Am I The Only One Who Feels Mistreated When Visiting Some Asian-Owned Beauty Supply Stores Catering To Black Hair?

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November 13, 2012 ‐ By Ashley Brumeh

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I dread going to most Asian-owned hair stores. No disrespect to those stores that do great work and have great deals, but at this point, I just do.  I have found their vast array of hair selections and hair care products usually comes with some discriminatory practices and poor service.  I have visited enough Asian-owned beauty supply stores to know that there are some that have exemplary customer service and value our patronage.  However, their numbers are few and far between.  My negative experiences at different Asian-owned beauty supplies are far too frequent for them to be considered simple coincidences.

I went into one of the aforementioned hair stores for the sole purpose of purchasing a half-wig.  After looking around intently, I saw one I liked, but before I could even point to it to try on, the employee quickly told me that I would need to purchase a stocking cap.  This would have been a non-issue for me (since I know how important it is to maintain hygiene in a place like a hair store) if it weren’t for the fact that there was also a white customer in the store trying on wig after wig with NOTHING on her head.  In all fairness, every customer should be required to wear stocking caps when trying on hair, but when I politely pointed this out to the employee, you would have thought I was speaking a foreign language or walked in that joint looking like Pig-Pen. She was far from concerned with the white customer’s head, but she very concerned about mine.

I was determined to have a positive attitude at the next hair store I visited (which was also Asian-owned) despite my previous less than pleasant experience.  I was eager to try a variety of hair products I saw in a hair magazine so I sought assistance from one of the hair store employees who happened to be white.  I gave her the names of the products and I asked her where I could locate them in the store.  She hadn’t heard of any of the products and had no idea where to start searching.  I switched gears to something I thought she could actually help with and asked her to price a couple of their best ceramic flat irons.  She informed me that all the flat irons worked the same and it didn’t matter which one I bought.  I asked her if she was new.  She said no, but I really wished she would have said yes. Maybe then I would have felt better about her lack of familiarity with the hair-care products that were all over the shelves that she didn’t bother to educate herself on.

A few weeks later I went into another Asian-owned hair store to buy a blow dryer and a few hair accessories.  There were three Asian employees near the entrance of the store.  None of them greeted me nor did they offer me any form of assistance when I walked in.  I proceeded to search for the hair accessories on my own, undeterred,  since my previous visit taught me to help myself as much as possible.  I found them, and afterwards, I asked for assistance. I told one woman what I wanted and she brought it out to me.  I went to check out with what amounted to be a large purchase.  The lady who helped me was so cordial and complimentary after noticing all the products I was buying, and I was not surprised to find that it was one of the same people who ignored me earlier. I decided enough was enough and that I had just put my last dollar in the register of an ungrateful business. I re-evaluated my choices of the hair stores I went to and decided to halt my visits to them altogether.

The deliberate prejudice practices of some Asian-owned hair stores I have visited is down right unacceptable!  Moreover, hiring employees with little to no knowledge of black hair care products to work at a hair store targeted towards blacks in a predominately black neighborhood when they clearly have no interest in trying to learn is equally shameful.  Sub-par service in certain Asian-owned hair stores is doled out towards blacks more often than not. Adding insult to injury is the fact that these stores set up shop in primarily black areas. Yet their unfriendliness, lack of good service, and unappreciative attitudes seems to be ignored as they make money off of black dollars. In my opinion, it seems that a loss in revenue may quite possibly be the only way for these establishments to feel the effects of their tired business tactics and poor customer service, and start treating all of their customers equally and a lot better.

Have you had similar experiences at some Asian-owned beauty supply stores?

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  • ruby

    I have had a recent experience with 2 asian stores. When it comes to trying on wigs. I did not know that there was a 3 minimum. I have never heard of anything like this in my life. It to me is like purchasing a home, and being told you can only look at 3 and decide which ones you want and that’s it. I believe me and a friend tried on about 5 or 6 a piece, and then was told there was only 3 we could try. At that time i had already picked out 1 that i wanted, but to me she lost my business, and also lost about 60.00. We both walked out of the store, after i said these foreigners get on my last nerve. They set up in black neighborhoods, and expect your business but don’t give you respect. That is the last time i go to an beauty supple store owned by anyone other than black.

