About the Founder

Jenell Stewart, the founder and editor in chief of Kinky Curly Coily Me!

As a child, Jenell dreamed of attending law school and working her way through various political positions in order to become an attorney general. She realized that law and order was not her calling and that she had a passion for education. With her books in hand, Jenell graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors of the Arts in Political Science and Philosophy, followed by a Masters in Special Education from Brooklyn College.

Jenell decided to embrace her natural hair, by way of the big chop, on March 26, 2010. Impulsive by nature, Jenell didn’t bother with transitioning but instead, immediately became fully natural. As she embraced her natural hair, Jenell found joy in blogging about her journey. She created KinkyCurlyCoilyMe! as a way to track her journey and share it with others. Within the first two years of blogging, Jenell transitioned her blog into a natural hair care website for women in need of hair education and support.

Jenell currently lives in N.Y. with her husband and their two children. She dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with kinky, curly, coily natural hair. She dreams of traveling around the world sharing her story and motivating women to embrace their natural beauty.

Jenell has been featured in Essence, Black Enterprise.com, VibeVixen.com,  SoloDovePR,  CurvyMagazine.com, Essence.com, BlackHairMedia.com, RollingOut.com, JuicyMagOnline.com, NewsDay.com, Examiner.com, ModernSalond.com, TribeCalledCurl.com, and CurlyNikki.com. Jenell has contributed her writing to Essence.com, NaturallyCurly.com and CurlyNikki.com.  Jenell has been featured as a Beauty Expert on the Dr.Oz television show and has participated on various natural hair panels as well as an Audio Telesummit on healthy food options for kids. Jenell has hosted events for brands including SheaMoisture, CURLS, Design Essentials, and HairFinity. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.  In 2014 Jenell was listed as Clutch Magazines 20 YT bloggers you need to know and I was named one of Clutch Magazines Top Instagrammers you should follow.Jenell has partnered and maintained relations with various beauty brand such as SheaMoisture, CURLS, KarenBody Beautiful, Design Essentials, HairFinity, Softn Free Nothing But, Alikay Naturals, Jane Carter, Motions and many more!

Jenell Stewart is a great speaker that is invited regularly to attend events, speak on panels, host events and to contribute to websites. She receives hundreds of emails from women seeking hair care support.  Jenell has hosted over 25 hair care events to bring the community of women together.

  • M.Clark

    hello Jenell I love all your advice

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell Stewart

      Thanks love!

  • Nkem

    I have learnt more on how to care for my hair from you. Thank you for sharing with others. I hope you visit Nigeria too on your upcoming tour. Nigeria is a lovely country with warm friendly people.

    • esther woode

      awww… and Ghana too pls. we are just like a brother and sister! <3

  • Kymmy

    thank you for sharing such awesome information …….love this site.

  • Starrschild

    Love the site. So much information.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell Stewart

      Awesome! Thanks love!

  • Whitney

    You should really start a podcast; it would be so awesome! Give us naturals something to listen to while at work, on the train, in the car, etc. Jenell, thanks for all you do!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell Stewart

      Great idea!

  • MsReeda

    Hi Jenell I am a fan of both of your YouTube channels and now I’ve joined the mailing list for your blog. I am also a new blogger and was wondering if you’d check out my blog at http://ridad.blog.com. Thank you!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell Stewart

      Hey love! I sure will check you out! Feel free to send in any articles to feature!

  • http://ridad.blog.com MsReeda

    Hi again Jenell, I know I’m late but are you still looking for writers? I’ll be in the NYC area and I’m interested in employment. If you have time, please check out some of my writing at http://reedad.blogspot.com. I can also send writing samples. Thank you.

  • Shadavia

    Hey jenell Im natural with 4c hair I really want to dye my hair but I don’t know the best way to go about it without damaging my hair I’m pretty scared to use bleach do u know the best way to go about