in salon education
in salon education
Hi, I'm Kia!
Despite the messages that I saw in the media I knew that there had to be other people like me who were looking to be cared for and seen as it related to their hair. It brings me so much joy to deliver that experience to my clients, and to teach other stylists how to open up to the possibilities that open up when you embrace natural texture.
In my work as a stylist and as an educator I strive to make sure those I work with feel heard and seen. We've been taught that Black hair is challenging, which is an outright lie. Our hair is versatile and can do the most spectacular things when it's cared for properly.
I believe naturally derived ingredients are best, and that you don't have to harm the planet or yourself to have great hair. I believe less is more, beauty comes from within, and that everyone deserves to love what they see in the mirror.
My educational curriculum, haircuts, and philosophy all center around the dismantling of structural racism. I've seen first hand the impact that embracing your natural texture can have and it's transformative. I believe we all deserve to feel free and unburdened by our natural hair.
It's important to me to center Black voices and creators, and credit them for the revolutionary work that they do every day.
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Sometimes I joke that I became a hairdresser out of stubbornness. When I decided to rock my natural texture full time, I was shocked to find that there wasn't a hairdresser in my area who specialized in working with my unique texture of hair. I decided to leave my 9 to 5 and get my cosmetology license so that I could change the game. I was stoked!
I found myself surprised again when the curriculum in beauty school mostly ignored my texture, or treated it as undesirable. That didn't work for me. It did reinforce my belief that all textures deserve love, especially tighter curls and coils.