Over the weekend, i had the pleasure of attending the Curly Hair Festival at the ILEC Conference Centre in London. I had previously attended a number of the Natural Hair Week events in London so I was excited to see what the founder of the iconic event Vinna Best had in store following the recent rebranding from Natural Hair Week to Curly Treats Festival rebranding.
After years of attending hair events, i’m always astounded by the number of natural haired lovelies that attend and in this, i’m sure that they were not disappointed by the offering in this instance. Throughout the day guests were treated to hair and health workshops, demos and interactive discussions, a fashion show in celebration of Black Girl Magic and of course some of you favourite brands such as Cantu beauty, Creame of nature, Mixed chicks and Softn’ Free were in attendance as alongside some amazing independent brands. Popular influencers such as MahoganyCurls, Lekoia Lee and the girls from Curlcuture were also on deck taking part in workshops, discussions and meet and greets. I especially loved the fact that men were catered to with a dedicated afro men’s hub which offered free shape-ups, beard maintenance and skin care advice for the man in your life. For mini curlies, there was an empowHER lunch and a children’s corner which provided fun interactive activities and storytelling.
It was great to catch up with CEO Vinna Best for Fashions Finest as one of the things that aided and encouraged my natural hair journey definably has to be natural hair events.
Over the weekend I attended AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE 2017, at the Business Design Centre in Islington which in its 36th year still managed to draw a large crowd.
You don’t know anything about it, AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE is an annual hair & beauty event in London which hosts stalls of many different products for all types’ textures and even some body products. They also host a variety of workshops live demos and fashion shows.
I have religiously attended the show for the last few years so I knew what to expect and was excited to discover some new hair products.
Despite my planning to get there early to avoid the rush ... Let’s be honest that never happens it was lovey to see so many eager faces and try out so many products.
This year AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE welcomed Afro Man, which catered to the grooming, hair and lifestyle needs of the man in your life which included skincare by Bump Patrol and S-Curls beard grooming range by Lusters.
While straight and silky hair is perfect for going out to an elegant event, a wavy look is sometimes the more appropriate style when going to a more casual event.
The Natural Hair Week delivers informative seminars from qualified experts, interactive debates, creative hair demos and a platform for hair and beauty brands to sell products and services whilst connecting with their target audience.
The Natural Hair Week was launched in spring 2013 because it was felt that there was a lack of events celebrating natural afro hair and beauty across the UK.
The brainchild of Vinna Best of OfficiallyNatural and Diane Hall of I Grew It Long The Natural Hair Week has since seen over 3,000+ attendees in five major cities in the UK
I had heard good thing from friends that had previously attended The Natural Hair Week so I promised myself that this year I would attend the London event, which was held at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.
The venue was very nice and consisted of three large rooms, one of which housed the works shops and seminars while the other two had the many venders which included ORS, Motions to name few as well as product and hair styling demonstrations.
I was disappointed that I was unable to attend most of the seminars due me getting there quite late in the day but people I spoke to told me that they really enjoyed them.
I really enjoyed my experience at Natural Hair Week and I got to meet up with many natural hair bloggers and vloggers who I had been following for some time which was nice.
Photo source: The Natural Hair Week Facebook page
Oh yeah as The Natural Hair Week was sponsored by Hairfinity VIP ticket holders were gifted a bottle of Hairfiinity in the goodie bags (Yesss) along with other hair and beauty samples. Previous sponsors have included: Curls, Lush Cosmetics, KeraCare, Curls, Motions Hair and Design Essentials.
Coily kinky afro, who does not love a good looking Afro? Your afro can be the envy of all but keeping it looking stunning takes some work. Here is some helpful tips to keep your afro or natural curls in check.
This is the number one tip as natural hair tend to lack moisture, so to avoid dry dull looking hair. Invest in a good moisturising condition.
DIY hair therapy
Keeping your hair well moisturised can be as simple as mixing your own hot oil treatment. For an overnight treatment mix olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, melt them all together in the microwave and then massage onto your scalp, then seal your hair, with a shower cap and cover with your head scarf. Wash it out the next morning for moisturised and smooth, frizz-free curls.
Drying your hair:
Squeeze-dry your hair with a t-shirt or microfiber towel as this will decrease frizz. Then detangle with your fingers as this will help keep your hair texture without interrupting your curl pattern.
Use a silk pillowcase or silk scarf to avoid frizz and keep your curls in place
Image Credit Katya Koliban