- BOBSA Member Opinion: Plan To Share In The Hair Market
Recent independent surveys fix the amount of money spent in the commercial hair industry worldwide at a figure very close to the 100 billion dollar mark. Basically this entire sum represents the purchases of Black people in North, South, Central America, Africa, the Caribbean and throughout Europe.The involvement of other races represents a very insignificant amount of money that was spent mostly on wigs and hair pieces ( primarily of synthetic fibers ), that are sold for very low prices. Although the popularity of hair extensions among races that are not black has seen a continued use, they are mostly of the preclude tip variety that is sold in small packets that in some cases frequently weigh less than one ounce. Another aspect that contributes to the low amount spent on this method of hair extensions is that the hair purchased is often only to put in color streaks, frequently utilizing fantasy colors that may be difficult to create through the conventional methods of tinting the hair.Sales to Black people however are an entirely different matter, because they are generally for the purpose of creating an entirely new head of hair. Countries throughout Asia think that it is very strange that the black people, who are virtually the sole consumers of human hair do not import this very profitable product themselves. Especially in this day and age when it is quite simple to ask your computer, ( which practically everyone has ) to give you the contacts for any manufacturers of products from any where in the world. The major reason why this has transpired is that most of the citizens of this highly industrialized society grew up in an era when we (the Americans ) were the greatest exporters in the world. Since almost the inception of this nation and certainly from the start of the industrial revolution that began in the latter part of the Eighteen hundreds there was a long standing tradition of manufacturing and exportation of most of the goods used in the world. Throughout the nineteen fifties the Americans produced as much as eighty percent of all the cars in the world. This was the same for airplanes, construction equipment, pharmaceuticals, clothing, foods stuffs technologies and most of the things used for the betterment of human existence throughout the world. Consequently, importing was never the highly prized business pursuit that it is in most other parts of the world, particularly those nations that are economically and technically challenged.What is needed by the Black Cosmetologists of this country is the formation of a company that operates in the manner of those on Wall street, Nasdaq, the London or Hong Kong stock exchange. If this company were formulated to purchase hair that may be sold to persons in our industry that wished to buy human hair at modest prices that will insure a fabulous profit when sold, it will appeal to a great many people both in and outside of the commercial hair industry. In order to insure that the hairdressers benefit from it there should be a stipulation that the hair be sold only to licensed cosmetologist and licensed retailers. There should be some guidelines regarding end user pricing to ensure that the consumer is obligated to buy their hair exclusively from the company. If the price is dramatically lower for both the professionals and the those who wear the hair, it will be the only way that they will immediately cease from buying hair from those people outside of our race that presently control the importation and sale of hair in the United States.Companies of this nature are formed by offering shares to persons that wish to purchase part ownership in the companies. By this means the company creates it’s working capitol that will allow it to employ personal to offer services, acquire machinery to do manufacturing or merchandise for sale, which in this case is Human Hair. Persons who desire to invest their money will be paid interest on their original investments from the cash profits that result from the business done by the company. These shares should be offered at a minimal price to the general public ( let us say $5.00 per share ). Assuming that the company has two hundred thousand shares for sale to the public. The shares will be offered to ANYONE, whether they are in the beauty industry or not. The company should not depend exclusively on the limited amount of members of the cosmetology industry alone to purchase all the shares. But, we can depend on the average Black American that buys hair themselves or those that are aware of how lucrative the trade in this product is ( which is definitely everyone in our race ). As the company grows, so will the value of the stock. Persons owning stock can sell it to others at the current increased market value.It would be the ideal opportunity for our people to acquire stock in a sure thing, no matter what their economic status may be. And there is no doubt that the poorest individual of our race are well aware of how massive the Human hair industry is. Just about any person of our race will be most anxious to get in on the initial formation of such a company at a price that does not represent a great risk of money or an exorbitant investment on their part.At the recently publicized rate of almost one hundred Billion dollars for the worldwide trade, a company that could manage to acquire a mere ten percent of one percent of this stupendous sum would be worth one hundred million dollars. This should be an easy goal to achieve in the United States, where most of the world’s hair is sold. In the event that the prices were attractive to the retailers, Hair designers