A former employee of a Philadelphia hair store says she was told her hair was too “Black” and too “ethnic” for her to work. Then he suggested she buy one of his $50 wigs to cover her hair.
19 year old Tyra Perkins, recently moved to a new area Philly and took a job at Ur Beautiful Hair Store, a Korean beauty supply store. Perkins says she was working there for almost three weeks when the incident occurred. “Everything was fine until the braids, ” Perkins says. The hair for her braids was actually purchased from Ur Beautiful Hair Store.
Perkins then took to Instagram asking people to boycott the store. Others have called and placed complaints on her behalf, but she says the owner says “it’s his store, and he can do what he wants.” Her aunt has a recording of him saying it.
Since then Perkins has been looking for a job. “It made me feel really depressed honestly. I just moved to the area; it’s hard to find a job period, and I really enjoyed working even though it was just a hair store. I enjoy doing hair and being around hair and people. I just felt that I lost it all because of my hair. I got so sad that I cut the braid’s off with scissors, because I just hated looking at them, and now my hair is uneven.” Perkins says.
Perkins has retail experience if anyone knows of any jobs available in Philly.