Keya Neal has created a stylist support resource community called “Kolours of Kovid” to act as a safety net for stylists stricken with the virus.
Kolours of Kovid connects stylists who have developed severe COVID-related symptoms to those who have the means to give mental support, support in food security and financial support.
“This disease is ravaging our communities and the shame, stigma and unfamiliarity around it cause far too many people to suffer in silence when we could help. The recovery process of this virus is an active one. One that can last days, weeks, even months. Each day ‘after COVID’ is different, filled with an unpredictable rotation of symptoms caused by the damage done to the body. One day it’s a cough. One day fever and chills. Some days you are completely fine, only to succumb to overwhelming weakness the next,” says Neal.
Neal contracted COVID in December 2020. During her recovery journey, the outpour of support combined with her first-hand experience with COVID inspired her to shine a light on the unique hardships that stylists face during this pandemic.
Now, she is calling upon other stylists, beauty industry brands and small businesses to come together to create funds, wellness baskets and pool resources for stylists in need.
“Even if you’re no longer positive, the damage done to your body can leave you with COVID-like symptoms such as extreme weakness, a cough, and in some cases, extensive lung damage. Being a stylist is already a physically demanding occupation, but it’s also one that requires you to be physically close to your client. When you have a cough you can’t control, your clients don’t care that it was from an infection from months ago.”
Small businesses, brands and stylists who would like to join the Kolours of Kovid community, click HERE.