Receiving this patent is very exciting and such a win not just for me, but for black entrepreneurs and for us as women literally owning (the legal rights to) our beauty. I can’t help but think about the timeliness of it all with such a large lens being on cultural appropriation right now, and others stealing what we create. I’ve been getting calls and e-mails from people saying “I had no clue you could get a patent on natural hair products!”
Meet the First African American Woman to Hold a Patent for a Natural Hair Product
Gwen Jimmere, 2014 BE Elevator Pitch competition winner and the first black woman to hold a patent for a natural hair product, talks about how she did it.