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[Video] Activists Protest Korean-Owned Beauty Supply Stores by Diverting Customers to Black-Owned Stores

Avatar • Jan 6, 2016

This past November, activist groups took to Korean-owned beauty supply stores in Lancaster, TX to divert black customers from spending their dollars in non-black-owned businesses. The platform was “Redistribute the Pain” which seeks to make a statement by redistributing the value of black dollars.

Instead of just blocking customers from making their sought after beauty buys, the protestors handed out fliers and directed them to nearby black-owned suppliers.

While it’s no secret that relations between Korean-owned beauty supply stores and it’s primarily black consumer base have been strained over the years, some question if this is the right approach. Black women are working hard to stake their claim in an industry they’ve built over decades with their own dollars. Serena Williams has even invested in a company which aims to compete.

What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below.

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Guest
Guest
4 years ago

About damn time! This is the truly the BEST way to build black wealth. Black dollars need to be invested and recirculated in the black community in order for us to make progress.

Build our own!

Cosita
Cosita
4 years ago

My first thought is they should find out why the customers are not shopping at the black owned instead of simply directing them there. It may or may not be a matter of them not being aware a business exists. I went into a new bss last week that was black owned. I bought nothing. Why? Because 80% to 90% of the inventory was hair which I don’t wear weave or braid extentions. Much of the rest is relaxers and relaxed type products. There were some rollers but I already have plenty. The natural product selection was one brand which… Read more »

Guest
Guest
4 years ago
Reply to  Cosita

One of the reasons that many BOB are not well stocked or pricier is because they are charged more because many of the product still comes from Asians countries–ie China. So many manufacturers will charged more to BOB vs. Asian owned business, especially if the BOB cannot afford to buy in larger bulk to recieve the much needed discounted bulk rate. My friend learned this the hard way when she tried to start a wig selling business. And I’ve heard of this issue from other black owned hair businesses. Black owned businesses just have a lot more hurdles to jump over… Read more »

eljjai
eljjai
4 years ago

You know what, I want to support black business I really do, I’m a fledgling black business owner myself. I want to support black business as much as I can, but from a customer’s perspective, black business needs to be just as competitve as other business. That means they need to have good or better customer service, they need to have good or better stock at competitive prices.
I like this movement. I also need the black business to step up their game too.

Eyes Wide Shut
Eyes Wide Shut
4 years ago

I recommend that people watch all 3 (or is it 4?) videos about this boycott. The black owner stated her case: it was an uphill battle to build her business and the Korean suppliers make it damn near a futile effort for her business to flourish. I am all for competition but the Korean monopoly on black BSS is down-right racist to the core. If it was a healthy business environment and capitalism was allowed to run its course, the Korean suppliers wouldn’t mind supplying black BSS (they still will make money). But the suppliers go out of their way… Read more »

Cosita
Cosita
4 years ago

Well I’m not mad at you. Since my other post I had to drive To a neighboring town for work and stopped by a black owned beauty supply I had seen but never gone in. It was the same story. Stocked full of hair and exactly one natural hair line. Omg we don’t all wear weave and wigs. I asked about natural products and clerk looked at me all lost. The way I see this should be a two way street. The community supports the black businesses and the businesses support blacks in community. The message I get is they… Read more »

LBell
LBell
4 years ago
Reply to  Cosita

Very good points. Even the smallest black-owned BSS should have black-owned product lines (natural and otherwise) falling off their shelves. However, I can see them saying what a lot of black customers say: Natural hair products are too expensive. Also, depending on the location, how many customers are actually looking for those products versus weave/wig? I agree that it’s a two-way street but despite all the numbers showing the drop in relaxer sales and salon patronage, I’m betting these stores’ customer base — the ones they make the most money from — ISN’T you and me. It’s a vicious cycle:… Read more »

Cosita
Cosita
4 years ago
Reply to  LBell

(Sigh) true. I understand but I still feel it’s a slap in the face. As I remember Walgreens upped their product game and when Target, Walmart, Ulta and Sally’s saw WG store were making money they followed suit. I don’t know about other areas but my Walmart has As I Am, Miss Jessie’s, Cantu among others. They wouldn’t stock it if people weren’t buying it. Alas I guess I will keep buying my products on line, health food stores and white corporations. I will go go black bss when I want to buy my cousins some barrettes.

Dottie
Dottie
4 years ago

First and last time I went to a Korean store was around 1998, and it was my last. Never shopped with them as I was treated horribly and I wondered why so many of us gave our money to people that criminalized us. I shop black owned as much as possible. These days shopping online has given me better access to black businesses, and I don’t even bother going to the store for my hair care needs. By pass the middle man altogether. I guess Texas is learning because they get sick of other people calling them the N word… Read more »

Chocolate drop
Chocolate drop
4 years ago
Reply to  Dottie

I agree. In stead I just go and look in the organic section of the grocery store and get natural products. I wish there were more black owned stores

tracienatural
tracienatural
4 years ago

You know what? We need to start manufacturing in black countries in Africa and the Caribbean. That way, these products can be mass produced cheaply FOR US BY US!

Guest
Guest
4 years ago
Reply to  tracienatural

Agreed!

b
b
4 years ago
Reply to  tracienatural

Even in the Caribbean BBS is owned by south asians. :/
Not one BBS on the island I reside is owned by a Black person. Its upsetting.

FromTokyo
FromTokyo
4 years ago

One problem, though, is that they’re still the ones making the products, so even if the businesses get money, the Koreans, Chinese, etc. still get their cut.

Where I used to live, though, it was mostly Middle Eastern folks owning the stores. Never a black person.

LBell
LBell
4 years ago

My experience, past and present, is very similar to Cosita’s. Whenever I’ve found a black-owned BSS I always bought a token something just to help out but they almost never had anything I wanted. In my current city I’ve been to two BSS that have Arabs behind the counter (I don’t know if they own the businesses though; next time I’ll ask) and they have been very friendly and helpful. I’ve also been to one of the largest Korean-owned BSS in town and was treated like a criminal. Sally’s, Target, and various Amazon sellers get the vast majority of my… Read more »

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