Today the business of Black Hair is as Big as ever! With numerous salons, products, brands, and resources advertised online and abroad, it is amazing how the Black Hair Care industry still has fewer Black front-runners than other business owners and product developers.
While the business of hair straightening services and products are on the decline in sales and visibility, the business of hair weaving still trumps that and the natural hair industry.
Right in the beginning of Chapter 4 of Hair Story, Rev. Jesse Jackson was noted to spearhead a mock funeral for the Revlon company. Hundreds of Blacks attended this mock funeral to boycott Revlon and vow to support Black Owned Businesses and prevent being bought out by White companies.
Thinking about the Black Hair Care Industry today, Is there a need for the boycotting of White companies that sell products targeted toward Black consumers? Why or why not?
The authors describe a time when Black Barbers served White Clientele and were unwilling to service Black clients for fear of losing their “best” customers.
Hundreds of women are going natural today. With the rate of naturals in comparison to salons who service natural hair clients, Do you feel as though this situation is present today in Black Hair Care? (For example, how often have you gone to a Black Hairdresser only to have her say that you need a relaxer,pressing or even that she cannot do your hair because it is too thick or nappy?)
On page 78 reads; “It has been reported that Madam Walker copied the recipe for her Wonderful Hair Grower from Annie Malone’s Poro Company, even though Walker herself claimed the ingredients came to her in a fantastical dream. Coincidentally, Walker was living in Saint Louis, but had quit working as a Poro agent when she had this dream. Before attempting to sell her “new” hair grower, however, she moved to Denver, Colorado, so as not to clash with Malone.”
Many may relate to this passage as either an entrepreneur or consumer of Natural Hair Care Products. Seeing the numerous ads for curl creams, all natural pomades and treatments, do you feel that there is room for everyone who chooses a path in the natural hair care products industry?
As you make decisions on purchasing hair care products, what do you take into consideration in order from most important to least important: price, ingredients, manufacturer, online buying, local availability, effectiveness. Do you feel that paying a higher price means the product is going to work better?