SheaMoisture had a serious mea culpa this week after it released an ad campaign featuring women talking about learning to love their natural hair—except none of those women were black. Black women are the core audience of SheaMoisture and the brands that exist under its parent company, Sundial Brands. And not just the silky-hair-textured, “They teased me, saying my hair was a weave, or I’m mixed” crowd of black women. SheaMoisture was heralded as one of the top beauty brands by highly textured, kinky-haired black women, who, on so many fronts, rarely see their images reflected back to them as beautiful in mainstream media. So there was deep offense not only from seeing a brand like SheaMoisture leave them out, but also from seeing it then follow up the ad by tweeting support to Tariq Nasheed—pimp-turned-misogynistic purveyor of black history—as he admonished black women as hypocrites for being upset with the brand. Oh no, baby; what you doing, … [Read more...] about SheaMoisture and Being Black-Owned: Is That Enough?
Last weekend, more than 60,000 stylists, hair enthusiasts and exhibitors who work with black hair showed up for the 64th annual Bronner Bros. International Hair Show CNN reports that while eye-catching, chemically and synthetically enhanced styles and sculptures were par for the course, stylists and experts also noticed evidence of natural hair making a comeback. For example, the show included workshops like "Innovative Styling for Natural and Locked Hair" and "The Art of Natural Hair." "Women are more educated now and conscious about what it means to be chemical free," Taliah Waajid, who taught a course on natural hairstyles at the Bronner Bros. event and has her own line of natural hair-care products, told CNN. "We can be healthy and have a pretty style that is presentable." Waajid says that more stylists are trained to work with black hair that is curly or coarse in texture. She also heads up the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show, which brings together stylists and … [Read more...] about Natural Hair’s Comeback on Display at Bronner Bros. Show?