The beauty industry has been faced with an ugly truth: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many salon owners have been forced to temporarily close their doors, and in worst cases, close their beauty businesses for good. Sadly, Black women have been disproportionately affected by these changes. This partly explains why racial inequity has also been a rising topic of conversations in 2020, especially as various brands feel the pressure to bring more inclusivity and diversity to the beauty industry.
With so many unanswered questions on how to move forward into the new year, it is not hard to believe that so many beauty-newcomers have become discouraged about pursuing their dreams and attending cosmetology school. TRESemmé hopes to assist the next generation of Black beauticians to overcome these unexpected obstacles.
With the launch of TRESemmé Future Stylists Fund, a new program designed to support the career advancement and ambitions of aspiring Black female stylists, we are hopeful. TRESemmé has committed to offering the annual $100,000 grant; ten lucky recipients will receive $10,000 to put toward their tuition for cosmetology school to earn their professional cosmetology license.
The beauty brand’s investment in the awarded recipients goes further than just finances. Their plans include helping the lucky people earn knowledge with on-set experience, networking opportunities with the brand's channels and community, and finally mentorship and development resources from members of the TRES family.
The selection committee is comprised of a powerhouse group of women, known for their dedication to advancing women and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in beauty and fashion: celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen; co-founder and director of Studio One Eighty Nine Abrima Erwiah; fashion designer and co-founder of The Female Founder Collective Rebecca Minkoff; actress, model, and activist Leyna Bloom; founder and owner of Sandrine Charles Consulting and co-founder of the Black in Fashion Council Sandrine Charles; and the EVP & COO of beauty and personal care at Unilever North America Esi Eggleston Bracey, .
With a roster like that, applicants should be ready to impress judges with their hair career goals. TRESemmé wants to see their work, listen to their ambitions, and hear from their mentors. "Somewhere out there, there is a young stylist that’s passionate like me. Ambitious like me. Aggressive like me. So I want to be a part of the story when they remember this win!,” Ursula Stephen, who is notorious for Rihanna's 2007 asymmetric black bob, tells Byrdie exclusively.
Somewhere out there, there is a young stylist that’s passionate like me.
The following four materials are required to apply:
- A 60 second or less video, telling us what the fund would mean to them and how it would help them in their career aspirations.
- Two to four work samples they are proud of. They can be different cuts or end-looks created on friends, family, clients, or themselves.
- One letter of recommendation from a peer, mentor, or former employer.
To be eligible, applicants must be planning to enroll in, currently enrolled in, and/or recently admitted to an accredited cosmetology school.
The application period is from Sept 9 through Oct 18. Recipients will be announced in early December. To apply or learn more about the TRESemmé Future Stylists Fund, click here.