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    Personal conflict of interest.

    The reason I ask is I found a site called Hapi and was reading an article entitled

    The article gives tons of statistics about the ethnic hair care industry and how it's responding to the needs of today's market place by providing a variety of products that allow women to change their looks effortlessly.

    Ok, so here's what made me ask this question. Consider the following excerpt from this article:

    In 2004, chemical product sales were up almost 6% to...

    So after reading the entire article, it got me to thinking. Could I work for such a company? Not only are they marketing products to us that damage our hair, but they're obviously perpetuating and enabling the mindset that us naturals have fought hard to get away from and stay away from àƒ¢â‚¬â forever. I remember when I was fresh out of college, and was trying to launch my career, a friend of mine had gotten hired at Phillip Morris and I remember thinking, there was no way I'd ever work for a cigarette company. I don't smoke. I think smoking a horrible filthy habit, it causes cancer and it kills people. As a result, I'd never wear or buy anything that promoted such a company or its products.

    So using this as a comparision, I thought, working in this industry would be no different, considering the way I PERSONALLY feel about relaxers and many of the other products they market to consumers, many of which still use petroleum, mineral oil and other ingredients that many of us would never use in our own hair.

    So that's my question, would working for such a company like Revlon, SoftSheen-Carson (Owned by L'Oreal), Proctor and Gamble, Dr. Miracle, Colomer USA etc., etc., etc, compromise your principles? Or, would it make a difference depending on the position or the field you were in as to whether or not you'd work for such a company. Or would you just not pursue a job/or career in such a company at all.

    Side note: Does this sista's hair looked photo shopped or is it just me?

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    I would......Will the money still be GREEN?? I could probably affect the industry more as an insider than an outsider.

    I think the Hair Care Industry is scared so they put out bogus info like this! I think many women of colour are educating themselves and accepting and loving their natural hair. I expect to see many articles like this in the coming years as the nappy revolution continues! ....don't believe the hype

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    Probably not - personally I'd have to believe in the products to be able to sell them and its obvious that I wouldn't so why bother.

    Also, how convincing would i be as a locker selling products for straightening afro hair?? You have to 'look the part' don't you? By this I mean have straight hair...maybe not...I guess it depends on your position. If I was selling the product direct to the consumer I do believe I would have to have straight hair.

    If I worked on MAC counter I would be expected to wear make-up, if not at work, in my life. I would be expected to know about the products to be able to sell them, I would have to use make-up in order to able to apply it, even give personal accounts, for example, "this products works on my skin" or "this colour really compliments my skin tone". I wouldn't expect to get a makeover done by someone who is against using the products...doesn't make sense to me.

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    I would do it. I agree money is green. The products are no illegal.

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    I would not feel comfortable working for a company that promotes the use of chemically altering your hair, but I would work for a company that sells all natural hair care products. Now, who buys the product is beyond my control, but as long as they're promoting the products to men and women who wear their hair natural I'm fine with that.

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    nope, couldn't do it, especially knowing (and believing) what i know now regarding the lyes and no lyes, and yes, NM there's definitely something fishy about that pixture (probably to neaten up dem chewed up/see thru ends

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    hold up for a sec. Warning: 2nd thought alert:

    IF the division i happened to work in or wanted to work in only dealt with developing and promoting hair care products specifically formulated for natural hair care or maintaining natural styles (on natural hair), i could and would.

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    Interesting how money trumps principles. But hasn't that always been the case? It's the way of the world, especially these days, isn't it?

    No, I wouldn't work for such a company...not unless they made a concerted effort to promote, instead of ignore, healthy natural hair as the foundation for all healthy hair, AND they treated chemicals as beauty options, not beauty requirements.

    When it comes to the black community in particular, these companies are almost as bad as Philip Morris IMO. Their products may not cause cancer (as far as we know), but they almost certainly help to kill whatever self-esteem black women and girls have as it pertains to the beautiful natural features God gave them. Of course, they're not in the business of promoting real self-esteem...their definition of self-esteem is about how closely their clients can get away from their "bad" hair and how closely they can get to "good" hair. How exactly is that healthy?

