White Plains, NY has been named an official host city for this year’s International Natural Hair Meetup Day aka INHMD on May 30th and will be presented by EMBRACE!
Six months later and almost a year to the date of the first one, I bring you a recap of The Healthy Hair & Beauty Affair II! Shame on me, right? LOL! Ugh. This has been sitting in my drafts all this time. Crazy. Anywho… let’s get on with it! Word on the street is The (SOLD OUT!) Healthy Hair & Beauty Affair II held at The DUMBO Loft was awesome! There were nothing but positive comments from the attendees as well as the special guests AND vendors. WOW! I am so… SO excited that everyone who came out to support had a great time and left feeling inspired and informed. Joining me once again were Chef Keaton with his tasty hors d’oeuvres and DJ Rich Nice to keep things bumping. Photographer Jason John of Xcallibur Photo rounded out our “family reunion”, this time armed with an assistant to capture all the happenings. I set out to make this event bigger and better than the first: larger venue, more special guests, a wide array of vendors and, yes, more coverage… we had Mane Moves TV in the house for video coverage and interviews! Thanks to our title sponsors– Alikay Naturals, EDEN BodyWorks & CURLS- who provided full-sized products plus a gang of other amazing brands, ticket-holders received a hefty swag bag filled to capacity! The afternoon kicked off with “One Time For the Naturals”, an original piece by spoken word artist and author Joekenneth Museau, written just for the event! After giving a shout out to our generous sponsors, I turned the stage over to Tameeka McNeil Johnson aka The Curl Whisperer. Tameeka’s Transformation Workshop was a big hit as she demonstrated a ‘wash and go’ styling technique while answering numerous natural hair questions from the audience. Her wealth of knowledge was evident…
Another natural hair event is upon ladies (and gents)! On December 13, 2014, Niyya Tenee of Locs Revolution brings us Loc’d & Loosed: A Celebration of Natural Hair Unity. Whether you’re male or female, rock locs or loose kinks and curls, this one’s for you! This amazing event will feature vendors, discussion panels with vloggers and bloggers, a live DJ and more! Get your tickets here today! xoxo Toia B.
CALLING ALL PRODUCT JUNKIES! Here’s another event to add to your list of places to go this Fall! Un’ruly invites you to start the season off fresh by coming out THIS SUNDAY, Oct. 12th, to The Polish Bar Brooklyn for an evening of product swappage to help you clear out your cabinets, medicine chests and dresser tops. Get rid of those products that did nothing for you and hope to grab some that just might work. Interact with other naturals and chat with our host, beauty blogger Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey! The event is FREE but if you plan to attend, go here to read more about how it all works and let ’em know you’ll be in the house! Look forward to seeing you there! xoxo Toia B.
Natural Partners in Crime is at it again with yet another NYC event just for you! On Saturday October 11, Glam Ladies NYC sets out to educate while giving you opportunities to shop, mingle and take full advantage of the pampering beauty services that will be on deck. The event includes two informative workshops: Scalp Is Skin with hair and skin care specialist Kimo Bentley will explore how you can maintain healthy skin and, by extension, a healthy scalp which leads to healthy hair. The creator of the line Shea Gourmet, Bentley will be on-hand as a vendor while providing one-on-one mini scalp analyses for all attendees who might be interested. Beauty 101- Starts With Skin is another helpful workshop that will focus on skin health with licensed esthetician and skin therapist Cynthia Pierre. Enjoy passed appetizers provided by Camryn Drew Caterers from 1pm-3pm along with drinks mixed by Over Cocktailz AND cupcakes by Lala’s Cupcake Boutique… YUMMERS! Unfortunately, I have to work (story of my retail life!) but go on and enjoy for ya girl! 😉 Learn more about the speakers and get your tickets at glamladiesnyc.eventbrite.com xoxo Toia B.
