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Sally Beauty Launches Accelerator for Woman-Owned Businesses

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Sally Beauty has announced the launch of Sally Beauty Cultivate—For Women by Women, a business accelerator program for female hair care entrepreneurs.

The company is currently accepting applications from female-owned hair care brands. The winning brand will be awarded $25,000 in financial support; product distribution at SallyBeauty.com; and a mentorship from the Sally Beauty team and some of the most influential owners of brands carried by the company. They will also be given the opportunity to expose their brand to beauty influencers at one of the Sally Beauty’s monthly influencer events.

Sally Beauty has an extensive history with woman-led hair care businesses. It was among the first national beauty retailers to distribute female-owned hair care brands including Mielle Organics, The Mane Choice and Arctic Fox; additionally, it launched an exclusive ingredient range with Carol’s Daughter, Pracaxi Mectar Collection. Nearly 1 in 3 sales support woman-owned hair care or color brands, and 1 in 5 support textured hair care brands founded by black women specifically.

“Sally Beauty has a long history of collaborating with women entrepreneurs to help launch their brands in our stores and online. We're excited to identify the next wave of women entrepreneurs and help support them through the Sally Beauty Cultivate program,” said Jamira Johnson, vice president, digital innovation. “We believe there is so much hair care innovation happening every day in women’s homes, salons and communities, and we want to encourage that innovation to thrive and grow.”

Added president Carrie McDermott: “We are thrilled to launch the Sally Beauty Cultivate program. We continue to be inspired by all of the terrific women entrepreneurs we have met over the years and believe in supporting women who are developing products to make her best accessory, her hair, even better.”

Sally Beauty Cultivate—For Women by Women will accept applications June 18-July 18, 2018. To apply, visit www.sallybeauty.com/cultivate.