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According to the Wall Street Journal, immigrants from the Dominican Republic are “snipping away market share” from African-American stylists whose livelihood depends on our continued loyalty.

Dominican salons known for their “blowout” technique in New York since the 1980’s are growing at a rapid rate in cities across the nation.

Offering cheaper prices often by $20, the Dominican technique has traditional African-American salons up in arms. Speaking to the Washington Post, a 39-year-old stylist says, “We have Asians coming in with the beauty supplies and Dominicans coming in taking over our industry.”

But according to reports, if some African-American salons can’t beat them they’d rather join them. One salon owner opened in 2008 as a traditional African-American salon and after facing closing, she replaced her stylists with Dominicans, learned Spanish, and reduced her prices by $10 with merengue playing on the stereo. She says sales tripled.

Still “Bad Boy” Romeo Crews, a known Atlanta stylist is not worried. He says, “Let me tell you, they are helping my business because people are coming to me after the Dominicans make their hair fall out.”

Would you trade your African-American stylist for a less expensive Dominican salon? Share your thoughts with us!

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  • Dawn

    I have been going to a Domincan hair salon since 1993 ( shout out to Eddier Jr’s in the Barrio!) and honestly, I haven’t looked back since. Now to be clear, I will go to that kind of salon for certain things because I realize strengths and weaknesses. When I want my hair cut, I go to an upscale salon in Brooklyn( Time Salon/Heather) because I will spend some money on a cut and know it will be done right. Look “Clucthettes” can we agree that racism, colorism is GLOBAL…..ok? So we are not going to solve the problem on this website anytime soon. As a latina of african origin( I like to call myself the “Original La Raza”), I know all too well about the not naming and the not claiming but it is what it is and hopefully WE can change that mindset. I am very pleased with both traditional black stylist and domincan stylist, you just have to find the right one for you and tell them what you want and how you want it.

  • Alexandra

    Just recently a Black hair salon opened in my area some months ago. There are 3 hair salons on my area. One Dominican, One Black American and One Haitian-American. This new one that opened seems to be pro-natural Black hair, and I think the owners are Black American too. Just to put that out there.

    Recently, my friend & I were reading the poster for the new salon & it brought us to this convo about Dominican salons & Black women.

    All salons in general are gonna have competition. This topic just wanted to conjure up a war amongst ethnicities. I honestly don’t see the Dominican salons going anywhere because they have mastered the art of turning the tightest curled hair, into the thinnest strand lol. Black salons arent going anywhere either. they specific styles & can be available where Dominican salons are nowhere to be found. All salons have their pro’s and cons & we all have different experiences.

    So I dont see the need for ignorant racial stereotypes being spewed, as noticed on this article.Jeez!

  • simplyme

    The simple truth: Dominican salons are effective for getting your hair straight but are harmful in the long run if used regularly. The same can be said about most African American hair salons…but they are more expensive. If they actually started caring about hair health and maintaining natural and relaxed Black hair in its healthiest state no one would go to any other type of salon ever…and people would be willing to pay those prices. But the reality is that there is still a huge gap that can be filled. I have been looking for a year a half for a Black salon that was capable of cutting styling and straightening my natural hair. Its a little ridiculous that its been so hard to find. If the recent trends I’m noticing continue, more Black salons will go in this direction and all the recent healthy hair converts would be ideal customers including myself. But for now I do my hair on my own.

    In other words: Black Salons collectively need to step it up.

  • eden

    I used to have a Domocan stylist, but then she decided she did not want to come to work anymore. So she hired staff who could not speak English. They had no clue as to what to do other than a blowout. I hated the process they used to get your straight. I would cringe every time they turned that machine on. It was so hot!
    I now have a Jamaican stylist, who is excellent. And my hair is much healthier,and looks great and grown tremendously.
    The process they use is not good for your hair, so paying a little extra is worth it to maintain a head full of healthy hair.

  • Maryanna L Bell

    Looking for a salon the does press and curl in Virginia. I stopped perming my hair a year ago. Would like location possibly in Falls Church or Alexandria.