As a young, Black woman, I understand that hair is integral to one’s identity, culture, and confidence. Hair differs from relatives and friends but can sometimes be a focal point. I was fortunate to grow up in a diverse community, seeing peers and teachers who looked like me. It was not uncommon to discuss hair trends or favorite products during lunchtime. 

The natural hair community has gained more supporters this past decade, with a boom of YouTubers and people online displaying their curly, kinky coils. There can be stigma related to certain hairstyles in workplace settings as an attempt to further discrimination. Being comfortable in your skin is an excellent and beautiful experience, and making decisions about your appearance is a key to autonomy and emotional well-being. 

As I mentioned, hair care products explicitly curated for tight curls and less stripping ingredients are essential for maintaining hygiene and individualistic style. Necessary components that draw in and seal in moisture are especially sought after for Black haircare (e.g., humectants like glycerin and heavy oils like shea butter and castor oil). Certain products are mainly used exclusively by those with coarser hair textures. Leave-in conditioners, herbal oils, edge control/ gel, and detanglers make great additions to the shampoos and conditioners on the market. These products have tools to use successfully, like wide-toothed combs, protective styles, and satin hair scarves. 

I am thrilled that Itiah Angels for Learning can support this important initiative with Tropical Origin products. The brand offers products in a reinvented way, like a shampoo bar that is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated for all hair types. It is fantastic that the younger generations can be in tune with their appearance and self-expression. The black-owned company helps to give back to the community and inspires everyone to have an entrepreneurial spirit.

Written by Tiffany Williams

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