On Saturday, September 13th, the Let Your Hair Down Expo returns to Brooklyn, NY, where it all began! The largest natural hair care expo to hit the home of the Brownstones hits Sanders Studio with KinkyCurlyCoilyMe! Editor-In-Chief Jenell Stewart serving as host for its third installment. I was honored to be a part of the blogger panel at the first LYHD Expo back in 2012 and was thoroughly impressed with the turnout and amount of vendors and activities to be enjoyed. Fully aware of the challenges presented at last year’s event due to the high demand, organizer Candace Kelley proactively implemented some changes this time around: (1) the day will be broken down into two 4-hour sessions, allowing two different groups to enjoy this highly anticipated event and (2) there will be a cap on tickets, which means… purchase yours early!! Attendees will enjoy an amazing vendor marketplace, interactive workshops featuring hair care professionals Felicia Leatherwood, Tameeka McNeil-Johnson and Diane Bailey as well as free main-stage activities and workshops with trichologist Tiffany Anderson, Karen Tappin of Karen’s Body Beautiful and more! Don’t wait! Get your tickets here! xoxo Toia B.
Listen up naturalistas of the DMV! The second annual Naturalista Hair Show is coming with a two-day show in downtown Silver Spring, MD at the DoubleTree Hotel on Saturday August 2nd and Sunday August 3rd. Brought to you by N Natural Hair Studio, this event is geared to be epic with a slew of workshops and panel discussions with topics ranging from the business of beauty blogging to protective styling to the male perspective on natural hair. “The Naturalista Hair Show is a showcase and celebration of the coming age of the modern naturalista. We’re standing on the backs of the women who came before us and looking out at a promising future. This expo teaches women of color how to care for their natural hair and live healthy lives while embracing the right to remain fabulous. Its a BIG deal ! It’s a DOPE celebration!” Are you ‘N’? Get your tickets here! xoxo Toia B.
Hello New Jersey naturals! I’m so excited to tell you about this event going down on Sunday, November 16th brought to you by my girl, natural hair care pro Simeko Watkins-Hartley of Meko, New York Natural Hair Care Spa & Boutique. Simeko’s latest endeavor, The Natural Hair Care Coach, will be a natural’s destination for styling help and we’re celebrating its launch at The Suite Spot in Montclair, NJ. The event will include LIVE demos, giveaways, hair trivia, musical entertainment and much more! I have the privilege of being a special guest host for the evening! Eeek! PLUS, my homie, MUA Melanie Brown of Kurls, Stilettos & Lipstick will be doing a live makeup demo and offering FREE eyebrow shaping to all VIP guests! This is going to be SO MUCH FUN! Space is limited and NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR so head here to get yours NOW! See you there! xoxo Toia B.
On Sunday, August 17th, bloggers, natural hair enthusiasts and hair care veterans, all decked out in white, gathered for the Masters Brunch at the Moran Victorian Mansion in Bed Stuy Brooklyn. I had the great privilege of being among them. This year’s theme: The Natural Hair Revolution, Present and Future.
Locs Revolution is doing it again with the second annual Loc Appreciation Day event, The Art of Revolution. The festivities are going down Saturday, June 28th 2014 at the DiMenna Center in New York City. Hosting this time around is vlogger, actress, graphic designer and comedian Franchesca Ramsey aka Chescaleigh. This year’s keynote speaker is Isis “Naturally Isis” Brantley of The Institute for Ancestral Hair Braiding. She’ll be joined by blogger extraordinaire, award-winning writer, humorist and digital strategist Luvvie Ajayi. A ten-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a respected entertainment and humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to life’s random adventures. Also on deck is speaker and performing artist Shaun Derik. Having witnessed his talents at a past event, I can honestly agree that through his dynamic delivery, those in attendance leave Shaun’s presentations feeling motivated and ready to take on the world. Maria Thompson, owner of Twist and Curves joins the crew for #LADNYC2014. As a Licensed Cosmetologist and an Artistic Master Braid Designer and Educator for the past 35 years, she brings much experience and know-how to the table. Locs Revolution’s Niyya Tenée has really gathered some amazing folks so grab your tickets here before midnight or purchase at the door for a few bucks more. Will you be there?!