PHOTO GALLERY: The Business of Black Haircare

S.B.Fuller

One of the early powerhouses in the haircare industry was S.B. Fuller who established the Fuller Products Company on the Chicago’s Southside in 1936. By 1947, he scored a coup when he purchased Boyer International Laboratories, a white cosmetics manufacturer that sold products such as Jean Nadal Cosmetics and a tonic called H.A. Hair Arranger. By the 1950s, Fuller developed a sales force of 5,000 that reportedly sold haircare and cosmetics to white and black customers. He became the first African American member of the National Association of Manufacturers. (Image: S.B. Fuller, Black Enterprise, August 1975)

One of the early powerhouses in the haircare industry was S.B. Fuller who established the…