Collegville chemist creates natural products for curly-haired girls

Mumbi Dunjwa, a native of Kenya with a degree in chemistry, is the creator of Naturaz, a line of hair-care products for black women. (Photo courtesy of Mumbi Dunjwa.)

Mumbi Dunjwa married the undeniable fact that curly hair loves moisture and married it with a serious chemistry to create Naturaz, a curly-girl product line available in 12 ShopRites and Fresh Grocers throughout the Philadelphia region.

The five products in the Naturaz collection — a conditioning shampoo, styling moisturizer, dehydrating mist and tangler, curl-defining gel, and curl-defining cream — are infused with awesome-for-the-coils coconut oil and Aloe vera extracts, writes Elizabeth Wellington at

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Dunjwa’s hair care endeavors are noteworthy for two reasons. First, Dunjwa is a black woman from Kenya, and in the last 10 years, black women have been at the forefront of building companies that sell products that specifically nourish their natural — as in not straightened with heat or chemicals — hair. 

But the real coup is that Dunjwa is a bona fide chemist. Dunjwa holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and nuclear medicine technology from Worcester State University as well as a master’s degree in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University. She spent over a decade working as a consultant in research and development within the pharmaceuticals industry before she began looking for ways to combine her two loves: science and health.

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