The Black-owned beauty brands you need to have on your radar

Extract from The Independant:

Innovation in Black beauty is nothing new; from the centuries-old use of chebe powder by the women of the Basara tribe in Chad to stimulate hair growth, to the story of Madam CJ Walker, the first female self-made millionaire in America, who made her fortune from cosmetics at the turn of the 18th century.

For decades, beauty and haircare products marketed to Black people have been monopolised by big pharmaceutical brands. In the make-up space, Black people remained left out for years, with very few brands extending their colour ranges to darker skintones. So it’s no surprise that so many, in their frustration, went out to create their own companies, often focusing on natural ingredients that African and Caribbean aunties and grandmas used in their beauty concoctions.

Shedid & Parrish

This brand makes natural, vegan and cruelty-free hair products. Mixed-race founder Jessica Parrish blends natural ingredients such as shea butter and avocado oil to create scent-free products that nourish your curls. The afro butter (£29, Shop here) is our go-to twist out product, for long-lasting, nourished locks.