PHOTO GALLERY: The Business of Black Haircare

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In 1973, 24-year-old model Naomi Sims partners with Metropa Corp. to launch the Naomi Sims Collection, a line of wigs for black female consumers, who made up roughly 40% of the market. By 1979, the Collection grossed $5 million and was sold in more than 2,000 wig boutiques and department stores nationwide. (Image: Naomi Sims)

In 1973, 24-year-old model Naomi Sims partners with Metropa Corp. to launch the Naomi Sims…