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Tamekia Swint is the owner of Stylez 4 Kids (@styles4kidznfp), a hair salon outside of Chicago, Illinois that teaches transracial families how to care for black hair. In this safe space, mixed race, foster and adoptive kids are empowered to love their natural hair and parents can learn how to style their child, without judgment or negative criticism. . . . #blackhair #blackhairstyles #adoption #adoptionrocks #fosterlove #fostercare #salon
TSR Positive Images: Black hair is the most beautiful, and most tender type of hair to take care of—especially if you’re not used to our different types of textures. That being said, black children born into interracial families, or who are adopted by non black parents aren’t always hip to how to navigate our hair.
Tamekia Swint created her Chicago-based company, Styles 4 Kids, to provide haircare education and services to mums and dads who aren’t experienced in working with black hair.
In the video above, Tamekia explains that she saw this as an opportunity to empower the parents in something their not familiar with. The crazy thing is sis only started her company in 2010 with only three clients, and she’s now reportedly helped more than 500 families across the country.
Here’s what people had to say about it!!
This is so cool I love this https://t.co/CrBxlEU6XI
— C (@car0camel) May 20, 2019
Sooo important for parents of #Black children to intimately understand the power of doing a #Black child’s hair and the potential impact it can have on self image and even Self-Esteem! Love this Black hair school for adoptive parents…Check it out, only 60 seconds https://t.co/RdGX1ZP9Z7
— Ayana Jordan MD, PhD (@DrAyanaJordan) May 20, 2019
Absolutely important. Adoptive moms as well as any mom or dad who is not a black hair connoisseur. https://t.co/PFcm0tBS2A
— Bry-senpai✨ (@bryvio2) May 20, 2019
One of the many things I’ve learned from having an African-American wife and a mixed daughter, black hair is not just a different color or texture. Its care and appreciation is cultural. Some white parents – adoptive or otherwise – don’t understand that. This is really cool! https://t.co/BgF4mxKUZj
— Andrew Nemec (@AndrewNemec) May 19, 2019