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Melanin Essentials

Celebrating All Shades

Melanin Essentials
Based in Lancaster, PA

Our Story

Meet Olayinka Credle and Saba Williams


At the young ages of 12 and 15, Melanin Essentials co-founders, Olayinka Credle (left) and Saba Williams (right), used chemical relaxers to transform their naturally-coily kinks into straight, Euro-American styled hair. Over time, both experienced hair thinning, breakage, and loss as a result of excessive heat styling and chemical means. After experiencing 4+ years of stunted hair growth, Olayinka and Saba ditched the relaxers and embarked on their own natural hair journey, embracing their naturally kinky, curly hair.
In search of a product tailored for them, they began experimenting with their own homemade hair products using raw, unadulterated ingredients, and stumbled upon the humble beginnings of Melanin Essentials.

Today, Olayinka and Saba are motivated to spread awareness through providing skin and body products as the healthy alternative for all skin types, and very soon their hair products to empower women of color.