5 Highlights: Keenya Kelly Presents Return of the Curls Richmond VA

I spend this past weekend with lots of naturals at a great event:
Return of the Curls
, ‘Taming The Beast Curly Hair Expo and Fashion Show’.

Five Highlights…

One – The Pre-Event
Friday, Shea Moisture hosted a pre-event: ‘A Transition to Wellness’ featuring Imani Dawson (Tribe Called Curl), Jenell Stewart (kinkycurlynoilyme.com) and celebrity stylist Diane Bailey. The event was informative to say the least.

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During the event, I chatted with fellow Richmonder, event organizer Keenya Kelly. Ms. Kelly is a transplant from Kentucky.  Her company Keenya Kelly, LLC is dedicated to helping inspire and empower individuals to a place of physical health, self-esteem and spirituality by proving events that meet those objectives.

Two – Speakers

Lady Kinnks and Beautiful Brown Baby Doll

It was also excited to meet Youtuber: BeautifulBrwnBabyDol aka Nina Ellis-Hervey, Pd.D who traveled all the way from Texas.  A fellow fan interrupted our conversation, almost in tears, voice cracking with excitement.  She wanted to let BeautifulBrwnBabyDol know how much of an inspiration she had been to her over the years.

While Nina exuded confidence, she was very gracious, and just as nice as can be!  She has even inspired me (very lazy worker-outer) to start a routine.  I loved how Nina expressed the importance of being your own cheerleader.  Even if you have to fake it until you make it!

Jessi from Jessi Curl

Before BeautifulBrwnBabyDol, Jessi from Jessicurl hosted a demo on defining your curls.  She was hilarious – but knows her curly stuff.  She cautioned everyone not to use terry cloth towels, but to use a micro fiber towel (or t-shirt) instead.

Three – Shopping

Taming the Beast Vendors

I can not deny that I have struggled with my new hometown (okay not so new-five year hometown) Richmond Virgina.  This weekend really showed the great entrepreneurship spirit of our capital city.

Farasue’s Garden’s booth was always full with visitors. They were super friendly and informative. They have a hair fertilizer laced with tea tea tree oil and rosemary all dedicated to scalp health and hair growth.

Brown Sugar Naturals has an entire line of beauty products. The soaps smelled delicious! (I snagged two)

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Four – Fashion

OMGosh – there was so many cute curlies!  It seemed like everyone rocked their own style, and creative beautiful natural hair dos!

I had to miss the fashion show (due to work), however Returnofthecurls instagram kept me informed

Return of the Curls Instagram

Last, but not least

Who doesn’t love free stuff? I received a gift bag with lots of goodies and coupons for more goodies– yay me!

The next Return of the Curls next event is the Holiday Trunk Show – Sunday November 18, 2012.  Will I see you there?