- Connie (Wild Haired Mavens)
- April Kyte
LA Curly Girls was founded by Lydia Boyd in Los Angeles, CA. Created with bringing together the natural hair community in LA in mind, it grew to acclaim as one of the largest and strongest groups dedicated to fostering unity and sisterhood among naturals through two words: “Meet Up”. In 2012, International Natural Hair Meet Up Day (INHMD) was born to allow naturals all across the world to network, collaborate and celebrate with each other on one accord–on the same day!
This year, the 2nd annual INHMD will be on May 18, 2013 and we are excited to team up with the LA Curly Girls to offer you the chance to win tickets to attend the International Natural Hair Meet Up Day in Los Angeles!
Two (2) lucky PJ’s will win:
Restrictions: You must be at least 21 years of age to enter
1. Follow LA Curly Girls on Twitter
2. Become a part of our community and register at Platinum Product Junkies forum. Leave your screen name in the comment section below to count as your entry! So we can get to know you better, don’t forget to introduce yourself . We’ll be waiting for you.
To earn additional entries:
The giveaway is open to EVERYONE (21 or older). Contest winners have 24 hours to respond to email notification (please double check your email in the comment section).
This past weekend Nefertiti, Shawny, and I attended the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta and had a BLAST. We shopped, reconnected with old PJ’s (and created a few new ones), met lots of vendors and talked shop with many of them about current and new products! We had such a good time, that it has taken SEVERAL days for me to recover and finally get this post up (so please excuse my delay). As expected we each have a bit of a different perspective on how the World Natural Hair Show (WNHS) went overall, but we did agree on several things.
A few things occurred on the way to the hair show and once we entered the arena that we’d like to talk about as constructive criticism which we hope can be used to make a great event even better for next year.
Overall, the good as always outweighed the not so good, but it wasn’t as great a show as last year. There is always an understanding that despite this being one of the largest shows in the world, it’s not infallible, but we hope that it will continue to be a work in progress.
Of course, we’ll be there next year– with bells on!! We promise to bring more t-shirts too. They were certainly a hit!
Now for the pics!
We came, we saw, we left in an hour. Our experience at this year’s Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo can be summed up in one word: RATCHET. Seriously, I don’t even know where to begin because it was all just too ridiculous for words. Let me start this tragic tale at the beginning.
Picture it, a bright sunny yet cold and windy Saturday in March. Shawny and I head into Baltimore without any problem (thank you traffic gods for favor!). We found PERFECT street parking, hit the ATM, and head to the ticket booth to purchase our tickets. At this point, we’re excited but that enthusiasm was soon dashed.
STRIKE 1: Tickets were $20. The World Natural Hair Show (WNHS) in Atlanta is 10x the size of this show and only charges $10 for tickets. The venue is larger, there are more vendors, and the show deals are better. Now, $20 isn’t a lot, but it did raise my eyebrow and put me on high alert. As soon as I entered the exhibit hall, I just KNEW this wasn’t going to be a good experience.
STRIKE 2: The Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo started at 11am. We arrived at noon. Only ½ of the vendors had set up and were ready for business. About ¼ were still unpacking and setting up and the last ¼ hadn’t even arrived yet.
STRIKE 3: Of the vendors that were set up and ready for business 90% of them consisted of wholesale “handmade” jewelry, tables with tubs of yellow shea butter, dashikis, fake MAC, Flora Roberts and Mary Kay consultants, and hustle man natural hair t-shirt vendors. I swear I had to do a double take because it felt like I’d stepped into a flea market.
Shawny and I have only been in the exhibit hall for all of five minutes and we’re ready to go. Trying to make the most of this calamity, we walk around determined to find at least 1-2 vendors that will make this experience worth it. We did spot Oyin and Shea Radiance so we hustled over to their respective booths to check out the product offerings.
After those stops, we stumbled across a vendor that I remembered from the WNHS in Atlanta last year, Pure Shea Store. What caught my attention Saturday was this HUGE tub of handmade body scrub that smelled divine along with matching body washes and body oils for sale. We chatted the owner up, make our purchases, and move on.
We decide to do one last circuit around the exhibit hall and at this point we are literally trying to WILL vendors into existence. I noticed earlier that there was an empty booth for Zuresh and I was hoping that they were still attending the show. Before heading out, we spot the owner setting up and head over to the booth. I’d heard good things about quite a few of her products and was prepared to purchase them at the show. Apparently though, customers were an interruption (never mind the fact at this point she’s 2 hours late to the event and is just setting up) and she basically brushed us off. I kindly put my money right on back into my pocket and kept it moving.
Shawny and I called it a wrap and left at 1pm. I doubt that I would ever attend another Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo. When you factor in my time, gas, and admission fee, it just wasn’t worth it. I honestly could have ordered everything I purchased online at the regular prices and come out better. It was a total waste of time, money, and was a total disappointment.
The day’s saving grace was lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, hanging out with Shawny, and a trip down what I have dubbed “Natural Hair Row” in my local Target. During our Target trip, we spotted the new Karen’s Body Beautiful, Camille Rose, and Jane Carter products and to top it off, Shea Moisture products were on sale for $7.99. That’s what I call #winning.
Edited to add: So I see that the show creators have gotten wind of this review and have started to send their ”followers” to defend the show and post about how “great” it was compete with an “edited” promotional video of the show and calling me a “minion of Satan” trying to bring down black businesses (I actually laughed out loud at that comment). The post is entitled ”Hillery and Shawny’s recap” meaning OUR experience at the expo. I left a LOT out of my review in an attempt to not completely bash the event because I’m sure that some newly natural ladies might have gotten something out of attending. In my experience as someone that’s been natural for over 10 years and has traveled extensively to various natural hair shows, workshops and events, this was a sub par production. If your experience was different, then good for you. This recap and account of my experience stands. Go spam somewhere else with this foolishness. Rude comments and those meant to bash the authors will be deleted.
2013 Spring Show – April 27th-28th
Georgia International Convention Center, College Pk, GA
Mark your calendar. We had a GREAT time at the Spring 2012 show! It was so nice meeting people from the different online natural hair communities. Dinner at Simon’s Steak and Seafood was a blast! If you’ve never been to the World Natural Hair Show, you owe it to yourself to attend one show. If you’re considering giving up the lye, or you’re in the beginning stages of transitioning, seeing an abundance of beautiful, kinky/coily/curly heads will encourage you to make that decision and stay on the path to chemical-free hair. It’s an empowering experience you won’t want to miss. Start saving your money now – you’ll need sufficient funds to purchase lots of products. We’re talking about a possible Friday nite meetup for dinner and great conversation.
Have you ever been to the show? Do you plan on attending the Spring 2013 show? Where are you in your natural hair journey? Leave a comment…let us know your plans!