One of my pet peeves is hearing excuses disguised as justifications for not supporting our businesses, even in hair and beauty related products. If you notice, my favorite brands tend to be Black owned and operated: Black Opal, Bee Mine, Obia Naturals, etc. While all of my products are not from Black owned companies, I do make a concerted effort to support our community whenever possible. I hate hearing things like “I would buy Black products but they are too expensive” and the infamous “It doesn’t matter who makes it as long as it works.” I just do not understand how creating wealth in our own communities is not of important to every Black consumer.
Recently I expressed my love for Perfect Locks hair, which is owned by an Indian couple. One of my other favorite hair companies is Indique, owned by Erica Dotson, a black female entrepreneur. I love both brands, readily recommend them and based on my experience find them to be superior to most weave companies. However, while expressing my preference for the Perfect Locks hair, I felt a bit disloyal because the owners are not Black. But then I began thinking that regardless of the retailer -Perfect Locks, Indique or other – the original source of hair is either Asian or Indian. So are hair weave companies ever REALLY Black owned?
One of the major objections from women who are anti-weave is their dismay that Black women wear hair of other ethnicities. Indian, Malaysian, Brazilian, Chinese – those opposed feel that if we ARE to wear weave, why not wear our own textures? Although I understand their opinion, obviously I disagree. But aside from the ethical dilemma of wearing the hair of “others” I am wondering of the origin of the hair is not Black, then regardless from whom we, the consumers, buy our weave – are we ever really “buying Black?”
What do you think, is the idea of buying weave from a Black owned company an oxymoron?