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The THIIIRD Christmas Wish List: Skincare & Haircare Edit

Christmas is fast approaching, and this year we all know how important it is to be mindful about where we put our money, in order to help small businesses after a very tricky year.

By Anusha Persson

Over the past months, we have seen the fall out of fast fashion; whether it was Bangladeshi garment workers losing their livelihoods, the shocking conditions in Leicester’s garment factories or the scarily low prices of PLT’s Black Friday sales


Therefore, one way we can help tackle these problems is by putting our money into small businesses, who are disadvantaged by algorithms and a lack of reach, meaning that we often can’t find them. 


To help you out we’ve put together our list of favourite emerging black owned businesses, to help give you some inspiration for your Christmas gifts (or even just a treat for yourself). We’ve all earned something special this year, so take a look at our lists to find the perfect pick me up for this time of year!





For a simple approach to haircare, Afrochenix is a great choice. The brand is also sustainable, with ethically sourced raw materials, environmentally friendly preservatives and a focus on using British suppliers. They are totally natural as well; no silicone, sulphates or artificial fragrances – a great option for that friend who is allergic to everything! 

Festive — The Moisture Surge Set with African Print Bag – £45 

A great all in one set for making hair nicely moisturised and smelling delicious – also it comes in a gorgeous, colourful bag perfect for travelling!

Holy Curls

An effortlessly cool, London born business, Holy Curls is another haircare company which uses natural ingredients, which are never tested on animals! With a mission statement to inspire curls all over the world, their ethos is super inspiring.  The website also provides a helpful breakdown of each ingredient, so you know what you’re getting in each minimalistic pot and how its going to transform your hair. 

Deep Conditioning Curl Mask – £28 

Keep your hair moisturised and voluminous with this deep conditioning mask.  It restores the hydration in your hair without weighing it down, and comes in a really gorgeous glass pot for an extra special touch. 

Liha Beauty

For unique products for the beauty lover in your life, look no further than LIHA. Blending British and Nigerian traditions, LIHA creates luxurious skincare products that promote wellness, blending rich botanicals from West Africa with traditional English aromatherapy. With sustainable, recyclable packaging and a gorgeous design, a LIHA gift is a special addition to someone’s stocking.

Christmas List Product

Selfcare/Sleep Aid Set – £61

A moisturising oil and candle set which will make you feel indulgent and ready for bed, the perfect way to unwind

The Glowcery

Treat someone to a supermarket shop for their body, with a mineral and vitamin rich gift fromThe Glowcery! A new vegan, cruelty free natural business, The Glowcery is based around the idea of creating superfoods for the skin, for the perfect pick me up! With colourful, vibrant packaging, this would be the perfect gift looking for some extra nourishment for their skin. 

Clean Greens – Superfood Serum Facial Oil – £33

A facial oil to soothe skin inflammations, moisturise and brighten the complexion, this facial oil is the perfect gift for restoring a healthy glow after a tough winter. 

Okiki Skincare

Shop for natural skincare from this mother-daughter duo, who create high quality products which pay tribute to their Nigerian-Ghanain heritage. With a name that means ‘prestigious’ in Yoruba, their products are a special, luxurious treat inspired by rich tradition. Their brand is also cruelty free and natural, perfect for people who don’t want to compromise on the environment for luxurious goods. 

Moringa & Chamomile with Arnica Hand & Foot Balm – £7 

A luxurious hand and foot salve made from the restorative Moringa Oil and soothing Chamomile. Ideal for someone who is on their feet a lot, this is the best salve for helping aches and pains and also to soothe dry skin.