If you’re in Abuja this Saturday May 31, make it a date to be at Baytown Lounge for Capital Naturals 3! Details in the flyer below.
Naturals in The City 8 is coming to you Lagos beauties on June 28, and on that same day, Locitude presents the first Locs Appreciation Day in Nigeria! There’ll be more information about these events in a bit, but if you’ve never been to a Natural Hair meet-up, you may be wondering “Abeg, why? What for?”
I’ve been to Capital Naturals, Naturals In The City 6 (both hosted by Natural Nigerian) and The Great Kinky Hair Christmas Affair (organised by The Kinky Apothecary, Klassy Kinks and Geraldine The Great), and I’m definitely a lover of these gatherings and so I’m going to tell you why.
1. OMG CURLIES!! REAL LIFE HAIRSPIRATION!
I know, I know, sometimes it feels like lush hair only exists on the internet. If you’ve ever felt alone in your hair journey, going to a Natural hair meet-up will clear your doubts. If you’re a newbie natural, a transitioner, or your kinks are becoming too much to handle, I think this’ll be good for you. Seeing kinky sistas will inspire you, encourage you on your hair journey, remind you that good hair isn’t magic. Feel free to ask about how a style was achieved, don’t be shy to ask that girl to give you the dish on her regimen. Any hair issues? Just ask.
The main point of these hair meet-ups I believe, is to educate. To get you closer to healthy hair, to get you at least start thinking about healthier hair. There will be hair talk, presentations, and the opportunity to ask all the questions you want after. 🙂
3. NEW PEOPLE!
This Afrikan Butterfly is not a very social butterfly. Seriously. I’m that girl that you may never hear her voice except she’s with her people, or until she gets to know you a little, or it’s absolutely necessary that I speak up. Let me just say that meeting new people usually sounds great to me only in theory. If you’re an extrovert, you’ve got nothing to worry about. If you aren’t, I’m here to say you don’t need to sweat it either. Everyone you meet at a hair meet-up is there for the same purpose as you, to talk hair. There will be warmth, and laughter, don’t be shy to reach out to the next person, to blend into the conversations, take photos. There’ll be plenty to compliment, so be generous with the wash-wash. Perfect icebreaker.
Natural hair events are a great place to shop. There’ll be plenty on display- hair products, hair accessories, and even beauty products, clothing, food- anything, really, depending on who’s organising. For once, you won’t have to worry about delivery costs. Be ready to shop, but hold yourself please. It’s SO easy to go over budget 😉 Whether you shop or not, be sure to get business cards. You may need the vendors’ info later.
Are you a hair or beauty blogger? Do you sell hair products or are you interested in starting a hair-related business? Hair meet-ups are the best place for you to connect with other like minds, and this is just wonderful in itself. Networking here could also be a tool to make valuable connections for the future. And if for nothing at all, it’s just nice to say hello properly, to faces you just know over the internet. 🙂
6. EVERYONE IS INVITED. YES, REALLY!
Natural hair meet-ups are not for kinky-curly girlies alone. There will be no talk of relaxers here, but that’s just as far as it goes. Good hair is healthy hair, and this is the aim. Come show off your relaxed tresses, lay your slick weave down for the gods, no one is going to bite you. Natural, Relaxed, Transitioning, Hair Curious, just drop by, you’re welcome to gain something.
7. FREE ENTRY!
Who doesn’t love osho free? Capital Naturals 3 does not require any fees or tickets from you to enter. So, I don’t know why you should be dulling. On the other hand, if tickets are being sold for meet-ups in your city, that’s not a reason to run oh. That’s definitely not money wasted.
So, what do you say ladies? Have you been to any meet-ups in the past? Especially in Nigeria. What are your thoughts? Are you a fan of hair meet-ups? Why or why not?