From Brooklyn to Atlanta to Berlin, Fatima York has opened multiple salons, educated fellow hairdressers and curl owners, and advocated for textured haircare and wellness. In her 28 year career, York attended two cosmetology schools; in 1992 York graduated from Wilfred beauty academy, and again in 2015 from the Aveda institute – neither of which offered textured hair education.
Last summer we shared a petition demanding mandatory modules on Black hair in the Hairdressing NVQ when several hairdressers expressed that even though they wanted to learn, institutions failed to provide appropriate courses. This resulted in generations of hairdressers graduating from beauty college with no required knowledge of afro-textured hair. Considering the UK’s Black hair industry is an estimated £88 million with Black women spending up to six times more on hair care than white women, it’s hard to understand how learning about textured hair and offering more service options wouldn’t be beneficial for all parties involved.
Fatima York has grasped the importance of curly hair education and is moving the conversations forward in Germany. Through her salon Natural Hair Berlin, the curly hair specialist and self love coach also offers outreach activities and workshops to share her valuable knowledge.