About the Founder


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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.  In 2014, Jenell also won The Root Top 100 Peoples Choice Award in honor of her contributions to the African American Community and was later named one of TheRoot.com 15 Savvy Social Media Stars You Should Be Following Now!

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.