Economic Power vol.1: Hair Care
I have decided to write some posts about Black economic empowerment because we don't talk about it enough unless something bad happens, then we talk about it as a reaction rather than a way of life so it doesn't last. Please read here for more information.
In my effort to be mindful about how I spend, where I can I choose to #buyblack even if it costs a little bit more especially when it comes to hair and skin care. Black women are known to spend a fortune in this regard. I used to be a hair and beauty product junkie, but over the last few years I have kept it very simple. For hair I use coconut oil from Shea Butter Cottage ( I need a separate post for this company as it is LIFE), a paraben, sls and silicone free leave in conditioner and water for moisture. I wash my hair with Jane Carter shampoo and conditioner every week to ten days and occasionally a homemade deep conditioner. Then THE GOOD HAIR CLUB and AFRO HAIR & SKIN COMPANY's Instagram feeds came to my attention. Both owned by innovative young Black women.
The Good Hair Club's product range is awesome and delivery is fast. I could literally spend all my money as the product range is quality. I think everything they stock is British made and the website is easy to use (far too easy tbh!!) and informative. If you like your products wholesome, organic, paraben, SLS, silicone etc free this the right place for you. The Good Hair Club founder is a young woman named Oyin Akiniyi, she founded her business as she was frustrated by the lack of good quality products for Afro textured hair. Rather than moan about it Oyin created a business to address the gap in the market.
[spacer height="20px"] The Good Hair Club is an independent retailer that focuses on quality products. The products are not cheap BUT they are high quality and value for money. If you have Kiehls, Clarins, Decleor, MAC, REN etc in your bathroom cabinet the products stocked by this retailer are within your budget. Also if you have these kind of beauty products in your bathroom / dressing table you should deffo be investing in products from this brand. It's time to spend consciously.
The Afro Hair & Skin Co is a British brand based on the South Coast that uses plant extracts and other locally sourced natural ingredients to create hair and skin care products. Their Flourish hair butter caught my eye.
I thought I'd purchase via The Good Hair club so I could positively impact two black owned businesses even if it was in a small way and learned about some other brands along the way. Some people use the Nourish butter as a pre-poo (basically to treat hair before shampooing if you don't know what pre-pooing is YouTube search NappyFu especially if you are a 4C sister like me). I don't know why people use this product simply to wash out after a few minutes it is too good!
All Afro Hair & Skin Co ingredients are from the UK, they are carefully selected and blended to create a butter that makes your hair feel like silk and deeply moisturised. It smells like wellness too. It's so good and clean it is suitable for all the family. I haven't tried their oil as my hair and skin is very sensitive to oils. Prior to this the only butter my hair could tolerate was Capacu (from Shea Butter Cottage). I cannot recommend Nourish hair butter highly enough. Additionally the Afro Hair & Skin co founder Ibi is a mother which made her brand and her story even more interesting to me. Ibi is an East London lady who wanted to create a hair and skin care brand that actually cared for our skin and tresses... So she did just that, superbly.
In addition I purchased the Crown Pride Curl Twist Out Buttercream and Boucleme Curls Redefined Curl Cream. The Crown Pride is lush, this product feels so rich and creamy it is perfect for wash day and sets a style and gives ample sheen. This product is great for twist/ braid / Bantu knot outs. It give great hold with no crunch. The Boucleme is a really good daily leave in moisturiser, it smells gorgeous, my daughter said 'it smells really healthy' and I would agree. None of these products contain harsh chemicals and really focus on healthy hair.
I have been able to use these products on my hair (4c) and my daughters hair which is categorised as 3c (I hate this shit tbh) but our hair requires the same care as we are both very porous which seems to make more of a difference in my opinion than texture.
I got so gassed that I cut my hair when I received my order 🙆🏿. My hair was damaged from me being lazy and taking minimal care so I decided to cut off the frazzled hair and start with health, no point in using great products on hair that looks like fibre!!
Regardless of your Afro hair type I would recommend these products as they can be used at some point in your routine. Also buy them from the Good Hair Club, not just because it's black owned but because it's a cute business with great customer service. It's also a great way to empower black people doing dope things.
If you do visit these sites and or buy their products please tell them we sent you and let us know your experience in the comments below! 💁🏽💁🏾💁🏿
Ps if you know of any good black owned hair and beauty brands please list them in the comments so that we can connect with them, thank you.