10 African-American Entrepreneurs In The Black Hair Product Business

- By Bossip Staff

It’s no secret: the black hair care industry is big business. Very big business.

According to marketing research company Mintel, sales of black hair care products in 2008 exceeded $165 million. Although a third of those sales went to corporate conglomerates like L’Oreal and Alberto Culver, who own many ethnic product lines from Soft-Sheen Carson to Mizani, there are still many independent African-American players in the hair product game. From old businesses like S-Curl manufacturer Luster Inc. to new product lines like Kimble Hair Care Systems, black entrepreneurs are thriving. Here, we included a list of 10 independently, black owned businesses that continue to fuel the ever-evolving market for black hair care products.

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  • Rx Chic

    What about Organic Root Stimulator? They r black owned, the owner was on the Tyra banks show. Also Kera Care, Mizani & I think Affirm as well.

  • ses

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  • enlight

    i think mizani was listed/shown under Dudley…

  • LMAO

    I LOVEEEEE IT

  • Walter

    I think that it is just great that black people are starting to dominate the black hair game now. I, myself, am making and trying to market my own hair care line for black hair.

  • Savvi Fenom

    GOOD, WE MORE OF THAT. INSTEAD OF GIVING ALL OF YOUR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS TO THE KOREANS, WHO CLEARLY HATE THE SIGHT OF YOU COMING, BUT LOVE IT WHEN YOU LEAVE THOSE CRISPY GREENBACKS ON THIER COUNTER.

  • SIGH!!!...PeopleComeOnYouCantSeeThisIsh

    @Savvi Fenom

    Tru dat!

    Where I’m from… the West Africans have put the Koreans out of business.

    I wonder if this trend is happening anywhere else???

    • carmelle

      in chicago we have a lot of black owned beauty supply stores and nail salons.

  • LadyLOGIC

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mixed Chicks! I stopped buying Aveda’s Be Curly after trying a sample of MC’s leave-in conditioner. It really is good for keeping curly hair manageable & soft while still defining the curls. And you can’t beat the price. Damn I sound like a commercial! But the product line is really something special.

  • Moanmyname

    I love Carol’s daughter especially the leave-in conditioner. It makes my natual hair manageable

  • Angee

    Love Carol’s Daughter and Mizani!!

    Very Nice!

  • Curious1

    I love being from this culture…Resilient Mutha’s if nothing else..lol..

    Kudos..

  • http://Google ReallyWish

    Black enterprise still have a long way to go in the hair care market, the real money is in the import and sales of weaves aka Indian hair. They wont let blacks get in on the action and thats sad because we are the number one consumers. Maybe one day but its still good to read about these succesful companys.

  • SamanthaTrader

    Black women that want to grow their own hair long should go to http://www.longhaircareforum.com

    Stop using weaves and wigs. All black women (light-skin and dark-skin) can grow their hair long if you stop using certain products and start using others. There is no need to be fake anymore if we have the knowledge and the right products at our disposal.

  • Bopa

    Mizani is owned by L’oreal not Dudley. Not that it needs to be stated but L’oreal isn’t a black owned company. As far as I know it’s been a L’oreal product since 2008. Not sure if Dudley started it but they don’t own it anymore if they did. I just started using Kimble and it’s working great on my hair.

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    BARDA Hair Braiding College tm is a supporter of all natural hair care products. As we gain knowledge of great products we definately promote awareness to our students. BARDA is the number one hair braiding course provider in the state of Florida, and we offer over 70 technique courses in hair braiding, natural hair and hair extensions to a world wide audience @www.bardaintl.com. In the state of Georgia we offer the Continuing Education required 5 hr coursework for Master Cosmetologist, Estheticians, Nail Techs and Hair Designers. Call today for more information. 877-272-3136

  • Avilea

    what? no Kinky-curly on the list?

  • Ecrave

    kera care and affirm are apart of Avalon and its not Black owned, Middle Eastern ppl own it. and Mizani is not owned by Dudley

  • blaquebeautee2010

    The majority is profiting from us .. we need to be

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