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Should Black Women Be Criticized For Purchasing Korean-Owned Hair Weaves?

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Jenée Desmond-Harris believes that a meme of a Korean family thanking Black women for building their wealth by purchasing weave is shaming Black women who wear weaves.


Reported by Nigel Boys

According to Jenée Desmond-Harris, associate editor of features at The Root, a meme that is making its rounds on the Internet, is an attempt to shame black women for spending their hard-earned money on hair weaves.

The picture shows a Korean family with a caption that reads:

The Korean family would like to thank black women for taking the money they could use to send their kids to the best colleges and spending on fake hair os we can send ours! Your insecurity and lack of racial pride has made us rich. You go girl!

Some believe the message teases African-American women for being so vain that they forget to take care of their children’s education. Harris believes that the meme not only makes unfair assumptions about why African-American women purchase hair weaves, but it also displays honest Korean business people in a negative light — it gives the impression that they believe the black community is stupid for supporting their businesses.

Harris also points to a study of intergroup relations from the University of California to prove that hostility between African-Americans and Koreans is nothing new.

According to the study, there was serious hostility between black merchants and Korean shop owners in 1981, when black business owners staged an anti-Korean boycott. While the black merchants claimed that Korean business owners were cutting their prices so low that they could not make a profit, black consumers claimed that Korean stores were overcharging them for their purchases.

The African-American merchants even called the Korean shop owners “vampires,” who came to their community to “suck black consumers dry.”

As far as the caption declaring that black women buying hair weaves are sending Korean children to college instead of their own, Harris believes that this assumption is utter nonsense. She adds: “Anytime anyone buys anything from someone else, that person is arguably sending someone else’s kids to college. So why the criticism of black women’s spending and styling habits specifically?”

As previously reported, there have been many claims that Koreans are intentionally shutting African-American entrepreneurs out of the hair weave industry.


  1. Yoga bar

    July 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Yes Black Women Should Be Criticized for purchasing
    Because the money is not being put back in the community
    We are not white women , whether our hair is good bad or in different
    It’s our hair and not fake or someone else’s hair

  2. Sarah

    July 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Support black owned business. African Americans are the biggest consumers in America. There is power is money, and we can be powerful with supporting each other. African American have to want to be in control of their destiny, and not looking to white America for everything. Lets be strong together, get along with each other, love each other. Stop putting each other down, and being jealous.
    There is a black own beauty supply in Altadena Calif…called Red Mink…support it. Like it on facebook. Seek out our own. Stop supporting these Korens…they are very very rude, mean, unprofessional, and yes they do hike their prices up They are cutting us out of the hair industry, and we are their biggest consumers. Stop making excuses when it comes to black money, justifying why we are treated a certain way. I do not support Koren owned businesses, I’m not going to be treated bad while I’m spending my hard earned money.

  3. Arneader

    July 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I buy WIGS and it has not stopped my son from attending college his third year In Jackson MS there has never been a black own wig or weave shop Before the Asians or Arabs there was the Whites Now if you want to talk about nails The Asians put the black women out of business The black women were charging 2,3,4 times more than the Asians for ails I call it BLACK EXPLOITATION Now who is fooling who

  4. kimberly

    July 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    So true Arneader…so very true…

  5. ambiance86

    July 9, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    You are so right. Stop blaming Koreans.
    When I was a rep for the largest black hair mfg in the world mr. Kim came into the market in san Diego ca. He had a huge inventory of hair products warehoused to compete. He tried to get me as his sales rep. Im African American. I was impressed by him and his business strategy. He set up and sold
    a coop to other asian beauty suppliers so that when they purchased from him they could do so at a discount and pass on lower prices to their customers. There was a black supplier in L.A. that I was working with to bring this concept to the black beauty suppliers as well.
    They did not want to buy at a discount from him to compete with mr. Kim.
    That’s when the asian market proliferated and squashed the black beauty supply industry in the U.S.
    So sad how we consume others good and aren’t producing .
    I’m a stylist now and have owned several successful salons. I’m dismayed how our black sslons can overbook and keep customers waiting without regard. Sisters all that fake hair that you purchase is not necessary unless you really need it (& some do, but most don’t). Please stop being insecure thinking it validates you, because it does not.

