|A billion dollar industry|
Today, there are over 9,000 Korean-owned beauty supply stores serving a billion dollar market for Black hair. Between manufacturing, distributing and selling these hair care products, Korean entrepreneurs appear to control all major components. Ranen was inspired to make his documentary because of what he saw as the injustice of unfair business practices.
“It’s really about allowing black manufacturers to get inside the distribution channel,” he said. “‘I mean, if you ask me, ‘what is your vision for the future?’” Well, right away, it’s a 100 black-owned stores opening up right next to Korean stores – a boycott until the Korean stores accept at least 20% black-owned manufactured products. Then we are talking about money in the community.”
It should be stated that this predilection for grooming ones hair utilizing aberrant methods has enriched many of the Black women working in the salon industry, those who have yet to sell their shops to immigrant entrepreneurs.
Multiple trips a month to the beauty salon help Black women perfect a hair style that is completely unnatural, but the desire to part with large amounts of money for the straightest locks has a match in the affections market for Black style.
No Black woman is complete without fake nails – preferably acrylic – and the desire to have the longest, most pretentious, colorful and ostentatious talons in the neighborhood drives them to endure torturous and expensive visits to the manicurists.
With Korean entrepreneurs providing the bulk of the services to these Black women delirious with notion of affixing Wolverine-like claws upon the end of their phalanges, a veritable cottage industry has arisen that has helped one segment of the population build-up savings while preying upon a narcissistic segment with an average net worth of $5 dollars.
Income inequality exists for a reason and the vainglorious obsession with fastening mini-knives upon ones fingers is a clear indicator of a luxury purchase as opposed to a need for Black people. Such Hate Facts are of trivial concern to a community that spends billions each year making their hair straight and white-looking and gluing protruding weapons of mini destruction upon their fingers.
68 percent of Black women say they buy because it makes them feel good and yet the finished product of using women’s hair from India and the procuring of acrylic nails as a fashion statement should raise serious questions about their fashion sense.
Attempts to scale back the dependence that Black women have on Korean-owned manicure shops have been greeted with an increased desire to have their nails done regardless of the implications of failing to buy Black.
In fact, the self-esteem boost Black women get from a trip to the manicurist is only equaled by their animosity at receiving a bad manicure:
A Volusia County woman was arrested after several 911 calls were made complaining about a bad manicure.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says on Sunday Cynthia Colston, 44, from Deltona, was fighting with her nail technician at Central Nails on Elkcam Boulevard in Deltona because she apparently didn’t like the length of her nails.
During the fight the nail technician was slightly injured but it was Colston who called Volusia County Sherriffs deputies to the salon.
It's normal practice for nail salons to charge for extra designs and services, but what about extra weight? According to WSB TV, that was exactly the case for Michelle Fonville. The Georgia woman received a startling surprise after receiving a manicure, pedicure and eyebrow arch from Natural Nails in Dekalb County, Georgia, when the owner tacked on an extra $5 dollars to her bill for being overweight.
Salon manager Kim Tran explained to Fonville that the extra fee was meant to cover the cost of replacing the $2,500 salon chair, in the chance that it broke.
"I said, Ma'am, you can't charge me $5 more. That's discrimination because of my weight," Fonville told WSB TV.According to the salon owner, the chairs are only meant to withstand 200 pounds and anything above that weight has the potential to damage the chairs.
"Do you think that's fair when we take $24 [for manicure and pedicure] and we have to pay $2,500? Is that fair? No," said Tran in her defense. Tran has since refunded Fonville her $5 and told her to take her business elsewhere.
Fonville, who was close to tears when given the news, would like more customers to learn about the salon's unfair practices.
"The word has to get out there that these people are discriminating against us because of our weight," she said. "I mean come on, we're in America. You can't do that."
Worse, that $5 dollars could have represented her entire net worth.
With the amount of time, energy and money invested into their nails, Black women can scarcely tolerate a bad manicure. Lining the bank accounts of Korean immigrants with yet another visit to their shop is simply out of question as it should be obvious what is the next entry into the Stuff Black People Don’t Like.
The so-called jezebel or diva look is believed to be universally applicable to Black women, and a bad manicure threatens to sabotage en entire industry.