  • Mimi

    Finally somebody who is speaking the truth. You are on the money with this post.. we dont support each other. We have to stop hating on each other we have enough people hating us. You are absolutely right we use to support each other back in the day and that is my plan to start something of my own we should all think the same.

  • Mimi

    I knew I wasn’t alone in this. I am seeking other venues to invest my money such as black owned, and online sources. Most of them are very disrespectful to us. We are their bread and butter and they look down at us and take our money. They have no loyalty to us as consumers and I am sick of the treatment. I had an issue with a bad wig once and tried to get it exchanged. The woman was disrespectful mean and called the cops on me after she told me to get out her store after shopping there for over 4 years. If anyone has other suggestions of quality places that respect their customers and have loyalty to us black women then please post it. thanks.

  • Lona nods

    most of the beauty supply stores in my area are own by Asians. I have one in particular that I go to on regular basis because I like the products they have and if it’s something I want and they don’t have it, they have gotten it for me and even met some of the cheaper prices that I have found online. the customer service has always been excellent at this particular place. Now I have also been to some that wasn’t so driven by providing great customer service and were rude as hell. I don’t give them my money. I don’t like being treated rude or degrading in any one’s establishment. if there were black owned stores in my area, I would frequent them if they had the products and the things that I needed but if their customer service is bad, then guess what, they won’t get my business neither.

  • Jill

    Shameful. Aren’t there any black-owned beauty supply stores??

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Latrece-Hoskins/100002627012546 Latrece Hoskins

    thanks for that educational tidbit. i’m looking it up now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Latrece-Hoskins/100002627012546 Latrece Hoskins

    i have had only one bad experience: an older lady had yelled at me to “come back!” as i was leaving,unsatisfied with the selection. anyways,the store that i visit now has a nice manager who greets me and always takes 3 dollars off if he can’t find an unworn wig of similar or the same type.

  • Krissy

    I have to say I find it very interesting how this article was about Asian owned hair shops America and how they treat the their black customers whom they are supposed to cater for. And yet the majority of the comments are about putting down black women who wear weave. Its funny how African Americans worked so had to be treated fairly and be able to conduct their lives as any human beings (and so they should) and yet they are quite a few people still trying to put their own race down because of the choices they choose to make…especially about their hair.

    The closed mindedness of such people is truly astounding and very embarrassing!!! Instead of putting each other up they are bringing others down in order to be on their level and have no self worth. I feel really sorry for these people because they really don’t have any respect either for themselves or their own people. Its a shame. And this is coming from a 19 year old.

  • rinnie

    Great article, I had a bad experience at my local beauty supply store (asian owned) as well. I feel they are unappreciative of us, yet the are making millions off us. It has been a dream of mine to open a beauty supply store (black owned) and knock these Asians out of this industry. But I feel it would be nearly impossible since most hair care products are manufactured by them.

  • Rinnie

    This is a great article, I had a bad experience at my local beauty supply store (which is asian owned). I just feel they’re are very unappreciative of our business. It has been a dream of mine to open up a beauty supply store( Black Owned) and to knock these asians out of this industry. But I feel it is nearly impossible since most hair care products are manufactured by them.

  • Wow

    There was a documentary a while back about the beauty supply monopoly (I think Chris Rock talked about it in his movie also) and the basic premise is the only places to get the human hair for the weaves and wigs that are in such high demand by black women are asian countries so they’ve basically gotten the industry on lock due to our demand for their products and they will not sell to outsiders or the prices are so exorbitant that non asians have to charge higher prices and can’t compete. They are also taking american made hair products some by popular african american brands like curling irons and flat irons that they sell in their stores and are having their counter parts in their countries replicate those same products in order to keep from selling the authentic American brand and are replacing them with their own. It’s not hard to put them out of business especially given that they don’t appreciate or respect 90% of their customer base. Stop buying their hair and stop shopping in their stores.