  6. blacjk jones

    July 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I agree that blacks can purchased what they choose—- from whom they choose—-it seems as if the Koreans in this ad are trying to sound as if they have superior motives for being greedy—-need I say more!!!!

  7. blacjk jones

    July 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    error: purchase

  8. elaine

    July 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    when you stop buying cars made in Germany and japan
    sneakers made in Mexico and watches made in Switzerland then and only then will I consider what you think about where I purchase my hair
    until then I will go to the Koreans and purchase my Brazilian hair and take it to the Africans and have them put it on my African American head if that is what I want to do

    • toyabg

      July 12, 2014 at 12:52 am

      Don’t let anyone stop you from buying your

  9. blacjk jones

    July 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Black folks, please meditate on your spending—-sit and think before you spend your hard earned money with folk that will only hire one token black for window dressing—–it seems the worst we’re treated the more we spend in these kind of businesses—it makes me question the intelligence of our people—-we need to CURB OUR OWN BELL and bring our intelligence to the fore front……PEACE!!!!

  10. blacjk jones

    July 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    error: curve our own bell

  11. Ric

    July 9, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I live in moss side Manchester. In England and all the weave shops are owned by non blacks

  12. Ric

    July 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Also I cannot see one black employee maybe buy off the Internet

  13. Devon

    July 10, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Well did the meme lie??? everybody get rich off us cuz we dont own dayum thing and we spend money on dumb sheit. When i went in korean nail salons and they speak their language they would say a word that sounds like this…..”dee oom jung e” I looked it up google to get the translation.

    The right spelling is deomgung-i

    Now guess what it means.


    Dont believe me? Look it up.

    Thats what they think about us.

    Thats why I dont mess with them.

  14. Kay

    July 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Arneader, you are right! And don’t buy into this negative fake post/article. Start watching these closely they are mostly negatuve, hateful and NOT worth a reaction. Other races have been wearing weaves long before blacks started or before they made weaves to fit blacks. Remember some if theses writers are very limited in theirs skills so they write to get negative responses that cause use to show hatred towards each other and other races. These writes have lost their skill and decided to go with quantity over QUALITY articles.

  15. KG

    July 11, 2014 at 12:41 am

    My first job as a teenager was for a Korean-owned wig/weave/clothing/jewelry/etc shop. I saw young women come in the store with their entire paycheck and waste it on fake hair and gold- I know because in addition to providing fake hair and gold, these Koreans would also charge a fee to cash their paychecks. All their money to Koreans who would tell me to watch them like a hawk when they entered the store b/c these Koreans didn’t trust the very people that made them rich.

    Why on earth would you buy anything from someone who can’t use it themselves? They get info from white folks that black people are careless with money and spend obscene amounts on FAKE HAIR and GOLD so that’s why they sell it and are always located in the black community. Which means they are preying on ignorance and low self-esteem. The Black community needs to wake up and start understanding money and the true power it holds in your life.

  16. Snacky

    July 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

    This is complete nonsense. Young Asian women as well as White women also install extensions in their hair all across the globe. To target just Black women is ridiculous. The difference is black women cannot hide the fact that they are wearing it because of the texture difference in the hair installed. It’s not so noticeable with Asian and White women because their hair blends better.

