Afro Amour (once we got talking we eventually kick-started our memory banks and remembered we once worked at the same firm some years ago lol talk about a small world).
Natural Sisters. She talked about her journey and gave some details on hair maintenance - the one thing that stayed with me was the effect of milk on the body right up to its effects on the scalp resulting in itching and sometimes dandruff. Ruth spoke about how no matter what she did, her scalp had no dandruff but was always itching. That was until a discussion with a friend let her to stopping dairy - her beloved friend's advise. She hasn't looked back and the itching stopped. (more was said about this from the panel discussion and I have certainly heard it before and as you know, we know what we need to do to be healthy but we just don't do it). The audience was all ears thirsty for more.
Asili founded by the lovely Jolly Mokorosi (she had her hair styled as well by Ijeoma - see pics below). It has bees wax which I have heard about and what I liked is that it is mixed with the usual key ingredients such as Shea Butter and coconut oil. South Africans we rock!
I was really touched and inspired by Lethabo Nyathi of the Sari for Change organisation who specialises in up-cycling donated and/or used Sari's into various other garments by training unemployed women...they had some really pretty pieces hence the term up-scaling (: South Africans we rock indeed!
The beautiful Ijeoma Eboh of Klassy Kinks a Nigerian based in the USA and changing perceptions across the globe demonstrated 3 hairstyles on varying lengths of hair. I was looking forward to especially meeting her and she is graceful as she is humble. She gave a really good tip on what to do if you are travelling and have forgotten your silk/satin headscarf...spray your hair with a little water, if dry and required, and then cover your hair with a plastic or plastic shower cap (most hotels will have these) and then cover with any scarf you have. Your hair is protected AND she managed to maintain the moisture of her hair for the duration of her stay. Look at that fro.
Above:Ijeoma and the gorgeous Dineo Malembe of Earth Hair
Above: Ijeoma and Jolly
Look at that Fro - curly hair GROWS!
Maxine Jafta gave some really good tips on fashion and our fro's. (I thought I knew her from somewhere then whilst going through some pics I realised that I had seen her at the FroParty held earlier this month). Maxine also gave some guidance on always ensuring our Fro's especially in corporate, should be at least neat, even just the front of the hair should be neat - I understood clearly where she was coming from but some in the audience were ready to pounce lol and I get where they were coming from - our fro's are the way they are and if we are to embrace them in freedom then we let them be as they are, all free and fabulous. My take is if we can make sure our weaves and relaxed hair are always neat especially in the front of the hair THEN why not our Fro...and its not so much making it neat for others but just not looking like we just rolled out of bed and still having bits of blanket in our fro. Yes some fros are what they are but it is hard enough as it is having to face all the naysayers about us embracing us so why not love our fros and show that love. We wash our fros and love our fro, investing time and effort and how about just making sure they are as good as they really are.
Above: the Fashion Guru Maxine Jafta
There were giveaways and goody bags and some food and juice if you were early enough and the event closed off with a panel discussion with the speakers where questions were answered and various comments made. A fun and informative afternoon. Heres to more from the lovely Margaret Chandia who made it happen.
Above: Ijeoma and Margaret Chandia
Above:The Panel - Living Hair Dictionaries
Above: Me and the passionate Sharifa Shongwe aka Jozi4C
Above: Me, Portia and Karabo of Afro Amour
Above: Me, Portia and Shereen of Nubian Nature
Above:Me and the glamorous Matlhodi
Above:Me and the Super Woman Jolly of Asili
What was in the Goody Bag
More Selfies lol
Listen to your heart - Listen to your Hair