Visionary | Author | Thought Leader
In 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, such as:
New York Times
Self-Seduction: Your Ultimate Path to Inner and Outer Beauty by Mikki Taylor
FINE beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African-American Women by Sam Fine
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.
A licensed cosmetologist, Anu is among those who took a stand for the development of professional standards tied to the commercial braiding craft.
In addition to her many achievements, Anu has taught natural hairstyling techniques at the university level plus has instructed and has been mentoring hundreds of young women since 1977. Today, she is the author of two popular hair and beauty blogs: Khamit Kinks: The Muse Report and Anu Essentials.
Her latest endeavor is the launch of Anu Essentials, a natural care line that includes perfume, body and hair care products.
Anu’s remarkable journey and achievements begs the question: what’s next?