In an age of ever-expanding celebrity licensing rights, you have to admire Beyoncé’s restraint. Though among the most powerful and influential people on the planet, she’s never been one to slap her name on any ole product just to wring a few extra bucks out of the Beyhive. No, if fans know one thing, it’s that Beyoncé moves with intention and purpose — if she endorses it, it’s virtually guaranteed to be the real deal. That’s why just-announced news of Beyoncé’s hair care line, Cécred, was immediately met with so much excitement and fervor. At almost any point in her 25-year career, she could have launched a beauty brand. By waiting for the perfect moment to drop it, Feb. 20, it’s clear she’s been working on this empire-bolstering move for quite some time — and the products are bound to stun.
In her classic cryptic fashion, Beyoncé shared the news with a series of photos on Instagram. Initially, she posted sweet shots of her and Blue Ivy sitting in the salon chairs, capping the carousel off with a hand-written note. “How many of y’all knew my first job was sweeping hair in my mama’s salon?” she teases in the first lines. “I saw firsthand how the ways we celebrate and nurture our hair can directly impact our souls. Having learned so much on my hair journey, I’ve always dreamed of carrying on her legacy. I can’t wait for you to experience what I’ve been creating.”
Then, just days after the Grammys, she posted another trailer for the line with even more information, including the name and launch date. “Hair is scared,” she wrote to accompany the video, also a clever reference to the brand’s name. “The journey begins Feb 20.” Nothing is available to shop until then, but fans can leave their email addresses to be first in virtual line.
In the initial photos posted by Beyoncé this spring, her natural curls were in their full glory, and you can spot a menagerie of top-secret products scattered across her dressing table. Potentially products in her line, they’re all in tester bottles with temporary labels to keep eagle-eyed fans guessing for just a while longer. Of course, all of this news came amid the first few dates on her Renaissance World Tour — for which she actually got a fresh set of custom “sunwash blonde” highlights courtesy of celebrity colorist Rita Hazan.
So what happens when you combine a legendary superstar with actually effectual beauty products and a sweet background story dedicated to her equally-beloved mother? Beyoncé can just go ahead and add one more zero to her bank balance ledger — another billion’s on lock.
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