Black Beauticians (Beauty Salons (Black space + woman's space,…
Black space + woman's space
Original Black owned business.
Protected Consumer Market
Knew that Black women would always need they hair done.
No one else was going to do Black women's hair and truly care for it.
Key political mobilizers.
Offered a space for political dialogue.
Mediators of political conversations in the hair salon.
Madame CJ Walker
One of the first Black millionaires.
Gave employment opportunities to Black women.
Taught Black women how to do their hair.
Relaxers, hot combs, shampoos and conditioner, roller sets.
Different tools of hair manipulation.
Expanded the nature of business and role of entrepreneurship.
Socially, politically, and economically important.
Also in some ways pushed respectability politics.
Boosted racial economy.
Economically autonomous members of the black community in the 20th century.