As people continue to protest over racial inequalities, police brutality, and all the other disparities faced in Black communities, many are wondering how they can help? The most impactful way, other than marching alongside protestors for change, would be to support Black businesses by purchasing their products, services, or posting their information on your social media platform so others can support and patronize them as well. In honor of Black Out Tuesday, I’ve put together a listed of six of my favorite products that are worth checking out.
If you’re looking for a moisturizer that is lightweight and blends into the skin effortlessly without leaving residue then the Aloe Vera Gel face moisturizer is what you are looking for. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized, hydrated, and non-greasy all day. Ten percent of all Base Butter sales will be donated to an organization that is doing the critical work to dismantle systematic racism in the Black community.
One of my favorite hair care products would be avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture superfood mask. If your hair is anything like mine, it eats up all moisture and takes a beating from the elements. This mask leaves my hair soft, moisturized and manageable. The Briogeo line consists of shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, flaky scalp treatments and much more. Nancy Twine, CEO of Briogeo, is the youngest Black woman to launch a hair care line at Sephora. That’s major.
If you’re into headwraps, this is the site for you. Cee Cee’s Closet makes African headwraps in fabulous colors. They are 100 percent cotton, sturdy, and lightweight so you can wrap your hair with ease. Their custom creations are handmade by artisans in the West African country of Nigeria. The entrepreneurs are Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudo.
Urban Skin Rx was created by Rachel Roff, a highly successful licensed medical aesthetician. She considers herself to be a “melanin expert.” These products work wonders for acne prone skin. My skin care regimen consists of the Acne and Dark Spot Control Package. Not only do they have great skin products, but they support a lot of non-profits dedicated to change in the Black community.
MissesBrie will be my new go-to for swimwear. I was introduced to this product line by a friend who boasted about the quality and how well it accentuated our curves. The MissesBrie swimwear line offers two-piece and one-piece suits, skirts/sarongs, all in vibrant colors. Brielle Anyea started her swimwear company to celebrate women that strut with confidence and define their own beauty, and with these pieces you can do all things. Fifty percent of the profits will be donated to organizations that are providing support to peaceful protesters.
OMG, after application of the Fenty Pro Filt’r, my skin is flawless! It appears as if my face was airbrushed. It doesn’t cake up or disappear as the day goes on either. This foundation provides medium coverage, contains grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate for moisture and comes in 50 different shades. A little goes a long way, too.
We must continue to support Black business well after the noise quiets down. Shopping Black should not be a trend, it should be intentional.
By Naiyah Mills, Freshman, Columbia College