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“The ethnic market is growing day by day. Now more than ever before, hairstylists are confronted with a multi-textural clientele requesting color services and more while embracing their natural curls. For this reason, the Texture Vs Race Summit was established to empower ALL stylists with the required skills to meet the needs of today's diverse clientele without making them feel marginalized.”

~ Keya Neal, founder of Kolour Kulture


The Texture vs Race Summit is BACK and heading to Turf Valley Resort in Maryland on May 24th - 26th for three days of textured hair curriculum, hands-on education, and safe space conversations surrounding hair texture and race.


We’re talking about all things textured hair that many cosmetology schools have failed to teach us, from cutting, coloring, and hot tool styling. The beauty industry is STILL heavily segregated. As a result, many stylists do not receive education on curly, kinky, and coily hair. This leads to uncomfortable client situations when a stylist is unsure of how to do their hair and enforces racial stereotypes or assumptions based on hair.


Join us as we continue to make way for inclusion in the beauty industry through education and perspective widening conversations. For more information about Texture Vs Race, you can listen to our founder Keya Neal on Hair Love Radio and PassionedSqared, or read about the 2019 Texture Vs Race Summit.

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“Bringing you the best in TEXTURE, COLOR, CUTTING, STYLING, and MORE!”

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Master Colorist, Kolour Kulture &

Texture vs Race Founder

Klass is in session! Get your notepads out, because Keya is going to break down the khemistry of kolour down to the molecular level. You’ll learn how to adapt your formula and technique for all hair textures and types to get your

client’s desired result.

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Mizani & Redkin Ambassador,

ForeverCurls Founder.

It’s time to raise your curly hair skills! This class is designed for anyone looking to perfect their techniques when it comes to working with curly hair while learning a few tricks along the way.

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Living Proof National Artist, Cocco Hair Pro Global Brand Ambassador

We’re bringing on the heat! Jin will walk you through his hot-tool and blow drying techniques for all hair textures that allow him to masterfully manipulate the fabric of hair so that you can unleash your inner creativity.

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Certified Trichologist,

HHP “Your Hair Loss Advocate”

Class Title: Scalp Health and Wellness 101 What’s lurking on the scalp post shampoo? What goes into the body must come out! Understanding a scientific approach to detoxify and exfoliate the scalp to restore its pH is imperative to the health of the hair fibers that protrudes from it. Certified Trichologist Ky Smith will take you on a microscopic journey exposing what the naked eye cannot see to help you devise a strategy to grow stronger healthier hair for your clients. 

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Mizani Artist, Behind The Chair Team Member, #ItTakesAPro Salon

Centric Team Member.

Let's get those curls in order! If you're looking for new ways to style and work with textured hair, you've come to the right place. Jamal brings over 20 years of experience to the Texture Vs Race Summit and will highlight the textured hairstyling techniques that have brought him critical acclaim and recognition throughout the industry.

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A trailblazer who was among the first to take to the internet to teach

others about natural hair care. 

Gabrielle provides a wealth of knowledge for both novice and veteran stylists alike. Her natural hair styling class will focus on versatile styling techniques that'll prove helpful for stylists wanting to serve a multicultural clientele

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DIE Consultant, Training &

Development Leader

Our resident inspirational coach, motivational speaker, and corporate trainer, Kashonna offers a perspective opening and eye-widening (in some people's case, eye watering!) class that'll highlight the negative impact caused by a lack of diversity and inclusion, and its effects on everyday life.

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The Kurl, The Koil, The Wave and The Kink!

Join Master Educator and Curl Academy Ambassador for the industry most comprehensive and inclusive salon driven approaches to servicing textured tresses. Leave this Akademy Klass with a comprehensive understanding of why hair responds to product not melanin!


  1. Learn the true klassification of Kurly

  2. Learn Kurl Character 

  3. Explore Hydration and Moisturization using far infra and far infa red technology 

  4. Learn how to Kustom Kreate your own Kurl enhancers

The Texture vs Race Summit brings stylists from across the country together to unite under the guidance of some of the industry's top talents and coaches. Our educators will not only share their specialized techniques, but also dish out advice on how they navigated the industry to get to where they are in their career. Consult our educators during the Power Panel discussions to have all your burning questions answered.

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The Texture vs Race Summit is hosted at the Turf Valley Resort in Baltimore Maryland. The resort is only minutes away from historic Ellicott City and is a quick ride away from the Baltimore Inner Harbor and the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy dining, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts,

the fitness center, and an exclusive discount on spa services.


Book your room at and use group code “texture vs race”

to gain access to our exclusive event price.


“Make your reservations today and take advantage of

our special event rates! “ Use code TEXTURE vs RACE

by phone or 28A93L when booking online

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We have secured over 10,000 square feet of space to host the Texture Vs Race Summit to allow all attending guests to maintain a safe social distance. All in-person attendees must produce a negative COVID test or a copy of their vaccination card three days before the event. Attendees must also wear a mask in all common areas and classes. No exceptions will be made.


By purchasing admission to our event you agree that Kolour Kulture and all associated personnel are not liable for injury or death of an individual attending the Texture Vs Race Summit in the event if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. Any person attending waives all civil liability against the organization (Kolour Kulture) and venue (Turf Valley Resort).

The TVR Interaction Discovery Pod


This year’s Texture Vs Race Summit sponsors and brand partners form the Interactive Discovery Pod, giving attendees the tradeshow-like experience that we all dearly miss! The Interactive Discovery Pod is the location for stylists to learn more about our participating brands who support the Texture Vs Race Mission in addition to where attendees acquire their SWAG and gain access to continued education in the form of breakout room digital classes from participating brands. 

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our title sponsor


Wella has been at the heart of hairdressing since its inception in 1880, passionately shaping the salon professional industry through ground-breaking innovation, creative inspiration, expert education and close salon partnerships. Wella’s portfolio of leading and trusted brands includes Wella Professionals, Sebastian Professional, Clairol Professional, Kadus Professional, Nioxin, ghd and OPI.  Our products and services are distributed in more than

100 countries across the world, making hair color, care and styling dreams real every day for millions

of stylists and their clients worldwide. 


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