Don’t Flip Your Wig! New Vending Machine Sells Extensions At Black Hair Salons

August 6, 2013  |  

This is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that ?!” moments. Virginia-based business woman Marcella Ellis has unveiled a hair extension vending machine. Yes, a vending machine where you can purchase hair extensions. Aptly it’s called The Mane Vendor and you’ll be able to find it in hair salons, meaning you don’t need to go looking for hair extensions before sitting in the chair. Plus, by placing the vending machines in black-owned salons the money generated stays within the African-American community. There has long been a complaint about black hair products (such as wigs, extensions) being dominated by mainly Korean-owned hair supply shops.

“Having been in the hair extension industry for over twenty years, my goal in creating The Mane Vendor was to empower hair salon owners nationwide, bringing the supply of hair extensions back into the salon,” said Ellis, CEO and founder of The Mane Vendor, Marcella Ellis Hair Studio and Marcella Ellis School of Cosmetic Arts. “In addition to keeping the revenues earned from hair extensions within our local communities, it will also improve the customers’ experience. No longer will they need to travel to a hair supply store to purchase their extensions before coming to the salon.”

Still, the majority of hair extensions used in the United States originate from Korea, making it difficult for black business owners to source supplies directly. Yet, Ellis says the machines will help black business gain more control.

But there’s still the question of whether people will buy a weave from a vending machine. What do you think of the idea?

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