Blake High junior Amaya Akear remembers being bullied in third grade before she learned how to braid her own hair. “As I got older there were more people telling me ‘oh my gosh, your hair is so beautiful’ and ‘I love your skin,’ and I had to realize I’m beautiful no matter what, and that it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks,” Akear said. “As long as I’m happy with myself.”
The 16-year-old was the youngest hairstylist with Curls for Queens during a salon day at Brandon High School for Black and brown girls on Sunday. The pop up salon served 23 girls from elementary and high schools across Hillsborough County.
Curls for Queens teaches and supports girls with curly, coily and kinky hair whose families may not be able to afford regular salon visits. Beyond partnering with schools, Curls for Queens started a salon voucher program to provide free services for girls by partnering with stylists and make-up artists and hosting workshops for parents reentering society after prison.
To learn more about Curls for Queens visit their website.
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