We at Kinkistry celebrate natural hair because it is at the core of who we are as African Americans. Natural hair is a gentle reminder to Black women that we are unique and illustrious. Our natural hair is unoppressed and remains ingrained in our culture as part of our identity.
For so long, our natural hair was considered undignified and unprofessional. We had to conform to a Eurocetric standard of beauty to align with Corporate America and the beauty industry’s views of what they perceive as acceptable and beautiful.
Black women chemically processed their hair for decades to tamp down their appearance to blend in and comply with “societal norms.” In many cases, our individual talents, education, and skills were not enough for us to advance, let alone compete in a corporate setting. Yet still, in the year 2022, our textured hair has not been fully embraced.
We fight every day to just be who we are, which in turn is a large part of the pride we have in our natural hair.
We strive to create safe spaces for us for protection from biases and unfair treatment based on our choice to wear our hair in the natural state in which it flourishes from our scalp.
The Crown Act is a piece of legislation created to end hair discrimination based on race-based hairstyles by extending statutory protection to hair texture and protective styles such as braids, locs, and twists in the workplace and public schools.
The Crown Act, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” was created in 2019 by The CROWN Coalition and Dove in partnership with then State Senator Holly J. Mitchell of California.
The CROWN Coalition is leading the charge to ensure that the fullness and authenticity of Black beauty is not only celebrated but protected in the workplace, schools, and beyond. To date this legislation has been passed in 14 states, including New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and California, as well as 34 municipalities. Although we celebrate these victories, we know the work isn’t done and we still have a long way to go.
To all Black women and girls—your natural hair is gorgeous. It is magical. It defies gravity and holds the secrets of our ancestors. It can be styled in so many ways, it’s unbelievable! Your natural hair is a treasure and should be loved and cherished. The mission of Kinkistry is to embrace and celebrate every single coil, curl, and kink that defines our ethnicity and authenticity.
We hope our footprint will make an impact in a way that our children will not have to continue the fight for inclusion and acceptance that is conditional upon conformity to what is deemed as socially acceptable but is not representative of our culture. The Kinkistry mantra is “No curl left behind,” and our main goal is to ensure our hair extensions represent the diversity within the curly hair community.
By Angela Fite’, CEO and Founder of Kinkistry
Kinkistry: This unique company is a distributor of 100% kinky curly human hair extensions for 3B-4C hair types. Black-owned and operated, Kinkistry’s mission is to provide styling alternatives to those who have transitioned to natural hair or are thinking about embarking upon the journey.
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