5 Black-Owned Body & Skincare Brands

In honor of Black History Month, check out these body and skincare brands that were created by black people for black people!

In honor of Black History Month, check out these body and skincare brands that were created by black people for black people!

1: Nyakio (Neh-kay-oh)

Nyakio Kamoche Grieco founded Nyakio, which is a skin and bodycare line she created by using her Kenyan family heritage’s beauty secrets and travel experiences. Her products are made by hand with “cold-pressed oils in small batches,” and include everything from a Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub, Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil, and an African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask. Click here to check out her products exclusively available at Ulta!

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2: skinBUTTR

America’s Next Top Model first runner-up, Tatiana Price, was inspired to create skinBUTTR after developing products to treat her skin problems. The mission of skinBUTTR is to “simplify, educate, build confidence, and promote healthy skin.” Price’s products include body butters, moisturizers, cleansers, exfoliators, masks, and toners. Click here to shop skinBUTTR!


3: The Honey Pot Company

The Honey Pot is “the first complete feminine care system that cleanses, protects, and balances your vagina.” The company was founded by Bea Feliu-Espada after a dream she had where an ancestor gave her a vision of how to heal herself from vaginal issues she was experiencing. The Honey Pot’s products are 100% natural and include everything from cleanses, menstrual care, refreshing spray, and lubricants. Click here to check out her products!


4: Unsun 

Unsun is an all-natural skin protectant line specifically formulated for people of “beige to dark chocolate tones.” Katonya Breaux was inspired to create Unsun after growing tired of “white film” that sunscreen left on her face. Her products include Tinted Mineral Sunscreen, hand cream with SPF 15, lip tint with SPF 18, and so much more. Click here to check out Unsun Cosmetics!


5: Limegreen

Talima Davis and Allison created the personal care brand, Limegreen, after Talima’s best friend was diagnosed with cancer. Limegreen aims to “provide a safe and nontoxic alternative in a personal care industry littered with unsafe chemicals.” Their products include multi-oils, multi-washes, multi-sprays, and multi-candles. Click here to shop Limegreen!


 

Liquid Biotin: Secret to Quick Hair Growth

It is a proven fact that your body absorbs 98% of the vitamins that come in liquid form, compared to only 3-20% absorption in pill form. That means that your hair will experience growth 5-33x faster with liquid biotin. Another benefit of liquid biotin is that it bypasses the digestive processing system and flows right to the bloodstream within a matter of a few minutes. Get ready for your ponytail to swing in the wind! Check out our two favorite brands of liquid biotin below!

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Our Picks: Kal 10000 Mcg Ultra Biotin Drops & SBR Nutrition 5000 Mcg Drops

Kal 10,000 Mcg Drops is our personal favorite brand of liquid biotin. We have tested it and have experienced no side effects, the taste is delicious, and the results are fast! Our second pick is SBR Nutrition’s 5000 Mcg Drops, because of the popular online reviews and the low dosage for people that may be sensitive to biotin. Whichever one you choose, make sure you drink half of your body weight in ounces of water per day to avoid negative side effects like acne and pimples.

    

Get ready! Set! Grow! 

Kinky Hair Routine for Growth, Moisture, and Detangling

Out of all of the natural hair types, kinky hair (4b/4c) has a tight curl pattern, experiences a hard time retaining moisture, has 20%-75% shrinkage, and is prone to tangling, matting, and breakage if not taken care of properly. Despite its characteristics, kinky hair is gorgeous! It just requires special care that can be accomplished with a unique haircare routine. Follow this 14-Day Kinky Hair Routine to grow, restore, nourish, moisturize and detangle your beautiful kinky hair.

Hair Care Methods

A) L.O.C. (Liquid, Oil, Cream) Method

The L.O.C. Method is the best technique to moisturize natural hair because it layers hair products in an order that maximizes the retention of moisture. This method is composed of first hydrating your hair with either water in a spray bottle or a liquid leave-in-conditioner. Secondly, spritz a thin layer of hair oil to lock the water molecules in. Lastly, apply a creamy moisturizer to seal the moisture. The L.O.C. Method will be completed three times each week.

