The year 2020 gave birth to many movements and awareness of the need to support the black-owned economy. It’s got us thinking about the important stuff such as growing and nurturing the black-owned businesses.
Why Afro Hairdressers Must Support Black-owned Businesses
Afro hairdressers are an important part of the economy and the black community. According to Statista, the afro hair industry is worth £1.72 billion with the hair industry in general being worth £6.6 billion in the UK alone. The black community only makes up about 3% of the UK population but drives over 20% of the hair industry, yet a very small proportion of it is owned by black people.
As an Afro hairdresser, you have decided that you want to support more black-owned businesses through your day-to-day running for your afro hairdressing business. Here’s how to get started!
1. Buy Black-owned Hair Product Brands
The challenge is finding black-owned products that won’t leave too big a dent in your bank account. What you put in your client’s hair is just as important as what you do with it. Afro hair care is already more expensive than the average, so you looking to find good quality afro hair products without breaking the bank, in order to keep the service price list competitive and affordable. Here is a shortlist of affordable black-owned haircare products afro hairdressers can buy.
2. Buy from black-owned hair shops
Black-owned brands may be too expensive for you to start with but don’t despair, there are many other ways to still support other black-owned businesses. One way to do this is to purchase your products, whatever the brand from black-owned hair shops. The beauty is that with online shopping you have more supplier options and also have the products delivered straight to your doorstep.
Here is a list of 5 black-owned hair shops in the UK:
3. Advertise your services with black-owned platforms
Every business owner, including Afro hairdressers allocates some form resources, whether it’s money or time to advertise to customers and clients. Social media is a great asset in this respect but more and more freelancers now use platforms such as Gumtree and Yell, which may not be the most obvious place prospective clients may think to look.
The good news is that platforms have emerged with a focus of connecting clients and Afro hairdressers, similar to what we do here at Amagoda. One major advantage of such platforms is the ease with which one can manage booking, customer feedback and marketing and advertising all in one place!
Platforms such as our own come in handy to increase the visibility of smaller and newer afro hairdressers, especially from the smaller and more remote towns that may find it harder to rank under popular hashtags.
Experiencing menopause is a genuine battle truly and mentally. At the drop of estrogen, you can feel exceptionally low, and your confidence drops. You can feel entirely powerless, and not feel like yourself. That doesn’t keep going forever and can change. However, a couple of little products that you can change in your cosmetics pack to support your skin and reframe your eyes can have a huge effect on your confidence. Hot flashes and too much sweating can ruin a perfectly made-up face. In this post, we are going to highlight unique makeup tips for women going through menopause or experiencing hot flashes.
Cleanse and exfoliate your skin
A normal cleansing routine frees the skin of dirt and dead skin while shedding stimulates the blood flow to the skin. This assists with re-establishing radiance and makes the ideal base for the rest of your skincare system.
For certainty during a hot flash, swap in make-up, you can depend on. Change to an exercise establishment when hot flash manifestations start, that way your make-up will remain set up regardless of how much you sweat. Sweatproof makeup is a great start! Make sure you check out the BuzzFeed sweatproof makeup test for more information.
The right foundation for menopause
When you have your moisturizer on, it is similarly imperative to find a foundation that will adapt to your menopausal hot flashes so you can continue to look fresh and peaceful whether you have a feeling that you are melting. We recommend sticking to a liquid foundation and avoiding a powder foundation, which doesn’t mix well with sweat. You can read more about choosing a suitable foundation here.
The skin frequently gets dry during menopause, so it’s vital to utilise an expert lotion that treats the particular requirements of your skin.
Apply sun protection daily
You ought to apply a high-factor sunscreen consistently, as this will help shield the skin from destructive UVA and UVB beams. Apply it underneath your typical moisturizer and before your makeup.
A lip colour that can outlive a hot flash
There’s nothing more awful than sweat around the mouth and your lipstick melting so maintain a strategic distance from this look by putting resources into a lip-stain. These stay on during the hot minutes guaranteeing that your lips stay fresh and look natural and stunning.
Experiencing menopause takes strength and the experience is unique to every woman. At amagodabeauty.com we can help meet your special skincare needs during this period, by linking you to the right beauty therapists and makeup artists.
You have recently relocated to a new, small town and your hair needs doing. So where do you find that much needed Afro hairdresser? With such a unique hair texture, it’s often impossible to hand pick or simply walk into any high street hair salon that meets your needs.
Well, you could take the train out to the next town, only to discover months and months later, that there is an afro hairdresser stashed away in a blind corner of the high street hair salon you walk past everyday on your way from work. How could you have known right?
Amagoda for Afro Hairdressers
The closest Afro hairdresser your Google search titled “Afro hairdresser [name of town]” could find is the one outside town. The giant search engine is handy for many things but isn’t so great in this respect sometimes. It doesn’t matter how many search term variations you come up with, the results won’t get any different.
That is one of the reasons why we felt creating a platform like Amagoda was necessary, for the black community to have an easier and more convenient access to hair and beauty services. Amagoda is an online platform that was specifically built to connect clients and Afro hairdressers.
In addition to finding Afro hair care service providers, there are other important factors that one must consider when you choose your hairdresser. Here are the 3 most important factors that should be at the top of your list.
1. Your Budget
According to Statista, black people make up approximately 3 percent of the UK population. That makes Afro hairdressing an expensive commodity due to a lower demand compared to other hair care services. It is highly unlikely that you will get a professional Afro hairdresser offering cornrows for £15 or less. So be weary of any pricing that seems too good to be true, after all you’ll get what you pay for!
2. Ratings, Reviews & Recommendations
It’s important to pay attention to what people say about the service they receive. Recommendations by word of mouth are great but sometimes they do go wrong. This is where pictures and customer reviews come in. You may also want to pay very close attention to that customer that left with amazing hair but complained about the customer service and treatment they received.
The picture won’t show you the amount of hair a customer lost due to lack of patience while handling their natural hair. Take a few minutes to scrutinise the hairdresser’s profile and make sure you have an idea what you are getting yourself into. Going back to the previous point on what prices to expect, the price tag must match the quality of work on display, at least to your standard it should make sense.
3. What Hair Products they Use
What you put in your hair is as important as what you do with it. There’s no point rocking a great hairdo this month and then dealing with irreversible hair damage for the rest of the year. In most cases no one knows your hair better than you.
This is so much more important if you have natural hair with high or low porosity (Green Beauty is a great place to start if you would like to know more about porosity). On the Amagoda platform, its simple, if the hairdresser doesn’t specify what products they use, you can easily reach out and ask the hairdresser a question.
Hair care is an important part of personal care and identity. That is why we have invested a lot of time and patience in building an online platform that will help you find yourself an Afro hairdresser from anywhere in the UK, with ease.