Growing up, Regina Davis was a curly-haired kid who remembers the struggles her own mother faced trying to maintain her hair.
“She used to get lost in my hair, it was always frustrating and emotional,” Davis said.
Knowing that other caregivers may also feel defeated, the travel nurse and 15-year master stylist from Louisville is offering a solution. Incorporating her essential work from a clinical setting into the salon, Davis' new hands-on course is called "Cupcakes -n- Curls." From wash and go tips to everyday styling tricks, she's equipping parents with basic skills to keep their child's natural hair flourishing.
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“I teach them what brush, comb, or tool is appropriate for what style because that's where you get into inflicting pain sometimes,” she said.
Moms April and Ellie are one of the first to take the educational class, ahead of its official launch. Both women have children with curly hair and feel this course is important for parents who can improve their hair grooming skills.
“There are parents who might be intimidated to come out and say, 'hey, I don't really know what I'm doing,'” Ellie Windhorst said.
Attendees are given a toolkit featuring signature healthy hair products, including satin bonnets, assorted combs, and locally owned affordable hair moisturizers.
“When you're getting into hair products. I think that most curly hair individuals know that it's trial and error,” Davis said.
Parents are also taught positive communication techniques to make the process easier when doing their child's hair.
“We can say "oh, it's time to wash this beautiful hair, let's get these curls maintained,” said class attendee April Hickman.
Beyond skills, Davis hopes parents learn that hair is not a burden, but a crown; and whether curly or kinky, is worthy of celebration in its natural state.
“I don't know where God is going to take me with this, but I know it's something God put on my spirit and I know that it's going to go far,” Davis said.
Davis plans to hold the classes in small, intimate settings, as well as offer one-on-one training.