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Politics in the Beauty Shop by Tamara Johnson
Dear Licensed Beauty Professionals,
I am Tamara Johnson and for 18 years, I “was” (past tense) a Licensed Beauty Professional. I did just what you do. I provided “professional” services, in a “professional” salon, at a “professional” price. When I came into this industry, I was fascinated with everything about it! I loved the image! I loved the look! I worked in high-end salons where they walked the walked and talked the talked. I loved it! Then over the course of time, I realized that I was witnessing a shift, a change. Salons were closing, more and more unlicensed individuals were working in the industry, Licensed Beauty Professional’s were looking for second jobs and leaving the industry completely….. What in the world was happening????
I reached out to the state board and a national organization, who supposedly had our backs, and realized that this was deeper than Licensed Beauty Professional’s and rooted in something that we could not even imagine…. Individually, I could not fix this! Individually, you cannot fix this! Individually, we cannot stop the demise of the Licensed Beauty Professional and this is where your money is!
The beauty industry is political, point, blank, period! Licensed Beauty Professional’s have NEVER, EVER, EVER been involved in politics. Hell, we don’t even vote and if we do, it’s for the President, who, ironically, has no control on your day-to-day life! It’s our local races that matter the most…. Nevertheless, the beauty industry is political and the laws, rules and regulations that govern this industry, state-to-state, Licensed Beauty Professional’s did not write them, nor did they have a seat at the table! None of them work in your best interest! None of them! NEVER, EVER, EVER were Licensed Beauty Professional’s considered in how the beauty industry would operate! And, this is where your money is!
Licensed Beauty Professional’s must be organized in their efforts and mobilized in their actions! DERUGULATION is real! DEREGULATION is now! We started a movement 3 years ago and we are now two organizations. We have to attack this from two perspectives. (1) We are The Concerned Beauty Professionals and we have a FEDERAL ALLIANCE with OSHA and Georgia Tech. Licensed Beauty Professional’s, you must now have researched, documented, scientific studies to prove to our “state legislators” why you must be licensed! OSHA and Georgia Tech will help us to do this but we must to be willing to help ourselves… (2) We are Politics Beauty and the Politics Beauty Network and with this, we are plugging you into the political process. We are introducing and engaging you into an organized effort, state-to-state, to legislation and the legislative process. This is a collective, consorted approach to changing the laws, rules and regulations that are working against the Licensed Beauty Professional, to take our industry back! This is where your money is!
Licensed Beauty Professional’s, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, I ran for the Georgia State Senate. This was my first race, ever, and I garnished 37%, over 18,000 votes against a long term, sitting incumbent. All I needed was 13% + 1 vote to be on the inside of the legislative process to help you but, like Democrats across the nation, I did not win against the Republican regime. Licensed Beauty Professional’s, you won’t win either if you don’t rise up and take your industry back! Republicans want less and less government and they want the market place to be open with more free enterprise. That means, more and more people will be allowed to operate without “red tape” and government intervention and more and more people will be flocking into the beauty industry. Mind you, legislators have asked me over and over again, “Why does your industry need to be licensed?” “If you have been educated, in some capacity, why do you have to be licensed?” This is why our FEDERAL ALLIANCE with OSHA and Georgia Tech is so important! This is why we have to advocate for our industry and be engaged in the political process…. This is where your money is!
Licensed Beauty Professional’s, no longer is the day that you are robbed of what is yours! No longer is the day that you turn a blind’s eye! No longer is the day that you ignore what is killing you! No longer is the day that you allow others to dictate your futures as they have done your past! No longer is the day that you do not rise up and take control of your industry! No longer is the day that you allow UNLICENSED individuals to work in this industry and steal what belongs to you, your children and your children’s children. The bible says that you leave an inheritance for your children’s children and the professional license is yours! Do not let it die! Rise up Licensed Beauty Professional’s! Rise Up and let’s take your industry back!!!!
BOBSA is sorry to see Carol’s Daughter sold to L’Oreal. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company has been a staple for many natural-haired people, but there are changes coming. We at BOBSA are sorry to see that we have lost another major black-owned manufacturing company to L’Oreal. We have to do something to stop the bleeding and the pimping of our black manufacturers who sell their brands to companies that do not have our best interest. Click here to read the article.
Korean Wig Shop Owners Feel Pinch of Globalization
Some 8,500 Korean-owned beauty supply stores in the U.S. do an estimated $200 million in business annually, according to the Korean Beauty Supply Association. More than 70 percent of their customers are African American. But these ties have begun to unravel as Korean wig shop owners feel the pinch of globalization. As labor costs spiked in South Korea, wig production moved to China where labor is cheaper. As a result, many Korean beauty supply stores that were once thriving are now struggling to survive. Read the article in the Atlanta Voice by clicking here.
