Beauty Shop Karma: ‘Experts’ Trying to Lure Black Women Back Into the Salon, Citing Bloggers and YouTubers are “UnQualified.”


What a load of bat guano. But I have to say I laughed a little to myself when I received a press release basically trying to scare black women back into the salon because hair bloggers and You Tubers don’t know what they’re talking about, according to them. See for yourself:

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Ha! But it doesn’t stop there…

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PLEASE! I can tell you right now that the majority of black beauticians are woefully less qualified and educated on the natural state of our hair than the leading hair bloggers like Curly Nikki, BlackGirlWithLongHair, and vloggers like African Export  (so stoked she’s part of our network SheThrives!) and Napptural85. As far as I’m concerned, these women are the Harriet Tubmans of black women’s hair, freeing us from the slavish dependence of beauticians who too long relished and abused their power, with the double and triple booking, eight-hour wait times, exorbitant prices, gossip and indifference to any semblance of customer service. Beauticians held us hostage, brainwashing us into thinking only THEY knew how to keep our hair healthy and only THEY new the ancient secrets of styling. They SCOFFED when the natural hair movement began, calling it a phase and mocked black women who refused to perm their hair.

Now you are experiencing your karma, your comeuppance, ratchety beauty salon owners. Yes; there are a *few* salons that weren’t like what I described but the vast anecdotal evidence can not be denied. Virtually EVERY black woman in America has a black hair salon horror story. And now that relaxer sales are down 17%, the attack in now directed at the women who freed us from our bondage, and I’m not standing for it. You’re getting what you deserve.

I have taken my hair into my own hands for nearly seven years and I will never go back. There is nothing about the beauty salon I miss. The day I found all those site to help me on my healthy hair journey it might as well have been the black hair version of Juneteenth.

African Girl


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