5:17 PM / Sunday July 3, 2022

4 Aug 2017

First African American to hold a patent for a natural hair care product

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
August 4, 2017 Category: Beauty Posted by:

The first and only African-American so far to hold a patent for a natural hair care product is Detroit native Gwen Jimmere. She wanted to create a solution for Black women that would reduce the amount of time they spent washing and conditioning their hair. Not only that, she wanted it to contain natural ingredients. While she experimented with products at home, two life-changing events were her inspiration to become an entrepreneur.

Gwen Jimmere

Experimenting at home

While Jimmere was recuperating at home after the birth of her son, she tried many formulas in her own kitchen. Although her formulas were natural, unlike many hair products on the market that contain chemicals, it was costly. By the time her son was 2, she found herself laid off from her job and going through a divorce. Rather than cry over spilled milk, she used this to motivate the production of her new line of hair products.

Going after the patent


The next step was to patent her product, but patent attorneys charge anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000, which she could not afford. It took her eight months, but she did it herself by going to the library and the patent and trademark office in Detroit to teach herself patent law. Then she applied for her patent. Fifteen months later, she received it.

Her company, Naturalicious, produces hair products such as the Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment, and within two years has become a seven-figure company. But there’s more. Jimmere also co-founded the company Pitch Proof that teaches entrepreneurs how to grow their business without piling up debt. In 2014, Jimmere won the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Contest.

For more details about Gwen Jimmere, visit

For more details about her company, Naturalicious, visit

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News


Just the beginning

July 1, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Over 150,000 people from around the country participated in the Mass Poor Peoples...


The fine print

July 1, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email While we do need to pay attention to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s...


Community College of Philadelphia to pay off $1.4 million in outstanding student account balances

June 17, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Community College of Philadelphia announced that it will pay off more than $1.4...

Color Of Money

Americans still have financial goals, just not sure how they will reach them

June 24, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT If you have a vision for where you’d like to be financially...


Takeaways: Trump’s mind ‘made up’ on fraud ahead of Jan. 6

June 17, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: A video exhibit plays as the House select committee investigating the...

Go With The-Flo

Sherri Shepherd’s talk show, “Sherri,” to air in place of former “The Wendy Williams Show”

June 17, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Sherri Shepherd (Photo: s_bukley / Shutterstock) By Flo Anthony After 13...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff