This past Sunday, I attended two events celebrating natural haired beauties. In various cities across the country, there are meetup groups for napptural women to gather and share tips and inspire and support each other along the journey. It’s also often an opportunity to promote and patronize entrepreneurs that create products with the natural woman in mind.
I became a member of DMV Naturals earlier this year but this meetup was my first event. Organized by Jamesha of Ebony’s Braidery, it turned out to be a truly wonderful event filled with women sharing their personal journeys towards freedom from creamy crack; natural care practitioners answering questions and providing tips; and an update on the actions being formed against Six Flags for their natural hair discrimination practices.
This little one is getting an early start on the journey.
There were several vendors selling body and hair care products, t-shirts and jewelry.
Shawnta of TayButta’s Natural Remedies shared a poignant story of dealing with two devastating illnesses, one that required chemotherapy. She didn’t lose one hair on her beautifully locked head.
Monica of CurlyChicks was on hand with lovely apparel and accessories.
Check out this curly-haired walking advertisement.
I am also loving the sista’s twists sitting beside her. If mine would have looked like that before I locked, I probably would have put off my installation for a bit. Simply beautiful.
Blaque Beauty Mama was also on hand selling her lips balms and sharing beauty tips. Her blog profile says she is the mother of SIX sons. And she has time to make beauty products? And write a blog? And look this good? What am I doing with my life? Seriously.
Jamesha gave away this beautiful journal to a newbie just beginning the journey to capture her feelings and thoughts – just as I’m doing here.
Of course I had to seek out the other Sisterlocked women.
I hope to be here with my growth by the end of the beginning of winter, if not starting to lock already.
I wished I could have stayed for more discussion but I had to head out to the second part of my Happy Nappy Day. I look forward to more events with this group. The organizer already has another event in the works – a gathering where we would do each other’s hair. Obviously, I won’t likely be doing anyone’s hair. However, I’m all for finding a stylist I can barter with.
I first heard about Happy Nappy Day/Poets in the Park at the Baltimore Hair Show. This is the 7th year for the day of community-wide celebration of the arts, poetry, music, and natural beauty.
It’s always good to see Sarenzo Beads in the house. You already know I’m a fan. This woman is a model for the female entrepreneur. Please check out her hair ties and hand crafted jewelry.
I’ve been looking around for these silver Afro-woman earrings I’ve seen a few sistas rocking. I didn’t find them but the ones I saw at On-Que will do nicely in the interim. Unfortunately I was only able to purchase one pair because they were cash only. In an ode to my other online presence (and the greatest album ever), I got a pair of Songs in the Key of Life album cover earrings. I plan to get a pair or two of the afro or locked woman earrings. The green ones are speaking to me.
This man knows where it’s at.
A little loc po.rn for you. If I had gone traditional, this would have been the perfect size. Absolutely gorgeous. I already know that red is my color but this brown/honey blonde sure makes me reconsider for a minute.
It was a perfectly happy nappy day. As I sat watching these little natural haired beauties running around in the sunshine without a care in the world, it didn’t matter that my hair was misbehaving that morning and I had to tie it down with a scarf. This is a journey and I have to take step by step. I’m happy to have events like these to remind me that I’m not alone and that I should celebrate every step of the way.