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Monday’s Madame: Diane Da Costa, Founder Of SimpleeBEAUTIFUL

October 14th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Monday’s Madame is a new column on MadameNoire that highlights inspirational women who are doing great things in black communities around the world. If you would like to submit an inspirational woman for consideration, please send her name, age, location, photo, and a blurb about the work she’s doing to

Diane Da CostaMonday’s Madame: Diane Da Costa

Age: 50

Location: White Plains, NY

Why she inspires us: Diane Da Costa is a curly textured expert and author of the 2004 book, Textured Tresses, The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Styling Natural Hair. Diane’s philosophy is simply, “Textured hair is gorgeous hair!”

With over 25 years in the beauty business, Ms. Da Costa has brought innovative curly styles to the forefront of today’s multi-textured hair movement. Diane’s cutting edge styles have graced the pages of The New York Times, Ebony, Essence British Elle, French Vogue, Heart & Soul, The Source, In Style,, O Magazine, Rolling Stone, Sophisticates Black Hair, Vibe, and UPTOWN magazines.

Diane added proprietor to her resume when she opened Dyaspora Salon Spa, the first Aveda Concept salon in New York City, which was the leading textured hair care salon and spa in New York City during the 1990’s. Diane is currently the owner and creative director of SimpleeBEAUTIFUL, a luxury beauty product, hairstyling, and accessory boutique in Westchester, NY. SimpleeBEAUTIFUL Westchester offers clients an opportunity to get expert advice, test, and make informed decisions about selecting products that will achieve the best look, while cultivating healthy hair. The boutique offers a wide range of botanical and organic hair and body products, and is the first boutique to exclusively carry Carol’s Daughter products.

In 2012, Da Costa was named Brand Stylist for Carol’s Daughter and was part of the expert panel behind the Carol’s Daughter Transition Me Beautiful Contest. In this role she develops content for the Carol’s Daughter Transitioning Movement website, devoted to supporting the transitioning lifestyle and helping women of color maintain glamorous and healthy hair.

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Carol’s Daughter’s Lisa Price On Business: “One Of The Mistakes I’ve Definitely Seen Women Make Is Crying”

October 14th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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via @PeaceNLoveLisa

via @PeaceNLoveLisa

The New York Times commemorated the 250 Corner Office interviews featured in its Business section by taking a closer look at the women at the top. Adam Bryant conducted follow up interviews with four women CEOs to get their take on leadership, women (and men) in the workplace, and how we can better equip women for high-ranking positions.

One of the women included is Lisa Price, the founder and president of Carol’s Daughter. The 20-year-old company has thousands upon thousands of devotees who turn to the company for hair and skincare products. But for Price, this is big business and she has some suggestions for how women can join her in corporate success.

On being a leader:

I used to sit at the table but not necessarily at the head of the table, because I felt there were things I needed to learn, and I wanted to be part of the team, and sit with the team.

… Now I sit at the head of the table…  I just sort of gravitated there naturally, and that’s where I sit, because what I’ve learned is that, regardless of whatever little skill sets here and there that I might not know really well, I do know this brand better than anybody else.

On the differences between male and female leaders:

What I find interesting is that it’s not across the board, as in, men are this way and women are that way… 

What I have noticed is that men can have a real serious debate about something and sound like they’re just going at it, and you think they’re going to walk out of the room angry at each other. And they go get a sandwich, and they’re fine. They don’t take it to heart. Women don’t do that. 

And on crying at work:

One of the mistakes I’ve definitely seen women make is crying. And I’m an emotional person. I understand where the tears come from…

However, when you’re speaking to your boss or your manager about an issue, and you’re feeling overwhelmed, crying is not a good thing to do, because you don’t necessarily know how it’s being perceived by the person to whom you’re speaking. I know from personal experience that the stigma never goes away. And you are enforcing a stereotype, unfortunately, that women are weak, and they’re not as tough as men.

To read more from Price and the other women interviewed, among them Amy Schulman, the EVP and general counsel at Pfizer, and Marjorie Kaplan, the group president of the Animal Planet, Science, and Velocity Networks, click here.


Shop Pink! Companies Who Support Breast Cancer Awareness

October 7th, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month which has many of us thinking pink. Whether breast cancer has affected someone you know or not, it’s a time to think about those fighting the fight as breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It also happens to be the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

Keeping those close to our hearts, one has to wonder what we can do to get involved. Sure there are tons of walk and run events along with the traditional donation, but what about purchasing those items that tote the pink ribbon? Unfortunately, not all products that talk about supporting breast cancer research actually put their money where their mouth is. Some are just capitalizing on the kindness of others who want to buy products with proceeds going to finding a cure.