The best liquids and leave-in-conditioners for kinky hair are EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner, Mielle Pomegranate & Honey Leave In Conditioner, Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner/Detangler, and Cantu Salon Size Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream.

               

The best hair oils for this method are coconut oil, jojoba oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, olive oil, and avocado oil.

                 

The best hair creams for kinky hair are Qhemet Biologics Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter;  As I Am’s DoubleButter Cream and Carols Daughter Coco Creme Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter.

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B) Gorgeous Growth Routine

Our recommended hair growth routine is composed of applying a hair growth oil to your scalp and/or edges. Wild Hair Growth Oil and Manetabolism Growth Oil contains essential oils for hair growth. You will complete this routine four times each week.

     

C) Detangle

Detangling kinky hair can prevent breakage, helps retain hair length, and prevents matting. To detangle your hair, use a detangler hair product, comb your ends with a wide-tooth comb first and work your way to the top. Our recommended detangler hair products are Aunt Jackie’s Knot On My Watch, Instant Leave-in Detangling Therapy and Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner/Detangler. Typically, you only need to detangle once a week before you wash your hair, but feel free to do it as often as its needed.

D) Co-Wash

Since shampoo can strip your hair of moisture, co-washing your hair is an important part of a kinky hair care routine. To co-wash your hair wet your hair first and then apply the conditioner. After that, massage the conditioner throughout your hair and then comb it. Lastly, wash out the conditioner and allow your hair to air dry. You can use your typical conditioner or buy a conditioner that is specifically for co-washing. Our recommended co-wash products are Pantene Deep Hydrating Co-Wash for Natural and Curly Hair and Eden BODYWORKS Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash. You should co-wash once a week.

E) Shampoo & Deep Condition

Shampooing kinky hair is necessary for cleansing and deep conditioning kinky hair is essential to seal in moisture and to prevent breakage. After shampooing your hair, allow your deep conditioner to sit for 15-30 minutes before washing it out. You will shampoo and deep condition once every two weeks. Our recommended shampoos are Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo, and Taliah Waajid Curls, Waves and Naturals Clean-N-Curly Shampoo. Our recommended deep conditioners are Neutrogena Triple Moisture Replenishing Deep Recovery Hair Mask and Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque.

  

F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine: Satin Scarf & Silk/Satin Pillow

It is important to protect your hair while you are sleeping so that you don’t dry out your hair and cause breakage. Wearing a satin scarf and sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase every night allows your hair to retain moisture and prevents tangling, shedding and thinning.

14-Day Kinky Hair Routine

Follow this 14-day natural hair routine for kinky hair that will lead to hair growth, amazing moisturization, and prevent detangling. *If your hair gets dry in between the L.O.C. Method days, feel free to apply a little leave-in-conditioner to maintain moisture.*

Day 1 Routine
  • A) L.O.C. (Liquid, Oil, Cream) Method
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 2 Routine
  • B) Gorgeous Growth Routine
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 3 Routine
  • B) Gorgeous Growth Routine
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 4 Routine
  • A) L.O.C. (Liquid, Oil, Cream) Method
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 5 Routine
  • B) Gorgeous Growth Routine
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 6 Routine
  • B) Gorgeous Growth Routine
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 7 Routine
  • C) Detangle
  • D) Co-Wash
  • A) L.O.C. (Liquid, Oil, Cream) Method
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 8 Routine
  • A) L.O.C. (Liquid, Oil, Cream) Method
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 9 Routine
  • B) Gorgeous Growth Routine
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 10 Routine
  • B) Gorgeous Growth Routine
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 11 Routine
  • A) L.O.C. (Liquid, Oil, Cream) Method
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 12 Routine
  • B) Gorgeous Growth Routine
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 13 Routine
  • B) Gorgeous Growth Routine
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine
Day 14 Routine
  • C) Detangle
  • E) Shampoo & Deep Condition
  • A) L.O.C. (Liquid, Oil, Cream) Method
  • F) Sophisticated Sleep Routine