and consumers, there will be no great difficulty in selling it, because price point is everything in commerce. It should be considered that practically every cent of this one hundred billion dollars is money that is derived from sales of human hair to the Black people anyway.Imagine…………if a significant portion of this enormous amount were to enter our culture, what tremendous improvements would become available in housing, what manner of educational advancements we could afford for our children and what opportunities would transpire in all the new businesses that would open as a result of this vast economic windfall.A common expression is “We should all stick together”. Of course this is a solid reality if we could manage it, but it will never happen, because of the extensive devisionary techniques that were imposed on us since we were kidnaped and brought to this country as slaves. Where ever it was possible, no two persons of the same background were sold to the same masters. All language and culture of Africa was forbidden and only limited knowledge was ever given us. Almost all of which were exclusively related so that we could become competent as a workers in industries that mostly related to agricultural endeavors, such as growing, cultivating and harvesting America’s major cash crops, like Cotton, Tobacco and Sugar.The loss of the basic African culture was a devastating blow to our progress because we no longer operated using the village mentality on which the majority of cultures in the world depend on to strengthen their social structure. For instance in most countries throughout the world, people have leaders that have in many cases inherited their position as leaders, which has always been the established method of government in Africa from time immemorial. In these cases the leaders were obeyed because it was believed that they gave these edicts in the interest of the entire village because they were related and felt a deep seated need to provide for every member of their family. When the man or men in charge gave an order, there was no possibility of thinking it over, refusal to do so or acting to the contrary. We, in this country frequently act with disobedience to any person above us. Our contrary American philosophy makes us want to each march to a different drummer. We think of rebellion and individuality as admirable qualities. It is not our way to band together because we don’t have very much in common, like a language, a religion and we don’t even look alike. We should not feel ashamed of this, it is simply an attitude we have embraced that is the only one we have been exposed to. But, if each person knows with certainty that what they are doing will benefit them personally, it will insure that what we do will be done by all of us.Another expression that is quite popular is “Let’s take the Hair industry back”. Actually we never had it to begin with. Our only participation was as consumers. The only way that we can overcome this sad condition in the international hair trade is if each of our people are aware that they will benefit greatly from a sale or purchase of hair. Because of my lack of understanding regarding how a company of this nature works, I would suggest that we elect informed, educated persons who are knowledgeable of this order of business, which is quite abundant in our race. Practically all of which are serviced by members of the cosmetology industry in Make up, Sincere and hair design. Within this group we should find a lot of ambitious people that may care to serve as advisors and investors as well.Another group of people that we should consider is the huge number of celebrities that are black. There are many athletes that make hundreds of millions of dollars, and are in need of safe, profitable investments to get involved in. There are also numerous television stars that are represented on every channel ( who incidently make great use of commercial hair to project their alluring and very attractive looks ). Since they also depend greatly on the cosmetologist whom they respect and admire a great deal. Hair designers should approach their celebrity clients regarding this project. They will undoubtedly be very interested in investing. Salon owners and every one in the beauty industry should share this idea with all of the people on their email, facebook or any other forms of social media contacts.Footnote: Regarding and earlier statement about leadership.In contemporary philosophy concerning leadership positions, the dominant belief is that elected leaders are in the best interest of any social order. Today, in the United States we have the good fortune to have as our president Barack Obama. Quite possibly the greatest man ever to sit in that esteemed position. He is a person of tremendous courage that cannot be intimidated or over powered by anyone. His admirable background as a community organizer keeps him in touch with the needs of all of us. He is a shining example of dignity, thoughtfulness and innovative ideals of government. Let us all support his noble endeavors to provide truly great opportunities for all of us. 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- Team Natural: Why This Growing Haircare Trend Is More Than Just A Hashtag
AFRICANGLOBE – The decision to “go natural,” i.e. the decision to wear one’s hair in its natural state free from chemical straighteners, can be both empowering and daunting. What do I do with it? What products should I use? How do I style it? The mere fact that even deciding to wear one’s natural hair is regarded in some circles to be a revolutionary act speaks to deeper issues of race, class and the idea of beauty.
