I had never been to a natural hair event before last Saturday’s Naturally Redefined Expo in Delaware. I had no idea what to expect, but I must say that the event was an uplifting, empowering and fun affair!
The Naturally Redefined Expo was hosted by Twyanda Howie and Akira Grenardo of Delaware Naturalistas.
The expo was saddled with vendors of all types (hair companies, health specialists, cultural apparel, body care, accessories etc.) and a full day of workshops and live entertainment. What struck me was just how beautiful it was to witness so many women unafraid to don their natural tresses. In a world obsessed with straight hair, it was empowering to see that I was not alone. Knowing it is one thing, but being thrust into the midst of it is quite another.
Of course, there was also entertainment, but I missed a good portion of the ‘verses and flow’ as well as the dance performances because I arrived a little late (4.5 hours in traffic!) and I needed to head back stage with the rest of the bloggers before our panel.
In true naturalista fashionista form, I joined the slew of other trendy bloggers in an edgy ensemble.
For a short visual recap, please watch the following video:
The men also had a panel about their thoughts on natural hair. While ours was conventional and informative, the men were entertaining and sometimes combative (in a comical way). I think it’s safe to say that the take-away there was: ladies, if you’re going to go on a natural hair journey, you don’t need permission from your man, but it’s polite to give them a head’s up. 😉
The giveaway portion of the day was as heart-wrenching as it was exciting. I didn’t win anything (such is my luck), but the hosts were gracious enough to give away goodies to those ladies who looked so despondent one might think they were about to jump off the nearest building. Of course this led to humorous enactments of ladies feigning distress in hopes of circumventing the small chance of their raffle numbers being called. Which led to the unexpected move by vendors sending more and more trinkets up to the stage to satisfy the crowd. By the end of it all, I STILL didn’t win anything. I guess I need to up my acting skills. But no matter–the panelists received a goody bag from a few vendors, and I certainly went to town supporting the teeming group of black small business owners who turned out (be sure to stay tuned for upcoming product reviews!).
As the expo closed down, a number of the bloggers/vloggers and vendors headed over to the Christiana Hilton for the Pajama N Puff After-Mixer where people turned out in the cutest pajama ensembles from matching “his and hers” outfits to adult animal onesies.
There was food, wine, and even a lipstick bar:
The next morning was the perfect send off with a delicious brunch at the host hotel. We played natural hair games, mingled, and just had fun. Karen Tapin (CEO of Karen’s Body Beautiful) even had an impromptu trunk show (like hittin’ the streets style) right out of the trunk of her car!
If natural hair events are like this one, I will definitely be attending more in the future. If you didn’t get to go, I hope you enjoyed the recap and looking forward to seeing you at the next one!
Peace, Love, and Live Life Full,