I got my hair styled.
Not “done”, because my hair does not need fixing, and is not broken.
Chaundra Lockstar styled my hair of Naturals Salon.
Here is the pic she posted of my new do …
During my styling, Chaundra mentioned her work was featured at 1708 Gallery until March 8, 2014 but a special event would take place with special guests Bill Gaskins and juror A’Lelia Bundles.
When I arrived at the event, I was overwhelmed with joy. While I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, it exceeded my expectations.
See, creator Sonya Clark of The Hair Craft Project displayed the art of hair in a unique way. She used word of mouth to find stylist to style her own hair. Her head was the canvas. She took it a step further by giving each of the artist a canvas with with hand stitched threads to manipulate into a design.
The Starting Canvas..
The 1708 gallery states:
The Hair Craft Project is based on the premise that hairdressing is the primordial textile art form—hairdressing is the earliest manipulation of fiber toward an aesthetic and functional purpose.
Some of the stylists creations…
More on the Presenters and artist in next post…
What does the truth mean to you?
For me, the truth means finding an inner peace. Our event on April 20th, used natural hair as a vehicle to help others find their own inner peace through self acceptance.
Our intimate brunch started with networking, socializing and sharing stories of growth and transition.
Lots, Lots of Giveaways!
Special thanks to…
…gift boxes from My Sistahs Keeper
…gift bags by Adiva Naturals
…Black Earth Products loot bags filled with sample products
…The Rasta Group for tees, full size products and samples
…Dramas of a Bald Head Queen
Of course we gave away Kinnks Totes!
Very Special thanks, love and appreciation to our presenters!!
Our fabulous presenters dropped serious facts, opinion and knowledge to the Brown women in the room.
Angela Elizabeth shared The Scientific Truth About Hair.
Our bodies are made of millions of cells, and need to be nourished accordingly.
Kenyada was all about The Truth about being a Naturalista. She discussed the importance of staying grounded and being aware of “crutches” you may use to hide your insecurities. Your strongest hair is around your crown. Around your CROWN!
Nadira provided the last presentation discussing The Truth about hair products. liontress32 summed up Nadira’s product ingredients dos and donts nicely on her blog Whimsoulcal.
M Bistro served fabulous culinary expressions. I had cheesy Shrimp N Grits.
I definitely need to go back and have them again!
Forgive me, i have not been completely clear about the intentions for The Truth Brunch.
See, it does not matter WHY or WHEN you went natural. It does even matter if you hair labeled 4b, 9a, nappy, curly or kinnky. It doesn’t even matter how you style or rock your twist, or twa.
What IS important, is that going natural CAN be an internal transition.
The internal transition is an on-going process, but it starts with three basic acknowledgments.
Science of Hair – How does your diet effect your hair growth? Is there a magic product that will define my curl pattern? How is important is my hair type? Do I really need a stylist’s advice about my hair?
History of Hair – Why do we “go” natural, when is the way we are born? What did it mean 5, 30, or 100 years ago to be seen with tight coils? Does wearing a relaxer in 2013 mean you are trying to assimilate?
Embracing Your Hair – Did I go natural for myself or others? Did I go natural because i wanted (fill in the blanks) hair, and not my own?
On April 20th, the truth brunch is focusing on Acknowledgment #1. The truth about hair through facts. Facts from highly knowledgeable, Richmond based women who know their stuff!
Angela Elizabeth, Holistic Health Practitioner, Biologist, Herbalist, & Educator of the Holistic Sciences will discuss The Science of Hair.
Kenyada, is a Virginia licensed cosmetologist, instructor and blogger focusing on the care of natural hair will discuss The Truth About Being a Naturalista.
Oh yeah, and me Lady Kinnks, the facilitator.
Our goal is to provide a forum of facts to debunk myths. To get you back to self discovery through your own hair and history.
I am guilty of not staying on track with what is important about rocking my own natural crown. I have asked myself, “If only my hair…”
That is why it was so important for us to create a forum that takes us back to what is important. Internal growth. The truth is, we’re using hair as a subject – but it is much deeper than hair.
Thank you to for your emails, and messages – ticket sales have been extended until Wednesday 4/17/2013.
Peace, Love & Shea Butter
Kenyada continues to host Sassy Saturday every month. This month – she definitely out did her self by featuring an organic vegan meal, health workshop and private salsa lesson.
Maat of Vegi-Luv provided a fabulous meal of The Queens Beans with a side Jasmine Rice, Live RGB Kale Salad and Cornbread. (Best corn bread ever). Maat explained how the ancestors guide her hands through her Vegan cooking experiences. She was also awarded Vegan Iron Chef Richmond!! Maat is a private chef that offers her services as far as New York. Side note: The next day I tried making some vegan corn bread and it tasted worst than cardboard
Angela Baker is a biology professor AND owner of The Holistic Academy. She blew my mind with her health education and overview of her services. Angela faced several health issues, and with the guidance of Dr. Africa’s, and a vegan diet was healed of her ailments within a year. Since reading By Any Greens Necessary by Tracye McQuirter I am constantly reminded of the health benefits of “going green”. Angela provides workshops, boot camps, and special blends of herbs! Did I mention I received a goodie bags?
After we ate with our mouths and minds – we headed upstairs for Salsa lessons. While I can pretend to salsa dance all day – I find the lessons challenging to my lack of two step coordination. Despite my performance anxiety – I had a good old time! After the hour long lesson, our teacher performed a number!
What a Saturday, thanks Kenyada for coordinating an awesome event!
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’.
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.
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
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!
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
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)
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
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?