Historically, the Black community is resilient and strong in the face of adversity. From the way we do hair and provide personalized care to the community we create around that tradition, are some of the many things that make Black salon so special. For generations, barber and beauty salons have been a safe haven for education and solidarity. However, it’s important to note that the Black hair industry is employed predominantly by workers that are overworked and underpaid. Salon workers have remained dedicated to their industry out of passion for the craft, despite the challenges of being uninsured and overlooked in the height of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID aftermath has left African Americans in the hair care business under financial stress, given the inconsistent stay-at-home orders and social distancing restrictions that limit clientele.
The local non-profit, Black Women for Wellness is an advocate for our community and long-time supporter of Black businesses in the local community. They have worked closely with the professionals in the Black beauty industry. Along with the new guidelines and regulations for shop reopenings they have supported Black businesses by providing personal protective equipment to offer shop owners face shields, masks and sanitation materials. We want to continue to be a support to those that have been adversely affected by the impacts of the pandemic and continue to help uplift our community during this time that we need it most. Black beauty salons are the backbone of our community. Black salons serve as a place of refuge in a world that often negates Black women’s value, and the beauty is that the limits of a salon are boundless. We would like to recognize the contributions of Black beauty professionals for their dedication to the industry and resilience in remaining strong during these challenging times we are facing. Black beauty professionals are central to our community and are appreciated now and evermore.
Dr. Astrid Williams works as the Environmental Justice Manager for the non-profit, Black Women for Wellness. Astrid has an extensive background in public health. Dr. Williams’ background spans the fields of chronic disease, maternal and reproductive health. She is most passionate about women’s issues and its connection to health.
Kaela Thomas works as the Environmental Justice coordinator for the non-profit, Black Women for Wellness. Thomas is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, with a B.S. in Nutrition and Public Health. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health, with a specification in Environmental Epidemiology.
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