How Ami Colé Founder Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye Became Closer to Herself by Embracing Her Hair

The entrepreneur shares her hair journey, and why she’s “no longer afraid to go into boardrooms with bantu knots.”

"Here, I am also wearing Fawzeyni Couture, custom-made by my husband in Senegal.”

Photo: Courtesy of Salvatore Demaio Jr. Design: Ivana Cruz

Texture Diaries is a space for Black people across industries to reflect on their journeys to self-love, and how accepting their hair, in all its glory, played a pivotal role in this process. Each week, they share their favorite hair rituals, products, and the biggest lessons they’ve learned when it comes to affirming their beauty and owning their unique hair texture.

Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye is trailblazing in the beauty space with her clean beauty brand celebrating melanin-rich skin, Ami Colé. “I wanted to provide the basics for people of color,” the Senegalese, Harlem-born founder tells Vogue via Zoom. “That no makeup-makeup look is so popular but I wanted to see it geared towards us as well.” N’Diaye-Mbaye honed her beauty skills working at L’Oréal, Teen Vogue, and Glossier before deciding to start her own company. Ami Colé is comprised of three products, all filled with nourishing Baobab seed extract: the Skin-Enhancing Tint, a dewy, hibiscus-infused tinted foundation moisturizer; the Lip Treatment Oil, a cushiony gloss whose buttery softness makes you want to keep applying it; and their Light-Catching Highlighter, a balmy, clear formula that livens up the highpoints of the face.

This story originally appeared on: Vogue - Author:Akili King

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