Update: Black-owned hair company has since issued an apology.
This week’s major company advertisement flub: Shea Moisture.
The hair care company is under fire after releasing a new advertisement that features white women who experience “hair hate” and have come to finally love their hair thanks to Shea Moisture products.
The hair care line was founded by two Liberian refugees from Harlem, New York, in the 90’s and has since been associated almost exclusively with black hair. The release of the new ad has caused some people to think that Shea Moisture is abandoning its original target audience and trying too hard to include white women.
SheaMoisture is CANCELLED pic.twitter.com/T4Dru1JgAq
— NANA JIBRIL ????????️???? (@girlswithtoys) April 24, 2017
“Shea Moisture really went all hair matters on us. Wow,” wrote one Twitter user alluding to the Black Lives Matter/All Lives Matter movement.
A few other people pointed out that black women were the ones that have been supporting Shea Moisture from the start and are even the ones who promoted their products, resulting in their continued success.
“Black women have supported and gave free press to Shea Moisture for YEARS,” commented another user. “And then they have a “hair hate” commercial with white women?”
Others took the new ad to be the company’s attempts to gentrify its hair care products.
— rosechocglam (@MBApioneerz) April 24, 2017
See some of the best Twitter replies below.
How many white women use Shea Moisture breh?!?! ????
— Peachessssss (@Liberiangyal) April 24, 2017
Shea Moisture so typical. Court Black women and when you get the following and support, ditch the group that was riding tough for you.
— ess tee (@EssTee11) April 24, 2017
Black women out here getting fired for having 4c hair and shea moisture has the audacity….. pic.twitter.com/CsLCq5vtEA
— SeaSea (@CeceTMach) April 24, 2017
I'm sorry but since when did white people use Shea Moisture pic.twitter.com/nw5bOWPr9W
— k (@trashfave) April 24, 2017
So… Shea Moisture yall tryin to tell me black women aren't spending enough money on their hair ???? pic.twitter.com/42X5TeE2MV
— Be???? Humble???? (@_Petty_Adjacent) April 24, 2017
Since Shea Moisture is being gentrified, here's a thread and reminder that my Miracle Oil is great for highly textured hair. ???? https://t.co/yUJt1Lldar
— Fine & Fun Auntie (@PettyMurphy08) April 24, 2017
Shea Moisture…that was a marketing fail. Y'all need a new PR team, today. pic.twitter.com/HaifAcLe0I
— B. (@BrionnaR22) April 24, 2017
"HEY! We want to use Shea Moisture too!" pic.twitter.com/9qfoGBKZAf
— Ira Madison III (@ira) April 24, 2017