MISSION & HISTORY
MISSION: To provide high-quality, compassionate hair care education and services for kids with textured hair in foster care and transracial adoptive or biracial families.
VISION: To build a diverse community of people creating and celebrating hairstyles that boost kids' self-esteem and cultural pride.
Tamekia Swint, founded Styles For Girlz, NFP in 2010 after teaching a hair braiding class on a Missions Trip to Poland to a group of students at an English Language learning camp. Upon her return to the United States, she was introduced to a transracial adoptive mom, who needed hair care for her two daughters. Pleased with Tamekia’s work, Mary referred her to a network of adoptive parents, who were in similar positions of needing hair care services for their little ones and a safe place to learn how to properly care for their transracial children’s hair without judgment and negative criticism.
Discovering that there was a need for Styles For Girlz not only among Mary and her friends but among multiracial families and transracial foster and adoptive families throughout Illinois, the organization grew from serving 3 clients in 2010 to over a thousand clients throughout the United States in recent years.
In 2013, the organization expanded its mission to provide in-home hair care education, training, and services to children in foster care residing in residential facilities and detention centers, and special needs children with textured hair; changing its name to Styles 4 Kidz (S4K) in 2016.
Eight years later, S4K opened one of the first, nonprofit—501(c)(3)
tax-exempt—salons of its kind; a salon where multiracial, adoptive, and kids in foster care are empowered to embrace their natural, ethnic crown. It's “Hair Care With Heart”.