ICYMI: Here’s What Went Down at Hearst’s Celebrate Black Style Summit

From locs to afros, braids to silk presses, Black hair is beautiful and like no other. In fact, it isn’t just hair—it’s our crowning glory. It’s a canvas for artistic expression and style, and a symbol of one’s Black ancestry.카지노사이트

As part of this year’s Celebrate Black Style Summit, Hearst brought together four beauty trailblazers to go deep on the topic for the The Beauty of Black Hair panel. It was hosted by Julee Wilson, Cosmopolitan’s Beauty Editor at Large, and featured Cara Sabin, the CEO of Beauty and Wellbeing for North America & Sundial Brands at Unilever; Anthony Dickey, author, self-proclaimed “Texture Guru,” and founder of Hair Rules salon and haircare line; and Angelica Ross, an actress, businesswoman, and transgender rights advocate. Keeping it candid, the group spoke openly about what makes Black hair so dope while exploring its intersections with business and politics.

We sat in on the convo. Read on for our summing up and sharing out some of the day’s most empowering, quote-worthy moments.

On the Life-Changing Impact of Black Salons

Too often, Black people feel ostracized or less than in the salon chair because of the texture of their hair. Many hairstylists don’t know how—or want to learn how—to work with Black hair. When you find a stylist who does in a welcoming, inclusive environment, it can literally be a life-changing experience. Case in point: At the panel, Cara Sabin shared the story of when she first went natural and got her hair done at Dickey’s Hair Rules salon.

“The first time I visited your salon [points to Anthony Dickey], I had just decided to go natural, and whoever was washing my hair, the love, the care—she literally said, ‘Your texture is so beautiful.’ I had never heard that ever at a hair salon,” says Sabin. “It’s the psychological safety of being like, I love your hair, I know what to do with your hair and make it be what you want it to be.”

On the Importance of Non-Black Hairstylists and Beauty Experts Expanding Their Knowledge

“I went to beauty school when I was 19 and I had to learn how to work on all hair textures,” says Ross. “Because of [certain] curriculums, a lot of non-Black stylists will say they know how to do hair, but to me, you can’t say you know how to do hair if you only know how to do one type of [texture].” She has a great point. It’s about time that cosmetologists are taught (and are willing) to learn to care for people with all kinds of hair textures, not just straight or wavy ones.

Similarly, in media, Black beauty editors are expected to know about all things beauty, but the same isn’t always expected of their non-Black counterparts, Wilson points out. “If you can’t run me the five best edge controls, then you’re not a beauty editor, and you shouldn’t have your job,” she says. “People who use edge control read your work, read the publication, so you should know that. I can’t get a job without knowing about limp, fine hair. That’s not what comes out of my head, but I need to know that as an expert. If you don’t know about my beauty, but I know about your beauty, it’s a problem.”

On the Beauty Industry Finally Becoming More Inclusive

“I’ve been in beauty for almost 25 years, and not until the past seven years have I worked on businesses where they have shades that I can wear or hair products that I can use,” says Sabin, who oversees the Sundial portfolio that includes SheaMoisture. “So, imagine being in the industry and you’re marketing products and developing brands and you can’t use those products because they’re not designed for you.”바카라사이트

“That’s the genius of SheaMoisture,” Dickey calls out. “[The brand was there] when there were no products for us except in [a small] designated aisle.”

On Embracing the Versatility and Uniqueness of Black Hair

Listen up! It’s time to stop playing by the rules of what’s deemed acceptable by mainstream beauty standards. There’s nothing more powerful than showing up in the world as your authentic self. “Let’s celebrate the versatility of our hair,” says Sabin. “You will see me in box braids, and then Dickey may do a silk press, or I may have a twist out or it may be slicked back.”

Ross adds: “There”s so much power when we say, this is how I”m going to show up and if you don’t like it, I’m going to spend my money somewhere else.”

On Beauty Serving as a Connector

A major takeaway from the panel is that, in Dickey’s words, beauty is “no small thing.” It’s something that can connect people of different races, backgrounds, and beliefs. “There are conversations, really painful conversations that people in this country have not been able to have with one another, and beauty [can be] that bridge,” Dickey says. “A Black woman can talk about beauty and a white woman can talk about beauty and you’re sharing something that’s uniquely your own, [and] you’re sharing the beauty of that uniqueness.”온라인카지노

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