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 was in need of affordable, hair care for her three 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 transracial foster and adoptive families throughout Illinois, the organization grew from serving 3 clients in 2010 to over 500 clients throughout the United States.
In 2013, the organization expanded its mission to provide, in-home, hair care education, training, and services to all foster children, underserved children residing in residential facilities and detention centers, and special needs children with Afro-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 foster and adoptive kids are empowered to embrace their natural, ethnic crown. We call it: “Hair Care With Heart”.