16 Brands Black Beauty Experts Always Keep in Their Kits

Andrew M. Santos

August is National Black Business Month, and while we love celebrating our favorite Black artists and Black-owned beauty brands all 365 days of the year, we felt it was an especially opportune time to shine a spotlight on some of the beauty industry’s best artistic talent and the Black-owned businesses and products they love, consistently use, and recommend to friends, family, A-list clients, and, of course, you!

Below, we asked leading hairstylists and makeup artists (who regularly work with the glamorous likes of Tracee Ellis Ross, Naomi Campbell, Gabrielle Union, Laverne Cox, and so many more) which Black-owned brands and formulas we’d regularly find tucked into their product kits, showers, and high-standard beauty regimens. Keep scrolling! Our panel of experts are sharing 16 Black-owned beauty brands you can support this month in honor of National Black Business Month and always.

AJ Crimson Beauty

AJ Crimson Beauty Dual Skin Creme Foundation

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How to cut your curly hair at home with tips from experts

Andrew M. Santos

When it comes to curly hair, consistent care and maintenance is essential to growing healthy locks. And a huge part of keeping curls, coils and kinks thriving are professional haircuts. If going to the salon isn’t an option, trimming your hair at home is possible — but with a plan.

We asked Melissa Hernandez of City Curl Studio in New York and Yasmine Young of Diaspora Salon in Baltimore, Md. for their best advice on trimming your curls at home. The most important factor to avoid at at-home haircut fail? “You should cut your hair when it’s dry. That way you can see just how much you’re cutting and what it will look like styled,” Young says.

Hernandez agrees, adding: “I always recommend to my clients when shaping their hair at home to cut their hair dry and to be mindful of the ‘spring factor.’ Half an inch in curl

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crisis puts the brakes on fast fashion

Andrew M. Santos

Zara, H&M and Gap may be slowly reopening their stores but the coronavirus epidemic has had a devastating financial impact on the fast fashion sector, which needs a radical overhaul if it is to recover, experts say.

Nearly 40 percent of businesses in the sector are expecting the impact to be “much worse” than that of the 2008 financial crisis, a Euromonitor International survey showed.

It expects sales of clothing and shoes to fall by at least 12 percent this year.

Global leader Inditex, the Spanish group which owns the Zara fashion chain, posted a first-quarter loss of 409 million euros on Wednesday, its first-ever loss since it went public in 2001.

With 88 percent of its stores closed at the height of the global lockdown, the group saw its sales practically halved.

But the group, which has solid financials and whose shares have held up well, has continued to

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Press-on nails that match your phone

Andrew M. Santos

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If the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that there are a lot of things I want that I don’t necessarily need. Case in point: PopSockets’ new press-on nails that match your phone’s PopGrip.

Sure, maybe you don’t need nails that match your phone, but after seeing these nail designs, you’ll definitely want them.

You probably know of PopSockets as the brand that makes the PopGrip, the easy-to-use grip for holding your phone or using as a stand. It sticks on to the back of your phone and has a swappable “PopTop,” so you can update your phone according to your style. The brand has expanded to

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