Courtesy of TPH By Taraji
Whether short, long, natural, relaxed, transitional, red, purple, green, twisted, loc’d or braided; one fact remains: black women don’t play games when it comes to hair. We’ll be waiting in salons for hours to get the perfect result, shamelessly changing styles like underwear and spending huge amounts of time, energy and money getting the right cocktail of products for our beloved hair. .
In recent years, black women in Hollywood have diversified their portfolios to create hair care lines to suit our manes in a way too long overlooked by the mainstream beauty industry. Here are our three favorite products from four amazing celebrity-led hair care brands and the creative talents behind them.
Flawless by Gabrielle Union – Originally launched in 2017 by a best-selling author and actress who has captivated us on the big and small screen for over two decades.
5 Butter Flawless Mask ($9.99; perfectcurls.com) This deeply hydrating conditioner contains five (!) replenishing butters: shea, mango, cupuaçu, Brazilian bacuri and murumuru more honey to help increase the shine, softness and overall health of your locks.
Flawless Repair Edge Control ($6.99, perfectcurls.com) An oil-enriched pomade to keep edges laid that’s also infused with biotin to boost growth? Jackpot!
Flawless Restoration Exotic Oil Treatment ($9.99; perfectcurls.com) The expert blend of nourishing oils ranging from passion fruit to acai palm oil helps seal in moisture and reduce frizz.
Boss of Tracee Ellis Ross This hilarious and stylish actress launched her haircare collection in 2019.
this shampoo deeply cleanses without stripping moisture.
Leave-in conditioner ($25; patternbeauty.com) This lightweight formula complete with jojoba and tea tree oils is excellent for giving natural curls a spicy look while restoring moisture.
Hydrating Mist ($18; patternbeauty.com) Blended with coconut oil, avocado oil and aloe vera, this milky mist helps protect strands from dirt and pollution while refreshing dull curls.
Sienna Naturals by Issa Rae and Hannah Diop The entertainment pioneer who created her own seat – and her own table – in Hollywood collaborated with a beauty industry veteran (who launched Sienna Naturals in her Harlem, NY apartment in 2012) for a relaunch of the brand in 2020.
Plant Energy Repair Mask ($22; siennanaturals.com) Dry, damaged strands will soak up this protein-rich, pleasant-smelling conditioning treatment with blue tansy oil to soothe the scalp.
Dew Magic Leave-In Conditioner ($18; siennanaturals.com) The baobab and coconut oils in this leave-in treatment help make wash day less stressful, as the lightweight ingredients revive curl patterns without weighing hair down.
Curl Elixir Conditioning Spray ($20; siennanaturals.com) Created for twisted, protective and washable hairstyles, this moisturizing elixir has been dermatologist tested for sensitive scalps and contains grapeseed oil to protect fragile hair.
TPH by Taraji P. Henson In 2020, the actress and mental health advocate has expanded her territory in the world of hair care.
Ultra Chill Serum ($11.99; tphbytaraji.com) This tri-touch applicator changes the game! It uniquely provides direct relief to the scalp, which is essential when rocking protective styles such as weaves, wigs, braids or twists. Add to that the caffeine, tea tree oil, aloe, and biotin formulation for bonafide star status in any hair care arsenal.
Co-Wash Hustle & Glow ($9.99; tphbytaraji.com) The shea butter, olive and sage oils in this conditioning cleanser give curls, kinks and curls a boost while depositing moisturizing benefits.
After Dark Mask ($14.99; tphbytaraji.com) This vegan mask is meant to be used overnight for best results and contains mango seed butter, horsetail extract, grapeseed oil and shea butter to fortify and deeply hydrate highlights.