Black Women-owned hair company, Rebundle, creates plant-based hair extensions for a healthier scalp. Founders Ciara Imani May and Danielle Washington “created this with us in mind.” According to the company’s site, “1 in 3 women experiences scalp irritation from plastic synthetic hair. We’re often forced to choose between enduring the pain and discomfort with at-home remedies or taking the braids down, resulting in a loss of time and money. We deserve better.”
So the duo created better. Rebundle hair is a biodegradable product made from banana fiber and other plant-based materials. With a price range of $20-$30 per 3.5-ounce pack, packs are available in several colors, including black, auburn, blonde and blue. The non-toxic hair extensions also hold a curl and can withstand up to 400 degrees in temperature.
Though the company is fighting against plastic synthetic hair, they aren’t interested in trashing it. Instead, Rebundle eliminates waste by collecting the itchy materials and recycling them to make lawn tools and outdoor furniture. So far, over 235 lbs have been collected.
Now to the money! Rebundle raised $1.4M in pre-seed funding in addition to approximately “six-figures worth of grant and other non-dilutive capital,” May stated in an interview with TechCrunch. Rebundle will use the funds to build a United States manufacturing facility, providing opportunities to people who regularly invest in hair braiding materials. Well done, ladies!