Popular hair entrepreneur Sandra Brown-Pinnock announced via her Facebook page yesterday that she is closing down her hair store Xsandy’s currently situated in Peckham, South East London. Sandra came to popular consciousness in 2015 when she opened Xsandy’s in Lewisham, and became one of the first recognised women of African descent to own an Afro supply store in the UK. Sandra has always been vocal and transparent about all the challenges that come with being a lone voice in an industry not dominated by black women, despite raking in millions from us. In her latest post she writes:
It’s with regret I have close the door of the Peckham store I have tried everything possible to keep going but the support was not enough to keep the doors open, to pay the overhead. I’m so sad because daily I walk up Rye lane Peckham and seen all the other hair shops fill with my people sometimes I would ask if they knew about Xsandys eight out of ten people would say “yes” but then give reason they do or did not visit main reason “too far down” other excuse “prices” which I know was not true, when challenge they would sheepishly back down. We continue to talk about change and supporting but that’s all we do as a people TALK!!!! so our community will NEVER move from where it is why? because 99.9% of us really don’t CARE
So I will concentrate on Lewisham and my online store which is going mighty well thanks for all loyal supporters of Lewisham store, snd online shop. All we do is TALK!!!!!!!! Smh Talk is so Cheap
Unsurprisingly Sandra’s Facebook message has elicited much support on social media, and once again the question arises on whether we as a community are failing to support black small businesses. We’d love to hear your thoughts. All is not lost though, Xsandy’s store in Lewisham is still open as well as the online store which you can visit here.