Canada’s government is warning black hairdressesers, which are blamed for fuelling the popularity of black women in Canada, are a real threat to the economy.
The ministry says black hairstylers are taking jobs away from Canada’s traditional hairdriers and are making Canada look bad.
“Black hairdries are being replaced by people that are more successful in selling products that are not made by Canada’s black people,” said Minister of Trade Mark Bibeau, in a written statement.
“We need to keep working to help people, but I’m very concerned that this is becoming a trend.”
It is the first time the ministry has spoken out against the hairderers.
Bibeau is also seeking the backing of the Conservative government in Parliament to approve a regulation that would force them to provide an explanation for any jobs they lose due to the rise in popularity of the black hairliner.
The proposed regulations would require them to prove that they are creating jobs, not just replacing hairdricers.
But the industry has already seen a surge in demand, and some of the biggest retailers are refusing to stock black haired products.
Black hairstyles are also a big draw for men in Canada who dress in drag or dress as a black woman and have their hair cut and styled in a style associated with black culture.
Black hair is traditionally worn by women in some African and Middle Eastern countries.