Celebrate Black History Month

Let's Celebrate Black History Month!

February is Black History Month, and while it may be the year’s shortest month, we at Private Label still want to highlight the contributions made by these men and women that revolutionized the hair & beauty industry. 

Make sure you follow us on Instagram as we're celebrating all month. 

 Madame CJ Walker

Madame CJ Walker

Also known as Sarah Breedlove, she is credited as one of the first black women millionaires in America and is a pioneer for Black woman entrepreneurship. She is known for being a genius marketer  specializing in self-promotion. After dealing with her own hair loss and scalp health struggles, she created hair care products tailored for Black women. Her sales brands offered education and employment to the community at large.  A true rags to riches story.

Annie Turnbo Malone

Annie Malone

Born in Metropolis, Illinois, Annie Malone invented a hair straightening formula that was less harsh than what was currently available. She built Poro College in St. Louis, Missouri to, in her words, contribute to the "economic betterment of race women." Enjoying a long career as both a chemist and an entrepreneur she eventually became a millionaire. Even Donald Trump gave her a shoutout in his 2019 Proclamation on Black History Month. 

Anthony Overton 

Anthony Overton

 A lawyer who also obtained a Chemistry degree, Anthony Overton opened the Overton Hygienic Manufacturing Co in 1898. While initially producing drugstore goods he soon recognized that lack of cosmetics for women of color. He developed cosmetics goods that were specifically and beautifully marketed to the Black community. These products include hair creams and eye makeups that were safer than the competitive brands that were mixed with chalks and other harmful ingredients. Though he passed in 1946, his manufacturing company stayed in business until 1983. 

 
Marjorie Stewart Joyner

Marjorie Stewart Joyner

 As the inventor and first African American woman patent-holder of the Permanent Wave Machine, Marjorie Joyner has ensured a prominent place in cosmetology history. She assisted in the writing of Illinois's first cosmetology laws. Along with Mary Bethune McLeod, she helped found the United Beauty School Owners and Teachers Association in 1945. 

 Rose Meta Morgan

Rose Meta Morgan

One of nine children, Rose Morgan received her cosmetology education from the Morris School of Beauty. As a savvy entrepreneur, she opened the Rose Meta House of Beauty Salon in 1945. It later would become one of the largest beauty parlors catering to the African American community. 

 

 

 John H. Johnson

John H Johnson

A businessman and publisher, John Johnson founded the Johnson Publishing Company in 1942. He would go on to publish influential magazines Ebony and Jet. Also the owner of Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Supreme Beauty products that provided makeup, skin care, & hair care to the African American community. 

 

 

 Lyda Newman

Lyda Newman

The 2nd African American woman to ever receive a patent. Her improved hairbrush design was patented November 15, 1898. This was the first hairbrush with synthetic bristles that could be taken apart for easy cleaning. 

Walter Sammons

Walter Sammons
A talented inventor who improved the hot comb's effectiveness to remove kinks from hair. His hot comb was patented on December 21, 1920. 

Nobia A. Franklin

Nobia A Franklin
 A beautician and entrepreneur who helped establish the N.A. Franklin Association for Beauty & Culture in 1927. Having a heart for education and her community, she highlighted products that were, as she would say, "meant to flatter, rather than lighten darker skin tones."

Sara Spencer Washington

Sara Spencer Washington

A chemist before becoming a beauty entrepreneur, Sarah Washington founded the Apex News & Hair Company in 1919. The Apex empire grew to include salons, schools, and beauty products catered to the community. She was honored at the 1939 New York World's Fair as the "Most Distinguished Businesswoman". 

Theora Stephens

Theora Stephens

A hairdresser who patented a more efficient pressing and curling iron.

Christina Jenkins

Christina Jenkins

Developed and patented the modern-day sew-in hair weaving technique in 1951. 

Angela Davis 

Angela Davis

A political activist, philosopher, scholar, and author who, after studying abroad, has spent her career being the voice for group marginalized by classism, sexism, & racism. She has proudly worn her afro's natural curl pattern and made a statement against Eurocentric beauty standards.



Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson

A model, singer, actress, and businesswoman who is known for more than her beauty. She is the first African American model to be on the cover of Vogue and she is the first black woman to grace the cover of French Elle in 1975.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Rihanna

Pop superstar, Fashion Icon, and Mogul launched the Fenty Beauty cosmetics brand in the Fall of 2017. Fenty Beauty has garnered record-breaking success and international acclaim for both diversity and inclusion across ethnic and gender lines. 

Maria Borges 

Maria Borges

An Angolan supermodel who was name Forbes Africa's top model of 2013. She pushed boundaries walking Victoria's Secret's catwalk in her natural-textured afro. 

Gwen Jimmere

Gwen Jimmere

The CEO & Founder of the award-winning global beauty brand, Naturalicious. She is the first black woman to hold a patent for a natural hair product. 

Chris-Tia Donaldson

Chris-Tia Donaldson

 Author, CEO & Founder of Thank God It's Natural (TGIN) haircare, a manufacturer of natural hair and skin care products. Her book, Thank God I'm Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Natural Hair, is a #1 Amazon bestseller. 

Rochelle "Black Onyx" Graham-Campbell

Rochelle Graham-Campbell

An entrepreneur, speaker, natural hair enthusiast, and CEO & Co-founder of Alikay Naturals, a luxury & organic line of hair and skincare products, and its multi-million dollar parent company, Black Onyx World. 

Ceata Lash

Ceata Lash

The Founder & Inventor of PuffCuff Hair Clamp. She is the first black woman to hold three patents for natural hair accessories.

Noel Durity

Noel Durity

While also being a Real Estate & Mortgage Broker, Noel Durity is the inventor and patent holder of the "Twist It Up" comb.

Lisa Price

Lisa Price

The President and Founder of Carol’s Daughter, Inc., the first African American hair company to cater to the natural hair community, and would later become a retail chain.

Muhga Eltigani

Muhga Eltigani

Having been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, she is the founder of the multi-million dollar hair company, NaturAll. This company only sells fresh & refrigerated hair products specialized for all tips of afro-textured hairs. 

Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

She is the 1st makeup artist to be made a Dame. Hailed as the most influential and sought-after makeup artist by Vogue, Prada, and other established commentators. She launched her own line of high-performance cosmetics, PAT MCGRATH LABS, in 2015.

Nancy Twine

Nancy Twine

The founder and CEO of Briogeo Hair Care, a leading authority on "green beauty", and the youngest African American to launch a product line at Sephora. 

Jackie Aina

Jackie Aina

A professional makeup artist turned YouTube megastar catering to women of color’s beauty concerns. Since starting her Youtube Channel in 2009 she has garnered 3 million subscribers.

                   Tristan Walker

Tristan WalkerHe is the founder and CEO of Walker & Company Brands which specializes in beauty and grooming products for African American women & men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just a few renowned individuals we wanted to highlight this Black History Month. Is there anyone we missed? Is there anyone you think we should highlight next Black History Month? Comment all suggestions below. The beauty and hair industry owes literal millions to the contributions made by the Black community. 


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