Have you ever noticed that the majority of the beauty supply stores that sell products catered to African Americans are owned by Koreans? I know I’ve always wondered how that came to be, since most of them don’t even know A THING about caring for African American hair (Sidenote: They sure can tell you in a quick sec though about those weaves though!).
Well, in an article I found on clutchmagonline.com ( online magazine for the African-American woman- IT’S AWESOME!!) , the story behind the different changes in power as it relates to the black hair care industry were explained and exposed. It was a very eye-opening read that’s for sure!
Here is just an excerpt:
“In business, Korean immigrants understand the concept of location, location, location with beauty supply stores popping up everywhere from Smallsville, USA to major metropolitan cities and everywhere in between, but assuredly found in an urban community. They ensure convenience to the stores, stock them with high demand Black hair care products and sell them at a price point with which non–Korean owned beauty supply stores can’t compete.
One aspect of business Korean–American store owners appear to place little value on is customer service. You may or may not be greeted when you enter their stores, but you will certainly be watched if not followed. Shame on us for perpetuating the growth of the monopoly as they collect billions of our dollars and give nothing back to their indigenous customer’s communities-–not even a pleasant shopping experience.”