Black Women for Wellness' Sisters in Control Environmental Justice programs works to build healthier communities by addressing issues such as the elimination of oil drilling, the exposure of toxic chemicals in our personal and hair care products and more.
The Black hair and beauty industry is more than simply big business; it’s multilayered, complex and touches every aspect in the lives of Black women & girls. It defines our cultural identity, contributes to our self-esteem (or lack thereof), allows for self-expression, tracks family history, provides an economic base, connects us to Black women across the globe and it has deep, deep historical roots. However, little is known about the connection between the beauty products we use and the health status of Black women, neither as consumers nor as beauty industry professionals. Natural Evolutions: One Hair Story is a compilation of our work in an effort to provide insights into the culture, conversations and research surrounding Black women’s hair, the beauty industry, and the subsequent effect on Black women’s health.