What is International Natural Hair Meetup Day, you ask?
It’s only THE biggest natural hair event ever.
Here’s the scoop straight from the source:
The International Natural Hair Meetup Day is an annual one-day event. Its purpose is to allow the opportunity for women across the country to meet in their own communities while networking, sharing and meeting (virtually) other women across the country participating in meetups on the same day. Natural hair meetups are events designed to share information, techniques, inspiration and products to aid individuals in their natural hair journey.
Cool idea, no?
Welp, with all that said, I’ve jotted down a few practical reasons you may wanna attend an International Natural Hair Meetup Day event in your area!
Because You’re a Natural Hair Newbie
This whole natural hair resurgence came around something like seven years ago or so (give or take) but there are girls and women doing the big chop every day… or something close to it. If you listen closely, you can hear the snipping off of some relaxed ends right now. 😉
These events are often organized with you newbies in mind. All of the INHMD events I’ve attended over the years include at least one type of hair styling demo and you will usually receive product education. There are resources right on-site to help you navigate that beautiful mane of yours so you can stay the course!
Because You’re a Natural Hair Vet
You may feel that there’s no reason for you to go to one of these if you’ve been natural forever. But even if you’ve never had a relaxer or having been rocking your kinks and curls since before this all became a “thing”, your attendance plays a big role!
You can offer inspiration, tips and a word of encouragement with both new girls and those who have been wearing their natural texture for some time but are confused. You can help that girl who’s itching to go back to the crack… creamy crack!
There’s Always Something You Can Learn
Really, no matter how long you’ve been wearing and caring for your natural hair, there will be some term you’ve probably never heard or a new styling technique you’ve never seen or gotten a chance to learn. I guarantee you’ll walk away with something useful that you can share with a friend, your sister-cousin or your mama annem.
You Can Find that Perfect Product!
I hear women all the time say that they just haven’t found that product or hair care brand that has given them the results they desire. Well, y’all already know I preach healthy hair starting from within, but I understand how it can be dealing with styling products that just don’t do it for you.
At your local International Natural Hair Meetup Day event, you’ll be exposed to a number of brands with products to help you twist, coil and braid your way to a beautiful head of hair! Often times the brand owners are right there to help you with info on ingredients and application so you can get the most out of the products.
If you receive a swag bag, you’ll have a nice set of samplers to get a taste of new products without the buyer’s remorse.
Meeting Your Favorite Bloggers, Vloggers & Stylists
Okay, so, this reason isn’t so much “practical” as it is just a cool extra.
Because INHMD event organizers often invite local popular influencers to their events as special guests, you’ll get the opportunity to chat with them outside of social media. Awesome, right?
Many just get a ticket and come on down to enjoy all the festivities with their fellow curlfriends!
Either way, feel free to get your fangirl on and snap a few usies with your faves as you mix and mingle.
SHOP, SHOP, SHOP!
Besides the obvious hair care products, you can find all kinds of goodies being sold at these events from earrings to tee shirts to head wraps… you name it! So get your coins ready and support the local businesses that will be out in full force vending at your local meetup.
Catch my adventures at the DMV Int’l Natural Hair Meetup Day event back in 2013!
So, Where Are Events Happening?!
To find out where an event is going on in your area click this link right here.
Here in NYC, it’s all going down in my neck of the woods at the Brooklyn Sheraton!
Sabrina of Natural Partners in Crime has pulled out all the stops and is featuring over 30 brands and business for your shopping pleasure PLUS presentations by three beautiful female entrepreneurs for you to enjoy.
If you’re in the area, I look forward to seeing you there. Be sure to come say hello. I don’t bite (usually).
Have you ever attended an International Natural Hair Meetup Day event? Will you be attending one in your town this year? Chime in below!
*photos: Nicole Modestin Photography (INHMD 2014)