Quoting Finimpact's article #BlackLivesMatter: How to Support Black-Owned Small Businesses:
"The primary reason for the lack of Black wealth and their under-representation in business is due to the treatment of previous generations. This has led to an infrastructure where other demographics benefit from inherited wealth, go to the best schools, and get the best jobs. In contrast, black people do not have any of these benefits in terms of wealth acquisition and are starting off on a much weaker platform to grow their income potential."
Socially-minded people know how important it is to support black owned businesses in the UK, and globally. Buying from black-owned businesses, all-year-round, is one of the best ways to show our commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Additiionally, it is important to show support for vegan businesses that reflect our values. Part of the reason we make and buy vegan products is that we're dedicated to making the world a better place. Shopping with black owned vegan businesses in the UK is a great way to vote with our wallets.
Check out these 6 black owned vegan businesses we know you'll love.
The Wild Curl provides products and hair care tips for naturally curly hair. Vanessa Martins Lopes, the founder of The Wild Curl, believes that everyone should have the right to embrace their natural hair without having the need to fit into narrow beauty standards set by the society. For decades, people with curly hair has been straigtning their hair and damaging their natural hair texture. Now more than ever, people are ready to reject these beauty standards and celebrate their curls. To support the nautral hair journey, The Wild Curl provides nourishing hair oils to revitalize curls and gentle sulphate-free shampoo and moisturizing conditioner to keep curly hair healthy and vibrant. They cater from the finest wavy hair to super curly afro hair. And don't worry if you are unsure of your hair type, you can always take their Curly Hair Quiz to find out what products are the best fit for your hair!
2. Soul Cap
You might remember Soul Cap from inventing an amazing swimming cap that is voluminous enough to protect thick curly textured hair, dreadlocks, weaves, hair extensions and braids. Alice Dearing, the first Black female swimmer on Britain’s Olympic team uses the the Soul Cap and was looking forward to use it in the Olympics of Tokyo. However, FINA, which oversees international competitions in aquatics sports, rejected the application to use Soul Cap in the Tokyo Games. This bursted a huge conversation accross Social Media about injustice people of color have to continue to face year after year. This shows that inclusivity in the sport is still not fully supported.
Soul Cap was founded by best friends Michael Chapman and Toks Ahmed-Salawudeen, who grew up without learning to swim.
In 2017, they signed up for a swimming class together and met a woman with Afro hair who was struggling with the size of her swim cap. After asking around from friends and family and doing some research, they relalized that the health and beauty industry was completely overlooking the needs of people with thick, curly, and voluminous hair.
The duo decided to create their own swimming cap for volumnious hair and have shipped ever since more than 30,000 of Soul Cap's to customers all over the world. Now, after COVID restrictions were lifted and swimming halfs are opening again, Michael and Toks are looking forward to level up Soul Cap as a brand.
If you have textured hair, whether it’s afro, curly, coily, relaxed or you’re rocking extensions, and you are wondering what is the best haircare regimen for you, this subscription service is your dream come true. Carra, launched by Winnie Awa, founder of Antidote Street, offers personalised and expert hair care advice designed especially for textured hair. You can book a session where you can talk with a personal hair coach, who walks you through what kind of products, ingredients and routines works best for your texture and lifestyle. They also have coahces specialized in children with afro textured hair.
There is probably no better way during to support multiple independent Black-owned businesses than through Jamii. You can shop your favorites all at once from the same place! Jamii was launched in 2016 by Khalia Ismain and Terory Briscoe-Larebo. Their team handpicks every product from Black british creators and makers. You can also apply for a Jamii membership which gives you up to 40% off for a whole year for only £14.95. On top of all, they do a yearly pop up to BOXPARK Shoreditch to showcase and support 22 amazing black creators. Make sure to head there from the 20th to 24th of October. If you are a Jamii card holder, you get up to 15% off a range of beauty, homeware, fashion and more!