  • unrequitedlove

    Well the Korean owned beauty supply stores here in Harlem hired the Africans to do their dirty work.Now they follow you around the store and have no knowledge about healthy black hair care.Which is ironic since they come straight from Africa

  • rosemary davis

    The problem with this is that there are not enough black owned beauty suppliers any where they are mostly own by Asians and they don’t care about black people or what they think they are interested in your money that’s all as far as them standing at the door or watching your every move most of them are not going to be ripped off or have their merchandise stolen black people too them are label as a theif and that’s what they care about not us however not all of them are unkind and disrespectfull I have found out in my own personal experience when you are a regular customer they will treat you with respect and will go above and beyond to help you find the products you need so let’s not put all stores in the same bag

  • http://www.facebook.com/semira.tesfai Semira Tesfai

    I agree! I’m so tired of how Asian owned hair stores treat black people. Let me not even start with nail salons. Black hair supplies is a multi-billion dollar industry but none of our people profit off of it. On top of it, we’re forced to endure discriminatory behaviors because those stores supply more products that suit our hair than the regular hair supply stores.

  • Tamz

    I buy everything I need for my hair from my hairdresser. Some Asian owned beauty supply stores aren’t as bad as some people portray…because most of the ones here are in the hood! Lol But I agree with the masses, you show me one inkling that you don’t value my business, *Bisquick Makeup Kenya vc* you can kiss the blackest part of my….you know.

  • Adjoa

    I do not have this problem, because I wear my hair in its natural state, locs. The products I use for my God given hair, are from an African-American business Carol’s Daughter. I would never spend my money where I am not valued. Sisters stop giving your power away.

  • SenecAsh

    There isn’t very many Asian hair store owners where I’m from in Western NY. They are all run by Arabs, who are insightful and hilarious. They do their best. But, they do have their young sons working until the late evening which concerns me. It’s too bad
    Mid-K isn’t around anymore

  • dbatt001

    So I got some hair from the beauty supply and the owner (Asian of course) gave me a free sample of SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM! fckin messed me up for days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tbabymama Tasha Hall

    so if a sales person directs you towards something that you wouldn’t have picked out for yourself but looks good on you that’s racism. your natural hair is beautiul. the girl at Sally’s wasnt really lying to you either. the ceramic flat irons that are available in different temperatures you need to order with a current styling llicense. Look closely that extra hot dryer you want isn’t available either. There is a reason you cannont buy every thing you see a prosessional stylist use. My water supply line here at home is residential. Oh! of course she smiled at you when you brought alot of product for your “own beauty” you rather spend 100″s of dollar on some other hair than your own? your real attitude should be with “miss I don’t know beauty supply store etiquette”, not the sales clerk.
    and you was buying a half wig? which implies that you have some hair.. that needed to be proffesionally weaved.

  • Shonda Johnson

    @realadulttalk:disqus Is it only in Philly where the ghetto girls are walking around with that long,tacky virgin malaysian hair? That hair is NOT cute period,stop it!!!

    • realadulttalk

      I don’t wear weaves so you’d be asking the wrong person–and every weave that looks like a weave bothers me. So all you Bella Dream ladies with the same darn hair–that’s not cute either.

    • Mimi

      lol

  • Bridgette

    I do not support any Asian owned beauty supply stores. They are rude and treat you like a criminal. I don’t support any business that doesn’t treat me right. With as much money as African Americans spend annually, we need to learn the value of a dollar. You don’t have to pay someone to mistreat you. We have the power to change things by pulling our money away from these businesses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

    i personally would prefer the people in the stores i frequent to leave me alone. if i need help, i’ll ask for it. but i do agree with your position, if they show you no respect, they don’t get your business. simple as that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

      BTW, i’m loving that scarf/head wrap she is wearing.

  • Meo91

    Thankfully there are Muslim hair and body oil shops where I live. Trader Joes also sells oils and i make my own products because I don’t like going to beauty supply shops that aren’t black owned. The prices are seriously overpriced, they aren’t helpful and when they are it’s because they are entertaining a conversation to make sure you aren’t stealing, they follow me around and they are down right rude. The treatment I’ve received from Muslim stores is excellent. They are knowledgeable kind and they offer you discounts regardless if its a huge purchase or not. And when conversing with them you know that they aren’t talking to you to make sure you aren’t stealing.

