Black Owned Beauty Supply Stores. Are There Any?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

In New York City every black beauty supply store I have been to is owned by Koreans. There are African Americans who work in the shops but they do not own them.

When I saw the video below I discovered that almost the same thing is happening in London! People of East Indian ancestry own and operate black beauty supply stores – not black people.

In Chris Rock’s movie “Good Hair” he mentioned that Koreans, who distribute black haircare products, do not sell materials to black owned beauty supply stores. By doing this, black store owners are sometimes forced to close their businesses.

In the 1970s and early 1980s this was not the case. I remember buying haircare products from black owned beauty supply stores all of the time. How did African Americans loose ownership of beauty supply stores that cater to the black market?!

Check out the video below.

Also check out the documentary by a white filmmaker named Aron Raven who reveals how Koreans have come to control every aspect of the multi-billion dollar black haircare industry. I believe this film was released in 2006. In the film there is talk about taking back ownership. Five years later African Americans still have not taken control over the black haircare industry. It feels as if we lost an important piece of ourselves.

Let me know your thoughts on this subject.

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9 Responses to “Black Owned Beauty Supply Stores. Are There Any?”

  1. Cassandra says:
    January 28th, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Very interesting find.

  2. Beetee says:
    January 29th, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Very few beauty supplies stores are wholly owned by blacks. Blacks continue to struggle in this Korean dominated industry and are not given the opportunity to compete due to limited resources and suppliers. is a wholly owned by black. It is one of the few out there but constantly struggles to stay open due to the intense pressure from its Korean competitors….Apart from the pressure from the Korean, there is not enough support from our fellow blacks because of the perception that if it black owned, it must be expensive. Hence they take their business to the Korean. How can we stay alive when our fellow blacks would not support us?

  3. Tshombe says:
    January 29th, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    For those of you in Atlanta, check out Hair and Now Beauty Supply ( and ( They are a 100% black owned, full service beauty supply store. They also are the exclusive retailer of Tshombe ( and (, a 100% natural whipped shea butter blend for the hair and body. Check us out, y’all! There are alternatives! We just have to know where to find them.

    March 13th, 2011 at 11:38 PM

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  5. OD says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    What is the name if of your company. I would like to partner with you.

  6. LynW says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Leonard, I am very interested also in this business ASAP. Please contact me. Lets get our businesses back.

  7. LynW says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Do you or anyone out there have list of distributors? Please email me. Thanks.

  8. Michelle says:
    June 1st, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Yes where r the distributors that want to supply to the blk owned bss?. We r the biggest merchantal of hair care knwn to man and cannot get distributors to give us a fair chance. Please please Perm to Natural help us.

  9. Godgivencurlz says:
    November 15th, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Awesome information! Thank you for compiling this! If we are informed, then we can choose to make the necessary changes to rectify this problem in the black community. What many of the professionals in the business said is true; if we do nothing we can’t blame Koreans. It is our own fault. Let’s be wise consumers and make choices that will help our future generations to come. We have to start thinking less of self and more of legacy.

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