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Apr 21, 2007
More salons catering to black women, once an exclusive group
By ELIZABETH WELLINGTON - The Philadelphia Inquirer


You would certainly expect black and white women to shop at the same stores, luxuriate in the same spas, even frequent the same makeup counters. And more than five decades after Rosa Parks held on to her bus seat, they do.

But there was one beauty barrier that was never breached: hair salons.

All things being equal, women's hair was not.


Because no one, according to the conventional wisdom, could style a black woman's hair except another African American, salons were the only institutions more segregated than church on Sunday mornings. It's a well-known scene: African American women gather at their beauty parlors for everything from straightening to socializing.

But this last bastion of separation may be going the way of the hot comb. Pushed by a recession-driven shakeout and shifting trends in hair care, the walls are starting to come down.

Walk into Saks Fifth Avenue's salon in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. - historically home to a mostly white, upper-class clientele - and you will now see black and white clients getting their hair done by white and black hair stylists.

There also are an increasing number of black stylists at typically white Center City Philadelphia salons such as Bubbles and Adolf Biecker. And black-owned beauty salons are hiring a more diverse group of stylists.

Of the six stylists at the year-old Ends Hair Design and Day Spa in Northern Liberties, Pa., owner Natalie McNeil employs three African Americans, one Asian, one white stylist and one Latina. Brandy Davila, an African-American owner of the multicultural Salon Tenshi in North Philadelphia, opens her doors to all clients and stylists.

"And I'm finding it's a learning experience for everyone," Davila said. "White clients get to see what goes on with African American hair, and my black clients see that white people's hair isn't as easy to deal with as we think."

This new take on diversity is no small thing. Black women have gone to self-segregated salons not just to get their hair coifed, but to feel positive - and safe - during their experience. (There's a reason the latest YouTube sensation of a brown Sesame Street puppet singing "I Love my Hair" has legions of black women talking.)


Clyde C Coger Jr

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Nov 17, 2006
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More salons catering to black figures

More salons catering to black women, once an exclusive group
By ELIZABETH WELLINGTON - The Philadelphia Inquirer



Knew this was coming, lol…Speaking from exposure to my deceased wife’s Beauty Salon and career, at one point, all stylists trained and passed board certification by using the hair of white mannequins; which means that black cosmetologists have always been able to fix non-black hair. I’ve noticed what seems to be fairly recent, the invention of afro style mannequins. Wonder what Madam Walker would think...:)?



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