Non-profit organization shines a light on black hair care for Black History Month

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DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) — In honor of Black History Month, Michigan school communities are shining a light on black hair care with their Hair Like Mine event.

Mothers, daughters, fathers and sons came together for a celebration of curls, loops and knots. The program coordinators aimed to empower, educate and celebrate hair of all types and textures.

Many had the opportunity to learn more about the different hairstyles and products to style and maintain all types of hair.

Robin Smith is the student support coordinator for Communities in Schools and said that kind of representation is important.

“We wanted to make sure that with the Black History theme of health and wellness, we show young people healthy images of themselves, but also how to take care of their hair,” said said Smith.

The event included a hair demonstration as well as a Q&A with Latoya Burnette and Verna Hills, licensed cosmetologists with over 20 years of experience.

“For us, it’s like giving back to the community and being able to share our gift with the world, with the students and their parents,” Burnette said.

Communities in Schools of Michigan is an organization whose mission is to support students and empower them to stay in school and succeed in life. The non-profit organization provided free books and hair care samples to children at the event, like Victoria Sauceda.

“Honestly, it’s amazing like I don’t even know how to describe it, it’s just learning about different kinds of cultures and how other people would do their hair,” Sauceda said.

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