From curly to kinky, teenie weenie afros (short) to full length lion manes, the natural hair community has taken the world by storm. The Caribbean, which never disappoints, has kept consistent with the trends of the world and their own region, adding their own unique flavor to spice up each and every popular fashion or craze. The month of July came and went with a bang, with an event like no other to grace the country of Jamaica with style and class — this was the annual Caribbean Natural Hair Show.
I love my hair because it’s a reflection of my soul. It’s dense, it’s kinky, it’s soft, it’s textured, it’s difficult, it’s easy and it’s fun. That’s why I love my hair.” – Tracee Ellis Ross
The Jamaica Pegasus’ Montego Bay Suite came alive with naturalistas and natural hair lovers alike, all with a thirst for knowledge of how-to’s ranging from a full haul regarding their hair texture maintenance and products to use, to just a little touch-up on their already successful hair care regimen.
LOC’D (Facebook.com/LOC’D) and Island Naturals (Facebook.com/islandnaturals) both encourage black women to fully love their kinks, curls, coils and locks without the need for relaxers or weaves. The both organizations pride themselves in being an information hub for hair care maintenance, skin care and diet, black consciousness and inspirational Caribbean topics and trends. They cater especially to the natural hair community, the afro centric community and the locked community. LOC’D identify that they are in fact the home of locs, and their motto is ‘Rock it, own it, love it.’
The event lasted a full Sunday afternoon packed with exciting sessions, booths and hair gurus lending advice to the most difficult of hair types. Natural hair goddesses came out in their numbers throughout the day and buzzed in and around the hour-long presentations; most of which seeking knowledge for their various needs. Each session was well attended and very informative. Guest speakers presented on a wide range of topics including hair, of course, skin, love, the body and even the science behind our beautiful black hair.
The sessions started at 12:30 with Hair demos and tips with Crème of Nature’s beauty expert and master educator Mrs. Pat Grant-Williams, followed by Mi Hungry’s Eating for beautiful hair and skin workshop. Later on, the renowned and beautiful Nerissa Neferteri presented on Love, Health and Sex at 2 pm while showcasing her products from NeNeOrganics and NatuRotica. Natural Hair 101 with the Natural Hair Nstitute in Washington DC’s very own Angela Walker also gave an informative session on the do’s and don’ts of being a naturalista while hair and scalp expert Dr. Llorenia Muir-Green presented on the Science of Black Hair. The rest of the evening was wrapped up by a Natural Hair Show and Fashion Show inspired by African roots and was well received by the patrons.
Jus Natural Hair Studio was another highlight of the event, with their showcase of a plethora of natural hairstyles for natural tresses, they did demos for braid outs, twist outs and the renowned afro (both traditional and with a modern twist). Catering to all types of hair, Jus Natural Hair left not one texture of hair length feeling excluded. The intended audience for the day’s proceedings received their booth quite well; they had many great reviews about the company throughout and well after the function.
Not to mention that even those who did not come for the hair products stayed for the jewelry, health foods, styling demos, customized t-shirts and/or books which were all reasonably priced and creatively showcased for viewing; there was really something for everyone. Their sponsors certainly did not disappoint as they came out in their numbers with products of every naturalista’s dream. Crème of Nature, ORS-Curls Unleashed, The Natural Hair Nstitute and Jus Natural Hair Studio were the major sponsors.
Be Alexandra Daley