Melanglow explores the skin care concerns of the brown beauty novice & enthusiast. With black women spending $7.5 billion annually on beauty products, twice as much on skin care, and consuming nine times the amount of beauty products than any other demographic, the lack of representation is inexcusable. I reject the perception that we only care about cocoa butter and contouring. After years of relentlessly searching for a black girl beauty hub, loved ones encouraged me to create this space after mentioning complaining nagging about underrepresentation.
Melanglow includes chats with beauty industry professionals (Ask the Expert), highlights of women who give us skin envy (Herglow), the 411 on ingredients and best practices (Face + Body), and updates on the latest and greatest black-owned brands –major and entrepreneurial–  and beauty retailers (Discover). Who doesn’t want to be a conscious shopper? Melanglow exclusively helps you care for the foundation under the foundation (sorry, no makeup content) on your quest to be a bronze goddess year-round, helping women feel confident in their fresh faces.

Hey, girl

I’m Amanda, a young 20-something year old who struggles with the daily battle of whether to moisturize my face or legs first straight out the shower, and until recently both were a losing to my hair. From senior year of high school and throughout undergrad I became fascinated with natural hair, which quickly parlayed into a full-time position at NaturallyCurly.com a month after graduating from the University of Houston. Soon I realized that content creation was the manifestation of my underlying passion for encouraging and equipping women of color to be informed consumers (read the ingredients) and explore their skin care options while also helping beauty brands to create quality products and services with tailored messaging. Don’t we deserve nice things? As I chronicle my brown beauty finds and share the stories of others, I invite you to come along.
Skin type: Crisco
Skin concern(s):  Occasional breakout that come with having natural hair and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation because you know, bad habits.

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