The other advertisements on this page highlight a number of local African American women who operated small hair care businesses. Miss Beatrice Smith's Hair Shop on 1717 South St. offered a selection of "wigs, transformations, pomps, braids, puffs, bangs, etc."; Mrs. P. Hasborough Owens promoted Owen's Ethiopian Scalp Food; and Miss Virginia Reed promised Hair Culture and Scalp Treatment with "All modern improvements for the comfort of patrons."
On the historical, cultural, and economic aspects of African American women's hair practices, see Noliwe Rooks, Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women (1996); Ingrid Banks, Hair Matters: Beauty, Power, and Black Women's Consciousness (2000), and Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (2014). On the history of the cosmetics industry, see Kathy Peiss, Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture (1998) and A'Lelia Bundles, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker (2002)