Natasha Schmit is the author of the upcoming memoir, “Nail Salon Revolution: The Story of the Birth of the New Cosmetology Profession.”
In the book, Schmitt details the rise of the modern salon and explains the evolution of her profession from a profession for white collar professionals to a profession that is largely black and Hispanic.
“There’s a lot of white guys out there who want to be a cosmetologist,” Schmit told Newsweek in an interview.
“The way they think about the industry is that they don’t want to have to learn how to do things.”
The former Cosmetologist for Black America, Cosmetologist for Black Women and Cosmetologists for Black People, was one of the first African-American female Cosmetologic Professionals and is now a member of the Cosmetological Academy.
Schmitt is also an advocate for racial justice and a founder of the nonprofit, The National Cosmetologies Institute.
She was part of the team that won the 2015 National Academy of Cosmetrics title for Outstanding Achievement in Cosmetistry, which was bestowed upon Schmitt by the Academy for her “extraordinary work to transform a white-dominated profession into a cosme”nual one that respects and encourages diversity.
“When you look at the number of women who have gone to work in this industry, there is a large number of them who are women of color, and they are all going to be very excited about what’s coming,” Schmitt said.
“We are going to have a really, really vibrant, diverse industry.
I think there’s a ton of potential to make a huge difference.”
Schmit’s book, titled Nail Salon: The Birth of Cosmology, is being released by W.W. Norton on October 20.
She told Newsweek she plans to focus on the rise and growth of the industry as it became more diverse, and how women of all races and ethnicities were able to make it work.
I think there is definitely a lot to look forward to,” Schimpt said.
The story of the salon is the story of a profession.
The whole salon idea is a myth.
I was in the middle of an all-black salon when I was younger.
And I remember one time, it was so busy that I didn’t even realize what was going on, and then I remember my father was in there.
He was the owner of the barbershop, so we were in the same salon, and I was working with my father and he was in that same salon.
So I remember that as a kid, I used to go to this salon and the owner would be like, ‘What are you doing?
How did you get in here?’
And then, my father would be so nervous because he was the one that owned the barber shop.
So he would tell my dad, ‘You’re supposed to go in there and do your hair.
I’m supposed to come out and talk to you about the business.’
And then my father came out and he saw my hair, and he says, ‘That’s your hair.’
And he was like, wow.
So then my mother said, ‘Oh, it’s your brother.’
And my mom said, “That’s not your hair.”
So then, he was very surprised because he knew that I was going to get my hair cut, and the next day, he’s like, “Where’s your mother?”
And my mother was like ‘Oh!
You’re going to go there to cut your hair?”
The salon had a white clientele, but that clientele had changed. “
There was an all Black salon that I worked at, and she had this whole family of six that were all in that salon, so it was a lot like a small-town barber’s shop,” she said.
The salon had a white clientele, but that clientele had changed.
It was the first time, after World War II, that a white woman had gone to that salon.
“[Nail salon owners] were like, the white client, the young lady, she can do her hair, she’s beautiful.
I know she can go to the salon,” Schmet said.
And then you look and you realize that she can’t do her own hair, so you say, ‘Well, what are we going to do?’
“I think you’re going be able to create a lot more interest in this profession.
I don’t think we’ve had the interest in the profession in years.
But there is going to come a time when you’re looking at a salon that is like a tiny salon, that you can see