Over the past few weeks, the urgent need for change within the beauty industry has been more apparent than ever. Many hairstylists, brands and platforms have taken to their Instagram feeds to express the lack of representation in the industry, along with steps we can take in the imminent future to bring change.
This Sunday, June 28, Sam Villa, global artistic ambassador for Redken, and Tippi Shorter, global artistic director for Mizani (co-sponsored by Pivot Point International), are joining forces shed light on talented black artists and educators while also donating funds to the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC).
“Lasting change won’t happen overnight, but we must continue to educate and work for equal representation,” says Villa. He and Shorter will welcome a talented roster of black educators and influencers, including Marquetta Beslin, Leysa Carrillo, Yene Damtew, Jamal Edmonds, Vernon Francois, Evie Johnson, Shannon King, Felicia Leatherwood, Cynthia Lumzy, Keya Neal, Neeko, Michelle O’Connor, Rachel Redd, Rodrick Samuels and Joie Wallace, to awaken and inspire equality for the event.
“I’ve always made it a point to highlight incredible artists on my platforms and am honored to join Sam in celebrating these incredible stylists and moving the needle forward within the beauty industry,” explains Shorter.
Goals of The Fabric of Change Event:
1. Change the perception that hair texture is directly linked to the race of the hairdresser—all hairdressers should embrace and be skilled in all hair textures.
2. Change the way education is provided to be more inclusive— black hairdressers and educators have been under-represented both on stage and online.
Each artist will have a 30 minute segment live-streamed simultaneously on both Facebook: @SamVillaPros and YouTube: @SamVillaHair starting at 10:00EST until 7:00pm EST on Sunday, June 28th. ALL are welcome to hit the donation button benefitting the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) to help support equality and end racism. Prizes from Pivot Point, Sam Villa, and others will also be awarded throughout the event!