk and style defining gel. TPH by Taraji is available at Target, Walmart and Amazon and will be relaunching this year according to a statement on the brand’s website.
Co-founded by Hannah Diop and Issa Rae, Sienna Naturals is a hair care brand for textured hair that features shampoos and conditioners free of harsh sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrances, dyes and other chemicals.
One of the brand’s best sellers is The Issa Wash Day Ritual bundle (pictured), which comes with H.A.P.I. Shampoo, a Plant Power deep hydrating treatment mask, Dew Magic leave-in conditioner and Lock & Seal sealant.
The Nina Parker Collection
Founded by TV host and content creator, Nina Parker, the Nina Parker Collection is sold exclusively at Macy’s and features an array of affordably-priced styles ranging from sizes 0X-4X.
A show-stopping, plus-size fashion line filled with trendy, comfortable and fashionable finds like the faux wrap dress pictured above and these pleather leggings with a cropped blazer, Parker’s collection aims to help you confidently embrace your curves while expressing your personal style. The line also carries bodycon dresses, tops, dusters, wide-leg pants, jeans, pencil skirts and more.
Fear of God
This luxury streetwear brand founded in Los Angeles in 2013 by designer Jerry Lorenzo. Fear of God offers a “distinct interpretation of American expression” by way of a collection of timeless pieces which includes outerwear, knitwear, tops, bottoms, suits, loungewear, footwear and accessories. This celeb-loved brand has been worn by Dwayne Wade, Justin Bieber, Michael B. Jordan, Selena Gomez, Queen Latifah, the late Virgil Abloh and more.
The more affordable sister brand, Essentials Fear of God is nearly sold out at Pac Sun but there are still pieces in stock like the black coach jacket above. The Essentials collection includes sweatshirts, tees, shorts and pants.
Founded by sisters Christina and Philiscia Abayomi, this ready-to-wear label believes that clothing should be “effortless minimal and comfortable.”
Re Ona carries a selection of transitional and structural, ethically-produced tank tops, shirts, bodysuits and dresses like the halterneck design pictured. Purchase via ReOna.ca and Revolve.
Fashion for a good cause! Founded by Patrick Robinson, Pashko is a clothing brand that focusses on combatting the impact of racial and social inequality in the United States by bringing jobs to underserved communities.
The brand carries tank tops, shirts, pants, blazers, jackets and more via the Pashko website. Some of the best sellers include the Impecabbly Cut Tech-Trousers ($188) pictured above and the Slim-Fit Tapered Stretch Track Pants ($168).
New York born, Haitian-American designer Victor Glemaud launched his collection of statement knitwear in 2006. Glemaud’s fashionable, figure-hugging designs include the long-sleeve, cutout dress pictured below.
Prior to launching his own label, Glemaud worked for Paco Rebanne and Tommy Hilfiger. Victor Glemaud clothing is available at Revolve and Glemaud.com.
A high fashion brand founded by Wilglory Tanjong, Anima Iris carries a piece of Africa in every design. After graduating college Tanjong, who was born in Cameroon and raised in the U.S., spent months traveling around the Motherland exploring African cities like Nairobi, Dakar, Marrakech and Accra.
The brand’s collection of gorgeous bags are handcrafted in Dakar, Senegal, and manufactured with a “zero-waste philosophy” in mind as materials are sourced in limited quantities. The Baby Zuri ($425) handbag above is a mini version of the traditional Zuri bag ($910) and available in four different colors.
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Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty might be the biggest Black-owned lingerie company, but it’s certainly not the only one. Meet Love Vera, a Black-owned lingerie brand that’s “raising the bar for representation and inclusivity.”
Founded by Vera Moore, the brand carries bras, panties, bustiers, garters and more in sizes ranging from small to 4X.
Jessica Rich made PVC pumps into a fashion movement. Chloe Bailey, Saweetie, Lil Kim, Cardi B, Jennifer Hudson and Keke Palmer are just some of the celebs who have been snapped in her stylish shoes.
The shoe designer, fashion expert and former host (who’s also the great-niece of Patti LaBelle) made PVC her signature, but the line also has mesh pumps, sandals, mules and platforms in varying styles and designs.
D. Bleu Dazzled
A little sparkle never hurts! Founded by Destiny Bleu, this dazzling line landed on the map for its selection of crystallized fishnets pictured and thigh highs — featuring phrases like “F–k You,” “Keep Your Distance” and “Look But Don’t Touch.”
Beyoncé, Shania Twain and Lady Gaga are a few stars who have worn D. Bleu Dazzled creations, which includes a selection of bejeweled gloves, mesh skirts, hoodies, joggers, sports bras, durags, lingerie and other bedazzled items available at DBleuDazzled.com and the D. Bleu Dazzled Etsy shop.
Buttah by Dorion Renaud
Buttah Skin is an organic animal- and cruelty-free unisex skincare line created for all shades of melanin skin. The brand, founded by actor Dorion Renaud, uses “proven-effective, good-for-your ingredients” which are made to target different skincare needs including dryness, discoloration, oiliness, and blemishes.
Did we mention that it’s Beyoncé approved? Buttah Skin is available in major retailers such as Amazon, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Ulta Beauty.
From shampoo and conditioners to detanglers and scalp tonics, Design Essentials has just about anything that you might need to cleanse, condition, prep, style, train and maintain your hair.
This Black-owned, women-led hair care brand offers up a huge list of products with best-sellers like the Kukui & Coconut Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner ($12) featured above, and the Almond & Avocado Curl Enhancing Mousse ($16.99). Shop by texture, regimen, hair solution or by a specific collection to suit your hair needs. You can find the brand’s products at Ulta, JCPenny and DesignEssentials.com.
A collection designed for the sole. Gloria Williams launched Footnanny with her mother’s legacy of health and wellness in mind.
The line of foot creams and butters in different scents, including lavender, lemon and peppermint as well as unscented options and gift sets available at Footnanny.com and Amazon.
We Dream in Colour
Founded by Jade Gedeon, We Dream in Colour has gorgeous, handmade earrings, necklaces and bracelets that will glam up any look.
The dazzling design inspirations are inspired by Gedeon’s childhood in the Caribbean and her nomadic lifestyle. Every piece is assembled by an all-women team and range in price from around $45 and up. We Dream in Colour is available at Neiman Marcus and through the brand’s website.