Nailed It? Black Women Express Their Frustration And Experiences With Asian Nail Salons

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Queens, NY entrepreneur Stacy Coleman frequents Asian salons because they are “the most prominent and available salons in my neighborhood.” Coleman claims that she normally “always has great treatment in the nail salon no matter who owns the shops.” However, she admits that she has seen other patrons who were “not so happy with their services having altercations.” She also admits to wondering “in the end if they are speaking poorly about the African American women after the individual leaves.” And while Coleman feels comfortable in Asian salons, she doesn’t always feel well-serviced. She states, “most times I do feel rushed in the Asian nail salons.”

Upon seeing the video of the unruly Asian beauty owners in Brooklyn, she explains, “I feel like disrespect goes both ways when it comes to the Asian salons, but no human being deserves to be treated that way no matter the circumstances.” While it didn’t change what salons she frequents, she did cause her to seek out additional options. “The clinicians in my salon have always been nice to me. But I did discuss the incident with my classmates and found a Russian owned salon and a Latina-owned salon that I will try as well.”

What has been your experience with Asian nail salons? Do you frequent them or prefer Black-owned salons and/or nail technicians? Why or why not? Sound off in our comment section below.


Danielle James is Head of Fashion and Beauty Partnerships for HelloBeautiful and MadameNoire. She’s the Founder of Model Citizen, a peer-to-peer shopping platform that allows women to shop each others’ closets. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter: @TheIslanDiva. 


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