Anu PrestoniaIndustry Leader Anu Prestonia

Acclaimed beauty-industry innovator Anu Prestonia specializes in Black hair care and helped to popularize artistic natural styling in the United States and abroad. She founded the internationally known Khamit Kinks natural hair-care salon, has mentored many in the industry and has two popular blogs. Anu has a titular line of natural products, was the co-founder of an annual natural hair celebration and is co-producer of an upcoming documentary on the subject. She has served as an expert consultant for several books, been featured many times in magazines and newspapers, on TV and on radio, and is a sought-after stylist for film, print and broadcast media.

Khamit Kinks has been featured numerous times on the cover and in the pages of Essence magazine. The June 1992 issue, showcasing Anu’s groundbreaking styling, prompted the highest number of information requests ever received by the publication’s Fashion and Beauty department. Anu’s work was also the subject of a New York Times front-page article and Khamit Kinks has been reported on in many national and industry publications. The salon was featured on “The View,” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and on ABC, NY1, CNN, FOX 5 and TV Japan.

 Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Anu lives in Brooklyn with her family.