This Woman Created A Black Hair Care School For Adoptive Parents And We’re Totally Here For It

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Entrepreneur, Tamekia Swint, created a black hair school for transracial adoptive families.

A black woman by the name of Tamekia Swint is making waves in the African American hair world and what she’s doing is freakin’ amazing. The Chicago-native started a company called Styles 4 Kidz, a black hair school for adoptive moms. Their mission?

“To provide high-quality, compassionate haircare education and services for African-American kids in foster care and transracial adoptive families.”

Styles 4 Kidz
Styles 4 Kidz

Pretty cool, right?

With an increase in transracial adoptive families, Swint saw a need to fill a void in the space of educating white parents in how to style and take care of their African American children’s hair. “They’re not familiar with the [black] hair,” she said in a now-viral video. “I saw that this might be something where I can empower them.”

Swint started Styles 4 Girlz, NFP in 2010 after teaching a hair braiding class in Poland on a Missions trip. When she returned from her trip she met an adoptive mom needing assistance with her three daughters’ hair to which Swint helped. Impressed by Swint’s work, the mother then referred Swint to a network of adoptive moms that were in need of similar services and through this process, Swint recognized the real need for not only haircare services but black hair education for adoptive and foster families in the Illinois area.

Styles 4 Kidz

In 2010, the company grew from serving 3 clients to over 500 clients across the United States. The organization changed its name to Styles 4 Kidz in 2016 and opened up one of the first, non-profit salons of its kind just two years later, ” a salon where foster and adoptive kids are empowered to embrace their natural, ethnic crown.” They call it “Hair Care With Heart.”

Styles 4 Kidz
Styles 4 Kidz

As an African American woman herself, Swint understands how important hair is to black culture, referring to our hair as “our crown” and additionally making mention to the role that hair plays in overall self-esteem, even at a young age. “When you feel good about how you look, that propels you into the world as a productive citizen.” Swint gets it and she’s making sure that parents of transracial families all over the country have the necessary resources and understand that, too.

Styles 4 Kidz

As you can imagine, Twitter flooded the viral video in support of this organization:

And this is pretty much what it’s all about.

“This is about giving the kids what they need so that they can feel beautiful.”

– Tamekia Swint, Styles 4 Kidz
Styles 4 Kidz

h/t PopSugar