Curls on the Block


Curls on the Block provides girls of color and girls with curly hair with opportunity to develop self-confidence, experiment with beauty products that fit their needs, and explore career paths in STEAM fields.  The concept was developed by Analise Harris, who was awarded $10,000 at the February 2016 Design Challenge to build and test her curriculum.  

Click here for a full update on Curls On the Block's 2017-18 project work. 


  • COTB will offer sessions that explicity connect how making natural hair and skin products is in fact a beginning step into a STEM career.
  • COTB participants will be able to describe and learn technical language that would support conversations with girls of color and curls and build a community.  COTB will be able to support participants attain internships, job shadows, and network opportunities for careers in STEM fields.  
  • COTB participants will be able to identify multiple women of curls and color in STEM fields.
  • COTB participants will have a positive change in self reported confidence. The products created will become a staple in the curly haired community and build better connections in Colorado. The online platform will allow the curriculum and products to be accessible throughout Denver as well as the nation.Participants will use science fairs as an opportunity to research curly hair needs from products comparisons to how the media impacts definitions of beauty.



Analise Harris, Alicia Milner