We would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!
No doom and Gloom shall be carried forward from one year to the next the worst is hopefully behind us!
Lets start as we mean to go on using Spring as a time to reflect refocus and plan ahead for what could be and should be a positive & productive year ahead.
Abundant opportunities lay ahead.
Embrace change, opportunities are to be found when you do!
Hair Care Revolution -Would like wish our loyal community good heath , success and progress in 2021!
From the beginning of the 20th century, early entrepreneurs have endeavoured to meet the needs of Black hair and skin care. The race to find the best ways to look after our hair and make our skin beautiful and radiant has no finish line. The Fenty Beauty effect caused major ripples in the highly profitable industry and caused a lot of bigger brands to take note. Even so, the Black community is still a vastly underserviced sector of the global cosmetics market. However, a new brigade of Black-owned brands are rolling up their sleeves and making the link between Afro beauty products, entrepreneurship and technology.
We cannot talk about the future without first adding some context with the past…
Sarah Breedlove, better known as Madam C.J. Walker, was an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. In recent times, the name Madame C.J. walker has been propelled from obscurity to become the moniker of a true pioneer and role model. This is due to the recent heightened interest in the achievements of black pioneers and entrepreneurs. For those who are not aware of the achievements of this phenomenal figure, Madam C.J. Walker created her own brand of hair care for African Americans and people of African descent in the USA at a time when slavery was still a recent and painful memory. A time when many Black people could neither read nor write, let alone start a business. Long before the likes of Mary Kay, Madame C.J. Walker created and pioneered the business model that empowered women to sell her products across the country. Her model was simple; collect information on recipes and ingredients from various sources that were known to have a positive effect on Afro textured hair, create the products and test them out before making them available to be sold via a vast network. Her efforts reportedly helped many women gain self-confidence and self-esteem.
“I’m heartened by the many Black-owned independent beauty entrepreneurs who are creating some truly amazing products to meet the needs of the community, just like great Madame C.J. Walker and Annie Malone did 100 years ago and Dyke & Dryden, 50 years ago. The spirit of entrepreneurship and solving problems is alive and well today!"
*A mini series about her life titled Self made madame C.J. Walker is available to watch on Netfix
Extract from our published article in Melan magazine
Read more here https://melanmag.com
We recently had the honor of interviewing true pioneers within the Afro hair & beauty space for our (yet to be titled) groundbreaking documentary series. This series will capture the history and legacy of the pioneers and visionaries who helped to shape the UK Afro hair industry as we see it today. Some of whom in the early 80s - due to a lack of suitable options for hair & skincare would take impromptu flights across the Atlantic to cities like New York and Atlanta to meet with Black-owned companies (who were the leaders in Afro hair products at that time) and return with suitcases full of much needed Afro hair supplies to sell to under-serviced Afro hair consumers here in the UK.
Many of these multi-million dollar companies have long been bought by larger groups, wound down or simply gone out of business as consumer trends and needs changed. Though over the years competition from various ethnic groups keen to cash in on the new liquid gold that was and still is a formula for spectacular income generation, has crippled many black-owned brands and reduced their share in the market.
During our interviews, one of the pioneers who had his start in the industry due to the legendary and Dyke & Dryden - the first black UK millionaires explained the model he used to set up his successful hair care business. He went on to explain that it was gained through a variety of learning and activities which shaped his work ethic, mindset and subsequent success. The lessons here being mentorship, experience, and an opportunity presented to him in his early years that had a significant impact on his overall achievement. These lessons have served him and many others well by enabling them to own and operate successful businesses for decades, which are still in operation today.
With an imminent shift from the old world to the new, with the dawn of technological revolution waving across all many industries. I can't help but consider what the future will hold for some of the pioneers who have managed to successfully navigate the last quarter of a century. Will they evolve and adapt or are they doomed to the fortune of the dinosaur? Extinction.
The next 10 years is set to open up a whole new world which will be digital and fast-paced in its nature. This new era is guaranteed to present its opportunities and obstacles in abundance and of course many may find the prospect of change daunting. The pioneer in question mentioned during the interview that the web and social media is still somewhat of a mystery.
Extract from our published article in Just entrepreneurs magazine
Read more here- https://justentrepreneurs.co.uk/
The sad news is that most commercial shampoos that you see on the shelves today contain synthetic ingredients that can wreak havoc on your health. Many of these ingredients were originally created for industrial uses and are way too powerful to be using on our hair and skin!
2017 by researchers at Rutgers University, which found a link between breast cancer and the use of hair dyes and hair relaxers used by black women. Which came as a shock to many.
Thankfully more research has been carried out…
The most recent research, conducted in April this year by the Silent Spring Institute, showed that 80% of black hair products tested contain "endocrine disrupting and asthma causing chemicals". The range of products tested included relaxers, hot oil treatments, leave-in conditioners and anti-frizz products. They tested for the presence of 66 harmful chemicals including BPA, phthalates and parabens. A total of 55 endocrine disruptors were detected, while 11 products were found to contain seven chemicals prohibited in the EU, with hair relaxers marketed at children containing the highest levels of chemicals prohibited in the EU. Most concerning of all, they found that 84% of chemicals detected were not listed on the product label.
While cosmetic products are relatively well regulated in the EU, most of the products used by black women are imported, primarily from the USA or Asia, where regulation and testing isn’t as stringent. The EU Cosmetics Directive prohibits the inclusion of BPA, phthalates, alkylphenol and ethanolamine. However, the same study found several products containing these ingredients, making them unfit for sale here. Yet walk into any 'black hair shop' and they are readily available
Where do the dangerous products go?
Hundreds of thousands of these harmful products have already been produced by unscrupulous Afro hair care manufacturing companies who will not right them off at a loss of millions of pounds to the bottom line!
A new and lucrative industry has formed for low grade ingredients and dangerous products. The substandard products made by large companies In the USA, Europe and Asia go to…..Africa and the Caribbean some to the USA and some here to the UK.
Some of these companies use loop holes like the "fragrance" mentioned on the product labels to hide the toxic chemicals within in the products.
The facts are truly shocking!
This issue and more will be covered at our next Killer Cosmetics event!
What can we do?
We are here to help and have access to many cosmetic professionals who can advise you further- Please get in touch if you would like to further information about this topic.