Sliq Is Out To Be A Next-Generation Ecosystem For Textured Hair Content, Products And Services

A quarter century after the launch of NaturallyCurly, Mamy Mbaye and Zainab Sanusi thought the world could use a new go-to textured hair content platform. They created 

How Beacon Award Winner Mara Made It To Sephora

At the beginning of the year, Mara’s eight-product lineup priced from $26 to $120 went live on Sephora’s website. On March 10, the algae-infused skincare brand is due to arrive at 252 of the retailer’s doors. The in-store offering will...

With The Launch Of 4U By Tia, Tia Mowry Is Opening Up Conversations About Natural Hair And Celebrity Brands

If you’re not thrilled about another celebrity beauty brand hitting the market, Tia Mowry, a partner with biotechnology company and incubator Amyris on new textured haircare brand 4U by Tia, is open to hashing out why you...

Co-Founder And Cosmetic Chemist Joyce De Lemos Takes Us Inside Dieux’s Product Development Process

While Charlotte Palermino and Marta Mae are the more forward-facing of the trio of founders at Dieux, cosmetic chemist Joyce de Lemos is the one cooking up the products that give the cool-girl skincare brand its credibility. De...

Success Or Sellout?: What Black Beauty Brand Founders Make Of P&G’s Acquisition Of Mielle Organics

On Jan. 11, Procter & Gamble announced it will acquire textured haircare brand Mielle Organics. The deal was met with mixed reactions online. Some people were elated that husband-and-wife founders Monique and Melvin Rodriguez achieved a lucrative...

Thirteen Lune Closes $8M Funding Round

Update: Inclusive beauty e-tailer Thirteen Lune has closed an $8 million seed plus round to bring the total amount of funding it’s raised to $12.5 million. Funds from the latest round, which BrainTrust Founders Studio participated in, will go...

Cece Meadows Started Prados Beauty With Less Than $6,000. Now, It’s Reached $1.5M In Sales.

Cece Meadows has a multilayered commitment to underserved communities. An Indigenous woman with Yoeme and Nʉmʉnʉ ancestry, that commitment is seen in the artwork for products from her brand Prados Beauty, efforts by her nonprofit The Prados Life...