  • lynn

    It is easier said than done, if you buy over the internet you take the risk of not geting the product you paid for, or worst not getting it at all. The credit card fees is a bunch of bull, mainly because as i have found out if you ever noticed theses gas stations hair shops, corner stores are owned by immigrants who come and receive a tax-free business start up loan, while they are here, they a visa which permits not too pay taxes for three yrs, after which their visas are up they bring in a relative and the cycle starts all over again, so you may have three generations, not really contributing tax wise to the state, city, or federal government look at it, notice the cars, the clothes sometimes, and a lot of them commit fraud but it will take something before people actually start to take notice. Oh before you assume I’m some kind of racist, or against immigrants, it is no where near that, I just cant stand to be followed around, talked about as if I woke up out of my bed to steal something from people who are in my eyes are doing the same exact thing but choose to judge me, I am an educated African- American woman who comes from a middle class/military background. I know will still get naysayers however that is my right to say what I feel and my eyes that is wrong.

  • Shay

    Needless to say, I don’t frequent Asian beauty stores much, but when I do, I usually have a pretty good experience. I do remember, however, an experience with the woman not wanting me to look at the wigs until I bought a stocking cap. Which would have been fine if I were trying them on, but I wasn’t. I didn’t like her tone, so I told her thank you, put down the other items in my hands and walked out of the store. I don’t pass my money over to anyone who don’t appreciate my business, ever. If we stop frequenting stores (i.e. Chinese stores, corner stores and beauty stores) that treat us badly, they will be forced to change their practices or move elsewhere. Simple as that.

    • alisa williams

      I totally hear you Shay! I co-sign that sentiment.

  • ilovemovies2

    I make it my business to never shop where I’m disrespected. I don’t care if it’s black, blue, green or yellow. btw I’m been in black wigs places and the same rules.

    • alisa williams

      LOL! I LOOOVE movies too! There is power in the masses and when a mass of women stop buying at stores where they’re disrespected is when attitudes change and prices change.

  • Kahli

    these issues aren’t unique to asian beauty supply stores, and i agree with another post below that we ourselves are responsible for the negative opinions that have of us in large part. to echo what everyone else has said as well, you shouldn’t patronize a place that treats you that way. i went to a nail place with my mom for a pedicure once and i noticed that none of them were using rubber gloves on the white patrons, but they made it a point to put on gloves for my mother and i. needless to say i never went back there and told several others about my experience. if u feel the need to give into stereotypes and apply them to all of us across the board and treat me with less than respect then you don’t need my money and there are PLENTY of other places that will gladly take it and smile when they do it lol. i agree that if you do witness such bad behavior you should call them out on it if appropriate.

    • Shay

      Wow. I think if I noticed the disparity early on, I would have just put my shoes back on and left. If you noticed, I’m sure other’s did too.

    • Candacey Doris

      They may have been using gloves with you because you weren’t a regular. Most of the nail places near me forgo the gloves for repeat customers (people they know don’t have fungus or blood borne diseases) but wear them for new customers.

      • mac

        plus it depends on the manicurist. Some choose to go gloveless while others dont.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1041252314 Mshopie Isalwaystruetome Scott

    I go to supply stores that are not open to the public, only to licensed individuals only as much as I can because the Asians have no respect for their clients no matter how much we spend with them!

  • ann

    I felt I only noticed that. I always wondered why their attitudes would be so rude towards AA & why they would even want our business in the first place???

  • msjb

    I have the same issue with the African
    owned store that you do with the Asian owned store. The Asian owned stores in
    DC are accurately priced, well informed and very nice. The African owned store
    the woman never got up to speak to me, never greeted me once I was ready to
    make my purchase, and set the money down on the counter inured to get back to
    her soap opera. I refuse to support any business that doesn’t acknowledge my
    business. I will stick with my Asian stores their prices are better and they
    follow me around the store like I have a personal shopper, LOL ;-).

