PHOTO GALLERY: The Business of Black Haircare

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Chicago continued to be the birthplace of black haircare entrepreneurship and innovation. The late John H. Johnson, legendary publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, also developed grooming products manufacturers--Beauty Star in the 1940s and Supreme Beauty Products, which produced Duke pomade for men and Raveen hair dressing for women, in the 1960s. By 1967, he expanded his haircare products distribution beyond the mail-order operation. However, the company promotes the haircare products line in its publications to this day. (Image: Duke hair product ad, Ebony, July 1960)

Chicago continued to be the birthplace of black haircare entrepreneurship and innovation. The late John…