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Hair-care vending machine with products for Black, brown people opens in Detroit

By Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Fashion Daily News

DETROIT - Hair styling products, lip gloss, lashes and other beauty supplies can all be found in a new vending machine in Detroit.

Called the Lavish Box, the vending machine was created during the pandemic to make hair care and other products mostly used by people of color accessible to those who are Black, brown and anyone in between. The products include brands such as Ardell, Got2b, Kiss, L.A. Colors and EBIN NY.

Wayne State University student and Detroit native Leslie Williams developed the vending machine and found that major retailers and Black beauty products are disconnected. Williams' own cosmetic line, Lavish Box lip glosses, can also be found in the vending machine.

"The pandemic highlighted the lack of representation for women of color in big-name stores. I found it difficult to find my daily beauty essentials at the store with items regularly out of stock, limited or just not offered completely," Williams said in a news release. "I created Lavish Box to get these products to the women who use them regularly at a level that was easily accessible.

The new vending machine is on the second floor of the New Center One building in Detroit at 3031 W. Grand Blvd.

Williams added: "New Center One is a perfect location for the first Lavish Box, and I look forward to expanding to more locations in Detroit and beyond."

Lavish Box was added to the firm Farbman Group, which is a real estate company.

"We are always looking for new and creative ways to better serve our office tenants to make their work and lifestyle needs more convenient," said Andrew V. Farbman, CEO of Farbman Group, in the news release. "Lavish Box is an innovative local company that we are proud to welcome to New Center One."

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(Chanel Stitt is a business reporter at the Detroit Free Press.)

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