11 Black-Owned Nail Salons in New York You Can Support - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

I often marvel at the artistry of some women’s nails on Instagram, while riding the subway, and when networking. You know how the conversation goes. “Girl, I love your nails!” Then all of a sudden you reach for her hand and then you ask, “Where do you get your nails done?” And then she responds… but 9 times out of 10, it’s not a black-owned salon. And while there is nothing “wrong” with that, the deeper issue that presents itself is the one that went viral at an Asian-owned Brooklyn salon. Which naturally sparked debates, protests, and the question, “Where are all of the black nail salons?”

The video that captured the melee between Asian nail salon workers and black women customers at New Red Apple Nail in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, over a botched $5 eyebrow service was not only appalling, but, it was the manifestation of the blanketed discrimination and tension that exists between the non-black community of nail salon owners and black female consumers.

My experience alone as a black woman who frequents Asian-owned nail salons is always a little tricky. No. 1, I don’t have a solid relationship with any of the nail technicians (although I have tried and have remembered names to be conversational)—therefore I am often just another black woman when I walk through the door. So, I go in smiling so that others let their guards down and greet me warmly. Or, I’m simply next in line to be serviced and treated as someone who has extremities and money so there’s no need to speak. Sounds extreme, right? But, unfortunately, that is a reality for quite a few women.

And while not every black woman has had a negative experience, we’ve all heard the running jokes about nail salons and how women of black and Latinx descent are treated. But, something tragic (like what happened in Brooklyn) has to happen before we say, “You know what… I’m going to look for a black nail salon that I can go to.”

Here is a list of black-owned salons in New York you can patronize.

Black-Owned Nail Salons in NYC:

Harlem:

Junie Bee Nails 
2330 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard
New York, NY 10030

The Nail Suite by Lisa Logan
2388 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
New York, NY 10030

Bed of Nails 
*Temporarily closed for relocation

Brooklyn:

Barry’s Beauty Bar
859 Flatbush Ave Suite #2
Brooklyn, NY

The Nail Belle 
199 Malcolm X Boulevard @ Putnam Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221

The Nail Boutique – Clinton Hill 
983 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Nail Boutique – Stuyvesant Heights  
326 Lewis Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221

NailBed  
317 Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Free Edge Beauty Studio 
470 Sterling Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Queens:

Barry’s Beauty Bar 
145-16 243rd St
Rosedale, NY 11422

Long Island:

DEŔA Ebele’s Nail Boutique 
350 Franklin Ave
Franklin Sq. NY 11010

 

If you want to share your favorite black-owned salon in your city please drop the name of the establishment in the comments section below.

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Lydia Blanco

Lydia T. Blanco is a proud Afro-Latinx digital-first multimedia journalist with a strong passion for truthful storytelling, photography and content strategy. Blanco is a 2016 graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and proud alumna of Bennett College for Women. At Columbia, her coursework included media management, tactical technology reporting, mobile video storytelling, digital content strategy, photojournalism and feature writing. She covered the ethnic beat of the Senegalese community in Harlem concentrating on business and religion. Her thesis is a 5,000-word A.P Style report exploring faith, justice and activism through a Harlem church. She received one of two honors awards in the Ethics of Journalism class with Dean Steve Coll. Blanco has experience in telling stories about social justice, health and wellness and technology with an emphasis in social impact. Her three years of experience in non-profit media have helped to shape her voracious storytelling as well as her digital and social media marketing skills.


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