    • Shonda Johnson

      @a4a2b0b7a77d4fea5a5f0dfa22d3e45d:disqus why would you patronize a store that follows you around the store??to me they’re trying to see if you’re trying to steal from them. you’re a fool,you sound like a fool,and you’re getting played like the fool you are,dummy .

  • Patricia

    I still say that we need to support black businesses that provided great customer service. Support good black businesses! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Topazhoney

      I agree with you with you about supporting black businesses, unfortunately black neighborhood beauty suppliers have just about gone extinct.

      • Candacey Doris

        Unfortunately.

      • http://www.facebook.com/shelley.wright.921 Shelley Wright

        Black owne beauty supply stores are making a comeback. Lets continue tosupprt black owned businesses…beautysupplyinstitutedotcom

  • Patricia

    If you are being treated that bad, why in the world you just stop going to these places that don’t respect blacks as customers? It makes no sense you keep going back to the same place that treats you like dirt. I am sure you can find the products that you need else where or on line. It is crazy some black refuse to change their mentality by patronizing these non black businesses that treat us like nothing. I came to the conclusion that it is sadly that some of my black people refuse to learn the lesson. I gone to Asian business and businesses of other races and I got disrespected and I did not go back. I took my money else where.

    • http://www.facebook.com/elayne.young Elayne Young

      I understand what you are saying Patricia. However, when buying hair products one would like to see and try it on. Buying online might result in having to exchange a product several times until one is satisfied.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thokozileX Thokozile Xaba

    Why would u even support these people? U sound like a dumbass they don’t like u they don’t respect u ..But they will take ur money and too many of our people are keeping these people in business.

  • Cleo

    Where I go the Asian people love me, a couple of black women work there too and they are nice as well but I have never had a problem before. They profile this black dude tho.

  • Laine

    People please… ! If you are not satisfied with the service you receive as a customer from whatever storeowner, you are not supposed to buy!! That’s common knowledge! But noooo, we as a people dislike our own hair soo much, that we feel we NEED to keep buying, when we are clearly being mistreated. You NEED food and water, you NEED housing, you NEED education. You DON’T NEED hair that comes of the scalp of sometimes homeless and sick indian men with lice! Who cares if the store is the only one in the vicinity?? Stop buying ! The power is in our own hands !

    • Danielle

      Preach I refuse to buy anything from Asian own stores. If I don’t purchase from one of us I usually just make my own damn products it’s not that hard. I will not support those who don’t respect me.

    • Machelle Kwan

      This isn’t even about weave. It’s about being discriminated against and receiving sub par service because of your race. There are many other things you can buy at a beauty supply store other than hair. You can also purchase products for skin, hair and scalp, heat styling elements, hair accessories for girls, and other personal needs. Why do people always assume you only go to the Beauty Supply store for just weave? Smh

      • EthioHustle

        Exactly! I have healthy and beautiful locs and when I want to buy products I don’t go to WalMart or CVS, I go to the beauty supply store. Oh and btw, I receive excellent service from the nice old Korean couple who own the shop. People fail to make the connection between their pockets and their feet. If you don’t like the way you are being treated, leave your money in your pokets and keep it moving!

        • IllyPhilly

          Amen!! That’s what I was not understanding. The seemed to me to be, “Why am I paying to be treated like sh*t instead of boycotting the store?”

        • Common Kiwi

          A lot of products can be brought online now. If the Asian owned store near you has null customer service, tell everyone you know, try another store and get on with your life.
          The client is always right. Last time I checked merchants are supposed to court our money, not insult us.
          If any vendor belittles u by their lack of care, move on. These self important idiots will quickly learn when their shops are empty.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LMVI6QGGVLHIAIVA6NXW3SZQWI BROWNIE

        Because they re racially stupid is all…

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LMVI6QGGVLHIAIVA6NXW3SZQWI BROWNIE

      Speak for yourself missy…Not all of us patronize their shops…

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  • Kiyoko Kayo Hisoka

    I only go to one hair store most times and the people there are always very nice to me. There was this one time time when I was between 10-12 and a woman had her kid follow customers, including me around the store because her mother thought the Black customers would steal.

