This past summer the natural hair community was excited at the news of a new invention, the CWK Straight Plates, a product that straightens hair without the use of a flat iron (or curing iron, or whatever you use). The KickStarter campaign was HUGELY successful, creator Kelechi Bradley exceeded her crowdfunding goal more than three times over, raising more than $24,000.
We’ve been keeping tabs on the progress of this product, watching the vision take shape as production began.
However, recent developments have caused production to come to a halt: someone has come forward claiming to own the patent for the CWK Straight Plates. According to the website and Kickstarter page, the CWK Team planns to “straighten this out or come up with another design ASAP”. Refunds are being issued to backers in phases, with the second round occurring on 26 Oct.
We certainly hope that everything works out for the good of the patent’s rightful owner.
What do you think of this situation? If you were a backer of the CWK Straight Plates and a different product is brought to market will you support?
Photo credit: http://www.cwkgirls.com/