Natural Hair Events


I won’t go into a full review of this event since it happened almost three months ago. I did want to finally share my photos from the event. It was so nice to be around so many sisterlock rockers.  And I must say, I’ve never gotten so many compliments on my hair. Ever. Most people I know in real life don’t comment on my hair at all. So it threw me for a loop. People stopped me to take photos. It was nice, especially since I’ve been silently…and now not so silently agonizing over how it’s coming along.

The best part was running into a blog reader (Hey girl!) who had been reading before she decided to get installed. She said I was one of the reasons she decided to pull the trigger. That touched me deeply. Just when you think no one is reading.

Her baby locks are lovely, aren’t they?

Another highlight was running into the first woman I met that had sisterlocks. They still look absolutely gorgeous.

She locked up her baby too. Adorbs! She participated in the hair show at the Revolution.

She wasn’t the only locked little one in the house. My heart melted at this little diva. Can you imagine what her locks will look like by her teen years?

She gets it from her Mama, the lovely lady on the right…standing behind the equally lovely lady with the most stunning locks.

Great running into more women I talked to when I was researching. Her journey has been amazing.

Sisterlocks are beautiful. I’m so glad to be part of this sisterhood regardless of whether my locks fall into what’s considered “the norm.”

Sitting in on a styling class with Sisterlocks creator, Dr. Joanne Cornwell.

Another highlight was meeting this lovely lady after checking our her vlog. Her hair in the last video she posted is gorgeous. The way it falls and frames her face. I love it. She’s even more stunning in person and this up-do is every single thing!

Hope you enjoyed these and are inspired to lock on with your bad selves!

Continue to love and embrace the bend of your hair!

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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.

I recently was the proud winner of two free tickets to the Baltimore Natural Hair show. I was particularly excited this year because I’m finally wearing and embracing the bend of my hair.

I wanted to go and see what kinds of natural hair product lines would be represented. I contacted my consultant beforehand to ask her what I would be using in my hair within the first six months. I don’t believe in keeping product around much longer than that, if that long –particularly those with natural ingredients. I’m not a product junkie so I really like to find something that works for me and stick with it.

She told me that I wouldn’t be using much of anything. She would give me a starter kit with the shampoo that I needed. I wouldn’t be using any creamy conditioners and that I should moisturize with a distilled water/essential oil mix. She did say that Adiva had some good products so I made a note to look out for them. She also recommended that I look for some hair accessories for the rough days. I’m an accessory queen so I was really excited to see what I’d be able to find at the show.

What I was most excited about was seeing Dr. Cornwell’s presentation on Sisterlocks. She was scheduled to speak at two different sessions so I wanted to be sure not to miss out!

Before heading up, I tapped into my #naturalhair Twitter community to see who else would ave their face in the place. I found out that the owner of Sarenzo Beads would be there with her fabulous hair ties, jewelry, and accessories. I first spotted “Dawnyele,” one of my natural hair inspirations rocking her products and doing them proud! She’s the perfect spokesmodel. I had to know where she got them from and was happy to know that I would be able to cop my own at the show.

Here is my lot.

I got bright funky hair ties that I can rock now with my fro and later with my locks. I want to get more with the matching earrings. I love that look. She is also has such a warm, genuine spirit that you can’t help but want to support her. I also plan to attempt to make my own at some point but I’m not the least bit artsy craftsy. My cousin is though so I may enlist her!

As with any event of this nature, there is always so much more available than hair products. My first stop was a stand where Patrick Payne from InfiniteVinyl.Etsy was selling original album cover leather bags. The large ones were out of my price range but he was willing to cut my friend Butta and I a pretty nice deal on the clutches. Mine is the Chaka Khan on the left. Cute huh? Perfect for a couple of soul sistas like us.

We headed over to the Sisterlocks seminar to find that it was not being given by Dr. Cornwell. I was a tad late so may have missed an announcement as to why she wasn’t there. Given the small room it was in, I imagine that they knew well in advance she wasn’t going to be in attendance. Instead, a consultant from More Hair Salon was giving a Sisterlocks 101 info session. Much of the information I already knew.  I asked a question about what advice she gave her clients for dealing with dry scalp. She said she found that the issue often resolved with Sisterlocks but that there was no need to moisturize the scalp with any product. The scalp produces its own moisture. We’ll see about that. I plan to moisturize internally by drinking more water and also spritzing with distilled H20 and essential oils.

As I listened to the questions, including one from a set of twins who discovered after years that they didn’t have sisterlocks, I was so grateful that I had been smart enough to do my research. I can’t imagine letting someone do hundreds of dollars worth of work to my hair without knowing enough about them or about the process—what I was getting myself into. I want to see their work. I want to talk to their clients. I’m going to do all the reading I can on every blog, forum, Twitter and Facebook page, and YouTube channel about what to expect throughout the process. Sisterlocking is too much of an investment financially and emotionally to do anything less. It’s far more than a hairstyle. It’s a lifestyle.