This story is true. But, it is based on pure fiction.
Finding her old college SAT scores one evening was very upsetting to Irene Smalls. To her great surprise, Irene Smalls discovered her lifetime fear of math was a lie. Her math score was much higher than her verbal score. Smalls always believed she was not good in math. The real truth of her testing score had no impact on her fear of math. Smalls did not take a single math course in college. Her fear of math had an after affect. Though she loved science, Smalls stayed away from science, too.
Later, that evening, Irene read an article ‘Mathematical Patterns in African- American Hairstyles,’ by mathematician, Dr. Gloria Gilmer. Smalls saw the amazing relationship between science, math and hair.
Dr. Gilmer clearly showed “Girls have a head for Math.” Scientific research indicates it is confidence that undermines many girls’ math and science ability. Scientific research also indicates girls care about haircare and beauty. Smalls' market research testing corroborated that same research. An idea was born. Smalls created HairMath™ for girls like her who believe they cannot do math.
Irene Smalls, MBA, fashionista, is a former beauty queen, print model and a licensed beautician. In the 1960’s she was one of the first natural hair, Soft Sheen line of Afro haircare products, models. Smalls put her beauty background and her lifelong math anxiety together in creating HairMath.
HairMath is a book, a series of live events and a multi-media platform engaging girls with beauty and STEM. Along with cutting edge hair beauty oriented science and math information, HairMath™ includes HaHa Hair jokes, Hairtoons, HairMazing Hair Facts, inspirational HairSayings, Hair to’s and lots of Hair Do’s. HairMath showcases the math and science girls do everyday styling their hair. "Girls Have a Head for Math."
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