14 Hair Product Line Success Stories [2024]

Updated: November 19th, 2023
Start A Hair Product Line

Starting a hair product line can be a fun and profitable way to build a new income stream. It's also fairly easy, as long as you plan it out (and maybe do a little bit of market research before creating your sales funnel). There's a reason we often talk about trends in hip-hop and pop culture when we talk about hairstyles — they often have a lot to do with advancements in the hair product industry. The industry is expected to grow to 102 billion dollars by 2024.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a hair product line:

1. Private Label Extensions ($7.8M/year)

Mikey Moran, one of the owners of Private Label Extensions, came up with the idea for the hair distribution and technology company when he learned about the high prices women were paying for hair extensions. With a background in e-commerce and a commitment to providing the best quality products at the lowest cost, Moran and his team have seen significant growth, with over $650,000 in monthly sales and a ranking on Inc Magazine's list of the fastest-growing companies. Despite initial challenges and mistakes, Moran's dedication to listening to customers and investing back into the business has been key to its success.

How much they make: $7.8M/year
How much did it cost to start: $14K
Current team size: 20

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How I Started A $650K/Month Hair Extensions And Products Business

Private Label Extensions is a hair distribution and technology company that builds hair brands from A to Z for entrepreneurs, achieving over $650,000 in monthly sales and ranked #278 of the fastest-growing companies by Inc Magazine for 2018.

About
Mikey started Private Label Extensions about 11 years ago
Revenue
Mikey grew the business to $650K/month
Costs
It cost Mikey $14000 to start the business
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2. The Longhairs ($1.2M/year)

Chris Healy and Lindsay Barto, founders of The Longhairs, came up with the idea for Hair Ties For Guys after they both started growing their hair long and realized there was a lack of quality hair ties designed for men. They created a funny and punchy commercial for the product, and from there, The Longhairs was born. They built a brand and started publishing weekly content that established them as the go-to source for men with long hair, attracting a loyal community and customers from around the world.

How much they make: $1.2M/year
How much did it cost to start: $10K
Current team size: 3

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How The Longhairs Grew To $30K Per Month Selling Hair Ties For Men

The Longhairs started their business in 2014 with no following and over four years they’ve grown their audience to 60K monthly website visitors, 20K email subscribers, and 28K YouTube subscribers, with monthly revenue of $30K by creating original, quality content, building their community, driving email optins and converting subscribers into customers.

About
Chris started The Longhairs about 9 years ago
Revenue
Chris grew the business to $100K/month
Costs
It cost Chris $10000 to start the business
Read by 16,948 founders

So... can you actually make money with a hair product line?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

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3. Bristle Products- L. Archie Brands LLC ($6.6K/year)

Leslie Wheeler, founder of Bristle Products and Bristle Hair Shop, came up with the idea for her haircare business after noticing a demand for products that catered to teenagers. Through extensive research and experimentation, she created a line of all-natural haircare products that are sulfate and paraben-free. Despite facing challenges with manufacturers, Leslie launched her business both online and in-store, leveraging her role as a hairstylist to attract and retain customers. She also gives back to her community by offering free hair services to foster youth. Although facing initial losses and the impact of COVID-19, Leslie remains optimistic about the future of her brand and focuses on helping others.

How much they make: $6.6K/year
Current team size: 2

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On Starting An All-Natural Haircare Product Line

Bristle Products' Leslie Wheeler shares her journey of starting an all-natural haircare product line; going from prototypes to two different manufacturers and the process of launching both online and in-store.

About
Leslie started Bristle Products- L. Archie Brands LLC over 7 years ago
Revenue
Leslie grew the business to $550/month
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4. PocketGel ($30K/year)

Nathan Failla, the founder of PocketGel, came up with the idea for his on-the-go hair care company when he got caught in the rain and wished he had a portable styling product. After creating a prototype and finding the right manufacturers, Nathan launched his business with a Squarespace website and social media accounts. His big break came when Walmart accepted his products, leading to nationwide distribution and recognition in Forbes. Marketing strategies like targeted Facebook and Instagram ads have helped attract and retain customers.

How much they make: $30K/year
Current team size: 0

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How I Launched A Product And Landed A Deal With Walmart

PocketGel, founded in 2015, offers packets of on-the-go hair styling products and has sold in over 200 Walmart locations nationwide. Their top strategies for attracting and retaining customers include social media marketing on Instagram, using email marketing via MailChimp, and offering free samples.

About
Nathan started PocketGel over 7 years ago
Revenue
Nathan grew the business to $2.5K/month
Read by 6,174 founders

So... can you actually make money with a hair product line?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

5. Plaine Products ($2.4M/year)

Hello! Meet Lindsey McCoy, the CEO of Plaine Products, a hair and body care company that is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastic bottles. After witnessing the environmental impact of plastic pollution during her time in The Bahamas, Lindsey decided to create a solution by offering refillable aluminum bottles. With over 300,000 plastic bottles diverted from landfills and oceans, Plaine Products is making a significant impact in the fight against plastic waste.

How much they make: $2.4M/year
How much did it cost to start: $50K
Current team size: 6

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We Turned Our Passion For Sustainability Into a $2.4M/Year Hair & Body Care Brand

Plaine Products CEO, Lindsey McCoy, rids the world of single-use plastic bottles and turns her passion for sustainability into a $2.4M/year hair and body care brand, diverting over 300,000 plastic bottles from landfills and oceans.

About
Lindsey started Plaine Products almost 7 years ago
Revenue
Lindsey grew the business to $200K/month
Costs
It cost Lindsey $50000 to start the business
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6. Hairstory™ ($24M/year)

Eli Halliwell, the co-founder and CEO of Hairstory, came up with the idea for the business after witnessing the decline of the professional hair care channel due to the rise of eCommerce. He realized that technology could enable hairdressers to participate in eCommerce, leading to the creation of Hairstory. The company generated $30 million in sales in 2021 and has been self-funding since its founding in 2015.

How much they make: $24M/year
How much did it cost to start: $5M
Current team size: 26

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On Building A $30M/Year Busines By Rethinking Hair Care

Hairstory, a haircare startup, is on track to generate $30 million in sales this year, profitably, after having been self-funded since its inception in 2015, and implementing a DTC and hairdresser-perpetual-affiliate marketing model.

About
Eli started Hairstory™ over 8 years ago
Revenue
Eli grew the business to $2M/month
Costs
It cost Eli $5000000 to start the business
Read by 8,407 founders

So... can you actually make money with a hair product line?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

7. KinkyCurlyYaki ($6M/year)

How much they make: $6M/year
Current team size: 2

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This Black woman entrepreneur built her hairstyle into a million-dollar hair extension business

This case study explores how Vivian Kaye grew KinkyCurlyYaki to $6 million in sales without paid advertising through offering a collection of 100% virgin human hair available in 6 textures and a wide range of coverage options.

About
Vivian started KinkyCurlyYaki about 11 years ago
Revenue
Vivian grew the business to $500K/month
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8. Urban Betty ($6.6M/year)

Chelle Neff, founder of Urban Betty, started her business by opening her own brick and mortar salon after five years of being in her own salon suite. She gradually expanded her team and transitioned from contractors to all commission-based employees. Eight years later, Urban Betty has two locations and over 50 employees, generating $3.3 million in revenue.

How much they make: $6.6M/year
How much did it cost to start: $69.9K
Current team size: 64

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How I Went From Hairstylist To Running My Own $3.3M Salon Business

This case study follows the founder of Urban Betty, who started her salon business with only one contractor, and now has two locations with over 50 employees, growing from 1.5 million to 3.4 million in revenue from 2014-2018, and investing around 2% of its gross income every year in Yelp, Google, and Facebook Ads.

About
Chelle started Urban Betty about 19 years ago
Revenue
Chelle grew the business to $550K/month
Costs
It cost Chelle $69939 to start the business
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9. T is for Tame ($1.44M/year)

Becky had been an ex-ad executive and spent most of her days developing ads for her clients. When she found no good product to tame her twins' hair, she wasn't suprised. She had always dreamt of working on something she believed in.

How much they make: $1.44M/year
How much did it cost to start: $30K
Current team size: 0

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How I Tapped On An Emerging Hair Care Market And Built A $90K/Month Business

T Is for Tame's founder developed a safe and clean hair product for babies which generated an 85+% revenue growth for their business when they recently expanded into Target and Walmart, while they remain focused on deepening their relationships with customers through micro-influencers and employing social media tools.

About
Becky started T is for Tame about 6 years ago
Revenue
Becky grew the business to $120K/month
Costs
It cost Becky $30000 to start the business
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10. Luna Nectar ($600K/year)

Mia Fiona Kut, the founder of Luna Nectar, came up with the idea for her hair density and haircare products after her sister used a chemical-based lash growth serum that caused side effects. Determined to create a safe and effective alternative, Mia researched for a year and a half and developed the Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum. The product gained traction through word of mouth, and the business has since experienced notable growth, with revenues of $100,000 in the first year, $350,000 in 2020, $420,000 in 2021, and $600,000 in 2022.

How much they make: $600K/year
How much did it cost to start: $3.7K
Current team size: 2

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Starting A $50K/Month Sustainable Hair Products Brand Amidst A Hollywood Career!

Luna Nectar, founded by Mia Fiona Kut, makes all-natural, vegan, and cruelty-free hair density and haircare products; starting out selling one sole product in 2019 which made $100k, the business has seen steady growth to hit $600k in 2022 and will soon launch two new products.

About
Mia started Luna Nectar about 5 years ago
Revenue
Mia grew the business to $50K/month
Costs
It cost Mia $3700 to start the business
Read by 1,180 founders