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According to The Black Owned Beauty Supply Association, 150 black owned beauty supply stores opened around the country in 2017, bringing the total to 3,000. As a black woman or man, have you shopped at one?

It’s About D*mn Time!

Haircare and skincare combined is a trillion dollar industry and continues to grows every year due majorly to black women . A 2018 Nielsen report shows that African Americans spent $54 million on ethnic hair and beauty products in 2017 alone. Key world, alone. The next time you’re in your local beauty store, take a look around the store and look at the customers. We bet that even if there’s only one customer in the store it’s a black woman. It is black women that have and continue to make local beauty stores THE spot for beauty products. Isn’t it time that your beauty needs are provided to you by someone who truly understands your experience? *Looks at paragraph heading*

It’s no lie that a majority of beauty supplies stores and the distributors that supply them are owned by Korean-Americans. In fact, Korean-Americans run 70% of all beauty supply stores in the country. That’s 7 out of 10 beauty supplies stores, that as mentioned above, are selling their products to mainly black women. We in no way are trying to single out these store owners as the problem but want readers to know more about the places they choose to spend their money. It is this type of information that might motivate you to find that local black owned beauty supply store and provide them with your business.

Your Money, Your Store

While there isn’t an official list of black owned beauty supply stores out there, there are plenty of ways to find your closest one. Google “black owned beauty supply store” right now and if one doesn’t pop up on the right toolbar, there will be surely be links to websites with lists. We did and found a link to Black Wall Street’s 52 Black Owned Beauty Supply Stores You Should Know. Now was that hard? If you still can’t find a local black owned beauty supply store, find the closest one shipping wise and see if you can order products from the store via the phone. Let them know you want to support a black owned business and see if they give you a discount ;). #BuyBlack

We’ve all been a baby at one point in our lives. Can you believe that? Sometimes we even wish we could go back to those days. Think about it, waking up and going to sleep to new sounds, tastes, and smells every day. So many questions such as “Why don’t I like vegetables?” Have you seen baby food? Next question. “Why does the smell of lavendar or cocoa/shea butter take me to a happy place?” Have you tried your baby’s skincare?

Happy Baby Skincare. Happy Baby.

Fact: Babies have super-sensitive skin. That means rashes, rashes, and more rashes. We as adults get a mosquito bite, put some cortisone on it and call it a day. Imagine being a baby with a rash and not being able to even tell your parents where it itches. Cold world. But there is an upside to a baby having super-sensitive skin. One, being able to feel even the lightest of touches like the first kiss from Mom or Dad. Balance restored.

If you ask your parents what baby skincare products they used on you, most will probably mention Johnson & Johnson, Baby Magic, or even Aveeno. These well known brands have earned the top listings in Google search due to proven results over the past decades. Have you ever seen a happier baby than a Johnson & Johnson baby? (FYI, this is not a Johnson & Johnson baby but you get the idea :))

Clear Essence Baby

Try a baby skincare products next time you have a chance and see how the smell alone takes you back to a happy place. That’s exactly the goal of most of these baby skincare products aside from cleaning or moisturizing the skin. The use of smells such as lavendar or cocoa/shea butter in baby skincare products is to soothe and relax the baby. Bath time can be a messy and stressful experience for both baby and parents the first couple times around. Eventually the baby will look forward to bath time, as it is another opportunity for them to be close to their parents and of course, the smell and touch of their favorite baby skincare products. Is it bath time yet?

 

Like Mommy. Like Me.

The Clear Essence Brand was proud to introduce it’s own baby skincare line in 2003, Baby for Babies of Color by Clear Essence. A baby skin care regimen designed to pamper from the top of the head down to the tiniest foot, featuring ingredients such as oatmeal to relieve irritated skin, eucalyptus and menthol to comfort, and Vitamin E to ensure softness. Ingredients were chosen carefully: Its fragrant line was created in collaboration with herbalists, botanists and skin care specialists and includes a variety of cleansing bars, washes, lotions and oils. Also, it’s one of the few black owned baby skincare lines for babies of color.

