Black Owned Beauty Supply Store Reveals the Struggles to Stay in Business

Black Owned Beauty Supply Store Reveals the Struggles to Stay in Business

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I found the above interview to be informative and upsetting.  I do not know how much of the information is valid – for example, I am pretty sure the Sally Beauty Supply chain is not owned by a Korean, but that some of the franchise stores (just like any other business) may be.  That does not mean that it is a Korean owned BSS.  Also, on one hand, I respect Koreans for being entrepreneurial and creating successful self-employment when immigrating to the US.  That is a commendable trait.  However, this business about having an association to basically run other race-owned BSS’s out of business is ludicrous.  I will definitely be patronizing either professional retail stores (Ulta, Sallys, Sephora) or the lone African American owned BSS in my area, that I know of.  LHCF is organizing a boycott…I actually plan to participate.  I can be pretty Black conscious, and many of my friends call me militant – and this whole thing angers me.  I have never received subpar treatment from a Korean BSS like some ladies report, however I have heard people complain first hand that they cannot possibly “compete” with the Korean BSS and go out of business or change their business.  Unacceptable.  Let me know your thoughts…
For a list of African American owned beauty supply stores:
Also visit the LHCF thread – it has a bunch of resources.
  • This isn’t the first time I heard this. In Chris Rocks “Good Hair” doc. He touched on this subject regarding blacks struggling to make it in this business and their struggle to get the inventory they need. I noticed at least 2 of my beauty supply stores(I thought were black owned), there is no Korean person in the store. Black workers only. I assumed it was black owned until one day I asked! They are getting smart, having “us” out there while they watch in the background. Very interesting.

  • I am glad you found my article interesting enough to re-post on your blog. Continue to spread the word.

    Staci
    http://www.permedtonatural.com

  • Anonymous

    Great link for the UrbanSalonNetwork.com site! I was able to find a black beauty supply store in my town! Yay!

  • Anonymous

    I will not buy from asians or arabs and I do not applaud them for taking advantage of the Black community. This has got to stop. I only buy from Black people, we need to keep money in our community and it needs to stay in black hands.

  • Anonymous

    even if a fellow Black person can’t find a black owned beauty store in her or his area, there are TONS online, nowadays. There are no excuses to buy from asians.

  • SERIOUSLY??????????? *SIGH*

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