THE STORY BEHIND BLACK SUNRISE
Black Sunrise is a community focused brand, dedicated to creating tools that allow the whole family to protect their natural hair. Combining satin with hats you love we celebrate individuality to make your hair journey easier to balance with your lifestyle. My goal is to bring fashion and practicality under one brand to support you.
Black Sunrise is about creating products for individuals in the market who are often overlooked. From bald with sensitive skin, to the largest volumes struggling to find headwear that embraces them, the aim is to provide tools that people really need. All in order to support the hair journey that you deserve. Healthy hair, scalp and growth always comes first on my agenda. All of our products from headbands, hoodies to caps are lined with satin to help maintain moisture and reduce unnecessary shedding and breakages.
THE FACE BEHIND THE BRAND
My name is Kamilah, I am a radiographer for the NHS. I started Black Sunrise because I was tired of not having the tools I needed to manage my natural hair and that passion developed into action for change. As so many of us with curly hair or afros, I have grown up balancing between what we have access to and what we really need. As this healthy hat journey continued I have been blessed to meet so many other individuals whose stories differ from my own. And yet what binds us is our desire to feel special, protected and seen. So now I design for the community, both those hidden and seen because everyone deserves a little extra TLC.
It may sound silly to some; but to many others having something as simple as a hat that you can wear to get you from A to B, keep you warm and still look amazing afterwards... It's everything. You should always feel empowered to look and feel your best.
Despite still working in healthcare, I love running Black Sunrise because I feel like I'm able to produce items that I so desperately needed when first starting my Natural Hair Journey. Creating something that makes hair life not only easier but healthier. As a healthcare worker, I think helping others is something I get a natural buzz out of. But being able to help those in my own and other communities, Black Sunrise has created a bigger joy in itself which I get to share with the world.
SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
– Booker T. Washington
For Black Sunrise to have grown so quickly in such a short amount of time, I can see it nothing more than a blessing. Black Sunrise is not run by a big company, just myself with the help and support of family and friends. For this reason the company morals are a reflection to my own. Therefore I believe that as a blessing, Black Sunrise must be a blessing to others.
WHY WE ARE CRAZY ABOUT SATIN
Satin is a decadent man-made fabric, created from silk or finely woven polyester. Light in weight and is very easy to wash. We at Black Sunrise always suggest washing in low temperatures.
Satin fabrics can do wonders for your hair. The high-sheen materials prevent the catching of hair with fabrics normally associated with head wear, this reduction in friction can reduces split ends and limit breakage. The smooth interaction with your hair will work towards eliminating "hat-hair" and prevent unnecessary thinning and hair loss by accidental snagging.
The indisputable secret behind healthy hair is maintaining adequate levels of moisture in your hair. Unlike cotton, wool and other common materials, satin minimises the levels of moisture absorbed. Satin lets you to set and then continue to maintain the levels of moisture in your hair.
This is why our satin lined products pairs so perfectly with those looking to protect and nourish their hair.
We at Black Sunrise want to be there to help you keep your hair looking the way it was intended. From when you leave your home until you arrive at your destination.
Honoured to be invited to Channel 4 to talk Black Sunrise on Steph's Packed Lunch! Video can be seen above!
Black Beauty & Hair, Loves...
Named in the October and November 2019 edition, as one of Black Beauty and Hair magazines loved products.
For the UK's 2019 Black History Month, Black Sunrise was invited to Google's headquarters in King's Cross to exhibit at their black history month celebration Market.
Nominated for 2019's Best New Business
This was Black Sunrise's first exhibition. It became our official introduction into the Afro-Caribbean hair community. With the support of great family and friends we made a true first impression and were honoured to receive this nomination.
Solo Fashion Line
Our satin lined hats work to compliment the natural styles and products that our customers love. As the only Fashion line at Shades of Beauty we were so happy to represent the brands striving to champion for the natural hair and beauty community.
About the creation
Interviewed for Spell Magazine as part of their inspiring stories. You can read this interview at https://www.spellmagazine.co.uk/spellmeets/kamilah-bartley
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