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THE HAIR SALONS OF NEWARK
By Farrah Hamlett ~ Reprinted from The Newark Metro.

Not simply a place to get a press-and-curl or a new cut, barber shops and beauty parlors have long provided a place for people to gather and talk, sharing political insights, town gossip, and whatever else might be on their minds. A visit to the hairdressers became a standard ritual as black men and women congregated in these parlors. I remember my first visit to the salon; I was instructed to mind my manners and to read my book while waiting. That didnt happen!

I was so enthralled by the clicking of the curling irons, the steam pouring from that hot stove, the humming of hair dryers, and the occasional Chile, followed by incessant laughter.

The most interesting was indeed, the town gossip, Girl you know she wears a weave, that aint her real hair. Or I wonder what man shell be dating next. All conversations werent that superficial though, the beauty shop was one of the first places that I heard a large gathering of women discussing political issues ranging from health care, to education, and housing.

These very salons came to provide a unique social function within the community. Whether a large salon, or a small establishment in a womans kitchen, the beauty parlors, were one of the most important institutions within the black community.

Madam C.J. Walker, a daughter of former slaves transformed her life from that of an uneducated farm laborer, into one of the twentieth centurys most successful entrepreneurs. In a speech given on July 1912, Walker gave a spoke to the National Negro Business League Convention stating, I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the south. From there, I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations.... I have built my own factory on my own ground."

In one of the most unlikely places, a business enterprise based on something as frivolous as hairstyling became a platform for black women to escape the economic limitations imposed by racism, and in turn built enduring institutions that challenged the social discourse of their respective communities, and the larger political arena, as well.

However, Black women represent less than 10% of the population, but outspend other women by a factor of two to six times when it comes to hair care. Hair care is deeply embedded in our culture as India Arie so eloquently described in I Am Not My Hair.

Many women in the salon expressed the same sentiment with justifications that A womans hair is her crown, and We express our beauty and creativity with our hair.

This is tremendous spending power that is being spent largely outside of the African American community. The vast majority of the money spent by black women on their hair is going to large white-owned corporations, and to Asians who have effectively cornered the market on distribution and retail of black hair care products. How did it end up this way? Many that are patrons of Beauty Supply Stores, oftentimes buy from the source that is the least expensive and most convenient. And more than ninety percent of the time that it is going to be the Asian Beauty Supply store on the corner or the White-owned grocery or drug store.

Free market is a wonderful thing. It presents us with almost unlimited choices and opportunities as consumers. But there are also responsibilities that go along with being a consumer. Are you spending your dollars wisely? When you spend your money, is your spending in line with your values? You might not have considered how buying a bottle of shampoo or a relaxer is a moral decision. But, on some level, it is.

For those that patronize Boswells Hair & Boutique located on 1040 Bergen Street. You dont have to look any further for a Full-Service Salon and Supply. Hair color, extensions, colorful scarves, and those beautiful church lady hats that fill the congregations can be found at the front entrance to the Salon. Mrs. Olivia Daughtey had the same aspirations to give back to her community by offering Beauty Supplies that catered to the needs of African American women when she took over the ownership of the Salon seven years ago. Olivia, through her salon, has found a way to serve Newarks community, to help a few small manufacturers that she represents, to provide a living for her family, and to raise productive members of the community.

Boswells Hair & Boutique, an establishment that has served in the community of Newarks South Ward for more than fifty plus years, continues to serve as a pillar of the community. Olivia remembers her first time in Boswells Salon after branching out to teach at Wilfred Academy. But admits she kept coming back to the parlor because I was needed more in the parlor and this is where my heart lies, she said. She was captivating and tenacious as she states, When I first came to Boswells Hair & Boutique I thought it was the most beautiful place Id ever been, and I knew this was where I was supposed to be. In all my years of making women look beautiful I never knew how it would turn out, but the most important thing is that I never gave up on my dream.

Olivia Daughty, a small woman with a funky copper Tina Turner inspired hairdo also known as Queen Olivia, traveled from North Carolina not knowing that she would continue to carry the torch in the survival of African American establishments in the South Ward community and live out her dreams at Boswells Hair &Boutique.

In spite of all the changes in African American Hair and Beauty Culture, Barber Shops and Beauty Salons have retained their cultural status in the Black Community. Olivia testifies to the strength and respect that the name Boswells carries as she relishes with joy over her long-standing position in the community. Boswell represents highly on the streets of Bergen and I intend to keep it that way, she said.

Despite the economic conditions, drug pandemic, the riots that damaged a great deal of Newark and what Mrs. Daughtey refers to as kitchen beauticians, she insists that, Everything I have, I got it from Newark: my pastor, my church, my community, and my friends. You always hear about all the negative things in Newark, but I love Newark and I wouldnt want to be anywhere else.

Hair Salons remain among the most successful Black Businesses in most cities, and even African Americans who have moved to predominately white suburbs often return to urban neighborhoods to get their hair done. Once there, the Salon provides them with welcome re-connections to the community. They also serve as a source of personal empowerment and as Mrs. Olivia Daughtey demonstrates, it provides a platform on which to build institutions and change communities.

By Farrah Hamlett ~ Reprinted from The Newark Metro.



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