Hidden Gems of CLT: BlackBalled Beauty Supply & Salon

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CHARLOTTE, NC. — WCCB Charlotte’s Alexandra Elich visits BlackBalled Beauty Supply & Salon.

When you feel beautiful and confident, let’s be honest, you walk a little taller, and you feel unstoppable. But when the global pandemic shut down salons, hair stylist Chardai Tisdale says she didn’t know how to help her clients feel beautiful.

“During Covid, a lot of my clients couldn’t care for their hair, just like telling them you have to order this, that, and the third on Amazon or try to go to the beauty supply store when they were open,” Tisdale says.

Tisdale and her partner, Ricky Rainer, noticed clients couldn’t find the products they needed.

“You can go to target; you can go to Walgreens. They may not have what is necessary for your hair. My clients wear their natural hair; they wear weaves; we are so versatile, so they need more of a certain kind of product.”

Tisdale always wanted to have a beauty supply store, so she and Rainer went for it.

“It was a struggle. It was easy getting the store; it was easy building my salon because I always had a salon for the most part that I worked in or owned. The hard part was to get the different vendors to go to.”

Despite the obstacles, the couple pushed forward. In February, they opened BlackBalled Beauty Supply & Salon on Ayrsley Town Blvd.

“The name BlackBalled Beauty represents not being included in the beauty industry. We opened up the blackballed beauty supply store so that we can educate Black people on their hair.”

Tisdale says they offer locally owned and Black-owned hair products. They buy products right out and sell them, where other stores might work based on how many products you sell. They tell WCCB they want to support other small businesses as much as possible and create a sanctuary for Black women to feel comfortable and part of a community.