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February 12, 2021

This Black-Owned Salon Does Not Service Women With Straight Hair

Camille Janae, founder and owner of Mahogany and Rose Hair Studio

Camille Janae, the founder and owner of Mahogany and Rose Hair Studio, a Black-owned salon based in Sacramento, California, says that she caters exclusively to those seeking services for their natural hair. Unlike other salons, she only specializes in textured hair care services such as curly haircuts and loc maintenance.

January 25, 2021

Black Woman Beats the Odds, Continues Launch of $800K Multicultural Salon in Downtown Detroit Despite Delays Due to COVID-19

Katrina Wilson, founder of Creme Brulee Detroit

Despite the pandemic, Katrina Wilson, founder of Crême Brûlée has been proclaimed as "recession-proof" and is moving forward to develop her multicultural salon in downtown Detroit.

December 15, 2020

14-Year Old CEO Makes History, Launches Hair Growth Oil to Help Girls Embrace Their Kinky, Curly Hair

Meet Zhanyia McCullough, founder and CEO of Islande Beauty

Meet Zhanyia McCullough, founder and CEO of Islande Beauty, a Black-owned, plant-based company committed to the empowerment of girls through education and healthy hair care. Despite being only 14-years old and still in high school, Zhanyia has managed to launch the first product from her company's Pracaxi Oil and Kalahari Melon Collection, a hair growth oil for girls with kinky, curly hair.

November 27, 2020

This 8-Year Old CEO is Empowering Black Girls With Her Line of Dolls, Accessories and Books

Zoe Oli, 8-year old founder of Beautiful Curly Me

8-year old Zoe Oli is on a mission to inspire self-love and confidence in young girls of color with her company Beautiful Curly Me. She has created a line of black dolls with curls and braids, hair care products, and has authored two books - all within the past two years. Her company gives 10% back to girl empowerment organizations and recently launched a Gift-A-Doll charity initiative.

November 8, 2020

These Black-Owned Hair Care Products Changed the Life of a Memphis Woman After Cancer

Angela H. Brown, founder of D'Serv Professional Hair Care

Angela H. Brown, founder of a Black-owned brand called D’Serv Professional Hair Care, says that her products can help cancer patients regrow healthy hair after receiving chemo treatments. She comments, "We are not doctoring. We just want people to get what they D’Serv in hair care!"

November 4, 2020

Despite the Pandemic, This Black Couple Has Doubled Their Employees and Have Been Featured in Forbes

Tim and Kim Lewis, founders of CurlMix

Tim and Kim Lewis, founders of CurlMix, have been able to not only double their amount of employees but also earn themselves a feature in Forbes magazine. The couple was in the national spotlight last year when they famously turned down nearly a half-million-dollar deal on ABC’s Shark Tank. However, their company has been so successful during the pandemic that it is now set to launch a second e-commerce brand.

October 30, 2020

The Black Directory Spotlights 4 Black-Owned Businesses Forging Ahead Despite Pandemic

Founders of Symphony Chips

At a time when nearly half of the nation’s Black owned businesses have shut their doors due to the economic setback caused by the pandemic, The Black Directory is proud to showcase four Black-owned businesses within its vast membership program that are standing strong and forging ahead through such times. These businesses include Symphony Chips, Pedilicious, Diva By Cindy and Bamenda Coffee. Like the many 100,000 Black businesses within the Black Directory, the doors to these four companies are wide open for business.

October 21, 2020

NYC Black Entrepreneur Turned Debilitating Illness into Groundbreaking Natural Hair Care Brand

Instead of Succumbing to the Disabling Conditions That Afflicted Her, Rayki Tai Submerged Herself into Holistic Remedies That Gave Birth to Wholesome Hair Co.
Rayki Tai, founder of Wholesome Hair Co.
Wholesome Hair Co, founded by Jamaican/Nigerian entrepreneur Rayki Tai, emerged onto the natural hair care scene with a vegan product line in February 2020. Customer feedback prompted her to address what sets Wholesome Hair Co. apart from others in the natural hair industry. Her story is profound.

October 16, 2020

Divorced Single Mom Finds New Man, Launches Six Figure Chemical-Free Hair Color Brand

Electra Davis, founder of Mysteek Naturals

Meet Electra Davis, the 36-year old founder and CEO of Mysteek Naturals - a popular Black-owned line of chemical-free hair color products. She launched her successful company just two years after becoming a divorced single mother with two children.

