We might all be the same on the inside, but caring for dark skin is different than our White counterparts. Our melanated magic requires different treatment methods that aren’t always taught in cosmetology and esthetician school.
That’s why Dr. Eunice Cofie-Obeng, esthetician and chief chemist for Nuekei, a skincare brand designed specifically for people of color, launched the Skin Of Color conference. Now in its second year, the two-day conference is designed to introduce and instruct licensed estheticians on treatment techniques and options for Brown and Black skin.
It is the first conference of its kind in the country and provides not only an opportunity for education but to help estheticians build stronger businesses around caring for skin of color.
The conference is a welcome addition to the beauty education space, considering Black women alone spend upwards of $7.5 billion annually on beauty products and services. Reports show that Black women also actively seek professionals who are well-versed in caring for our unique beauty needs — including skin — to avoid issues like discoloration and burning while treating our skin, as well as being able to recognize how common skin issues present on melanated skin.
“Many esthetic schools do not provide a solid education in three areas: caring for skin of color, cosmetic science, and business,” said Dr. Cofie-Obeng in a recent statement. “We wanted to create an intensive learning experience focusing on skin of color esthetics, cosmetic science, marketing, finance, sales, and leadership. We want to give estheticians the tools that they need to cater to the growing ethnic marketing and build successful esthetic practices.”
In addition to educational talks and workshops, the conference will feature a “Black Women in Esthetics Celebration” on the last day of the conference. “When you look at the major professional esthetic and spa magazines, Black women in esthetics go unrecognized. This event will not only celebrate women of color that are estheticians but will create a safe space where they can network, discuss business, and honor one another’s achievements,” said Dr. Cofie-Obeng
The 2nd Annual Nuekie Skin Of Color Conference takes place February 7-8, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is only open to licensed estheticians.
To register or for more information, visit skinofcolorconference.com.