2017/02/09 08:00:00

HAIRitage is a three-day conference honoring Black History Month and celebrating the history of Black and Afro-Latino hair. Sessions and workshops will delve deep into the chronology of Black and Afro-Latino hair and its influence in the United States and abroad.

This year’s event was held on Thurs., Feb. 9 – Sat., Feb. 11 on the Livingston Campus.

Learn more about what happened at the Hairitage Conference 2017!

Join in on the conversation and up to the minute updates on our Hairitage Facebook event page.

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Program Agenda & Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Movie Screening of Good Hair

Rutgers Cinema, Livingston Campus, 7:30PM

Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles in this 2009 documentary/comedy.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Black History Celebrations
Location: All student center locations
Description: Live events, tabling, raffling, & more!



Saturday, February 11, 2017
Full Day Conference and Reception

8:30am – 9:30am – Registration and Breakfast (Lucy Stone Hall)
(After 9:30am, registration will be moved to Tillet Hall, Lobby
9:15am – 9:30am – Welcome
9:30am – 10:00am – Keynote Speaker – Anu Prestonia
10:00am – 10:15am – Transition Information
Afternoon sessions are located in Tillet Hall
10:30am – 11:30am – Session Block 1
11:45am – 12:45pm – Session Block 2
12:45pm – 2:00pm – Lunch (on your own)
2:00pm – 3:30pm – Session Block 3
3:45pm – 5:00pm – Entrepreneurship Panel
5:00pm – 5:15pm – Closing

6:00 – 8:00pm – Post-Conference Reception (RSVP required)

Anu Prestonia - Keynote Speaker

Anu-Prestonia-PressPhoto-768x1024In the world of beauty, highly acclaimed innovator and business woman, Anu Prestonia is a pioneer and expert in Black and natural hair care. As the founder of the internationally-recognized salon, Khamit Kinks, Anu is a supremely sought after beauty consultant who has been featured in hundreds of leading magazines and publications including books, film, television, and radio.

Anu has also been instrumental in popularizing natural styling and hair care throughout the United States and several countries around the world. Decades ago, she created various braiding techniques and named many styles still worn proudly today, including, Single Braids, Swing Braids, Goddess Braids, Senegalese Twists, and Baby Curl Twists, just to name a few.

A natural trendsetter, Anu is the co-founder of HEADS UP! A Soulful Celebration of Our HAIRitage, an annual celebration of natural hair. She is also the co-producer of In Our Heads About Our Hair, a documentary film.

Learn more on khamitkinks.com.

More Information

The HAIRitage Conference Committee is currently looking for students and staff to assist with the planning and execution of the event. Interested in being on the committee? Contact us by submitting the form below and let us know you would like to volunteer!

Committee Members:

  • Modinat Sanni, Rosemary Genao, Brian Pirapakaran – (Partnership & Giveaways)
  • Nadéjiah Towns, Tameka Bazile – (Administration)
  • Thomas Michael, Christian Velez-Vargas (Advertisement & Promotion)
  • Kayla Dredden, Kaelin Conover – (Reception)
  • Paige Hammond, Pia Colon, Jorge Almonte-Florimon – (Logistics)

All About Beards ⎸

Presenter: Zane Keyes

Still growing out that No-Shave-Novembeard? Whether you’ve got a beard or you want one, come to this session and learn all about the grooming, styling, and maintenance of your beard, from just a little scruff to the really big stuff.

Bonnet and Chill

Presenter: Paige Hammond and Jorge Almonte-Florimon

Let’s talk about love! Participants of this session will talk about expectations, standards, and potential challenges around Black and Afro-Latino hair on the dating scene and in the world of romantic relationships.

Curly Kitchen ⎸

Presenter: Curly in College

An interactive, hands-on, “Do It Yourself” lesson on how to create hair conditioners and masks from food items straight out of your kitchen!

Don’t Touch My Hair ⎸

Presenters:  Jordan Brooks, Nadejiah Towns

A conversation about social etiquette regarding the exoticisim of  Black and Afro-Latino hair. This session aims to review varying perspectives around questions of touching hair, as well as query the line between curiosity and respect.

Entrepreneurship Panel ⎸

Moderator: Zane Keyes

Panelist: Anu Prestonia of Khamit Kinks , Larry of the Wright Cut Barbershop

What’s it like to start your own hair care business? Hear from this expert panel of entrepreneurs in the hair industry as they share their stories about starting and maintaining their own businesses.

Love Your Pajón ⎸

Presenters: Afrochias,  Ada Pizzaro and Shade Washington

Curly, kinky, afro-textured hair is often referred to as “pelo malo”, or bad hair, in the Latino community, forcing Afro-Latinos to conform to the straight hair beauty standard. This session will teach you to embrace your pajón, curly hair, through an open discussion of what it means to be Afro-Latino and have curly, kinky hair in the Latino community.

Po-Loc Tics |

Presenters: Keywuan Caulk

Your hairstyle is impacted by the American workplace, and this session will tell you how. With this new type of discrimination, join in on the discussion about how you navigate the traditional workspace and whether you are managing or negotiating with this discrimination at play.

Protect Your Crown ⎸

Presenters: Nicole Ademola of Ohai Adeola

You can’t rock it if you don’t protect it. Come learn about protective hairstyling: What it is, how it’s done, and techniques to achieve the best style for you.

Razor Sharp ⎸

Presenters: The Wright Cut Barbershop

Hear it from the barbers first hand: What is the barbershop environment all about? Come to this session to learn more about barbershop culture and hairstyling historically and presently.

Understand Your Hair ⎸

Presenters: Tiffany Posh of Posh International Salon

Why is some hair curly and some hair straight? Some smooth and some rough? This sessions will address the science of hair structure and how to properly care for and maintain your hair.

What Your Weave Can Achieve ⎸

Presenters: Mohan Jean-Mary of Modimel Studio

Believe it or not, there are socio-economic implications of your weave. This session will address those socio-economic implications head-on (no pun intended), as well as the history of weaves, weaving techniques, the quality of your hair, and wigs over time.

Is this event Free!


Do I have to RSVP?

Yes, go to tinyurl.com/hairitage2017

Can I bring my mom?

Yes you can bring your friends and family to the event. We simply ask that you ensure that they RSVP.

Will there be giveaways?

Yes! While supplies last.

If I want to participate as a vendor who do I contact?

Contact Ayanna.Winters@echo.rutgers.edu

Via NJtransit

If you are traveling to Livingston Campus by train, please note our stop is New Brunswick on NJtransit then take a free Rutgers Shuttle (LX bus) to Livingston Student Center stop.


You are able to park in Lot 101 and Lot 105.

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Conference Location

Rutgers-New Brunswick Livingston Campus

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