A MAKEUP artist has slammed Boots for placing security tags on afro hair products and not those aimed at European people.
Natasha Wright filmed the shelves of a Wembley store, recording her outrage at the stark difference in the way that haircare items aimed at white people and those aimed black people had been treated by staff.
Wright said that while it was “really nice” the brand had embraced black haircare, she was really disappointed in the company.
In her video, Wright filmed several shelves in Boots’ Wembley High Road store, capturing a number of the major brands including L’Oreal, Aussie and Garnier – none of which were tagged. When she reached the black haircare section, where brands such as Cantu and Shea Moisture were stocked, security tags were clearly visible on the products.
Outraged at what she was witnessing, Wright said: “Bold as anything, black haircare, why has everything got a bug on it? What are you trying to say Boots?”
One item, which appeared to be Cantu edge stay gel which retails for £6.99 in Boots, was placed inside a secure plastic case that could only be opened by a member of staff.
Wright said: “Now at the end of the day, we’ve had our black hair care on our normal streets of London in our black hair shops none of their products have been bugged. So why the hell Boots are you bugging black haircare? If you think we’re going to be coming into your stores stealing, don’t bother to stock it, stick to what you know best, don’t come and insult us Boots.”
In a caption posted alongside the video on Facebook, Wright wrote: “As a person of colour, it’s a wonderful thing when we can do a beauty shop all in one place, it makes you feel included. Now to all of you out there that don’t know, the UK black hair industry is worth an estimated £88 million, with black women on average spending three times more than white women on hair care, so to be made to feel like second class citizens is an absolute travesty.”
The Sun reported Boots said: “To prevent theft our colleagues add security tags to the products they believe are being stolen. They do this regardless of what the product is, the cost of it, or which aisle they are on.”