Beautiful and wild…while creating breathtaking beauty. The beauty industry is racist by skills. African American stylist lack the familiarity of other types of hair textures than their own, and all other ethnic stylist lack and fear the task of styling and African American woman’s hair. Why? Consider this one obvious fact, most hair stylist developed the passion of creating hairgasms from practicing on themselves at home. Leading them to only do what know best…hair similar to theirs. Verbally dividing the industry by these two sides… Black and white.
Both sides of the beauty industry are run differently as well. African American stylists are natural entrepreneurs. Independently generating clientele from with self-promotions while benefitting from being in complete control of all business, promotional decisions, and all the revenue generated from the independently beautiful hustle. All other ethnicities primarily gravitate towards professional systematic salons, becoming employees placing all product cost and responsibility for growth in the salon they are employed at. The one responsibility both sides share is that they have to pay the salon I which they create hair art at, but…that’s two different worlds in itself! Booth rent and commission…pennies and dollars. Considering the amount of revenue an average stylist generates, commission can cost more than $1000 weekly and booth rent hardly ever over exceeds $300 weekly. African American hair industry being is 95% booth rent. It almost feels unfair to be an employee at a commission salon, but that’s how 95% of professional salons are run. Once again showing the glaring division within a beautiful industry.
The differences remain consistent even with frequency of clientele returning within a six-week time frame. African American women visit salons 3-5 times within the time span unlike all other ethnicities that average one visit during the same six weeks effecting weekly earnings and possible clientele growth for both sides of the beauty industry. Within both sides there’s the issue if clientele loyalty, it rarely exists in either. Clientele of both sides experience the daunting task of clientele retention for various reasons. Costs of services, word of mouth, availability, personal comfort, and convenience all factor in whether chair hoppers stop hopping long enough to be considered a part of clientele. An average of two of every ten new clients actually become a multiple visit client. As a stylist in either industry complaining is pointless, the ability for client stylist to relate is as valuable as a first date leading to a second date.
Considering the skills of both sides of the industry would be comparing Kung fu to fist fighting. Just Different!!! The untouchable strengths of the African American industry are perfection when styling and creating illusions of reality with artificial hair. Anything short of a perfect and neat finish conflicts the goal by both stylist and client in the African American industry. Other ethnic stylist can’t seem to come close to the flawless detailing when creating beautiful hair, and it’s understandable why that is. The focus is more targeted to theory, chemicals, and cutting to create a beautiful style. Leaving the task of finished styling to the client. The knowledge all other ethnicities poses is almost always unmatched by African American stylist.
Why are these both sides as different and the colors black and white? Is it a result of the schools or a result of lacking desire to master their craft? Maybe it is a result of simply being comfortable with making money with what they already mastered accompanied with being too busy to take the classes to expand there skill set. Some would say it’s the difference of choosing to be a hair stylist or styling hair is the easiest way to earn money fast. The reasons can vary thru out each side of the beauty industry, but reality is that this industry is as segregated as America is as a whole. Black and white.