If you have been looking for ways to support with your wallet through purchases, here are some companies who support breast cancer awareness you might want to consider.

Beauty For Body & Soul: Skincare Goodies By African-American Entrepreneurs

July 31st, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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We all like to treat our skin with care, using products that are not only good for us but also make us feel luxurious and special.

The result is a ton on money being spent on beauty products. In fact, according to a report by The Beauty Company, the total sales in the beauty and personal care industry were roughly $426 billion in 2011. And sales are going up. Total global beauty sales for January through March 2012 were up 14 percent to $2.278 billion.

And African-American women spend $7.5 billion each year on beauty products. This is 80 percent more than the general market. “The reason it’s such a dramatic difference is attributed to the fact that African-American women have to sample more products to find the right ones for their skin,” reports New York Magazine.

So here are some beauty and personal care goodies from African-American entrepreneurs that might make the search a little easier.

How The Rich Get Richer: Business Investments Of The Rich & Famous

July 26th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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If you think album sales, tours and promotional deals are the only ways celebrities make their millions, then you are still living in the 20th century. In today’s bustling market, there are various products, companies and start ups itching for investors. And that’s where celebrities come in, investing, in some cases, big money in order to get a big return on growing businesses they believe in.

Or you have celebs like Drew Barrymore who launch their own companies. Barrymore might not be making movies at the same pace she was before, but she’s got Flower Films (with Jimmy Fallon’s wife Nancy Juvonen) and Flower makeup brand, sold at Walmart.

Here are a few leading celebrity investors and their multi-million dollar investment deals.

‘Essence’ Editor Takes A Stand For Better Black Representation In Beauty Industry

July 22nd, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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via Beauty Biz Camp Facebook page

via Beauty Biz Camp Facebook page

Putting her foot down about the lack of representation of Black women in the beauty industry, Essence beauty editor Corynne Corbette is launching a nonprofit organization that will help companies better reflect the African-American community, reports Clutch.

The three-week program, called Beauty BizCamp, will educate young girls between the ages of 12 and 18 about how to make good decisions in beauty careers. Corbette’s goal is to encourage racial diversity in the industry.

“Instead of complaining about it, I need people to do something about it,” said Corbette. “They say we can’t find the people [to fill those jobs], so then let’s equip people to do the jobs.”

With leaders such as Lisa Price from Carol’s Daugter and Yesenia Almonte from Seventeen as teachers, Beauty BizCamp will jump start its first summer session in New York City today. The program may be pricey (it’s $1,000 to participate), but scholarships will be offered to 10 lucky young girls. And this is a program to be taken seriously, with an application process that asks for essays and a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Corbette adds that she understands that not all girls want to pursue a career in the beauty industry, but the camp will instill girls with “the whole notion of being beautiful for themselves and to understand that they have power by saying what [they think] is beautiful…”

On a more serious note, the Essence editors are also taking a stand on the George Zimmerman verdict that unleashed fury in America. Essence has launched #HeIsNotASuspect, a social media movement that is aiming to put an end to racial profiling of Black men in America.

Essence’s HeIsNotASuspect” […] is designed to challenge negative images of young African-American men,” said Vanessa Bush, Acting Managing Editor of Essence. “We also wanted to create a forum for mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and everyone else to proclaim that young African-American men are to be celebrated and not feared.

To participate in the hashtag social media campaign, supporters must upload a photo of themselves as well as a young African-American man they care about. “In a few words [explain] why he’s so much more than a stereotype,” adds Sacbee.

Don’t forget to add the hashtag #HeIsNotASuspect in your posts.

Hair Care Brands Switch Marketing Tactics To Survive Natural Hair Movement

June 18th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Esperanza Spalding arriving at the Grammys. Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/

Esperanza Spalding arriving at the Grammys. Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/

“For years we’ve trusted Dark and Lovely [relaxers] to give us just the look we want,” says a soul-soaked voice in a 1992 commercial, “soft, easy-to-manage hair.”

Fast-forward to 2013 and today’s latest Dark and Lovely TV commercial encourages women to embrace their own chemically unaltered hair instead. A brown-skinned model struts around and flaunts her coily-textured hair: “Get unstoppable curls that defy shrinkage,” the ad boasts.

