Over the past two weeks, the death of George Floyd has sparked protests across the nation and beyond to stand up against injustice, systemic racism, and police brutality.
With peaceful protests happening in all 50 states, organizations like Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, and Color of Change are raising money to support communities that have been affected by these tragedies. Protesters and activists have been urging supporters to create sustainable ways to support the black community. One way to do that is to support black-owned businesses, especially in the grooming industry. After all, black culture has had a huge impact on grooming and beauty, but many black-owned business still don’t get as much recognition as other legacy brands.
Below, we shine a light on a number of black-owned brands that are putting out some of the best grooming products for men. These professionals not only fill voids for black skincare left in the mainstream personal care aisle, but also strive to make the world a little bit better than they found it.
Founded by Calvin Quallis, he launched Scotch Porter at a time when men’s grooming wasn’t so mainstream. Now, the brand has established its place in the market as an affordable line of personal care products for men, andhappens to be one of our favorite cleansers.
Bevel founder Tristan Walker launched his sleekly packaged product line to target the specific problems men of color face while grooming, like hyperpigmentation, ingrown hair, and inflammation. In the past few years, the brand has expanded into
Beneath Your Mask
Beneath Your Mask was created as a skin, body, and hair rejuvenation line designed to restore, repair, and reverse the toxic effects of environmental hazards, health challenges, and stress caused by our busy lifestyles. The brand’s founder Dana Jackson was inspired by her own healing journey to create luxurious products that nourish skin and hair. “Our skin is our largest organ and we need to feed it with the best,” she said.
Founded by Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, this skincare brand is targeted for men who are balding so they can protect their scalp from the elements. “We’re here for you no matter if you have a full head of hair that’s just starting to thin, or if it’s all gone,” Brown told The Manual. “Embrace it, because you’re still beautiful.”
Craig the Barber has been keeping the men of Beverly Hills looking sharp for well over a decade. He began cutting his own hair at age 14 (‘cause Mom and Dad weren’t anteing up for a fresh haircut every week), eventually pursuing a career in finance. Finding that career unfulfilling, he decided to commit full-time to barbering and has never looked back, tending to clients such as Michael Jordan and Sean Combs. He also sells his own collection of products under the Burke Avenue label, including the brand’s bestselling three-in-one face balm (incorporating aftershave, as well as a day and night moisturizer). The collection also includes a moisturizing shave cream and a TSA-approved-size travel shave cream.
Featuring handsomely designed packaging, Nature Boy was founded by Jacob Quetant when he was seeking an all-natural product to take care of his beard. After trying everything in the store — and even some of his girlfriend’s products — Quetant got down to creating his own formulas. The collection now includes beard oils, balms, and conditioners, as well as an herbal lip balm, and brush and comb sets.
Che’ For Men
Che’ was founded by Lynn Michelle, a licensed cosmetologist with more than 27 years of experience. After she’d launched her women’s collection, Che’ Beautiful, in July 2015, she quickly saw the need to offer her luxury products to men. With a well-curated collection specifically formulated for men’s skin, Che’ For Men is an easy way to bring a little luxury into your life without having to drop luxurious amounts of cash.
Murray’s is an old-school staple for men everywhere. Even if you don’t use a pomade, these retro-style tins just look great in your bathroom. But beyond the classic pomade, developed in 1926, Murray’s also offers everything from Billey’s Beard Balm to Black Magic After Shave Lotion; in short, everything a man needs to keep his hair and beard soft, shiny, and healthy.
Koils By Nature
Raised in the sleepy Southern beach town of Beaufort, South Carolina, U.S. Army veteran Pamela J. Booker started her company with an appreciation for things that come from the Earth. All Koils By Nature products are certified vegan and cruelty-free. From its start, her collection was sought after by both women and men, so she launched her focused grooming collection in 2016 with tremendous success.
Solo Noir Founder and CEO Andrea Polk holds a master’s degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She is also a licensed aesthetician. We’re going to guess she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to creating and marketing a high-quality natural skincare line. Her products use organic, all-natural ingredients to ensure her loyal guys are using only the best.
These streamlined products are built specifically for one of the most challenging grooming tasks for men of color:
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