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Ceci Kurzman, Investor, Board Member, And Former Music Executive, Launches Data-Tech Platform For Textured Hair Community

Slowly but surely, more solutions are surfacing to assist the textured hair community. OurX happens to be one of them as it’s making its official foray into the haircare industry with a promise to introduce a personalized and innovative data-tech platform.

Samantha Dorisca

Jun 6, 2023

Now That Monique Rodriguez Has Built Mielle Organics Into A $100M Brand, Here's Her Advice For Entrepreneurs

It’s one thing to break into the beauty industry, but another thing to come in and shift it. Founder and CEO Monique Rodriguez has built an empire within the space through Mielle Organics, an organic and natural haircare line created to produce healthier results for your hair. She is rightfully a pioneer in the haircare game, taking her line of products from being sold from her garage to barely staying on the shelves in giant retailers including Target, Walmart, CVS, and more. “My kids have been able to witness their mother, a Black woman, have a dream and go from their kitchen to big-box retailers, something that has changed my family’s life and for me that’s fulfilling,” said Rodriguez in an interview with AfroTech. To date, Mielle Organics is worth more than $100 million, drawing in a hefty $14 million in 2021, despite being in the midst of a pandemic. The company continues to soar to new heights with new products that keep the same energy that the company had when it was first...

Shanique Yates

Mar 23, 2022

How Nickie Nougaisse Expanded Her Curls Dynasty Haircare Brand From The Kitchen To Kroger Stores

Ensuring haircare can be accessible to more women, Curls Dynasty has expanded from the kitchen to retail shelves. Not only can the brand be found in select Walmart and Target stores, but in addition, the haircare brand secured a deal with  Kroger back in January 2022, according to a press release. This marks another win for Haitian entrepreneur Nickie Nougaisse, who founded the company five years ago after her personal struggles stemming from a relaxer. “Curls Dynasty was born out of my own hair care journey. It wasn’t easy figuring out which products worked best after deciding to go natural with my hair. My cabinet was filled with lots of unreliable solutions from different brands and after a while, I decided that I was going to do it myself, ” Nougaisse said, according to a press release. Nougaisse created a hair oil from her kitchen, which bookmarked her venture toward healthy haircare. It was not long before others began flocking to Nougaisse for tips and advice. Evidently many...

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 15, 2022

22-Year-Old Asha Christian Is Behind An App That Uses Artificial Intelligence To Solve Our Hair Problems

Your next do’ could be right in the palm of your hands thanks to this new app! Coily was designed by a Black woman so it’s only right that it has Black women in mind! Asha Christian created the app from the ground up to address the woes faced by the Black community as a whole when it comes to our tresses. “A common problem that I’ve noticed is that way too often we waste money on products that don’t always necessarily work,” Asha shared in an official interview with AfroTech. “And so based on my own personal experiences [and those that are shared with others], I decided to create a solution through Coily.” The new app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help you find the best products, styles, and techniques for your unique hair profile. A hair profile that is curated through an interactive quiz completed by users when they first sign up for the app. Courtesy of Coily “When users first create their profiles, they are met with a hair quiz which assesses 40 different factors that...

Shanique Yates

Aug 10, 2021

Infinite Looks Raises $4.2M Series A to Champion the Textured Hair Community Through Its Sunday II Sunday Brand

Infinite Looks, Inc. — the parent company of athleisure haircare brand Sunday II Sunday — has just announced a $4.2 million Series A funding round to help its dedicated haircare brand champion the active textured hair community. According to a press release shared with AfroTech, the funding round was led by Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. with participation from other investors such as Ignite Venture Studio and Symrise Inc. Infinite Looks, Inc. is now looking to use the new funds to fuel its continued development of innovative products underneath the Sunday II Sunday brand. “This funding round and the impressive demand we’ve seen from consumers so far reaffirms what we already knew; there is a massive gap in the hair care industry to provide pre- and post-exercise care for textured hair,” said Infinite Looks founder and CEO, Keenan Beasley in a statement. “ We’re proud to deliver and expand the products in our line with solutions for women who refuse to be held back by...

Njera Perkins

Mar 25, 2021

This Black CEO Launched a Haircare Line Then Secured a Deal With Target

It’s clear the beauty industry needs some work on diversifying the space, but thanks to Black entrepreneurs like Sherrel Sampson, the industry is seeing a shift occur as more Black women strive to shake things up. Sampson is the founder and CEO of Canviiy , a haircare company dedicated to providing holistic products to promote healthy scalp care. Through her company, Sampson has made her products a go-to hair resolution for everyone. Believe it or not, the idea for Canviiy stemmed from Sampson’s own experience with itchy scalp issues. After an unbearable encounter following a hair braiding appointment, Sampson searched for any and every way to relieve her scalp. “I called my stylist and asked what could I do for my scalp,” shared Sampson. “In that moment, I said ‘Yes, there are scalp oils and products that exist, but the question is are they really effective?'” This same question prompted Sampson to hunt for answers and in her research she discovered other people who also had scalp...

Njera Perkins

Apr 9, 2020

Natural Haircare Startup Secures $1M in Funding Backed by Alexis Ohanian's Initialized Capital

As a Black woman going to the hair salon is a part of self-care. Whether you go once a week, month or year, it is an experience that has probably been ingrained into your routine since a child. For Natanya Montgomery, the first time she remembers visiting the hair salon was at seven-years-old and according to TechCrunch , she’s been going once a month for 18 years. Now, she’s the founder and CEO of Naza Beauty , what Megan Rose Dickey referred to as a “Drybar but for women of color.” The salon — which recently secured $1 million in funding backed by Alexis Ohanian’s Initialized Capital —  offers 25 variations of five different protective styles including crotchet, sew-ins, twists, blowouts, and braids. Although the salon does not offer any coloring services, chemical treatments or hair cuts, they do promise to have you out of the chair in either four hours or less. Naza Beauty “More and more people are seeing that these styles are valid, real and beautiful,” she said. “A lot of...

Micah Kimberley

Feb 19, 2020