The drastic shift in television advertising is a reflection of current African-American ideals on hair. The Black hair industry has completely reshaped their marketing techniques amidst the natural hair craze. Between 2006 and 2011, relaxer kit sales dropped 17 percent. Afros are taking the world by storm — and it’s scaring these million-dollar hair corporations whose cash flow depend on black women slapping chemicals onto their kinks.

More women are ignoring television ads and are now engrossed in YouTube, blogs, and other social media outlets that cater to their natural hair needs. As of 2011, there were 23.9 million active African American Internet users; a substantial 76 percent visited a social networking/blog site. These online outlets provided Black women with an opportunity to create dialogue about which products are complete crap and which products are crowned as awesome. Meanwhile, hair corporations are eavesdropping on the conversation to figure out how to re-appeal to Black women.

All over the Internet, there is a slew of women online craving to know how to define their curls and reduce shrinkage. Many natural women enviously drool at YouTube hair gurus wondering why their mane doesn’t “act” the same. These are the women that hair corporations are targeting. Their insecurities make them particularly vulnerable to falling hook-line-and-sinker into overspending on hair care goodies. Phrases like “anti-shrinkage” and “curl-defining” appear on Dark and Lovely advertising, along with loose-curled models, to prey on hair-insecure natural women.

Noticing that viewers are super-curious about the products used by YouTube hair celebrities such as Jouelzy, CharyJay, and NikkiMae2003, hair brands started shipping free products to natural hair vloggers to heighten their visibility among the starry-eyed African American YouTube viewers.

Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Tour Of HBCUs Starts Next Week

April 4th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Mega beauty brand Carol’s Daughter is launching a “healthy hair” tour of HBCUs will kick off at Lincoln University on Monday, April 8. Hosted by Myleik Teele, the founder of CurlBOX, there will be a panel discussion and a “pledge” where attendees can swap their relaxer for Carol’s Daughter Transitioning 1-2-3 Kit. The tour will also visit the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Hampton University, Florida A&M University, and, ending on Friday, April 12, at Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. Hair stylist Nikk Nelson and Ngozi from Heat Free Hair will be among the panelists.

According to the press release, the tour is focused on natural hair because black women have been increasingly focused on natural hair. “Despite the rapid decline of relaxer kit sales there is still no solution for women going through this incredibly stressful, frustrating and emotional time,” reads the press release. “Transitioning isn’t just a process of changing your hair, it’s a transformation that affects the way you see yourself and the way others see you.”

Details about the tour are available in the brochure below and on the Carol’s Daughter Facebook page. (Note, SixOne7Creative are the organizers for the event if you’d like to attend.)


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10 Pivotal Moments In Black Women’s Hair History

March 13th, 2013 - By Tuere Randall
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March is women’s month, and because it follows on the heels of Black History Month, there’s no better time to talk about a topic that is very important to Black Women — hair care. Here are our top eleven moments in Black Hair care History.

Self-Styled Entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker Makes Her Mark With Black Hair Care Products (1905)

Combining both beauty sensibility and business savvy, Madam CJ Walker (née Sarah Breedlove) built a wildly successful hair empire, around, among other things, the innovation of the pressing comb, which made it more user-friendly for Afro-textured hair (she had the teeth widened for her target market). Ambitious, driven, and dedicated to her company, Madam CJ Walker became the first female self-made millionaire in the United States.

Get Hip To ‘The Curl’: Check Out Carol’s Daughters New Transitioning Web Series

December 11th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Earlier this year, we learned that Carol’s Daughter was hopping on the natural hair care trend and launching a Transition Movement website filled with suggested products and tips to help women grow their hair out from it’s relaxed stage, and now the popular product line has combined that focus with yet another trend — web series — to launch, “The Curl.”

The purpose of the new series, which launched last week, is to address some of the common hair questions women who are deciding to go natural have, and to share everyday tales about our hair. The series is also supposed to dispel the seemingly popular myth that one “must” be natural to be true to themselves, and also celebrate the range of beauty present in our various hair textures. Popular hair bloggers, like Urban Bush Babes, Hey Fran Hey, Fran Ramsey, and Around the Way the Curls, participate in the series, and the best thing about the videos, in my opinion, is in between the dialogue about the ladies’ hair journeys are tips on how to create popular styles like the pompadour.

Check out episode one of the series below. What do you think?

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