Chris Rock famously explored the history and politics of curly and kinky hair in his documentary, “Good Hair.” The film was awarded a special jury prize for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and put the conversations that were once limited to street corner barber shops and ’round-the-way beauty salons out in the open.Just last Fall, “The Talk” host Sheryl Underwood came under fire for comments she made regarding “nasty, nappy afro hair” for which she later apologized (but not before the Twitterverse exploded). And who can forget that controversial cover of the New Yorker, in which First Lady Michelle Obama is depicted sporting a large afro and army fatigues in an attempt to convey “The Politics of Fear.” Or how so many people, most of them Black women, who should have been praising Gabrielle Douglas‘ gold-medal winning performance in the 2012 Olympics, instead chose to make nasty, derogatory comments about the texture of her hair.People with naturally curly and kinky hair have long relied on straighteners, hot combs and chemical relaxers to achieve sleek, silky tresses; arguably as a way to appear acceptable and polished. As Tiya Miles, chairwoman of the Department of Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan told CNN in a recent article, “Historically, the difference of Black hair texture has symbolized the inferiority of Black people in the minds of some Whites and even some brainwashed Blacks. Naturally kinky hair was viewed as dirty, unkempt and unattractive into the mid-20th century.”But as millennial women have come of age, a paradigm shift has taken place. More than ever, Black ladies (and gentlemen!) who have everything from wavy to curly to kinky, have chosen to abandon the chemicals, love the hair they were born with, and cross over to #teamnatural.Recent data from global research firm Mintel backs up the claim that natural just might be the new normal in haircare. The report shows that chemical relaxers now account for just 21% of Black haircare sales and the sector has declined 26% since 2008 and 15% since 2011 when sales reached $179 million, the only category not to see growth.“The natural hair trend is driving an increase in sales of styling products such as styling moisturizers, setting lotions, curl creams, pomades, etc., but the increase has caused the relaxer segment to decline in sales,” said Tonya Roberts, an analyst at Mintel, in the report. “A look at expenditures from 2008-2013 shows steady growth in the Black haircare category for all categories except relaxers/perms.”From Lupita Nyong’o and her short cropped natural ‘fro, to Melissa Harris-Perry delivering the nightly news sporting a variety of natural braids and twists; and even Beyonce doing her signature surfboardt at the Grammys with wet, natural ringlets; it certainly appears that natural hair has gone mainstream.
Thankfully, for those who want to go natural but can’t necessarily afford Queen Bey or Lupita’s stylists, leading the charge of this movement are a group of passionate and web-savvy “naturalistas” who have become beauty gurus in their own right. Many have nabbed product endorsements, book deals, media appearances, and amassed hundreds of thousands of loyal followers along the way.Among this group is Jessica Lewis A.K.A MahoganyCurls™. Vlogging since 2009, she has been invited to speak at beauty and natural hair conferences and conventions as far away as London and the Bahamas and has been featured inEbony Magazine as one of the top natural hair bloggers in the game. She took some time to tell us why the natural hair movement is here to stay.Q: What made you decide to go “natural”?I decided to go natural because I didn’t like relaxing my hair anymore. I lived in Germany at the time and it was very hard to keep up with having relaxed hair. One day I was searching for a flat iron online and I came across this website that focused on natural hair. I noticed the blogger of the website would change her hair from curly to straight and it intrigued me. Once I found out she was natural I made the decision to go natural myself.Q: The majority of your growth has been organic through the use of social media and vlogging. What made you decide to go the social media route?
A month or so after my big chop, I decided to document my natural hair journey on YouTube. I did this for myself so that I could keep track of my hair growth. I also did it for support from other naturals. I enjoyed it and my channel began to grow with the support from others.Q: What are some natural haircare myths you’d like to debunk? For instance, true or false: natural hair is really expensive? Only women with a certain hair “type” can go natural?Well, I would like to debunk the myth that states natural hair does not grow. That is a huge misconception. Our hair can grow very long with the proper care, regardless of texture. To the myth that natural hair is really expensive: False. To the myth that only women with a certain hair “type”can go natural: Not true at all
Q: What’s the weirdest question you’ve ever gotten about your natural hair? How did you address it?
A family member asked me if I had a wig on my head. I responded with a simple “no”, and explained that it is my natural hair.Q: While many people think natural hair is strictly for Black women, as in “I thought only Black women went natural,” lots of Latina, mixed-race, even naturally curly or wavy White women have also embraced the movement toward natural hair. What do you think is inspiring this?I think it is the fact that women are seeing other women embrace their curly hair with pride and it does not look messy, or extremely frizzy, as it has been depicted in the past. Other women are viewing curly hair as being beautiful.
Q: As natural goes mainstream, tell us what you thought was a big moment for natural hair in recent pop culture?I think the idea of seeing so many women on the red carpet wearing natural hairdos. You would see natural updos, curly hairstyles, and twas (teeny weeny afros) at formal events such as the Oscars.
Q: Some regard the natural hair movement as a passing trend. What makes you think it’s here to stay?I do not think natural hair is trend because, for one (in my opinion) it does not require a chemical service every six to eight weeks. Natural hair also takes time and patience. I feel once a person goes natural and they are able to master their natural hair, there isn’t any going back to relaxed tresses! It takes a lot of time and patience, and from my experience I love the versatility of it. I couldn’t do the things that I do with my natural hair to my hair when it was relaxed.
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