    I'm well aware that this post may offend some people but you know what? I'M offended by the continued efforts (and successes) of the black hair industry to make nappy-headed black women (who, last I checked, comprise the majority of black women) feel like they're less than other types of women. The beauty industry IN GENERAL is designed to make women feel like they're "less than" but I'll be damned if I'm going to work for any company that insists on treating so many perfectly healthy heads of hair as though they're DEFECTIVE simply because they're nappy.

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    ^^ exactly.

    thanks Lbell for saying what i couldn't quite get out right.

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    The "do as I say, not as I do" mantra seems to be applicable for some in this situation - as you say its part of modern living.

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    No, unless I was really broke lol. I wouldn't want to contribute to the black hair 'care' industry. Folks can get these services if they want but I don't have to contribute.

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    At this stage of my life I simply can't afford to let my personal views/beliefs stop my $$$; I don't believe in MANY of the practices and principles of the mega global telecommunications corporation that I work for...but the $$ has allowed my family to live in relative (relative to the millions that live at or below the "acceptable" poverty level)comfort.

    I cannot look to the beauty industry to supply me with the self esteem that keeps my head high. For me that comes from educating myself about the choices I have...& and then making the best decision FOR ME. I was cute when our only beauty product was VASELINE!

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    I only sell products I believe in. I'm not at all opposed to relaxers for people who choose to use them, but fact of the matter is that I don't use relaxers so I don't pitch what I wouldn't use with confidence myself. Yes (Virginia) you can make a decent living while remaining consistent with your personal beliefs.

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    Now y'all know that's a weave. I could work in the industry. It wouldn't bother me. I know what I need to do for my hair. I can't knock other people for what they choose to do with theirs.

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    umm probably not. just like i couldn't work for a cigarette company. i dont want to work for a company that makes products that harm people. but then again...anything can harm someone....but...okay. let me rephrase that. i dont want to work for a company that makes products that i do not support.

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    I cannot be part of anything that intentionally or unitentionally misleads people. Especially my people. I rather make a sacrifice in some area or another and be a part of the solution not the problem.

    I have a friend who loves to do hair. She is beyond talented with natural hair but refuses to get a license because she will not relax anyone's hair, not even for the credits she needs to legally provide hair care in Georgia. She has completed various training courses at natural hair care conferences but cannot bring herself to relax hair. I understand her.

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    bills gotta be paid i'm not stupid.

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    I don't see any difference between working for a hair care company or working for Kraft. One destroys our hair and the other destroys our bodies.

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    i DEFINITELY feel you on this, cause the babies cant understand why mommy cant feed them lol they only know that they are hungry. now if it was a position that i had to try to convince people to buy the products, i know i wouldnt do a good job cause i wouldnt even use the stuff. but in the end everyone gotta eat.

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    I think the Hair Care Industry is scared so they...

    I agree with all the above. Having a beauty salon that does it ALL, is where the money is at. Ya never know...you can convert alot of nappies that way.. I'll just make sure I strap on some good latex gloves to handle that lye....

    The second pic does look photoshopped

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    I sure would. IMO hair products or marketing of them shouldn't destroy self-esteem. A product can't harm ones hair if it never comes in contact with it. So me marketing something probably shouldn't do much if the consumer has the correct knowledge about it.

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    fftop: Has anyone seen the most recent Pantene Re.laxed and Natural commercial with the black girl running around with the shiniest bouncy most Caucasian looking weave I've ever seen. That one made me roll my eyes being such a miss representation and then the "natural" girl has a super shiny bouncy weak chemical fire cream/weave :Angry:

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    Depends, I would not work for the division that promoted r.elaxers, but if the company makes other hair care products or other products, I might be able to work for them.

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    OMG I JUST saw this commercial! This smiley is SOOO inadequate-->

    Sheesh, ladies, if it came down to a choice between feeding my kids and letting them starve, of COURSE I'd work for L'Oreal, Alberto-Culver, anybody who's going to help me feed my kids. But as of right now in these here United States, my CHOICES are more varied than "eat or starve." Not only can I afford to say "No, I won't work at this place because of my principles," I think more than a few of you can say the same.

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