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Kimora Lee Simmons Launches Baby Phat Beauty With Daughters Ming and Aoki.

Kimora is expanding the Baby Phat brand among generations by partnering with her daughters.

Looks like the 90’s is continuing to make a strong comeback. Over the last year, we’ve seen a variety of beauty and fashion references to the classic era. From Cardi B and Megan thee Stallion’s hair and makeup in WAP, to the Monica and Brandy R&B Verzuz battle, you sort of had no choice but to pull out your black lip liner and iridescent lipstick.

Popular fashion brand Baby Phat recently revamped their line to appeal to the younger generation. On Tuesday, Kimora Lee Simmons took to Instagram to announce the launch of Baby Phat Beauty, in partnership with her daughters. Because Kimora has a daughter in her late teens and one in her early 20’s, their insight can push the success of the company to the next level.


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Band-Aid Adding New Line of Bandages to Match Different Skin Tones

Band-Aid is launching a new line of bandages that is sure to stick with people of all races.

On Thursday, the adhesive bandage brand announced that in light of the current racial injustices around the world, they will be rolling out a new series of bandages that reflect all different skin tones.

“We hear you. We see you. We’re listening to you,” Band-Aid wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of the various skin tone-colored bandages.

“We stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, collaborators and community in the fight against racism, violence and injustice. We are committed to taking actions to create tangible change for the Black community,” the brand added.


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Walmart Says It Will No Longer Lock Up African-American Beauty Products

Walmart will end its practice of locking up African-American beauty care products in glass cases, the retail giant said on Wednesday after a fresh round of criticism that the policy was a form of racial discrimination.

Hair care and beauty products sold predominantly to black people could be accessed at certain stores only by getting a Walmart employee to unlock the cases, some of which featured additional anti-theft measures.

At some stores, the cases were across the aisle from shelves of generic beauty products that were not locked up and that included shampoo and conditioner.

Critics of the practice, which had been the subject of a federal discrimination lawsuit  that was dropped last year, said that it implied that black people were more likely to shoplift. Walmart had previously said that certain products were locked up because they were more likely to be stolen.


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Freelance Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Are Already Feeling Long-Term the Effects of COVID-19

The novel coronavirus has changed the world in what feels like a million ways already, and we’re uncertain about what things will look like when it’s all over. One of the larger, more universal effects it’s had has been on our work lives. Maybe you no longer go into an office day in and day out and have begun working from home instead. Maybe you’re a front line health care worker, now working longer hours than ever under dangerous conditions. Maybe you’re not able to work from home, and the COVID-19 pandemic has caused you to lose employment altogether. The latter situation is the case for the majority of freelance makeup artists and hairstylists, as the virus has all but completely shut down their industry.

Doing hair and makeup professionally involves face-to-face, one-on-one contact — the very thing that the entire world has been told to avoid to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. For these freelance artists, this makes their jobs — and for many, their primary source of income — an impossibility. Now these professionals are left to find creative ways to keep their heads above water, both emotionally and financially.

For freelance makeup artists and hairstylists (especially those not based in a major hub like New York City), travel is often a huge part of their careers. Dimant, for example, had an upcoming weeklong gig in Houston that was canceled because of the outbreak. Kayleigh Irene Feidler, a hair colorist who works in Louisville, Kentucky, and Los Angeles, had been flying cross-country once a month for work until COVID-19 made both travel and work an impossibility.

“I have had to cancel multiple trips back to L.A., and this felt like a really harsh blow to the momentum I had while building my business,” she explains.

There are other things to consider as a result of this pandemic, including the shutdown of schools and the cost of things like studio spaces. Freelance makeup artist Genn Shaughnessy lives in New York City and says her business has come to a “crashing halt.”

“I am now a stay-at-home homeschool mom and cannot work,” says Shaughnessy. “I have a retail space and a makeup studio space I rent and pay expenses with zero income.”

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Stars Get Real About Their Natural Hair Colors After Salons Close During COVID-19 Pandemic

Going back to their roots! As the nation continues to uphold the government’s social-distancing guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, stars are missing their hair appointments to keep up with their color or subtle root maintenance. But for some, it’s proving not to be an issue.

Across the country, businesses such as hair salons and other beauty-related services have had to close their doors for the foreseeable future as the coronavirus continues to spread at a jarring rate. And since everyone’s self-quarantining, that means home visits from their glam squad are basically out of the question for stars, too.

Some of the first celebs to get personal about their hair color on social media were Kelly Ripa and Kevin Hart. On Saturday, March 21, Hart shared a 4-minute IGTV video as part of a series he’s named “Confessions With Kev.” In the accompanying caption, the comedian wrote, “P.S I have always had a shit load of grey hair…I was just a frequent dyer …I’m not working right now so I said F–K IT .”

Other stars are getting open and honest about their grays, too including Tamera Mowry who have shared their struggles on social media — along with empowering messages of self-love.

Mowry is a great example of celebs staying positive during such a confusing and scary time. The Disney Channel alum shared a fresh-faced selfie with her hair away from her face in a braid. She captioned the stunning photo, “Hello grays. No getting my hair done during #socialdistancing, and I’m okay with it!”

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How 9 Black Women Are Taking Care Of Their Hair In Quarantine

Going to the salon is an event for many black women. The salon is a place of community, therapy, and ritual for a hair strand that is often overlooked and mistreated. On a recent episode of Blackish, youngest daughter Diane has her first experience in the salon where she also receives her first relaxer and is immediately brought into the day-long epic that is common at a black beauty salon. Black Girl Church, a documentary about black women and their relationships to beauty supply stores and the salon experience, treats the experience as a near-religious ceremony and a sanctuary for one of the most marginalized communities. And in late 2016, #BlackSalonProblems began trending on Twitter as women shared their horror stories, which mostly followed the same plot. (Who knew everyone would want a straight look like Beyoncé’s but always ended up looking more like James Brown?)

But when COVID-19 shut down all non-essential businesses—salons and black beauty stores among them—many black women were forced to take matters into their own hands. “Eighteen hours to braid my hair?” Makeup artist and producer Diamond Hawkins said in an email to “Not a big fan of that!”

To echoe Hawkin’s sentiment: I am also not a big fan of that. I’ve never had to do my own hair before, but the pandemic has forced me to tirelessly learn how to install twists without the help of a stylist, who has the touch that I just don’t possess. For some of the women we spoke to, dealing with their hair amid the crisis has proven to be yet stressor, while others have found joy in spending timewith hair masks and curl treatments rather than heat and chemicals.

Below, nine black women share how they are dealing with their hair during a global pandemic—plus offer resources and advice, if you’re struggling at home, too.

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