Mom and Daughter Make Hair-Story in NYC

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These days it’s hard to know which hair care product to choose, given how oversaturated the market has become.


And now, with the natural hair movement in full swing, the competition is becoming increasingly fierce.

Enter Doris Hair Care New York, a small but steadily growing mom-and-pop-style business that began as humbly as now nationally recognized brand Carol’s Daughter — which has counted Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige as partners — and has the same amount of potential.


Launched in 1974 by Jamaican immigrant Doris Duperley inside the kitchen of her family’s two-story home in Queens, New York, it wasn’t until 2008 that she made her homemade hair remedies available to non-clients of her euphonious neighborhood salon of the past 40 years. But as her customers’ cries grew louder for her to sell them commercially, Duperley, now in her 70s, finally agreed.

“I’ve always been in awe of what my mom’s able to do with all different types of Black hair,” says Marlene Duperley, one-half of the mother-daughter team that owns and operates the 100 percent Black and female New York-area business. “We’ve even had women who had lost their hair due to cancer use and our products help them grow it back,” she continues.

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