- About The Brand -
The direct translation of Kalayaan is "Freedom" in filipino. The reason this name was chosen was because of why the whole company started in the first place, here's the story..
My name is Erikah Gaspar and I grew up in a not so diverse town. Being different wasn't easy. My skin was darker, my hair was curlier, likely anyone with curly or kinky hair has a similar story to mine. When there was finally a straightener that could get rid of my curls, you never saw anyone jump so fast. So it began, straightening daily, bleaching my hair blonde, you name it, I did it, because it was all I knew in order to be beautiful. And then instagram happened, and oh how wonderful it was. There were curly girls everywhere! Beautiful ones, ones that made me realize that I had a blessing on my head, ones that made me inspired. I gave up straightening my hair in November 2013. I was so excited!
But then life happened. I went through an extremely stressful time in my life. So bad in fact, that my hair started falling out in chunks, to the point where I had bald spots on my head. I also didn't realize how much of a security blanket my hair was until it was basically gone. I wore my hair back everyday for more than a year because the sight of my hair down would often bring me to tears. I started researching healthy products and would stay up tirelessly trying to find the best ingredients for my hair. When I realized that what I was looking for wasn't on the market, I decided to develop it on my own. My whole idea behind working on these products was being able to have the freedom to wear my hair natural. We're all different and we're all beautiful, so why should there only be one standard of beauty? Kalayaan applies to everybody, it just so happened to be the thing that helped me love myself the way I was born. And I truly hope that this product will help more people feel that way.
Here at Kalayaan (pronounced KA-LAY-AN) our focus is to make quality, unique hair and body care products for all types of hair and skin.
The thing we try to keep constant with all of our products, is to keep all the ingredients as best quality as possible. That's why all of Kalayaan's hair care products are 100% natural, vegan, biodegradable, and free from chemicals, sulfates, mineral oil, silicones and parabens. In addition, the soaps are vegan, kosher, alcohol free, and 100% biodegradable.
Since we very strongly support our world moving towards a sustainable future, we kindly ask that any products that come in packaging, that you please recycle all packaging and shipping materials. The earth thanks you!