Hair Game Proper: Celebrity Hair Entrepreneurs & Spokeswomen
As individuals that are seen on the covers of magazines, in movies, in music videos and more, a celebrity’s hair has ALWAYS got to be on point. Hence the stylists you see that pop up at every drop of a camera and at award shows to primp their strands between breaks. So with that knowledge in mind, it only makes sense that black figures in entertainment would extend their influence into the hair care industry, a definite moneymaker. So we’re highlighting “Dark & Lovely” ladies who have used their influence and tresses to make their mark in the haircare industry as a side hustle. We’re just waiting for Wendy Williams, aka the “the wigged one,” to go ahead and step on in…
The spirited actress became the ultimate hair entrepreneur in 2009 when she teamed up with elite stylists to create the Vivica A. Fox Hair Collection. A woman of many styles throughout her career, Vivica worked with her team to create a full line of creatively cut and molded handmade wigs, lacefronts, and simple extensions. From razor sharp bobs to whip worthy ponytails and wavy lacefronts of crazy lengths, her line offers a lot, and has definitely been popular with women looking for variety. Expect to see these out in full force this summer.
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The Ladies of Carol’s Daughter
Carol’s Daughter got a major push in both sales and appeal thanks to endorsements from ladies we love like Mary J. Blige and Jada Pinkett Smith. Their use of the natural skin and hair care products definitely got people talking and spending their duckets. I mean, who hasn’t fawned over Jada’s bronzed skin? And now these two beauties are being joined in the spokeswoman ranks for the company by model Selita Ebanks, singer Cassie, and Solange Knowles, as they promote the new Monoi Repairing line of hair products. From a bountiful fro to a trademark half-shaven style, they’re all rocking different looks that can help the brand appeal to women of a range of hair types and backgrounds, and is sure to bring in major dollars for the ladies. And using their reputations as hair mavericks (maybe not so much Selita), Carol’s Daughter is sure to profit big time as well.
I don’t think a day has gone by when we haven’t seen songstress Brandy not rocking extensions of some sort. From the minute she claimed that she wanted to be down in dookie braids, to her current dedication to smooth pieces, B-Rocka was born to be an endorser of extensions. So we weren’t surprised when she teamed up with popular weave brand Outre to not only endorse their line, but to have a hand in styling her own collection of weavy wonders and clip ons. The looks were wavy and crimped (that young Foxy Brown ish), with hair made of all natural proteins. It didn’t make her a hair mogul or anything of the sorts, but it definitely brought the singer some nice change, and greatly increased her weave collection.
Keyshia Cole & LeToya Luckett for Luster Products
Who didn’t have some Luster’s Pink oil products growing up? Better yet, who doesn’t have at least one Luster’s Pink oil product chilling in their shower or in their cabinet right now? So when Keyshia Cole was chosen to endorse the pink products in 2008, around the time she was rocking her oh so chic short cut (big ups to stylist extraordinaire Ursula Stephen), it was the perfect match. Cole’s signature and face graced the cover of many a Luster’s Pink oil relaxer and ad until last summer. That is when ex-Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett took over ambassador duties. Could the acquisition of the “Torn” singer with an extensive length of locks be a sign of the end of short cut dominance? Doubt it.
Kelly Rowland & Bria Murphy for SoftSheen-Carson’s Dark & Lovely
You might not remember, but Kelly Rowland took her Destiny’s Child influence to the bank by gracing the ads and relaxer boxes of SoftSheen-Carson’s Dark & Lovely products. Back when girlfriend was rocking that multi-colored bob, flipping her hair and cheesing on the front of Grimace-colored purple boxes, her legion of fans were buying into her claims of added body and shine through the relaxer products. Currently, Eddie Murphy’s oldest daughter and model Bria is the new face of D&L, and Kelly is now a freelance endorser of uber-long and big and bold Diana Ross-eque wigs. Just kidding. But seriously, she stays with a wig on…
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Forever the lady in white, Lisa Raye is definitely looking to be a part of the next big business venture. She’s started numerous fashion lines, including her own line of denim for curvaceous chicks and even had a collection of, you guessed it, white jeans. But more than white, it’s obvious to see that Lisa Raye loves her hair, and loves it long. Have we ever seen her change it up? So it made sense for the actress to become the spokeswoman for the hairpieces of her hairstylist, Dr. Boogie. Don’t ask me why he has that name…The do-it-yourself pieces were a mix of clip on old-school buns, bangs, dramatic ponytails, and wigs of course. During the days of her marriage to Michael Misick, the former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands she and Dr. Boogie even marketed a line of extensions called “Island Beauty,” influenced by the former first lady.
Queen Latifah has done almost everything: acting, rapping, producing, and in August, she’ll finally be selling her new fashion line, the Queen Collection, through the Home Shopping Network. And along with handbags, dresses and scarves, girlfriend is going to be pushing a line of weaves too. Everyone’s favorite CoverGirl said she’s hoping to bring a “great quality of hair” to the people. So be on the lookout for sew-ins and clip-on galore. And we’re we’re sure it’ll be a hit, cause Queen’s just got that golden touch. Hell, she even made Pizza Hut fashionable.
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