Cutting Edge: Restore Your Edges in 7 Days

“Invest in your hair growth, it is the crown you never take off.” – Anonymous

As a black woman, we have always taken pride in our hair. We take pride in the fact that we can style our hair anyway that we love and we take pride in the fact that we can look good doing it. Although our versatile hairstyles have given us confidence, they have taken our edges and now it’s time to take them back! Try this 7-day plan to bring back the edges that you thought were lost.

A-C Steps of 7-Day Edge Restoration Plan

 

A) Cayenne Pepper & Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Cayenne Pepper contains a capsaicin compound, which causes your hair to grow because it creates a higher rate of blood flow to the hair follicles from your hair roots. The Jamaican Black Castor Oil is a powerhouse product when it comes to regrowing your edges. It thickens and elongates hair because of the ricinoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids.

Directions: Mix 1-2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper with 1 cup of Jamaican Black Castor Oil in a bottle. Shake. Apply to your hair each day. Rub the oil in for 30-60 seconds. Grow your edges!

B) Kaleidoscope Miracle Drops

This is one of my personal favorite items. The Kaleidoscope Miracle Drops features tea tree oil as its main ingredient which encourages hair growth by unclogging hair follicles. After 4-6 weeks, you will notice that your edges are thicker, longer, revitalized, and stronger than they ever were before.

Directions: Apply a few drops to your edges each day. Rub the oil in for 30-60 seconds so that it penetrates deeply into the scalp.

C) Hair Vitamin

Hair vitamins are essential as you embark on this journey to restore your edges! You can choose whatever hair vitamin you desire, as long as it contains 2.5 mg (or 2,500 mcg) of Biotin. Biotin encourages hair growth and hair health. My recommendation is Manetabolism Hair Vitamins, which contains 5,000 mcg of Biotin.

Directions: Take 1 hair vitamin with your dinner before bedtime.

D) 50% of Body Weight in Ounces of Water

Did you know water helps grow your hair? You heard me correctly! When your body does not have enough water, it cannot maintain cell health and reproduction, which it prevents the process of hair growth. You can follow all of these steps and take excessive amounts of hair vitamins, but if your body is lacking water then your hair won’t grow and dehydration can also increase hair breakage.

Directions: Drink 50% of your body weight in ounces each day.

7-Day Edge Restoration Plan Rules

Before you begin this plan, there are few rules to ensure maximum results!

  • Rule #1: Your hair must be in tension-free hairstyles!
  • Rule #2: Protect your hair at night with a satin cap!
  • Rule #3: Massage your edges when you apply oil to stimulate growth
  • Rule #4: Allow your hair to breathe without anything constricting it for at least 8 hours a day!

7-Day Edge Restoration Plan Schedule

Morning:

Throughout the Day:

  • D) 50% of Body Weight in Ounces of Water

Night:

  • A) Cayenne Pepper & Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • C) Hair Vitamin

Flawless Skin: 7-Day Silhöuette Skincare Routine

“The best foundation is proper skincare.” – Anonymous

The secret to flawless skin has been revealed! Silhöuette has created a signature  7-day skincare routine that is proven to fade dark spots, brighten skin, prevent acne, smooth wrinkles, reduce signs of aging, and so much more!

The 7-day skincare routine is composed of 5 different steps, but not every step will be completed every day.

A-E Steps of the Silhöuette Signature Skincare Routine

A) Double Cleansing Method

The method was developed in Korea and quickly became popular all over the world! It involves first using an oil-based cleanser and then following it up with a water-based cleanser. Since oil and water don’t mix, the oil-based cleanser removes oily impurities, like SPF and pollutants and the water-based cleanser removes the impurities with water like sweat and dirt.

