By not supporting local brands, the African consumer is assisting overseas countries to grow which has a direct influence on job losses and even the closing of businesses.
Prof. Donald Boateng
I will begin by saying that this is not a sponsored post, none of the brands mentioned on here have paid me to sing their praises lol.
We have been blogging for about 5 years this year which is amazing! When we first started our regimens we were using a lot of US sourced products including Organic Root Stimulator, Elasta QP and Creme of Nature amongst others. We used these brands mainly because they were all that was available and all the bloggers at the time including Curly Nikki and Black Girl Long Hair were all raving about them, Since then a lot of foreign natural hair products have emerged including SheaMoisture, AsIam, Cantu and Eden Bodyworks, they have even penetrated the local market and are sold at exorbitant prices.
Despite the price, these products are flying off the shelves which is astounding! We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some fantastic brands that are local and whose products work amazingly well.
1. Marini Naturals
This is the newest entrant in the market and is fully local started by the lovely Michelle Ntalami. They currently have a 4 product line up with a butter, gel. sulphate free shampoo and leave in conditioner. Check them out on https://www.facebook.com/marininaturals/
2. Ajani Handmade
AJANI Handmade is a social enterprise that was started by the lovely Sharon Njavika to provide organic hair and skin care products. Their aesthetic is fab! They have a 3 product line up; The Waridi Whipped hair and body butter, the Shea Cocoa Butter Bar and the Peppermint and Rosemary Essential Oil Elixir. Check them out here, http://www.ajanihandmade.com/
3. Shea by Asal
The brains behind Shea By Asal is absolutely the kindest lady ever, her hair is FAB as well. Lucy is a Jill of all trades and has done everything from graphic design to accounting. She has a lovely brand that makes soap, shampoo bars, whipped body and hair butters as well as stocks Bentonite clay. You can check her out here, https://www.facebook.com/Shea-By-Asal-721702127919494/?fref=ts
4. Harvest of Sunshine
This is a brand that was started by Mumbi who was inspired by her kitchen which was full of sunshine, warmth and light. She started whipping up butters and oils which led to the birth of the product line. They have a leave in, butter creme, deep conditioner and a hair and body cleanser. Check them out here, http://www.harvestofsunshine.com/
These are not the only local brands available and we shall be posting soon about other brands that are worthy of mentions. Do you guys support local brands? If you have used any of these brands, do you think they work just as well as foreign brands? Would love to hear your thoughts?
Follow us on Instagram, we shall be having a giveaway from tomorrow!