这是NAHA 2023年度教育家决赛选手Keya Neal!

LBBET乐博 chats with NAHA 2023 Educator of the Year, Keya Neal, on diversity & inclusivity in the beauty industry for #BlackHistoryMonth


Keya Neal is a former stylist of 28 years turned color educator, 演讲者, and DEI consultant who’s breaking the textural and racial boundaries segregating the pro hair industry. She is the founder of the Kolour Kulture and Texture VS Race, both focused on teaching stylists how to identify and work with hair of all textures. 另外, Keya’s REPAIRations program partners with Texture VS Race Collab Coaches to provide underserved stylists with equitable education. Keya strives to provide Black stylists with equitable education, while championing diversity and inclusion behind the chair and behind the scenes of the salon industry.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT EMBODYING AS A BLACK BEAUTY PROFESSIONAL?

I am passionate about owning and reclaiming the title “Black Beauty Professional” from negative connotations. 从历史上看, the title of “Black” stylist carried an implication of lower quality or skill level within the beauty industry and society. My goal is to remove the stigma associated with “Black”, and reclaim it as an elevated specification. I embody that I am indeed BLACK and thriving in spaces that are not typically inclusive.

“One day I hope that the industry shifts into a truly inclusive space that no longer announces “Black” but instead, 以其伟大的艺术而闻名. 在那之前,#平等不平等#”

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’RE FACING AS A BLACK BEAUTY PROFESSIONAL RIGHT NOW?

诚实, the label “Black Beauty Professional” is a challenge I continue to face because of the negative connotations it has and does carry. As stated above, I have to embody the title- but should I have to? 你不会听到人们说"白人医生", “白律师”, 或者“白人作者”, but the comparison to whiteness lives within the label “Black.” I have had to work on myself to unlearn the implications of “lesser” and “inferior” associated with the label “Black” that was instilled into me by society and industry attitudes.

If we are to continue to use the label “Black” I want to see the term elevated to an equitable space. One day I hope that the industry shifts into a truly inclusive space that no longer announces “Black” but instead, 以其伟大的艺术而闻名. 在那之前,#平等不平等#

第二点, I’m challenged by how I feel that industry is currently in a performative inclusive space. 我说的行为包容, it’s when I see organizations hiring Black artists by proxy, 不是凭本事, 这会让大家失望吗. Yes, hire Black artists, but not just because they’re Black. Pick them because they are excellent at what they do and have value.

We need a collective conversation with the entirety of the beauty industry to help us 前进 in destroying ignorance with knowledge. I say this because the beauty industry is unique in the fact that each of us has some level of social influence. 从我们雇佣的人那里, 我们选择哪种模型, 我们展示什么样式, 给参加竞选活动的人, each person in the industry has the opportunity to create an inclusive standard of operation.

聚在一起,了解是什么让我们与众不同, 看到这种差异的价值, 我们将如何获得一个更包容的空间. 一切都从倾听开始.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS MOST NEEDED TO PUSH THE INDUSTRY INTO A MORE DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE SPACE?

We need a collective conversation with the entirety of the beauty industry to help us 前进 in destroying ignorance with knowledge. I say this because the beauty industry is unique in the fact that each of us has some level of social influence. 从我们雇佣的人那里, 我们选择哪种模型, 我们展示什么样式, 给参加竞选活动的人, each person in the industry has the opportunity to create an inclusive standard of operation.

聚在一起,了解是什么让我们与众不同, 看到这种差异的价值, 我们将如何获得一个更包容的空间. 一切都从倾听开始.

IN YOUR IDEAL WORLD, WHAT DOES THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY LOOK LIKE IN 5 YEARS?

一个我没有工作的地方! 严肃地说, I want to see the industry in a space where I don’t have to talk about diversity, 股本, 和包容,因为它已经存在于那个空间. In five years I want to see us celebrate our differences and align in our similarities.

As I navigate this space in the industry, I’m aware that DEI has been overdone. 我们都知道适用词汇表. I want to see us evolve into a space that focuses on 股本, justice, and liberation. I want to see us continue to push forward, otherwise we are not making a difference.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF GIVEN WHAT YOU KNOW NOW?

在生活中, I would tell myself that everything you’re going through has a purpose and will serve you, 所以吸取教训, 前进, 快速移动.

As a young industry professional, I would tell myself to find what you love through experience. I always encourage young professionals to explore the multifacetedness of the industry, to always thirst for knowledge and become a well-rounded stylist who can decide EXACTLY what you love to do.

你能找到一个利基市场吗? 绝对! Gaining experience and exposure to new things throughout your career will allow you to flow with the times and evolve alongside industry and society changes.

“聚在一起,了解是什么让我们与众不同, 看到这种差异的价值, 我们将如何获得一个更包容的空间. 一切都从倾听开始.”

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