When Thank God It’s Natural CEO, Chris-Tia Donaldson, graduated from Harvard Law School and started her first job at a law firm, she faced a dilemma: How was she going to wear her hair?
In an effort to look professional, she began wearing wigs to camouflage her kinky tresses. Frustrated by the lack of products for textured hair, she created Thank God It’s Natural (tgin), because she wanted to use products that made her feel confident about her curls and that were also made with ingredients that she felt comfortable using on her body.
Chris-Tia Donaldson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thank God It’s Natural (tgin), a manufacturer of natural hair and skin care products, currently sold in Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, Sally’s Beauty, and Walgreens.
Donaldson had been featured in major media publications such as USA Today, Marie Claire, Essence, Black Enterprise, Ebony, Heart & Soul, and the Chicago Tribune. Her book Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Natural Hair is a #1 Amazon bestseller, and was hailed the “Natural Hair Bible” by Essence Magazine.
Prior to starting tgin, Chris-Tia represented Fortune 500 companies in complex business transactions involving technology and open source code. She earned her A.B. in Economics from Harvard University with high honors, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
In 2015, Chris-Tia was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her treatment, she learned that having money could make the difference between living and dying when it came to treating this condition. In her observation, few organizations existed that provided support and social services to help women with transportation, child care, parking, or seeking disability leave from their place of employment.
Up until her passing in November 2021, she used her success in the beauty space to advocate for women experiencing financial difficulties, who are undergoing treatment, to highlight health disparities due to race and socio-economic factors, and to empower women to listen to their bodies through the tgin Foundation.
Check out Chris-Tia’s book called This is Only a Test: What Breast Cancer Taught me about Faith, Love, Hair and Business.