The island nation of Barbados has a population of just above a quarter of a million very industrious and highly cultured people that are very much into fashion. They are a people who are extremely sophisticated and well informed on world matters and with a high tolerance of contemporary concepts that are readily accepted when they represent some beneficial influence on their own social order. Their skills in natural hair and commercial hair are a fascinating projection of the overall exoticism that pervades every aspect of the country. To be a hairdresser in this country one must be truly talented in the art of hair additions.
There is a movement underway by the energetic lady, who was thepromoter of my class (Madame Phillipa Aimee)
Torain Mingo in Barbados
to bring to Barbados a number of well known teachers of Beauty Culture from the United States, particularly those that have gained a reputation for being internationally famous or cosmetologists who have been responsible for many of the contemporary trends of the present day. Persons desirous of participating in upcoming seminars can contact Madame Phillippa Aimee at Global Events Planning at her contact information below. Additionally, it would be a fine idea to contact her if you have a beauty product (like hair) that you are looking for someone to promote in Barbados. It is a lucrative market and she is a very capable representative.
Hold on to your hair: Scissors-wielding thieves attack women in Venezuela
In the Venezuelan coastal city of Maracaibo, they’re known as piranhas. These fast and furious piranhas are human scissors-wielding thieves who prey on women with long hair; they cut and steal their hair and then sell it for a profit to a beauty salon. Read one woman’s account by clicking here. Michelle Carter
If you have good credit and qualify but are refused a bank loan, you may want to contact your bank and demand an explanation why you have been refused the loan and then call them out for their discriminatory practices. Often it is by design. This is a shame. And they say racism is not alive. Clink on the URL to see: Map Illustrates Bank’s Alleged Racist Mortgage Policies – http://huff.to/1CnfPUu. Banks have been “redlining” black neighborhoods — highlighting black neighborhoods to avoid — since at least 1934, when the racist policy was codified into federal law. It is now illegal under the Fair Housing Act.
Ronda Stevenson-Berry has been a member of BOBSA for 10 years. She had a store in the Richmond Hilltop Mall in California; she closed that store and moved into a new store on Travis Air Force Base in California. The move proved to be so successful that she started expanding her business by setting up stores on military bases throughout the United States. She has now opened up her first international store in Germany on the largest military base there. In 2015, Ronda plans to open other stores in military bases in both Spain and Italy.
Ronda reflected, “God said it 10 plus years ago, even though I questioned how He would achieve it, I did what Rev. Dillingham taught me a long time ago. … Trust God when you can’t track Him. … Here is our first international store located in Germany (as we have agreed to open our next spot in Italy, July 2015) – feeling blessed”.
According to Mr. Alford, co-founder and President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), the NBCC has been travelling to Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, St. Marten, Barbados, Brazil, Suriname, Colombia, Paris, Canary Islands, Ghana, Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, London, Mexico, Toronto, Tanzania, Barcelona and Equatorial Guinea to connect each and every city/nation that has significant numbers of members of the African Diaspora. The NBCC will begin to communicate on a regular basis and plan economic projects to employ more and more workers and build more and more wealth via entrepreneurship. These dots of people of African descent will become the envy of the world. Oh, how resilient we have been. Now we will not only survive but begin to thrive. The Chinese and Indians have successfully done this and we can too. Clink here to read the NBCC article or go to NBCC website at http://www.nationalbcc.org/.
Like Gold, Tobacco, Sugar, Silver, Wheat and Uranium, Human hair is a viable commodity that has monetary value worldwide. It has always been an item of value from early recorded history and has soared dramatically over the last half of the 20th century as never before. Its value has increased more consistently than any other period prior to the present date. The fashion of wearing human hair is so prevalent that it is practiced throughout the world. The colors that were formerly unacceptable are now perfectly normal for black people. Blonde hair on black women is common place. This includes the light complexioned ladies and the darkest skin tones imaginable. Wearing of the many colors, color combinations and textures of the commercial hair produced in Asia and India are thought of as quite natural.
Just about all television personalities ( on programs like the Atlanta Housewives, all of the many black sitcoms, Black females newscasters, movie stars and just about any female in every variety of entertainment ) utilize commercial hair. This is true for career women, homemakers, entertainers and many women of the Black race.
There are a variety of reasons for the dramatic increase in hair extension wear. Namely, that every color is commonplace and totally acceptable. This means that all of the myriad shades of color that can be seen in the black race can be dramatically enhanced by the endless fashion looks produced by the numerous manufacturers of the human hair trade. It is an absolute fact that although the color blonde is certainly not a natural shade to most people of African descent, it is never the less quite flattering in an exotic way to just about any of those who are bold enough to wear it. Another big factor is that many of the latest looks include the exciting and luxurious addition of longer hair.
