Anu Prestonia is known around the world as an innovative pioneer in the Natural Black Hair Industry. She's also cherished here in the U.S. as a caring mentor for a generation of young stylists. Earlier this year she decided the time had come to retire from the business, closing her acclaimed and vastly influential Khamit Kinks salon, based in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Atlanta at various times over the course of four decades.
On September 28th from 6-10pm a committee of friends will host Honoring Anu Prestonia and Khamit Kinks: Celebrating 40 Years of Natural Beauty at the Assembly Hall at the Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive in Manhattan. Join us for a joyous tribute with entertainment, dancing, remembrances, food & wine.
Anu has received letters of appreciation from Black women across the globe, thanking her for helping them to discover and celebrate their natural beauty. She has the gratitude, as well, of many young women who paid their way through college using the skills she gave them. And a roster of arts and entertainment icons are appreciative of Anu as well, having at various times trusted Khamit Kinks with the polishing of their public images.
Anu’s generous community engagement over the years has been exemplary and worthy of tribute. She invited job-seeking women into the salon for makeovers, gave talks to girls at educational institutions and at her salons about self-esteem and caring for their natural hair. A certified yoga instructor, Anu has also conducted free yoga classes at churches and other venues.