May 7, 2021

Moka Bellaire

The Fashion & Shopping Universe

Attractiveness source shop empowers Black young children to adore their hair

3 min read

CLIFTON PARK — When Stefanie Thomas was developing up in a predominately white community in Glens Falls she experienced to travel more than forty-5 minutes to obtain hair products for her kinky curly hair.

“Growing up I did not know what to do with my hair,” Thomas stated. “My mother’s white and she experienced no idea what to do with my hair. I wanted to fit in, so I would straighten my hair, I was teased as a child because my hair was puffy so I produced deep-rooted insecurity about my hair and took that into my adulthood.”

As Thomas’ very own daughter, age 10, commenced to grow up and produce insecurities about her have hair, Thomas wanted far better for her. That is why Thomas decided to open up Stefanie’s Elegance Supply  in Clifton Park, featuring a vast variety of goods for curly hair. 

The shop, located at 54 Crossing Blvd., sells hair, wigs, extensions, and solutions for all varieties of curly hair, but it also is committed to aiding children settle for their hair. A substantial black chalkboard can make up an empowerment wall in which young children can draw or publish how they truly feel about their hair, and pose for a picture. Nearby are shelves with children’s’ textbooks about racism and self-appreciate and accepting your hair and skin coloration.

“I’ll check with the kid, what is your favorite detail about by yourself?” Thomas stated. “Usually they’ll respond to. The young ones will just scribble [on the wall], which is high-quality also.” 

The shop opened in December 2020, but owing to the pandemic, Thomas waited to have her ribbon reducing ceremony on Thursday as the Spring temperature welcomes a lot more foot website traffic and extra buyers are vaccinated.

“I have been living here for nearly a few a long time and we didn’t truly know anybody, and because I’ve opened the store I’ve achieved so several fantastic Black families I had no strategy existed in this place,” Thomas claimed.

Thomas studied felony justice at Boston College, and commenced training at Hudson Valley Community Higher education on graduating till Covid-19 forced her to keep home to take care of her young children.

“I couldn’t go on campus and instruct since my young children ended up online finding out at house, so I was just kind of caught,” Thomas said. Thomas is thrilled that the pandemic introduced her this new chance and strategies to go after it for the foreseeable upcoming. 1 working day, she thinks she will get back again into prison justice work.

“If you have curly hair, or any form of curl sample, I have items that you require. It is not just for men and women that resemble myself, but I did do the keep for us,” Thomas explained. “Anyone with curly hair can come in, and they do, but my buyers are usually the Black and Brown neighborhood, which is good.” 

The ribbon reducing ceremony for the keep is 4 p.m. Thursday.

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