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CURLVOLUTION 2015:  A Curly Revolution!

CURLVOLUTION 2015: A Curly Revolution!

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I don’t often travel South of the Thamesso enthusiastically, but the promise of meeting Jenell B Stewart of Kinky Curly Coily Meand hair expert,Felicia Leatherwood(whose Instagram accounts I have been known to scroll through for hours), had me skipping all the way to the Canary Wharf’s Hilton Hotel. It was refreshing to see a man fully immersed in the natural hair community; Action Jackson was an excellent host. His interpretation of the dialogue around 'loving yourself from the inside' and, consequently, embracing your crowning glory; was nothing short of uplifting.

Neecie and Elle of Natural Hair Daily

Neecie and Elle of Natural Hair Daily

While I did not manage to attend all of the workshops, I did hear excellent reviews about the ‘Business of Blogging’ seminar, and I did get a taster of Felicia Leatherwood’s 'Hair Care and Styling' talk.  I also really enjoyed Jenell Stewart’s talk entitled ‘Being natural isn’t easy but you can survive’.  For me, the stand out moment of the day was during Stewart’s talk.  An attendee stood up to ask a question, but took the opportunity to first acknowledge her sister; a talented mobile hairdresser who was too shy to shout out for herself when talk turned to stylists.  In that moment, with Jenell's encouragement, the stylist (@NatzDT) gained a room full of new Instagram followers and enough business to keep her going for a year! Contrary to the title, moments like these suggest that we naturals don’t just survive, we embrace and empower each other too.

Curlvolution 2015

Curlvolution 2015

The marketplace offered the chance to explore new brands and improve knowledge, but it did something more; it provided the opportunity to meet the people behind the brands, namely Joycelyn of Afrocenchixand Melissa Sinclair, the all-round lovely lady and founder of Big Hair. I jumped at the chance to familiarise myself brands such as Sheabutter Cottage and Fashion Fair(where I had my lipstick done) plus I learned all about the benefits of silk and satin pillowcases and headscarves from Ayamour.

AfroNoire's editor, Deborah Marie and I had the opportunity to snap some of the women in attendance who graciously and excitedly shared their favourite thing to do with their hair!

Lailah Bilah, Filmmaker Favourite thing to do with hair: moisturise!

Lailah Bilah, Filmmaker Favourite thing to do with hair: moisturise!

Zoeena, Salon Owner Favourite thing to do with hair: set hair and use castor oil on edges.

Zoeena, Salon Owner Favourite thing to do with hair: set hair and use castor oil on edges.

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Julita, Hairstylist, Events Manager Favourite thing to do with hair: everything, from faux locs to a level 1!

Julita, Hairstylist, Events Manager Favourite thing to do with hair: everything, from faux locs to a level 1!

Renee Daniella, Lifestyle, Fashion & Travel Blogger at ownbyfemme.com Favourite thing to do with hair: make hair as big as humanly possible!

Renee Daniella, Lifestyle, Fashion & Travel Blogger at ownbyfemme.com Favourite thing to do with hair: make hair as big as humanly possible!

Kareen, Associate Favourite thing to do with hair: fluff it out into an afro.

Kareen, Associate Favourite thing to do with hair: fluff it out into an afro.

Sheckinah, Student Favourite thing to do with hair: colour it!

Sheckinah, Student Favourite thing to do with hair: colour it!

Jay (left), Pharmaceutical Recruiter / Blogger Favourite thing to do with hair: wash-n-go Tri (right), TV Production at ITV / Favourite thing to do with hair: pick it out into an afro and make it huge!

Jay (left), Pharmaceutical Recruiter / Blogger Favourite thing to do with hair: wash-n-go Tri (right), TV Production at ITV / Favourite thing to do with hair: pick it out into an afro and make it huge!

Grace, Beauty Marketing Assistant Favourite thing to do with hair:deep conditioning 

Grace, Beauty Marketing Assistant Favourite thing to do with hair:deep conditioning 

Gina, Blogger & Receptionist & Creative Favourite thing to do with hair:Hide it [at the moment]

Gina, Blogger & Receptionist & Creative Favourite thing to do with hair:Hide it [at the moment]

Nibi Lawson Favourite thing to do with hair:Wear it out in a braid-out and keep it moisturised

Nibi Lawson Favourite thing to do with hair:Wear it out in a braid-out and keep it moisturised

Vanessa, Mother Favourite thing to do with hair:Detangling hair with Aphrodite hair steamer and wearing it in a twist-out

Vanessa, Mother Favourite thing to do with hair:Detangling hair with Aphrodite hair steamer and wearing it in a twist-out

Bumi, Solicitor Favourite thing to do with hair:Every, colouring and cutting!

Bumi, Solicitor Favourite thing to do with hair:Every, colouring and cutting!

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Lola Akingbola, Medical Doctor & Author Favourite thing to do with hair:Leave it alone!!

Lola Akingbola, Medical Doctor & Author Favourite thing to do with hair:Leave it alone!!

Simone, Corporate Travel Consultant Favourite thing to do with hair:Braiding and plaiting into nice styles and keeping it moisturised

Simone, Corporate Travel Consultant Favourite thing to do with hair:Braiding and plaiting into nice styles and keeping it moisturised

Monique, Student Favourite thing to do with hair:Twist out with Shea Decadence!

Monique, Student Favourite thing to do with hair:Twist out with Shea Decadence!

Curlvolution 2015 was a triumph, so make sure you don't miss out next year.

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