  • get real

    To be honest Asians get their stereotypes from female hoodrats that go in there with their ratchetness talking loud and dumb. That’s one of their only interactions with blk people. Ghetto hoodrats.

    • Na Na

      This is true. and its also true if you are not one of the Black people and they still teat you unfairly…..shop somewhere else. Simple enough. They can’t stay in business if no one is buying their .99 brown gel and packs of yaky 1b.

    • Miyo K.

      No, they learn of these stereotypes by not bothering to interact with those who are not ‘hood rats’.

      • get real

        Reread this comment and tell me if it makes any sense. Lol. Wth? Just like white people, Asians lump us all in the same boat. We are the only group of people that get judged as a whole by the bad apples. They don’t care about the millions of good blk folks because to them there are no good blk folks, because are all the same.

        • Jill

          But you’re lumping white people and Asians together ! Not all Asians and white people think badly of black people, and quite a few just take people as they come, whatever hue they be. :)

    • alisa williams

      Sad, but true

  • realadulttalk

    Seriously MN–you were moderating my comment for the word K O R E A N??? Ya’ll need to get your ish together-the most ridiculous words require moderation. And I’ve yet to see any of my moderated comments appear–so while we’re talking about people not doing their jobs…

    • MNEditor2

      Just a heads up, I think one of your comments didn’t get approved by the system because you were spelling words that are supposed to be two words as one (i.e., “themean”). So just be careful with that in the future, because those small things can cause WORDPRESS, not MN, to hold your comment in pending.

      • realadulttalk

        Thank you for responding to that.

  • afroveda

    This is a bit off topic, but have you ever shopped somewhere and the clerk told you there was a $5 minimum to use your credit/debit card? This has happened to me at several places including Asian owned beauty supply stores. I was talking about this with a business owner the other day and she said it’s illegal for them to do that.

    • realadulttalk

      $5?? It’s usually $10–and yes that is illegal and they would likely lose their credit card priveleges.

    • kierah

      I don’t think it is illegal but it definitely in breach of their contracts with the credit card companies. If they can’t afford the fees, just go to cash only.

    • Kiyoko Kayo Hisoka

      A lot of Asian owned businesses do this. They aren’t allowed to ask a customer to spend a certain amount of money to use her/his debit/credit card. I saw a sign up stating a $5 minimum in the dollar store recently and when I told the guy it wasn’t allowed, he said that he ‘just started last week’.

      Once I tried to buy some Chinese food and they had a minimum purchase amount and I was like whatever and threatened to walk away so the woman allowed me to use my card.

    • Pseudonym

      A lot of places do that- it’s b/c if you are buying less than $10 worth ($5 is nice!), the profit from your tiny purchase won’t offset the credit card fees. I don’t think it should be illegal. If I owned a store, I’d just charge the credit card fee or offer a “discount” to those who use cash which would be the credit card purchase price minus the credit card fee.

      It’s either $5-10 minimum purchase or you’re going to be stuck with “Cash Only.”

      • Kiyoko Kayo Hisoka

        Businesses cannot dictate how much a customer is allowed to spend in order to use a certain form of payment. What if that person doesn’t have cash on them?

        • Candacey Doris

          Most stores have an ATM. Use it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hallme Brandon Hall

            ATMs, especially those not linked to a financial institution, charge you a nominal fee to take out your own money. Then sometimes your bank charges you a fees on top of that. So, for many that isn’t feasible means of payment. Most people don’t like caring cash in their wallet, anyway.

            • Candacey Doris

              I hate carrying cash. but i make it a point to get some when i’m going somewhere that requires it. I stop at the bank, use the nice free atm, and go. It ay not be as convenient, but it’s less annoying then griping about the limit or buying things i don’t want to meet the $5 limit. The cash can go to charity or to offering at church.

              • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hallme Brandon Hall

                Most people aren’t thinking about if the place they are about to shop in will charge a fee to shop in their store. Still not feasible.

                • Candacey Doris

                  Not a fee to shop in the store, just a minimum limit to credit card purchases. why should a store pay 3% of your dollar purchase when the profit they would make off that dollar is 12 cents? It’s a little inconvenient, but not that bad. And most stores don’t have the restriction for debit purchases, which i use more than my credit card.

