"Gettin' Personal" w/ Amanda Starghill of MelanGlow



Being in the era of the Glow is quite an exhilarating experience. WOC are Glowin' left to right everyday.


We're taking control of our happiness and daring to exist in this world unapologetically + loudly.  We're Glowin' in the workplace, in politics, in the arts, and in the media. Our Afros are getting bigger (and shorter), we're letting our souls Glow, and of course our beautiful "melanated" skin illuminates the globe.

During my personal journey of finding my Glow, I also find it necessary to ask other Glowin' sistas about their journey to and through self-love + self-care. I stumbled upon a Instagram account by the name MelanGlow. I literally screamed to myself "OMG that name is similar Heal + Glow!" and instantly fell in love. The account features pictures of beautiful black women Glowin' from the inside out. If MelanGlow's instagram feed don't motivate you to be happy and step into your Glow, I don't know what will.

I had the privilege of getting to know the beautiful Amanda Starghill of MelanGlow, a skin care hub highlighting black-owned skin care lines. Read what she had to say about MelanGlow and her personal self care journey.   



"People will project their insecurities onto you for having the audacity to be great. Don't fall for it." 


-Amanda Starghill

Tell me about what you do and what inspired you to begin your work.

Amanda: Let’s start from the beginning: I was active on hair care forums in high school around 2008/2009 and even started a natural hair group in college. I was obsessed! Two months after graduating from the University of Houston, I landed a job as a content editor at TextureMedia (aka NaturallyCurly.com) and now I work in their marketing research department. Honestly, love inspires my work. My affinity to beauty and passion for the flourishment of black women led me to pursue a career in the beauty industry and create Melanglow. Melanglow is a black girl skin care hub that highlights black-owned beauty businesses (exclusively skin care), chats with skin care professionals, and features with women who give me skin envy. Melanglow’s Instagram is basically mood board of melanated goddesses and I share my skin care diary on my Instagram story.

As far as my career, I want to help brands learn how to listen and better serve women of color, especially black women. We buy more than double the amount of personal care products than any demographics, and therefore deserve the same quality and investment in our products and services like everyone else.

What does self-care look like? Why do you feel self-care/self-love is important?

Amanda: For me self-care includes a facial from Chamagne Williams at Ann Webb Skin Clinic, relaxing with my loving husband, and eating good food. Sometimes no plans are the best plans. Self-care doesn’t always require spending money.

Describe a defining moment in which you realized you need to love yourself more.
Were there any lessons learned? Describe them.

Amanda: I’m not sure I had a distinct or defining moment of when I started loving myself. My father always showered me and my sister with words of affirmation. My parents were intentional about making sure we (my siblings and I) felt beautiful and worthy of anything we worked hard for. They loved us dearly and never let us sulk in spaces of self-hate. That’s not to say I wasn’t affected by society elevating Eurocentric standards of beauty on a pedestal, but it wasn’t as in ingrained in me like it was for others. I questioned everything! If there were moments when I felt unloved, I was aware enough to know that those feelings weren’t inherent; they were taught. I grew up in a home that was decorated with black art and wore my hair natural until I was 12. If anything, it’s through my daily walk with Christ that I’m seeking and learning of a love that no man can give me, as all of this is fleeting.

Were there any lessons learned? Describe them.

Amanda: I'm forever a student, so there’s always something to learn. The last major life lesson I learned was to never again allow someone to convince me that I am incapable or cause me to become insecure. I will never let someone shake me for having the audacity to speak out against what’s wrong or make me second guess my purpose, capabilities, relationships, or myself.

Follow "MelanGlow"

Instagram: @melanglow



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