Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Protect Our Crowns Petition: Update the Hairstyling Program Standards to Reflect Black, Indigenous and Racialized Communities

Hairstyling training in Ontario currently only focusses on cutting, designing, permanent waving, chemically relaxing, straightening and colouring hair, but does not have any instruction or practice to ensure every hairstylist can service Black people’s natural hair or the textured hair of many Indigenous and/or racialized community members, whether performers or otherwise. As a result, Black, Indigenous and racialized performers with natural textured hair often arrive in their workplace of film/TV and theatre sets with professional hairstylists who have received insufficient training for working with their hair type.

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