          • Kiyoko Kayo Hisoka

            The purpose of a debit/credit card is to serve a customer as conveniently as possible. One shouldn’t have to run around, looking for an ATM to make a purchase when they have their card, ready to be swiped. No one should have to spend more money than what they want. As far as your snide comment: I don’t have this problem. I carry cash along with my card. Don’t assume.

            • alisa williams

              That was remark did have a little tang to it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

      they do that at the majority of gas stations in the country.

    • Candacey Doris

      I’ve even been to gas stations where they have signs that say that. I don’t know if it is illegal, but it isn’t an unusual thing. It can be called discriminatory if you’re the only one they ask to do that though.

    • alisa williams

      …… let me do some research on that, for it has happened too many times to count and furthermore, there are signs posted that say this as well.

  • Kitsy

    I refuse to step foot into asian-owned beauty supply stores. There is rampant, blatant disrespect and criminalization of black customers in these establishments and I refuse to support it.

    Most are owned by Koreans who have a mafia-like hold over the black hair care industry – making it very difficult for others (particularly blacks) to enter. There is an independent film (a documentary) called “Black Hair”, by Aron Ranen that details how it works and it is available on YouTube.

    What amazes me is how black people will continue to patronize businesses that show no appreciation for our support. No matter how pissed and disrespected you feel every time you walk into that shop, you continue to go there because you need some hair! Ridiculous! Do you know that Koreans refer to black people as “devils”? Too many of us have allowed our insecurities to take precedence over pride and self-respect, and other people are taking that to the bank!

    • Lisa

      Not all Koreans think that about blacks. A lot of this crap is what they see on TV. Plus a lot of them are robbed by blacks. Not saying they should still treat honest customers that way because its wrong, but I can see why they think they way they do. Want to stop the treatment. Stop buying all this fake hair! I’m sick of seeing black women with hair down to their butts that is NOT theirs! BTW I know women who are natural that do have hair that long so I know you can grow your OWN! Make your own products!

      • Shonda Johnson

        @1fa1800e7f4e25efbbe918560245c9d8:disqus you sound stupid and dumb.

      • Candacey Doris

        It’s none of your business how people wear their hair. Fake or real, if it’s kept up and looks goo, that’s all that matters. I wear weaves as a protective style now that i’m transitioning and i’m not going to stop because people like you find it distasteful.

      • Miyo K.

        Why yes; prejudices against Black women will cease when Black women stop buying weaves, wigs, and extensions.

        • Kay

          Yet, white women buy weaves, wigs and extensions everyday and no one bats an eye

          • get real

            Uh white women aren’t putting billions into Asians pockets. Nice try though. They don’t do it because they “hate their nappy hair”. That’s blk women. Wear your hair natural.

            • Kay

              Lol A) yes white women contribute billions of dollars to the hair industry so.. Umm you tried it B) no one can tell me how to wear my hair. I’ll wear it purple, blue, gold with black stripes if I want and wont give a damn. C) quit stalking my comments and bombarding me with anti-black women rhetoric, because after you type your long hate filled paragraph( all the while typing very angrily) I will not, nor will I ever give a damn

              • http://www.facebook.com/people/Latrece-Hoskins/100002627012546 Latrece Hoskins

                hello!

        • alisa williams

          No, it will only stop when black women create black hair care and supply businesses and offer the superior customer services sought in these asian owned beauty supply stores.

          • Miyo K.

            I was being facetious.

        • Mimi

          I like wigs and weaves cause I hate going to the hair dresser, that is besides the point. This is not a forum to lash out against women who choose to wear wigs or weaves its a forum to bring awareness that we spend a lot of money in their stores and they dont respect us. I love my wigs, I have lots of my own hair but choose to wear wigs cause I cant be bothered with hair dressers and stuff that is just me and what I choose to do. But for those who are like me and want to buy stuff and be appreciated this is a good place to talk about it and start making investment changes on who we decide to buy from

      • get real

        I agree with the horse hair down these women’s back but I’ve never heard of an Asian getting robbed. Never seen it on the news. They set up shop in inner cities/hood if they were getting robbed like you say then why not post up in Suburbs?