Naturally this represents a tremendous leap in the cost of hair and greater spending on the part of the consumer. Consequently, this provides larger profits for everyone involved in the trade. There is also a whole new permissiveness in fantasy colors that include the most exotic, vibrant color combinations ever seen in the history of the commercial hair industry. The elaborate hair designs of today compares with the well known era defined by the extravagance of Queen Marie Antoinette of France.
Although classic and very conservative looks have maintained their popularity, there is a dramatic and very extreme change in the attitudes of today’s hair designs. There exists today a huge new range of artistic freedom and a greater desire for frequent changes in hair fashion, resulting in increased spending on the part of the wearers. There are no parameters where lengths, textures, lines and most certainly colors are concerned. Anything goes. Bright, fantasy shades are just as commonplace as the most conservative hues imaginable. It is a direct repercussion of the forces emanating from the cartoon era of video games, Rock and Roll, Hip Hop and the continuously merging international cultures of the twenty first century.
The commerce in natural hair is currently surpassing any other products in the beauty industry. Even persons of the lowest economic strata who wear hair are not adverse to paying exorbitant prices. This practice of wearing commercial hair has become so commonplace that it is rare to see a stylish black woman without this fabulous fashion accessory. Even with all those tremendous numbers of women who choose this means of wearing their hair, there are almost just as many that choose to wear the styles of natural hair, which has never before been seen in such an infinite variety of exciting hair designs as are popular today. Not even in the late Sixties, when the Afro was popular as an expression of racial pride has it claimed the imagination of so many artists and fascinated so many consumers.
The United States is currently the leader of hair sales in the world; however, any place in the world where there is a population of black people, it is a superb place to be in the hair business. Although classic and futuristic looks that are prevalent today is constantly being developed in a variety of countries.
Like most commercial resources, it is a question of supply and demand. The growing market is forcing manufacturers to seek new sources for hair. One of the fastest growing markets for the raw or virgin hair is being harvested in increasing amounts in India. It is of a finer variety and has a softer texture than common to most Asian hair. This makes it attractive to those who are willing to spend more and engage in creating lighter colors that were formerly looked upon as being in poor taste.
Today, thanks to India and some of the Chinese manufacturers that are willing to deal on a wholesale basis with the black stylist/salon owners we see a great many more salons offering hair for sale. Keep up the good work hairdressers. There is a mountain of gold in the hair trade and anyone can get into the business.
ASK HAIR SPY FOR SOME INFORMATION THAT WILL ENABLE YOU TO GET INTO THE HAIR TRADE.
Barbering business in Ghana is money making venture, depending on the location of the shop. Various barbering shops scattered across the country charge according to the location of the shop. The nature and sustainability of every barbering shop depends on the location of the shop. The location will determine how much one can charge a customer for barbering his or her hair. In the early 80’s, a group of young barbers came together to form an association of barbers called Ghana Association of Barbers and Barbering Saloon Owners (GABBSO) to bring standard in the barbering profession; the association has also joined a labor union called Industrial and Commercial Works Union (ICU). Also, the National Vocation Training Institute (N.V.T.I) will organize standardized exams for the barbers. Very soon you’ll have to obtain a license to own a barber shop in Ghana…………..By Raphael Azikitry
Brandi Nichole is an Innovator, Educator, Master Hairstylist and Motivational Speaker. She has made her mark in the beauty industry as a trendsetter who understands the benefits of continuing education and strives to remain current by continuously enhancing her skills and techniques as well as training others to be successful. Brandi Nichole has passion and purpose to uplift and build positive self-esteem through hair care and beauty education.
With over 11 years of cosmetology experience and numerous certifications, Brandi Nichole has accomplished several milestones in her career, from head stylist for multiple Fashion Awards to stylist and participant in various notable hair and fashion shows, commercial and photo shoots for productions companies throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area. She also has been featured in BNB Magazine and ACI Global Magazine and is now a contributing writer for BNB magazine where she shares her knowledge and expertise about the hair care industry to over 7,500 subscribers. Brandi Nichole has is currently working with New Day Associates/ Hype Hair as a stylist for the International Designer of the Year Contest. Her biggest accomplishment, she is now the National Stylist Ambassador TEAM U.S.A for the International Decus Alliance.
Brandi Nichole has proven herself as an expert cosmetologist and has taken her career to the next level as the CEO of Bee C.H.I.C Imagez. Brandi Nichole wants to inspire women and encourage them to be CHIC: Confident, Healed, Independent, and Courageous, which are the qualities she believes EVERY woman should have with each Brandi Nichole experience.
Brandi Nichole’s philosophy is “Change is only acceptable when you yourself have an open mind.