...you're not black.

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Sooo....after weeks of research I finally settled on ingredients and products I wanted to see if our local Sally's Beauty carried. After reading labels I settled on a denman brush, As I Am coconut co-wash conditioner and the moisture milk.

I went to buy my items and the chick at the register asked me if I had the right products...I said yes why. Her response "You're not black".

I just stood there a moment with "WTF are you stupid" look. All I could say was "Really...I hadn't noticed". I am super ghostly pale white girl with wavy-curls. After I got in my jeep, I did kinda wish I told her I was black just because she asked me that.
I honestly had no idea how to respond to that...gotta love small town naive girls.
I'm black and I dnt use the "black" products. If it works for your hair use it and dnt let the stupid people bother you
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Sooo....after weeks of research I finally settled on ingredients and products I wanted to see if our local Sally's Beauty carried. After reading labels I settled on a denman brush, As I Am coconut co-wash conditioner and the moisture milk.

I went to buy my items and the chick at the register asked me if I had the right products...I said yes why. Her response "You're not black".

I just stood there a moment with "WTF are you stupid" look. All I could say was "Really...I hadn't noticed". I am super ghostly pale white girl with wavy-curls. After I got in my jeep, I did kinda wish I told her I was black just because she asked me that.
Originally Posted by Becca7
You should have said "So the Germans would have you believe" and arched your brow at her as you left. That would have really freaked her out. Lol.
i dont know if it is my fighting spirit on ur behalf but i feel like picking up some coconut co-wash right now. i used to love that stuff. still do. i just have to apply it a few inches down from my scalp. anyways, that woman is an idiot. i hope you encounter her again and ur gorgeous hair does the talking.
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I had a similar experience at Sally's when buying some 4naturals products. The sales lady asked if I was using them myself. I was confused, but I guessed she meant because they were in the 'black' products area. They are labeled for wavies and she was wavy too so maybe that was it, but she seemed surprised I was buying them for myself.
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Wow, talk about stereotyping. People should use whatever products work for them...
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How dumb the cashier was. Doesnt she know that hair isnt classified into races? If it were that easy, products would be perfect for each race and all of us would be walking around with butt length hair. How can you work at sallys and not know about porosity, texture, properties, and all that stuff.

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You should have told her to mind her business. I have some friends who are white with curly hair who tell me they get strange looks from Walmart clerks when they buy Pantene Relaxed and Natural. They don't care. They love the stuff.

I'm black but my hair hates most mainstream products marketed to blacks because of the heaviness/greasiness. I should have known better than to buy this Dark and Lovely glaze. My hair was so coated and producty. It's going in the garbage.

but I love me some TN and Trader Joes is my boo.
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What an ingoramuse. Even if she thought that the products are for black people, she couldn't have kept it shut and assumed you were giving it to a friend or something?

Next time tell her that ingredients make up products...and last time you checked, ingredients weren't racists
Wow, talk about stereotyping. People should use whatever products work for them...
Originally Posted by Ericachristina
Exactly.
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Wow, it's sad that someone that ignorant works with the public, especially in a store that sells hair products! For all she knows, you could have been buying them for someone else! I would have responded to her by saying, "Well in that case, I think I'll buy these products somewhere else instead, since I'm apparently not allowed to here" and leave. I'm never that snarky but I think that cashier was pretty rude herself.
I experiences a somewhat similar situation at Sally's several months ago. Fortunately, the associate (I think she was actually a manager), was much more tactful and I was able to turn it into a positive interaction. I was purchasing the AIA Coconut Co-Wash and the associate made a comment along the lines of "are you sure this isn't going to be too heavy or your hair?" I very politely explained that I already had the cleansing pudding ad the leave-in and loved them both. She then complimented my curls and said she'd never thought if trying the AIA products (she had obviously borderline damaged curly hair), so I gave a brief explanation of CG and gave her the name of this site.
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Sooo....after weeks of research I finally settled on ingredients and products I wanted to see if our local Sally's Beauty carried. After reading labels I settled on a denman brush, As I Am coconut co-wash conditioner and the moisture milk.

I went to buy my items and the chick at the register asked me if I had the right products...I said yes why. Her response "You're not black".

I just stood there a moment with "WTF are you stupid" look. All I could say was "Really...I hadn't noticed". I am super ghostly pale white girl with wavy-curls. After I got in my jeep, I did kinda wish I told her I was black just because she asked me that.
Originally Posted by Becca7
You should have said "So the Germans would have you believe" and arched your brow at her as you left. That would have really freaked her out. Lol.
Originally Posted by chupie


LOL--IF she is even knew what I was talking about...what makes it funnier is my heritage has quite a bit of German and Prussian.

I absolutely adore as I am co-wash, I might see about picking some other things in their line. I wasn't all that bothered by what she said...most just taken back. I suppose I can stuff her in a nice neat box by saying she was a dumb blonde with fried hair...lol. I can't wait til my hubby is done with his master's and we can move--I hate living in a tiny town. I will plan on just ordering products on line once I figure my hair out more. I did sorta expect someone working in a beauty supply store to have a bit more knowledge on their products...meh. I got a product I love and I will rock my "black girl" hair products for as long as my hair likes them.
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Last edited by Becca7; 04-05-2013 at 02:59 PM. Reason: spelling correction
I hate it when people think that every race has a certain hair type and hair products belong to certain ethnic groups.

Hair products are meant for your hair type, not skin color.
I got the same thing except the lady said " you're not white". I was dumb- founded
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I got the same thing except the lady said " you're not white". I was dumb- founded
Originally Posted by Always@night
Aren't you allowed to call her manager?
I think Sally should inform its employees on hair products and how ones ethnicity doesn't effect the product.
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Something similar happened to me once at an Indian grocery store.

My hair loves Parachute brand coconut oil and around here, you can't beat the price for the amount anywhere. So I was buying a couple bottles of it because I try to keep on top of products that my hair likes so I don't run out. When I went to the cashier to pay she stared down at the bottles I placed on the counter then looked at me then the bottles again then me; kind of put what my mom calls a crooked grin on her face and asked if I was using the oil for cooking. I told her no. Then she gives me this disbelieving look and says, "Well, it's not for your hair, is it?" When I told her yes she looked at me like she was in total shock then said again, "You use this for your hair?"

Me: "Uh, yeah. You use it in your hair too, right?"

Cashier: "Well yes, but..."

Then she just cut off her sentence, looked flustered, and rang me up. The comment she was probably about to make was finished in my mind...

"Well yes, but, I'm Indian and you're black. What do you know about coconut oil for hair, particularly Parachute brand coconut oil?"

LOL! I found it rather amusing. When people observe you to do something that doesn't allow them to place you into the neat box they've assigned you to based on appearances, mind you, (i.e. race) then they are thrown off.
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