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LMVI6QGGVLHIAIVA6NXW3SZQWI BROWNIE

          the burbs don’t want their fish eating asses in their communities, that’s why they don’t.

      • http://www.facebook.com/semira.tesfai Semira Tesfai

        Really? You wasted your time reading this article to only respond like this? Instead of putting the blame on the people who discriminate others, you blame black women with weaves?? Makes no sense!! One, not only do black women wear weave but white woman do as well. Two, your hair is not representative of who you are as a person so no one should be judged by their hair. Three, it doesn’t matter what race the person is who you robbed you. Crime is crime and white people rob as well. You sound like that ‘ol “i don’t wanna upset massa.” I’m a natural sista myself but I still don’t knock other woman and their OWN choices.

        • get real

          Yeah white women wear them here and there. But let’s not pretend as if they are putting billions in the Asian community pockets like blk women do. White women don’t wear weaves until it pulls their real hair out leaving them looking like infants by the head. so stop the “white women do it” nonsense.

          • BlueCornmoon

            White women have been doing this for generations….movie stars,especially, & Dolly Parton is a prime example & will tell anyone she has tons of wigs ….but it’s not that noticeable because they get/use hair that LOOKS LIKE THEIR OWN NATURAL HAIR, so you don’t know unless they tell. Joy Behar in The View has openly admitted doing it & even took out some extensions & showed them. Black women buy hair that’s NOT like theirs so everyone knows right off that it’s fake.

          • BlueCornmoon

            White women have been doing this for generations….movie stars,especially, & Dolly Parton is a prime example & will tell anyone she has tons of wigs ….but it’s not that noticeable because they get/use hair that LOOKS LIKE THEIR OWN NATURAL HAIR, so you don’t know unless they tell. Joy Behar in The View has openly admitted doing it & even took out some extensions & showed them. Black women buy hair that’s NOT like theirs so everyone knows right off that it’s fake.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Latrece-Hoskins/100002627012546 Latrece Hoskins

              exactly. she or he annoys me with their comments.

          • http://www.facebook.com/christy.cooperflowers Christy Cooper-Flowers

            You have too many shues in your closet…ISSUES!!! I work in an all-white salon and yes they wear extensions too! The only difference is they buy their hair from white-owned companies that you have to be certified to purchase the hair… I have yet to see a professional stylist purchase hair at Sally’s with the intent of administering it to a client’s head. Now you know, and when you know better…you know the rest. Maybe not, so just in case…When you know better, you do better! No thanks necessary my friend.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Latrece-Hoskins/100002627012546 Latrece Hoskins

              lol! high-five!

          • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LMVI6QGGVLHIAIVA6NXW3SZQWI BROWNIE

            Sorry to bust your bubble but white women DO wear them…more than you care to admit.

        • Mimi

          I live in the burbs and they are there too. They have this industry on lock down and so many of us are so clueless to how rich these people get off of us. Dont get it twisted they are everywhere.

    • Machelle Kwan

      I hate Asian beauty supply stores. That article is the truth. They are rude and sometimes they watch you closely with their eyes. You can’t even use a bankcard unless it’s a five dollar purchase! I don’t frequent them anymore. I took my business to the local Arab beauty store where I can get a better array of products and much better customer service. They stopped and helped me find what I was looking for and they know a lot about black hair products. The quality of products was also much higher and the prices were cheaper.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LMVI6QGGVLHIAIVA6NXW3SZQWI BROWNIE

        yep, gotta go where the love and respect is…

  • beautiful mic

    The one I go to have gotten considerably nicer over the last 3 years. If I could find a black owned shop, locally, that sold the items I needed they would no longer get my business. They’re lucky.

    But a few years ago, they were all extremely rude and hostile, were not willing to help you find things, and they knew nothing about the products they sold. Now, the staff at these stores seem to know a little something about the products, and if they don’t they will find someone in the store who does.

  • kb

    I have found that some are disrespectful, and some are really nice, esp the 2nd generation. However when I shop for haircare products, I go to a black owned beauty supply store,target or online. When I can I support my own.