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    Posted: Jul 14 2014 at 7:53pm
Ebony magazine made this article about the black hair industry and how blacks make almost no money out of it.

http://www.ebony.com/style/black-women-need-to-take-back-the-hair-industry-887#axzz37TYijh5Y

It's Time: Black Women Need to Take Back the Hair Industry

We can't keep setting the trends and not making any money off of them




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Black women, it’s high time we understand how critical this moment is in regard to how much we influence and contribute to the hair care industry.

Thanks to the digital revolution, we stand poised to reap the benefits of being launched from the same catapult that propelled the likes of Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie. These men were all lucky enough to live and build businesses during what we now refer to as the Industrial Revolution. Their vision and tenacity opened doors and birthed whole new industries.

Well, we’re going through a new revolution—a hair revolution—in which our hair has become the clear focus of the beauty industry, and also the moneymaker. Only this time around, we can find ways to have a bigger stake in the profit. But here’s the thing: we have to do this now.

Who’s Running the Game?

The Black hair care market is at least an $684 million industry. Essentially, none of that cash makes it back to the Black community. A walk into your local beauty supply stores will typically reveal a slew of brands that are Korean-owned.

Oddly enough, in 1965 the Korean government banned the export of raw hair, making it impossible for U.S. business owners to manufacture wigs using Korean tresses. Not long afterward, the U.S. government banned the import of any wig that contained hair from China. As a result, Korean business owners were able to dominate supply and distribution of weaves, wigs and extensions. Aaron Ranen’s 2006 Black Hair documentary estimates that Koreans own close to 60% of the Black hair care industry market share.

Black Women Have Influenced the Hair Industry... So Why Aren’t We Reaping the Benefits? 

The Black hair care landscape has changed significantly since 2006, with the emergence of the “natural hair movement” (which has contributed to a 26% decline in relaxer sales). Black women choosing to rock their hair unprocessed has birthed an entirely new industry.

This tells me that we can completely change the focus of major hair companies and where they’re putting their money (many of them would have never invested in products for natural hair unless we made them do so), but we can’t financially benefit from this “trend” we’ve created.

What if Black women just up and decided next year that we all want our creamy crack back? What would happen then? These companies would keep it moving from the natural hair product lines they’ve been “dedicated” to, and start producing more creamy crack. We have the power, for real. We’re not just talking about new products that our strands have inspired creation for, but also new jobs, machines, technologies and infrastructures. These major hair companies have had to switch gears entirely to accommodate what we think is cool. But still, there’s no sign that our influencer status in the hair game is actually helping us.


This is really a unique window of time we can’t afford to lose. It’s critical that Black female (and male) entrepreneurs approach the hair care industry opportunities from a macro perspective. Creating products is great. In fact, Ultra Distributors report that major natural hair brands have seen a revenue increase of over 1,400% between 2009 and 2013, corresponding to an estimated $150 million in revenue. But my hope is that Black entrepreneurs can get into the business of supply chain management as well.

Let’s Start With Social Media

Last year, the Small Business Association published a report entitled “Access to Capital Among Young Firms, Minority-Owned Firms, Women-Owned Firms and High-tech Firms.” Unsurprisingly, it revealed that African-American and Latino firms operate with “substantially less capital overall—both at startup and in subsequent years—relative to their nonminority counterparts.” 

We may have a lack of access to capital, but some of us eventually break through. Finding Black business owners and creators in this game has become seemingly easier. From Instagram to Facebook to Twitter, many of us have the access we didn’t have just some years ago to find businesses and startups we want to support. With social media platforms at our fingertips, we can create the habit of sourcing out the best of Blacks in beauty, hair, and even the nail artistry business, and start supporting them, one by one. 

At the end of the day, there is $7.5 billion dollars in Black beauty spending up for grabs… Will you get yours?

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Link this article to your Facebook and other social media. I really think people dont know how big the black hair business is and how much we are being pushed out. The ladies over on LHCF were talking about this and giving suggestions. Now they are making moves in PM land so "spies" (the koreans and other vultures) wont know whats being planned.

http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=734167

Im here for it. Im annoyed that the koreans who think of black people as pieces of sh*t are living comfortably off of our communities money. They just take from our communities and send all that f*cking money to korea. They give nothing back to us- no charities, no donations, no fundraisers, nothing towards our schools, parks, neighborhood programs, zilch. And when black people try to open a BSS they lock them out. They have a unions and distributors that support them and purposely dont help us at all. I know there's a lot of intelligent folks here so maybe you guys have some thoughts on this.




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We would need to start with owning our own factories. Bottom up

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We just need one person to take a chance and build the manufacturing capacity to produce hair here. It can be done, but just not as cheaply as in China. I feel like product wise, we're doing well as a community.


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Wouldn't the hair still need to be imported from another country?

Whose cutting their hair in the US?
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The bulk of what people are buying is synthetic hair. Even all the brands that say they're 100% cut straight from some poor exploited woman's scalp can't support the demand with all human hair.

But setting up manufacturing is expensive. Wefting machines aren't cheap. Labor costs, for american workers, are not cheap. Producing the actual hair though, that's not that hard.


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why is it that every time a discussion is started in earnest about black people, somewhere in the conversation latino will be thrown as to legitimize the claim.
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i definitely feel we need bigger factories and manpower. If we can start producing quality hair-be it fake hair or real hair- and products in mass amounts Black BSS will have something to stock their shelves that the others dont have. I remember back in NY a black guy started a BSS 2 block away from me. I was super happy because it was so close. But when i went inside it was so sparse. The products were few and far between. He told me that he couldnt get any products. He eventually shut down within like a year because nobody bought anything because he didnt have anything. I didnt understand what he meant then but now i do. so if we could get some big black companies to supply them then that would be a start.
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I see a lot of black people studying business studies at uni.....they should to utilize their degree and start taking over the black hair care industry...just saying.
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Originally posted by Lilaca Lilaca wrote:

I see a lot of black people studying business studies at uni.....they should to utilize their degree and start taking over the black hair care industry...just saying.


I made a post about that in the lhcf thread. Though the black hair industry is ripe for picking, the thought of getting into it never crosses most people's minds. Thats why i suggested seminars for getting started in the BHI. If you give a person and good idea that they never thought of and show them that it is possible, they might go with it.
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Originally posted by HaitianLuv HaitianLuv wrote:

i definitely feel we need bigger factories and manpower. If we can start producing quality hair-be it fake hair or real hair- and products in mass amounts Black BSS will have something to stock their shelves that the others dont have. I remember back in NY a black guy started a BSS 2 block away from me. I was super happy because it was so close. But when i went inside it was so sparse. The products were few and far between. He told me that he couldnt get any products. He eventually shut down within like a year because nobody bought anything because he didnt have anything. I didnt understand what he meant then but now i do. so if we could get some big black companies to supply them then that would be a start.



That's the largest reason why black owned BSS's fail. Because no manufacturer will deal with them. They know that if they "played fair" they'd lose.

If we could get some black owned products to fill these black bss's that'd be a start. You have some black mom and pops on etsy and sites of that nature...why not check their products and give them and people like them a chance. You can't get these big names or Korean suppliers to fill your shelves? work the organically made for black hair care angle. We are a creative people. You could basically be a physical store for handmade haircare online. Market it like LUSH. Attach and name and face to the product. Who made it and where it was made. Appeal to the personal side. Not to mention the amount of people that can possibly be employed for these types of stores. It's a possible win for all involved if it's done right.


now that I've typed that I might have to look into it myself...it's a good idea if I do say so myself if you have the business savvy to get it up and running.

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