  • Part 1 Instructions: Oil Cleanse: Coconut Oil & Tea Tree Oil
    • Mix 1 tsp. of Coconut Oil & a few drops of Tea Tree Oil. Rub the mixture on your face in a circular motion for 30-60 seconds. Wash it off in warm water.
  • Part 2 Instructions: Salicylic Acid Cleanser
    • Use any cleanser that has salicylic acid as an active ingredient. Use the cleanser with a spin brush or a facial sponge for 1-2 minutes before rinsing it off in warm water. We recommend the Neutrogena Acne Proofing Cleanser because it contains maximum strength salicylic acid and features ClearDefend Technology, which thoroughly gets rid of dirt and fights acne while respecting the fragile skin barrier and helping to protect against future breakouts.
B) Glycolic Acid Cleanser

Glycolic Acid is the premier exfoliator in the beauty industry. It is derived from plants like sugar cane, pineapple, and sugar beets and contains botanical properties that renew, replenish, and treat the skin for a variety of conditions. It is great at exfoliating and removing dead skin cells, boosting collagen production, fading dark spots, brightening skin, reducing scarring, reducing wrinkles and fine lines, and so much more.

C) Silhöuette Clay Mask: Aztec Healing Bentonite Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Lemon

The Silhöuette Clay Mask is beneficial for so many reasons! The Aztec Healing Bentonite Clay contains healing properties, removes toxins from your pores, and reduces inflammation. It also lightens dark spots and scars. Apple cider vinegar contains alpha hydroxy acids that remove dead skin, which results in a healthy and illuminating facial appearance. The lemon is also beneficial at fading dark spots, brightening skin, and removing blackheads. The turmeric lightens dark spots as well and also is helpful in preventing acne.

  • Instructions: Mix 1 tbsp. of any bentonite clay and 1 tsp. of turmeric first. Then, add 1 tsp. of lemon juice and 1/2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar to the dry mixture. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 5-10 minutes if you have sensitive skin and 15-20 minutes if you do not have sensitive skin. If your skin begins to feel irritated, immediately rinse the mask off in warm water. Then, after the clay mask is off of your face, rinse your face in cold water for an additional 10 seconds.
D) Night Hydration: Rosehip Oil, Glycolic Acid Facial Serum, & Bio Oil

After any level of skincare and exfoliation, you want to ensure that you moisturize and hydrate your skin. Rosehip oil is a source of hydration that improves skin tone, texture, signs of aging, and it also lightens dark spots. We recommend Aria Starr’s Rosehip Oil because of the high-quality grade and the great price. The Glycolic Acid Facial Serum by Provence Beauty moisturizes and gives your skin a glowing complexion. Lastly, the Bio Oil hydrates your skin, reduces the appearance of scars, evens out your skin tone.

  • Instructions: Apply 2 drops of the Rosehip Oil, 2 drops of the Glycolic Acid Facial Serum and 2 drops of the Bio Oil and blend it in the palm of your hand. Then, pat (not rub) the hydration mixture around your hand.
E) Morning Hydration: Vitamin C Serum & Daily Moisturizer

Vitamin C Serum protects the skin from sun damage, gets rid of dark circles under the eye, promotes collagen production, aids skin discoloration, and speeds up healing. When purchasing Vitamin C Serum, ensure that the serum contains at least 20% Hyaluronic Acid because of its extreme hydrating and skin beneficial properties. We recommend TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum because of the effective ingredients and great price. In relation to the daily moisturizer, we recommend any SPF 30 moisturizer.

