Wake-up Call (Plea for Black Hair Care)

good_hairIt’s been a while since I’ve posted any thing, and that’s because I wasn’t pressed to post anything of substance, until now. Here’s some food for thought.

Recently, I went to the movie theater to check out Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair,” and while I was not surprised at the specific “findings” I was disappointed at the percentage of Black-owned hair-care franchises. Dudley and Bronner Bros. seem to be at the forefront of it all, but where are all these Black hair-care professionals when it comes to generating weave and overall hair-care products? Why aren’t we supporting our own?

For me, this wasn’t just a movie that was supposed to expose how much Black women spend on their hair or how many Black women where weaves just to maintain what is called “good hair,” this was about exposing how unattached we are to the hair-business sector. According to Dudley’s Founder, Joe Dudley, there are only four other Black-owned hair franchises. That is an appalling amount considering how many African-American women wear weaves and use black hair-care products. Where are the hair professionals who are willing to become business owners instead of watching foreigners sell the products as if they use it?

Thank you, Chris Rock for diving a little deeper and going where the simulation started–India. I applaud Rock’s efforts because he, too, wanted to find out why are extensions Black women wear on their head imported from another country. In India, there is a sacred ceremony where females have all their hair cut and shaved off in honor of their God. Where does the hair go? hmmm … Well the hair is auctioned off to hair suppliers, who again are foreigners, and then sold to generate billions of dollars.

Black women have been wearing weaves for decades, the problem doesn’t lie there because they aren’t going to stop. The question lies is how can we take control of the business and profit from it as Black hair-care providers. Why don’t manufacturers want to sell hair and hair-care products to Black businesses and solely to foreigners. I’m putting it out there but I’m just one voice. It takes passion and the business-minded folks who want to see more of us producing our own. If those salon stylists who were featured in the documentary want to be platform stylists or business entrepreneurs, then this film should be a wake-up call for them to take some action so the number of Black Hair-Care franchises increases.

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Published in: on October 12, 2009 at 3:09 AM  Comments (1)  

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