Sorry this post is super delayed! We wanted to release content from the Naturalista Hair Show shortly after we attended the show but we were busy with travel, moving and getting our website together! But, as we promised, here is our review of the show!
On September 16th, 2017 we attended the 5th annual Naturalista Hair Show (NHS) in Silver Spring, Maryland. The hair show was created by the talented Angela Walker, owner of N Natural Hair Studio Salon located in Silver Spring, MD. When we came across the event on instagram we immediately got excited, we were even more excited when we found out our good friend, Deborah Martins, would be hosting a couple panels at the event.
Seeing so many beautiful, fearless, confident women come together at one event was so powerful and motivational. As naturalista’s we get a lot of backlash for wearing natural kinks and curls, dreads and braids, so it’s important that we support events that shine light on how beautiful we are being our natural selves. Aside from the NHS being a motivational event promoting healthy hair and self-love, it was an outlet for various self made business owners to showcase their work. We loved walking through the event and seeing food vendors, florist, handmade organic beauty products, apparel and accessories produced specifically by local black owned businesses.
When it came to the hair vendors we were very happy with the selection, they had booths from top name brands such as Uncle Funky’s Daughter and Camille Rose Naturals. I don’t know about you guys but we tend to be really picky when it comes to hair products, it takes a lot out of us to try different things because once we get a good routine we don’t want to mess it up (lol). All the brand ambassadors were very friendly and knowledgeable of the products, so we were pretty eager to try something new!
We thought it was creative how the show was split up between day and night. During the day the featured popular social media influencers and health advocates speak about various topics. The blogger panel had well-known naturalista bloggers @HazelGoddess, @Kiitana and @Ronkeraji. The after show was strictly 21 and up and showcased sip & paint, salsa dancing, men’s grooming services, speed dating, men’s panel and various musical performances. In the main room, the hilarious Jasmin Brown, also known as @WatchJazzy on instagram, hosted the night time activities. Motivational speaker/relationship guru Derrick Jaxn, participated in the Men’s panel and dropped some major knowledge! We’re so mad we weren’t able to capture the the Men’s panel, our memory card was full! Anyways, there were a multitude of activities to participate in! We found the after show to be very entertaining because it felt like one big party! While we were on our way out the door to leave the event, volunteers handed us complimentary goodie bags filled with quality samples from Shea Moisture, Palmers and Lotta Body!
Overall, our experience was really amazing, and there is no doubt that we will be attending the next show! Our only suggestion in regards to the event would be to have the event at a bigger venue in order to properly spread out all the activities.This is such a large scale event, we feel they are deserving of more space in order to accommodate all their guest. This concludes our review, we hope to see all you naturalistas at the next show! If any of you all went to the show give us your thoughts!
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