October 14, 2020

Black Girl Who Hit Six Figures By the 6th Grade Shares Her Story With Millions on QVC, HSN, and Zulily

Confidence by GaBBY Goodwin Joins Qurate Retail Group’s Small Business Spotlight, a Collaboration with the NRF Foundation Currently Focused on Helping Black-Owned Businesses

Gabby Goodwin, founder of Gabby Bows

Confidence by GaBBY Goodwin has been selected for Qurate Retail Group’s Small Business Spotlight, a collaboration with the NRF Foundation to help small businesses navigate today’s challenging retail environment. This phase of the program is highlighting 20 Black-owned businesses as part of Qurate Retail Group’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within its company and in society at large.

September 25, 2020

Mompreneur Creates All-Natural and Vegan Skincare Line to Soothe Her Daughter’s Eczema

Lydia Gibson, creator of Eva Jenae Naturals

Lydia Gibson, creator of Eva Jenae Naturals, is driven by the belief that nature provides all we need to achieve our healthiest skin and hair. Every ingredient she uses has a purpose and delivers results. Her brand is proof that skin and hair care can be simple, yet effective.

September 18, 2020

16-Year Old Entrepreneur Makes History, Opens Beauty Supply Shop In Brooklyn

Paris McKenzie, owner of Beauty Supplyz in Brooklyn

At the age of 16, Paris McKenzie has opened her own beauty supply shop called Paris Beauty Supplyz in Brooklyn, New York making her the youngest person to ever do so. Already equipped with a lot of business experience, she has so far been running the business smoothly.

August 8, 2020

Founder of College Care Club Launches ‘The People’s Box’ Powered by Black-Owned Businesses

Kamry Selley, founder of a Black-owned subscription-based care kit provider called College Care Club

Kamry Selley, the female founder of a subscription-based care kit provider called College Care Club, has announced the launch of her company's individual box called The People’s Box featuring items from Black-owned businesses.

July 31, 2020

13-Year Old Launches Her Own Hair Care Collection Called Superfood For Kinky Curly Hair

Sky Bynum, 13-year old founder of Kakebi hair care products

When 13-year old entrepreneur Sky Bynum from North Brunswick, New Jersey realized that her natural hair had amazing results when she used some of the top superfood ingredients such as pumpkin oil, ginger, rosemary oils, she decided to launch her own hair care collection called Superfood for Kinky Curly Hair. Now, women all over the world are able to benefit from chemical-free products that truly moisturize and strengthen curly kinky hair with amazing results.

July 16, 2020

City in Ohio Welcomes It’s First-Ever Black-Owned Barbershop

Damare Johnson, founder of Beyond Blends Hair Studio in Bowling Green, Ohio

Beyond Blends Hair Studio is making history as the first Black-owned barbershop in the city of Bowling Green in Ohio. The owner, 22-year old Damare Johnson, says he is excited about his new venture.

July 11, 2020

Black Male Nail Technician Defies Odds, Enters Billion Dollar Nail Industry

Darnell Atkins, Black male nail technician

Only 2% of nail salon workers are Black and almost all of them are women, but 29-year old Darnell Atkins, a nail technician from the Washington, DC area wants to change that. Known as Nen10doe on social media, Darnell is defying gender norms to get his piece of the multi-billion dollar industry.

June 27, 2020

Mom Partners With Her 14-Year Old Daughter to Launch New Black-Owned Cosmetics Brand


Danielle and Samiah Pasha are a mother-daughter duo from Augusta, Georgia who are taking the cosmetic world by storm with their new company, The Beat House Cosmetics. The duo successfully launched their boxing-inspired cosmetic line on Juneteenth of this year.

May 28, 2020

Mompreneur Strikes Deal With Walmart Just 2 Years After Launching Her Beauty Products

Ebony Robert, founder and CEO of Ebony's Beauty Hair and Skin Care

Meet Ebony Robert, founder and CEO of Ebony's Beauty Hair and Skin Care, whose handcrafted all-natural hair and skincare products are now available in Walmart stores nationwide. Ebony, a mother of five boys, launched the business two years ago, but says that her love for the beauty industry started at a very young age.

Black Woman Founder Secures $1 Million in Funding Despite Pandemic

Shontay Lundy, founder and CEO of Black Girl Sunscreen

Shontay Lundy, founder and CEO of Black Girl Sunscreen, has become the latest African American woman founder to secure a $1 million dollar investment from a private funding source. What's amazing is that she was able to do so during a down economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that her brand is currently the only Black-owned brand that is carried full time in Target’s sun care section.

May 25, 2020

Black Woman Entrepreneur Now Manufacturing Her Own Line of Hand Sanitizer

Gwen Jimmere, founder of Naturalicious now manufacturing hand sanitizer

Gwen Jimmere, founder and CEO of Naturalicious and the first Black woman to own a patent for a natural hair care product, is making history again as one of the first to launched a Black-owned hand sanitizer brand.