7-Day Silhöuette Signature Skincare Routine

Day 1

Morning
E) Morning Hydration: Vitamin C Serum & Daily Moisturizer

Night
A) Double Cleansing Method
B) Glycolic Acid Cleanser
C) Silhöuette Clay Mask
D) Night Hydration: Rosehip Oil, Glycolic Acid Facial Serum, and Bio Oil

Day 2

Morning
E) Morning Hydration: Vitamin C Serum & Daily Moisturizer

Night
A) Double Cleansing Method
B) Glycolic Acid Cleanser
D) Night Hydration: Rosehip Oil, Glycolic Acid Facial Serum, and Bio Oil

Day 3

Morning
E) Morning Hydration: Vitamin C Serum & Daily Moisturizer

Night
A) Double Cleansing Method
B) Glycolic Acid Cleanser
C) Silhöuette Clay Mask
D) Night Hydration: Rosehip Oil, Glycolic Acid Facial Serum, and Bio Oil

Day 4

Morning
E) Morning Hydration: Vitamin C Serum & Daily Moisturizer

Night
A) Double Cleansing Method
B) Glycolic Acid Cleanser
D) Night Hydration: Rosehip Oil, Glycolic Acid Facial Serum, and Bio Oil

Day 5

Morning
E) Morning Hydration: Vitamin C Serum & Daily Moisturizer

Night
A) Double Cleansing Method
B) Glycolic Acid Cleanser
C) Silhöuette Clay Mask
D) Night Hydration: Rosehip Oil, Glycolic Acid Facial Serum, and Bio Oil

Day 6

Morning
E) Morning Hydration: Vitamin C Serum & Daily Moisturizer

Night
A) Double Cleansing Method
B) Glycolic Acid Cleanser
D) Night Hydration: Rosehip Oil, Glycolic Acid Facial Serum, and Bio Oil

Day 7

Morning
E) Morning Hydration: Vitamin C Serum & Daily Moisturizer

Night
A) Double Cleansing Method
B) Glycolic Acid Cleanser
D) Night Hydration: Rosehip Oil, Glycolic Acid Facial Serum, and Bio Oil

Disclaimer: The information in this article is general in nature and is provided for informational purposes only. Please consult with your dermatologist before beginning the regime. Individual results may vary. 

Top 5 DIY Facial Masks for Common Skin Problems

 

Glowing skin is a result of proper skincare. It means you can wear less makeup and let skin shine through. — Michel Coulombe

 

Facial masks can be pricey and so can the dermatologist. So, when skin complications arise it leaves people buying drugstore skincare products that contain harsh chemicals and may actually make the problem worse. Now you can open your pantry and refrigerator and make homemade facial masks to solve your common skin care problems! Please make sure to moisturize your skin after using each one of these masks!

Dry Skin? Banana + Honey Mask
Dry skin is caused by soaps with harsh chemicals, extremely hot showers, and environmental factors. Don’t panic though! You can fix this with the homemade banana and honey facial mask. The banana is beneficial in preventing dry skin because the potassium hydrates your face and the Vitamin E prevents your skin from sun damage. The honey also is beneficial because of its antioxidants and sugars that moisturize and improve the complexion of the skin. The mix of the banana and honey will leave your face glowing and radiant.

Ingredients: 1 banana, 3 tsp. of raw organic honey

Directions: Mix the banana and honey in a small bowl. After the consistency is smooth, apply it to your face and wash it off after 30 minutes.

Dark Spots? Indian Healing Bentonite Clay + Apple Cider Vinegar + Tumeric + Lemon Mask

Dark spots are caused by hyperpigmentation and they can leave your face with an uneven complexion. The Indian Healing Bentonite Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar, Tumeric, and Lemon Mask is the perfect way to even out your skin tone. Bentonite Clay has exfoliation properties which is great for fading dark spots and it also helps reduce the appearance of scars. Apple Cider Vinegar features astringent properties that brighten the skin. The citric acid of lemon is another natural product that lightens and brightens skin. This mask also features turmeric which has antioxidants that activate when mixed with lemon to fade dark spots naturally.

