S05 Episode 215 | NYLAH'S NATURALS, PLANT-BASED TECH + THE IMPACT OF CONVENTIONAL HAIRCARE PRODUCTS ON BLACK WOMEN

In episode 215, Kestrel welcomes Kameese Davis, the founder and CEO of Nylah’s Naturals, to the show. A young plant-based hair care brand, Nylah’s Naturals has introduced a science-based approach to textured hair products, and is pushing boundaries for clean and sustainable products.

“It’s about combining that plant-based knowledge with the knowledge that our foremothers had and our grandmothers had in terms of how they would use plants and herbs for natural healing and for their beauty treatments as well — so, our passion really is combining those two elements to ensure that we are developing the best possible products for our consumers.”
-Kameese Davis, Founder + CEO of Nylah’s Naturals

On this week’s show, Kameese shares more on her journey and how a journey with her daughter ended up leading her to build Nylah’s Naturals.

Also, Kestrel and Kameese discuss some of the aspects of the Silent Spring Institute study “Hair products for Black women contain mix of hazardous ingredients” — and how the findings could help researchers understand why Black women have higher exposures to hazardous chemicals than other groups and how these elevated exposures contribute to health disparities in the U.S. population.

The below thoughts, ideas + organizations were brought up in this chat: