We love to see it! Black owned and operated, a Nashville beauty supply store, brought in $50k within 3hrs of their grand opening! Some may ask, what’s the big deal? As a black woman I cringe at having to ask someone, who is not of color, about hair products. How can I trust someone who doesn’t even have my hair texture. The big deal is that now I can feel a sense of security and trust the advice being given, because there are workers who look like me. There’s one thing black women do not play about and that’s our crown! And real queens will fix another queens crown okurrr!
For example I love this video that was posted of two women explaining what hair to buy or not to buy. I appreciate the two minute, honest review of the hair they were selling. Other stores will sell you hair and lie to your face about the quality all because they only care about your dollar, not your satisfaction. I can’t tell you how many times I have bought hair and been unsatisfied with the quality, and no, I was not able to return it or exchange it.
Now, we know there always has to be someone to come and rain on the parade. I saw a tweet that basically showed no faith in these blacked owned stores. In summary, The Asian hair distributor will charge at a higher rate, which then forces the Black distributor to charge at a higher rate, just to be able to compete with other vendors. Knowing the history of the black community and when it comes to supporting our own, we are quick to spend a dollar with a “cheaper” vendor, instead of helping our own. This is why we often see a decline of black business.
Well I’m tired of the excuses. If we want change, it’s time that we put our dollar back into our own communities and black-owned businesses. Stop looking for a discount and recognize the worth and reason behind these black-owned businesses. At the end of the day it’s up to you to invest in your community and build a future that you want your children to see. Can this be a 2021 new years resolution, “buy black without negative feedback.”
Listed below you can find a list of black-owned beauty supply stores in Texas. Hopefully there is one near you, and if not make an effort to support them anyway