Black-owned hair products to pamper yourself with

Black-owned hair products mum and daughter

by Natalie Corner |

When it comes to caring for hair as a black or mixed woman in the UK it's always a great opportunity to support home-grown black-owned hair products.

After many years of struggling to find afro hair care on the UK high streets, often with a very small selection of products that were usually sold out when you finally made it to the store, afro hair care has finally had a light shone firmly on it.

A whole host of black-owned hair brands have become more visible in stores like Boots, Superdrug and even Harrods, alongside well-known hair brands, making it easier for black and mixed women to pick up the right products for their curly, coiled and textured hair. And rightly so.

According to The Black Pound Report 2022, established by Lydia Amoah an award-winning business coach, TV presenter, campaigner and founder of cultural change agency, BACKLIGHT, multi-ethnic consumers are spending £230m every month on health and beauty and yet nearly four in ten Black female shoppers stated it is still not easy to find cosmetics and skincare. Multi-ethnic consumers spend 25 per cent more on health and beauty products than any other consumer. This is due in part to 22 per cent of all multi-ethnic consumers needing to go to specialist shops to get all their health and beauty products – increasing to 30 per cent for black women.

So to make things a little easier on busy mums and women looking to support black-owned hair brands, we've rounded up the best UK black-owned hair products.

Black-owned hair products UK

Dizziak

MAB Dizziak Conditioner

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We don’t know where we’d be without Dizziak’s award-winning deep conditioner, and shampoo and scalp treatments for that matter. The creamy, lightly scented products make your curls and coils feel like they are nourished deep down to the root. 

Founder of Dizziak Loretta De Feo, a former beauty journalist, wanted to create a product that would work on all hair types, but in particular Afro hair. Ingredients such as aloe vera, castor oil and shea butter feature across the range which also now include a body conditioner and bonus, the bottles look great on your shelf.

FYC For Your Curls

Black owned hair products FYC bundle
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Created for mixed textured hair, FYC For Your Curls offers four products: Shampoo, Conditioner, Refresh & Detangle spray, and Leave-In conditioner. All FYC products are vegan friendly and contain no silicones, sulfates or parabens, which is essential for healthy curls. The range is suitable for all kinds of mixed-textured hair, texture 3A to 3C. 

FYC co-founder Rob Binns, a black dad from Preston who struggled to find something that worked on his mixed-race daughter's hair: “Mixed Afro-European hair is unique in its texture. Afro products are often too heavy, and European products too light. We’ve created a range that’s bespoke for this texture of hair, with products that can be used on their own, layered on top of each other, or watered down, dependent on your texture. With mixed-curls, one size never fits all!”

Ori Lifestyle

Black owned hair products Ori LIfestyle

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The independent black-owned beauty brand was created with the purpose of educating women about great hair practices, Ori Lifestyle's range focuses on caring for Afro-textured hair. Products are made from the finest natural ingredients and designed to strengthen, condition, treat and support the health of natural hair and have powerful moisturising and cleansing properties that work beautifully as part of a skincare regime. 

Titi Bello, the Nigerian-British founder of Ori Lifestyle, said: “I started learning and taking great care of mine and my daughters’ hair six years ago to reverse years of damage and to show my daughter that black hair is beautiful!”

Afrocenchix

Black owned hair products Afrocenchix

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Hair loss is quite a common side effect of pregnancy and post-partum shedding, so looking for brands that will help nourish your scalp as well as your locks is important for mums and mums-to-be. One of the very first products created by Afrocenchix founders Joycelyn Mate and Rachael Corson was a scalp oil that helped grow their hair back after they both suffered from traction alopecia. It also relieves itchiness, helps prevent a dry scalp and is eczema friendly. Their collection, which is available in Superdrug stores and online, also includes shampoo, conditioner, hair cream and specific care products for braids.

Big Hair + Beauty 

Black owned hair products Big Hair

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Melissa Sinclair created Big Hair + Beauty out of “sheer frustration” at the lack of transparency in ingredients. Big Hair is a natural haircare range created specifically for curls, kinks and coils, made from handpicked, nourishing and effective ingredients that curls + afro’s need and love. We’ve tried out the deep conditioning clay mask which features cocoa butter, avocado oil and banana, and quite honestly couldn’t get enough. We wish the pots were endless!

hairgoals

Black owned hair products hairgoals castor oil

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Dr Adaku Jennifer Agwunobi is the brainchild behind hairgoals, which she created after years of struggling with her hair. Adaku has a PhD specialising in health research that certainly came in handy when formulating her range of products that include premium castor oil to help grow your hair, moisture boosting vegan glycerin for hair and skin, that all comes in handy dropper bottles. After experiencing balding temples from the age of three and traction alopecia due to lack of knowledge, using the wrong products and accessories Adaku has made it her mission to create a natural hair line accessible for everyone. And to monitor your hair growth you can pick up this super clever length check t-shirt!

Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil Premium Hair Care

Black owned hair products CHARLOTTE MENSAH Manketti Hair Oil

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Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil premium haircare range is designed for afro/mixed and all curly hair types, are made using organic, ethical and sustainably sourced oils. The products which include shampoo, conditioner, oil and a pomade, not only deliver amazing results but also smell gorgeous. 

Award-winning hairdresser and the first black woman to be inducted into The British Hairdressing Awards’ Hall of Fame, Charlotte Mensah perfected her craft under the guidance of ‘The Godfather of British Afro Hairdressing’ the late Winston Isaacs. She has her own salon Hairlounge in London and has been at the forefront of the natural haircare movement since early 2000. Charlotte most recently released an essential guide to afro, textured and curly hair called Good Hair.

Bouclème Haircare

Boucleme

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Bouclème is a plant-powered hair care line created founded by Michele Scott-Lynch in 2014. The range, which is free of sulphates, parabens and silicones, includes a whole host of products that promise to bring your curls to life no matter your curl pattern. We particularly love the brand’s intensive hair conditioner which left our hair lusciously soft and hydrated. They have released a 30 Days To Curl Kit which covers everything you need to get started on your natural hair journey including curl cream, cleanser, conditioner, and defining gel.  

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2022, Bouclème are continuing its partnership with Malaika, a grassroots charity founded by humanitarian and model Noella Coursaris Musunka. The non-profit organisation focuses on empowering communities by providing access to education, clean water and healthcare in the village on Kalebuka in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Throughout the month of March, Bouclème will be donating £1.00 from all online sales.

The Afro Hair & Skin Co.

Black owned hair products The Afro Hair & Skin Co.

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Founder and creative director of The Afro Hair & Skin Co, Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka, wanted products that would eliminate all of the common toxins that she felt contributed to the undermining of black women's health and wellbeing. The brand, which is located along the English coast, hand makes its plant-based products in small batches every week such as a cleansing shampoo bar, a clay mask, omega hair oil and nourishing hair butter.

What is post-partum hair loss?

Black and mixed women will know all about the amount of hair that can be shed during wash day. Collecting the mounds of hair from the plug so you don’t block the shower and rolling it into a huge ball is kind of satisfying but also can be slightly worrying when there is more one week to another.

Shedding is totally normal as your hair goes through a cycle of growth and then sheds. When you fall pregnant, however, your hair stops this cycle and just grows due to high levels of estrogen and progesterone. This is why some expectant mums will suddenly report new baby hairs along their hairline or their hair just feels really luscious and thick.

After the baby is born, post-partum hair loss happens. As your hormone levels begin to even out you may experience excessive shedding. It is recommended to seek advice from your doctor if you start to experience bald patches or more excessive than you feel comfortable with.

How to care for your hair post-partum

Dr Adaku Jennifer Agwunobi, the founder of Hairgoals, which has a collection of gorgeous oils and hair care products, says taking care of your hair during pregnancy and post-partum with products like castor oil will help re-growth.

“I know hair loss is also a big problem for expecting/mums too as post-partum shedding is real! Our Hairgoals premium castor oil really helps to promote hair growth.”

Keeping your hair in loose styles will help prevent any tension loss, particularly those sensitive edges. Consider twists and loose buns that won’t pull on your scalp, and of course conditioning, not only your hair but oiling your scalp will also help.

Sleeping with a bonnet and/or a silk pillowcase has always been part of caring for your afro, textured, or coiled hair and will reduce friction on your locks.

As well as just being kind to yourself post-partum and caring for your own health, Afrocenchix recommend washing your hair more regularly: “Contrary to popular belief, washing your hair less will not help with postpartum hair loss. Instead try to keep to a simple hair routine of cleansing, moisturising and simply styling your hair. Make sure you use a mild shampoo and conditioner and please avoid chemicals and heat! Why? Well, heat, chemical straighteners or dyes can leave your mane even dry and more prone to damage.”

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