Today, the Clear Essence baby skincare line has become a new favorite for parents looking for products specifically made for babies of color. We like to think that these parents are current Clear Essence customers and want the same level of care and concern for their baby’s skin that they’ve experienced with our other products. Recently, we have introduced the Clear Essence Baby Gift Pack and Hydration Pack offering buyers a complete baby skincare set that be can be used on babies ages 3 and up. AGES 3 AND UP. We will just that there. If you’d like to learn more about Baby for Babies of Color by Clear Essence and it’s ingredients we invite you to www.clearessence.com/skin-care-lines/baby-skin-care-1.html.

Have you ever wondered why your ‘black soap’ is your go-to acne cure? Why it has a kind of a strong smell compared to the rest of your soaps? Check out the ingredients one time. You see Sulphur listed below ‘Active Ingredients’? There’s your answer. There’s your acne cure.

Sulphur’s Story

Sulphur? You may say. Yes. We would say. Sulphur has been used since ancient times as an all natural acne cure and can be found in the ingredient list of today’s top skincare brands. It’s natural antibacterial properties eradicate acne-causing bacteria in your pores and prevent future breakouts when used on the daily. (Key word: daily. Don’t just use that Soap or cleanser with sulphur when acne appears, make it a part of your skincare regimen. You will see that the Difference is Clear! 😉 )

Aside from being one of the more milder acne medications, meaning it can be used by most skin types, Sulphur is a vital nutrient for your body, especially your skin. Keratin, which is a sulphur containing protein, is important for healthy nails and hair, and a key structural component of the outer layer of human skin. The Sulphur Institute has created the below chart which shows hows sulphur and your body work together:

Thinking of doing a little sulphur-shopping while on the Clear Essence website? Drop the Medicated Cleansing Bar Plus Exfoliants or CHIMÉRE Bump Control Cleansing Bar inside your cart and tell acne to shhhh!

#NoShaveGang

 Have you ever wondered why that in 2018 there still isn’t a cure for razor bumps? We’ve all read articles where they explain the origin of ingrown hairs and razor bumps including ways to try to prevent them but never an end all solution. That’s because there is no end all solution. As long as you are a black man with curly facial hair, you are susceptible to ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots as a result of shaving. But there is a way to prevent them from happening on the regular. One word: Barbershop.

Clean Cut. Clean Face.

Fellas, let’s admit it, barbers play a vital role in our grooming and truly ‘shape’ how the outside world sees us. There’s nothing like that second look at your cut in the rearview mirror boy! Your cut may not be exactly the same every time but the cleanliness is always there and that’s a big part of why we go to the barbershop. Have you ever tried to give yourself a line up with a straight edge razor? Probably not and that’s why we should leave such matters, including shaving, to the masters of men’s grooming, barbers. Shaving at home is like cutting your own hair, there’s bound to be some consequences. Said consequences when it comes to shaving at home are what we call the Migos of Men’s Grooming: ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots.

They’re dressed in all black because they want to sneak into your grooming regimen.

Are we saying that you should never shave at home? Yes, kinda, but we understand that sometimes you must due to work/personal related reasons. We don’t want you walking into a big meeting or date giving off the impression that you do not care about your overall appearance. PRESENTATION. IS. EVERYTHING.

Yes, presentation is everything but ask yourself, would you rather have some straggler facial hairs and a bushy mustache or ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots? Remember, ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots can last a lifetime whereas the straggler facial hairs and a bushy mustache are gone with a few touches of the clipper from your barber. You choose.

Gift of Creation

Chimére. Pronounced CHI-MER-A is of Nigerian Igbo origin and translates into English as “Gift of Creation” or “God Did It!” We like the first translation because it addresses both Creator and it’s gift to the world, you! And that’s exactly what the CHIMÉRE brand is all about, you!

The process in creating an effective grooming and skin care collection for men of color begin with the thorough understanding of the roots of men of color’s grooming concerns. Once that was understood, we applied our expertise in providing solutions using nature’s bountiful resources. CHIMÉRE became a global venture as our journey to create a treatment for ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots led us to Africa, Asia, South America and Australia.

In essence, CHIMÉRE is a celebration of You. Your strength. Your purpose. Your being.

Find your Gift of Creation at www.clearessence.com/chimere.

– CJ Obioha, Brand Marketing Manager, CHIMÉRE

Ace of Fades, Los Angeles, CA

 

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