As of recently, many black women have been
leaving Black salons to go to Dominican salons. And
the reason being? They enjoy the famous Dominican
blowout technique, which involves stylists giving
clients a wet roller set,sit them under a
hair dryer for about oh, 45 minutes. Then
they smooth out the roller bumps with a
vigorous blowdryer and round brush combo.
Then out comes the super straight hair, at
a lower cost than black salons' prices. Dominican
blowouts can cost about $15-30. Oh yes, and
I also wonder what is exactly so appealing about
super straight hair? Maybe it's too many commercials
with superstraight hair. Lets find some commercials
with natural hair. I sit here and think about my hair,
satisfied that my hair is at it's maximum length, no
shrinkage! I do a jig and dance just for that!
With so many women going to Dominican salons,
what is this doing to Black salons? Based on
the findings of THe Wall Street Journal, the
answer is grim. "It's hard enough in these times,
but Dominican salons are undercutting our prices,
even passing out fliers to our own clients, says
Atlanta Hairdresser Jannifer Jackson.
The situation has become so serious that
last year, New Jersey based hairstylist/barber
Gina Brydie created the National Black
Cosmetology Association to help salons protect
their business against Dominican competition.
"We have Asians coming in with the beauty
supplies and Dominicans coming in and taking
over our industry "Byrdie said in an interview
with The Wall Street Journal.
Many African American hairstylists also
present the issuewith the actual Dominican
blowout technique, informing that they
use too much heat and yank the hair too hard
while blowdrying, which causes breakage.
A prominent Atlanta hairstylist Bad Boy
Romeosays this "Let me tell you, they
are helping my business because people
are coming to me after the Dominicans
make their hair fall out.
People, I got an attitude just reading the story and
never visited the place. Sounds like somebody
needs a whoopin. Why would they even use such
methods as too much heat and yanking to
damage people's hair like that? I personally
would stick to the black salons if I went to salons.
We need more money in the black salons.
That's why things go flat, when people
go take their business to the Chinese
and Dominicans and the black salons
right in front of their face. That is why
people go broke. It is not enough
support for the black salons.
It is sad. Yet, I'm sure they learned their
lesson after the hair incidents. It seems like
no matter what black people in competition
with other races.
It sounds like the other salons are
incompetents with the way they damage
the hair. Are they jealous of our HAIR?
Who gave them a license? And
take this as warning. You gotta really
investigate where you get your hair done,
especially if it is a new and unusual place and it
sounds really good or too good to be true.
If you want to sell out your money, sell it
back to black. We really need it in our
black community. You see alot of other businesses
are managed by other races. We must keep
black businesses around. It's a self pride
thing, it's a money thing, just keep it around!