If you are running your own business this might be the right fit for you. Social media has become more and more the core focus in everything we do. And let's be honest, it is a fast changing environment and sometimes it can be challenging to keep up with the pace. If you are looking for experts in social media and influencer marketing, Fanbytes does it in a next level! Timothy Armoo, set up Fanbytes after selling his first business, Entrepreneur Express, a media publication that he set up when he was a teenager. Ever since he has been growing Fanbytes to connect companies with GenZ audiences, and has grown to a company of 44 employees by doubling in size every year for the last three years. I also attracted more than £2 million in investment. Knowing how hard it is to rise as a black creator, Timothy initiated a Fanbytes Impact Fund, a £250,000 fund designed to take Black businesses and creators to the next level. Amroo was concerned that Black influencers were overlooked for advertising campaigns, despite data showing that they have a 2.3 times greater success in click through rates on adverts. “The Fanbytes Impact Fund is here to break the cycle of underrepresentation of black businesses and creators by providing previously inaccessible marketing support.”, says Amroo.
6. Mane Hook-up
Just popping into a hairdresser with a tight curly coily hair might be extremely challenging. There are only a handful of professionals out there that are specialisied in textured hair. Luckily Jade Phillips founded a Mane Hook-up to help people with textured hair to find and book local afro hair stylists with ease. Mane Hook-up allows you to find and book appointments with the best afro hairstylists in your area. Giving you the options that you truly deserve. No hassle, no fuss, and no stress. "The black hair and beauty industry is often spoken of, but the people who need these services are rarely catered for. We'll be bridging that gap - watch this space." says Phillips.
Kalabash Bodycare provides award winning palm free artisan soap, skincare products and soy wax essential
Kalabash Bodycare provides award winning palm free artisan soap, skincare products and soy wax essential oil candles. Everything is Caribbean inspired, giving you a taste of paradise first thing in the morning. Whether you prefer to smell like a Creole Rose or a Black Sand Beach, you can't go wrong with artisan soap from Kalabash Bodycare. Sharron Jenkins, the founder of Kalabash Bodycare, has been making soap for well over a decade - since her daughter was a lively teenager and her now adult son was a boy.
Eloise Beauty, founded by Risi Osogba, provides tools and cosmetics, that are inclusive of all skin tones. With their unique products, Eloise goes far beyond gorgeous, vegan, and cruelty-free makeup. Their innovative makeup brushes are a necessity for anyone who loves makeup. The super-soft, cashmere-like, synthetic brushes are easily the best vegan brushes on the market.
Plus, if you're looking for showstopping eyeshadows and highlighters, Eloise is the place to shop. They know how to design gorgeous colors for a wide range of skin tones. We're certain you'll find something you love here.
Even if a store is black-owned, you might find the brands they carry aren't. At Sancho's Shop, founded by Kalkidan Legesse and Vidmantas Markevicius, they exclusively feature independent, UK-based black-owned brands. They believe that fashion should be built to last, in fair trade conditions with organic, recycled and regenerative materials. Their ethical clothing is perfect for everything from lounging around the house to a night out on the town.
With women's and men's clothing, accessories, and home goods, this store really has it all. If you're looking for a gift, Sancho's Shop should be your first stop.
10. K&R London
Nothing is nicer than a vegan candle on a chilly night. Husband and wife team Kyle and Rochelle make some of the highest-quality candles available in the UK. Their unique fragrance collection has scents you're bound to love, like Rhubarb & Ginger or Kiwi & Apricot.
If candles aren't for you, they also offer reed diffusers, room sprays, and wax melts. And everything is natural plant and soy based! These make great housewarming and holiday gifts, so make sure you stock up!
11. The Glowcery
Glowing skin is just one online order away! The Glowcery creates their vegan skincare line with superfoods to give you healthy, happy skin. Their small batch process gives you fresh serums, lip scrubs, and balms that smell good enough to eat. Roshanne, the Founder of The Glowcery, believes that the ingredients you put on your body should be as nutritious and healthy as the food you put into your bodies.
While this brand is less than a year old, they're already making waves across the UK. Follow this brand and become a superfood superfan before the crowd catches on.
Supporting Black Owned Vegan Businesses Is Easier Than Ever
When you're not sure where to shop, it's easy to fall back on buying from businesses that don't support your values. But now, you can support black owned vegan businesses for every item on your wish list! Follow and support these independent creators today.
Don't miss out on everything our community has to offer. Check out our other blog posts to learn more about other succesful black prioneers, leaders and business owners and if you are in a look for self-care, you will also find helpful hair-care tips for diverse textured hair.