Uncovering The Business Of Black Beauty Supply [VIDEO]

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The Black beauty supply industry rakes in billions of dollars every year, but African Americans only own a fraction of the businesses within in industry. According to the Beauty Supply Institute, the beauty supply industry generates $15 billion per year, 96% of the customers are Black and less than 3% of ownership within the industry is Black.

Roland Martin talks with filmmaker, Aron Ranen; Devin Robinson, founder of the Beauty Supply Institute; Princess Hill and Kelly Williams co-owners of Ambiance Beauty Supply about how African Americans are being locked out of the beauty supply industry. Listen to their entire conversation below.

Be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One. 

Watch Aron Ranen’s documentary on the Black beauty supply industry titled, “Black Hair.”

Uncovering The Business Of Black Beauty Supply [VIDEO] was originally published on newsone.com

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5 thoughts on “Uncovering The Business Of Black Beauty Supply [VIDEO]

  1. americanize. on said:

    This has been going on for years,maybe decades we have to get some black millionares to invest in distribution of black hair care products an we need to stop spending our money with people who don,t treat us fairly.

  2. Blaming other folks again: “being locked out”, GTFOOH, you mean to tell me that there is a conspiracy to stop black people from selling weaves and wigs?? Lets stop making excuses and admit that this is our fault for a multitude of reasons. Primarily, education, capital and business acumen.

  3. P.S. They use have two stores but one closed a couple of years ago. They also have a cosmetology school that service the public, they’re hanging on by a thread but are still open. I know them and they know me as a customer, they’re always friendly and I get treated with respect unlike the Asian beauty supply stores they’re rude and have no problem showing it, that’s why I stopped patronizing their stores. I’d rather drive out of my way to patronize the black beauty supply rather than patronize the nearest Asian store.

  4. There’s only one black beauty supply store here in Kansas City MO that obviously fit in that small percentage of ownership. I patronize them all the time. Although their prices are a few cents more than the Asain beauty supply stores and the store is not nearly as big but I still patronize them anyway on a regular basis.

  5. This was not the case back in the day.

    My mother was a hairdresser who owned her own beauty parlor and did business with Black Beauty suppliers.

    They furnished her salon with linen towels, aprons to cover the clients and all of their hair care products and merchandise such as curling irons, straigtening combs, heating ovens, etc.

    Now the Koreans have taken over this very lucrative business and our selling us those packages of hair used for weaves!

    All we are doing is making other races rich!!!!!!!!

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