OPINION: Black Hair Care — Corona Virus Fear – By Yvonne Sam

It is no secret that hair plays a major role within Black culture.

By Yvonne Sam

As the rapid spread of COVID-19 — the novel virus that has affected hundreds of thousands globally — continues to upend lives and livelihoods, it seems hair care would be the least of any person’s concern. While the world is reeling from the ever–increasing death toll, the black hair care industry is feeling the effects of the virus in a different way—the importers cannot meet the orders due to restrictions meant to contain the virus. https://www.blackenterprise.com/black-haircare-vendors-say-they-their-business-is-being-affected-by-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

Strangely, but hopefully not surprisingly— China—the epicenter of the disease – is the hub where many companies import their goods. In the U.S.A these restrictions have incapacitated the black hair care business, as they struggle to meet all their orders from customers, particularly on order for weaves, wigs and hair extensions from factories that are primarily based in China. https://www.refinery29.com/en-ca/coronavirus-black-hair-business-salons

Hair importer Shannle Wallace, owner of District Cheveux in Bowie, Maryland, told the television station WUSA 9  that orders made from her supplier in China, dating back to January is hanging in the balance. The order has still not arrived, and she says it is due to the virus.

“I just never imagined coronavirus would affect me, being in the States,” Wallace told the station. “Not directly as far as being sick, but my business.” For her the fear of the virus is not affecting her new orders, except customers are worried the hair they buy might be contaminated with the virus.“When they get their hair, (they ask), ‘Is it going to be contaminated?’” she added. https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-affecting-hair-care-industry-supply/65-.  A beauty entrepreneur and owner of XOXO Virgin Hair based in Maryland, Stephanie Nolan also expressed concerns about the toll the virus is taking on her business.

Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets.

The Centers for Disease Control did not release any information that directly addressed the impact Chinese hair extension material may have on the coronavirus’ spread. However, CDC experts have said that the virus usually struggles to survive on surfaces. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Vendors outside China are also taking advantage of the temporary ban on importation from China to drive up their prices. Although the hair care products from these other vendors are of the same quality as those from China, they fail when it comes to the quantity they can supply.

Some may not see how this affects the bigger picture in terms of the world markets but the Black hair care business fetches the United States huge sums of money as the hair industry is worth over $1.5 billion. https://www.essence.com/news/money-career/business-black-beauty/

Aleuta——- The struggle continues

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  • cedric  On 10/24/2020 at 11:07 am

    Looks like a golden opportunity for black people and black countries to start their own businesses!!!!!!

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