28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Christina Jenkins (11)

We are pleased to spotlight Christina Jenkins in day eleven of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History

Christina Jenkins is the revolutionary inventor of the Sew-In-Weaver

The hair weave industry owes itself to the trailblazer Christina Jenkins. She was born in Louisiana and later graduated college in 1943. Jenkins graduated with a degree in science and worked for a wig manufacturer. Soon after, she studied sewing in hair to add length and body. In the early 1950’s, Jenkins filed a patent for her “HairWeev” technique and her technique quickly became the go to style in black owned hair salons at Christina’s HairWeeve Penthouse Salon

Christina owned her salon, “Christina’s HairWeev Penthouse Salon,” in Cleveland, Ohio, until 1993. She taught her techniques at hair shows throughout the UK for many years before retiring. With countless colors, lengths, and textures, hair weaves continue to gain increased popularity among women of color. They provide an abundance of versatility and endless possibilities for beautiful hairstyles.

The contributions of black women to the beauty industry have been ignored in favor of a white mainstream narrative.

Source: Galore Mag

About The 28 Day Campaign

This informational campaign: 28 Days of Little Known Facts About Black American History will see 540Blog share little known facts about Black Americans throughout history every day throughout the month of February. Those that were groundbreaking and history making but do not necessarily get the media attention and coverage.

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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