Keya Neal

The Color Whisperer

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A stylist whose passion for color and texture is unmatched with over 28 years of experience, Keya Neal leads a national revolution breaking textural boundaries that have long separated those in the hair industry. Keya’s passion for hair color and education led to the conception of Kolour Kulture, an educational resource for stylists who are particularly interested in the science of hair color and how it interacts with various hair textures. Keya launched her cornerstone education series “Texture vs Race” at The Energizing Summit hosted by the American Board of Certified Hair Colorist (ABCH), which has since become a nationwide movement with a summit of its very own. Texture Vs Race has amassed the support of top industry influences, including but not limited to the board of the American Board of Certified Hair Colorists.Through the evolution of Texture vs Race and her REPAIRations movement, Keya is at the helm of the salon industry's diversity and inclusion movement, encouraging "uncomfortable" conversations surrounding race and hair texture. Now, Keya acts as a color educator, texture expert, and DEI consultant, working to create a more inclusive and understanding industry.

“Not every client wants a high-impact look,” explains celebrated hair expert and activist, Keya Neal. “Some want a subtle change that compliments their curl pattern and brings out the definition of each strand.” And that’s exactly what Keya shows you in this soft, low-maintenance color change on coily hair. Sharing her tips and tricks for success (like, creating a roadmap before you lift a single brush!), she delivers techniques that soften color impact for restrained-yet-gorgeous results. You’ll also get her perfect Joico prescription for keeping coily hair healthy, using her favorite Defy Damage, Moisture Recovery, Curl Confidence, and K-PAK products. The understated magic starts, here!

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