  17. Devon

    July 13, 2014 at 1:58 am

    White and asian wmn aint sewing nappy hair on their head come on now yall know the deal white women dont want nappy hair but yall want their texture. Yall say you dont hate your hair but bet if somebody invented a pill yall could use every 30 days that could turn nappy hair straight without straightening comb the comany would get richer than the koreans 95% of blkwmn would buy it. Yall keep saying GOD dont make no mistakes so why yall keep sewing european lookin hair on your head…its becuz most blkwmn ashamed of their hair. So if god didnt make no mistake why yall keep coverin yall hair and dont tell me its protective style and yall switch up becuz yall not switching up and wearing your own hair yall just switching up old dirty weave for new clean weave. Blkwmn thats proud of their own natural hair show it off. I have two friends with headfulls of lots of kinky hair and they wear it proud one day big bad azz twist out afro the day its a big afro puff next day it might be flat twists. Yall front like its just a hairstyle bet we all know the history if blk hair and we know lotta blkwmn think european hair is prettier than nappy hair and yall brainwashed to think straight hair is bette hair now tell me Im lyin

  18. Devon

    July 13, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Yall cant tell if white and asian wmn wearing extension becuz first witj genetics their grows long and straight now asian wmn already got long thick heavy hair and some white wmn do now the ones with thinner hair yeah they wear extensions but they dont sew hair on their hair theh go to their salon and get those tiny thin extension fillers that sheit is expensive more expensive than weave. Since god dont make no mistakes then ditch the weave.

  19. Verbs2014

    July 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    The stupidity, the folly and the reprobate mannerisms of the modern day western black woman are simply beyond bounds and belief at this point. Without fail she will always have a convenient excuse to hand to justify all of her outlandish, ridiculous, belligerent, violent and childish behaviours, the wearing of weaves is no different.

    For the dunces who still cannot make the connection between weaves and racial pride, I will break it down for you in its simplest form. Racial pride is about presenting the different aspects of your people and your culture to the rest of the world in their NATURAL, ORIGINAL AND UNCHANGED FORMS. What exactly is natural and original about European hair on a black woman?

    So, the lack of racial pride is in the covering up of your own natural hair using the hair from European/Indian/Brazillian women, hair that has nothing to do with you and most certainly looks nothing like your own. This is simply an act of self hatred hands down, black women really have no viable excuses for the wearing of weaves, therefore instead they have manufactured the most dumbest, nonsensical and outlandish excuses to date and simply run with them.

    The points given in the article that were supposed to have “killed the argument” are so retarded and backwards that they do not even warrant a response. Of course you average modern day western black woman like the broken record that she is will go on to say “white women do it to”. Really? Where are the white women lining up to purchase Afro weaves and Afro extensions instead of extensions that LOOK LIKE THEIR OWN HAIR? Answers on a postcard please.

    The modern day western black woman in general has simply turned herself into a circus clown for the world’s entertainment and amusement, a jester of the court, a laughingstock, an embarrassment, a mockery, a decadent slob and a disgrace to the black nation.

  20. Jewell

    July 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    As a nation of people who don’t produce ANYTHING for themselves there’s a lot of opinions stated as facts to buffer the discourse. Truth is until a person is committed to change everyone else can see their need for change far sooner than they see it themselves. Blacks focus on services rather than providing services, they are fine with being consumers rather than merchants and followers rather than leaders. I’ll ask this again: WHAT RACE WILL TAKE ANY OF YOU SERIOUSLY WHEN YOU’RE STANDING WITH ANOTHER RACE’S HAIR IN YOUR HEAD? There isn’t a community that respects the black race in America with good reason. As consumers, what do you think your dollars do for the family that runs the store? The money that family owned stores make provides financial security for that family which includes paying for their children’s schooling. One would think that with the number of black women missing edges, having bald spots, and shedding hair like an animal that they would drop the relaxers, braids, and weaves. But as long as the black woman rates her beauty on European standards the negative impacts of assimilation will persist. A virtuous woman in the black community is a rare find!

  21. concern black female

    July 16, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I think the comment made is an insult to all Black American Women. Sad to say, it is partially true. The community where I now live black women spend tons of money on weave, braids, designer purses, nails and more, but can’t pay their rent, electric bill, put “change” in church, and then expect others to help them financially. Something is very wrong with this picture. We need to get our priorities straight. And yes I am a black female making this comment. Let’s prioritize women! Prove society wrong for a change! !!!

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