Ingredients: 1tbsp & 1 tsp. of Indian Healing Bentonite Clay and the same amount of Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tsp. lemon, 1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder

Directions: Mix the healing clay, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and turmeric in a small container. Once it is blended, apply it to your face for 20 minutes if you have normal skin and 10 minutes if you have sensitive skin and then wash it off with warm water.

Acne? Egg White + Baking Soda Mask
Acne has been taking away the confidence of many people, but it is time to take that power back. With the egg white and baking soda facial mask, your face will be smooth and acne-free in no time. Egg whites contain protein vitamin A, and collagen which directly attack acne and fade acne scars. Baking soda helps combat acne with its pore cleansing properties which remove dirt and oil.

Ingredients: 3 egg whites, 2 tbsp. baking soda

Directions: Whip the egg whites first and then slowly add the baking soda into a bowl. Then, apply it evenly to your face for 20 minutes.

Oily Skin? Clay + Yogurt Mask
Oily skin is the glow that no one wants and with this clay and yogurt mask, you can get the glow everyone desires. The Bentonite clay contains properties that extract impurities and dirt from the skin and gives your face a smooth texture. The yogurt is great because it contains lactic acid which nourishes the skin and leaves it radiant. With the mixture of clay and yogurt, your oily skin will be gone very quickly.

Ingredients: 2 tbsp. Bentonite clay, 2 tbsp. of unflavored yogurt

Directions: Mix the Bentonite clay and yogurt into a small bowl and stir with a plastic spoon (not metal). Apply the mixture to your face and let it dry, which should take about 15 minutes. After it has dried, wash it off with warm water.

Luxury Lipstick Brands for Every Shade

“Lipstick can’t solve all problems, but it’s a pretty great start.” – Every Girl in the World

Although the temperature is cooling down for the fall, heat up your lipstick collection with these lip shades for every skin tone that put your beauty routine off the radar!

Nude

Nude lipstick can vary in colors based on the color of your skin. Most people believe you should pick a nude lipstick that blends in with the skin, but that is a fashion myth. Choose a tint of nude that is either a tint darker or lighter than your skin tone like the ones below.

Light

Laura Mercier’s Velour Lovers Lip Color
Color: Indiscretion
Price: $28

Medium

Smashbox’s Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Color: Mauve Matte
Price:$21

Dark

Mark Jacob’s Beauty Le Marc Lip Cream
Color: J Adore 230
Price: $30

Pink

Pink lipstick is the most feminine and eye-catching color to wear during the fall. It can add pop to a bland outfit on those days you may not feel like dressing up and it can add an extra “umph” on those autumn days where you do. As a result of that, pink lipstick is an essential shade for the fall months ahead.

Light

Ciate London’s Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick
Color: Sass Pot
Price: $19

Medium

Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Liquid Lipstick
Color: Carina
Price: $20

Dark

Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick
Color: Countess
Price: $21

Red

Red lipstick is a classic that never goes out of style. Every lady should already have a few tubes of red lipstick, but for these fall months, you may want to add a few more.

Light

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Color: True Red
Price: $24

Medium

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Color: Cruella
Price:$26

Dark

Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick
Color: Matte Crimson Red
Price: $21

Orange

Orange is a color most stray away from, but not this fall. It’s time to be bold, bright, and orange with these amazing lipsticks.

Light

Urban Decay’s Sheer Revolution Lipstick
Color: Sheer Slowburn
Price: $22

Medium

NYX’s Macaroon Lippies
Color: Orange Blossom
Price: $6

Dark

Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Sheer Lipstick
Color: 300
Price: $37

Purple

Purple lipstick is the perfect way to pay tribute to Prince and the cool months ahead. These are some amazing and bold lipsticks that put a brand new meaning on purple rain.

Light

Bite Beauty’s Matte Crème Lip Crayon
Color: Aubergine
Price: $24

Medium

Sephora Collection’s Cream Lip Stain
Color: Blackberry Sorbet
Price: $14

Dark

Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick
Color: Homegirl
Price: $21