Madam C.J. Walker

Haircare Mogul & the first African American Self-Made Female Millionaire

Madam C.J. Walker single-handedly launched a haircare empire that made her the wealthiest African American entrepreneur, until her death in 1919.

Walker was born on December 23, 1867, as Sarah Breedlove, on the same plantation where her parents were enslaved before the Civil War. In the 1900’s, Walker began to notice places on her scalp where she was losing her hair. Walker developed a scalp conditioning and healing salve that promoted hair growth. Madam C.J. Walker’s products all contained natural oils such as beeswax, coconut oil, and olive oil. Walker made it her mission to use her photos on her products so African Americans can see themselves in the products when purchasing.

Known for being the first African American Self-Made Female Millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker’s legacy of empowering and educating African American women is undeniable.

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