Natural Girls Rock! was the vibe as the “Curly Girls” of Atlanta converged at the Macaroni Grill in Dunwoody for a day full of discussion about becoming a natural hair diva, networking and supporting the natural beauty care movement, and shopping, shopping, shopping!
Checkout this video from the event:
Natural Girls Rock is a movement to promote women wearing their hair in its natural state with unwavering confidence. What makes Natural Girls Rock unique is that they have an absolute genuine interest in women feeling proud to rock their natural hair in its natural God-given state; and they encourage women to never feel ashamed, embarrassed, or less attractive than anyone else because of the texture of their hair. Natural Girls Rock emphasizes that it doesn’t matter how long, short, thick, thin, kinky, curly, or coiley you hair is, its’ what God gave you…..so, ROCK IT!
And as their slogan goes, the ladies in attendance were “rockin” all types of fab hair styles such as coils, twists, braids, dreads, and afros. With all of the naturally beautiful women there, the aura brought to mind one of my idols growing up, Tamara Dobson (bka Cleopatra Jones), who in the 1970’s revolutionized Afrocentric fashion and exemplified natural beauty. Right on Cleo!!! 😀
And, the “natural hair” revolution will be televised! as Kelly J. (Kurly Kelly), founder of Natural Girls Rock, stated that she is currently working on a Natural Hair Documentary to showcase the natural hair community.
The event also highlighted upcoming events for the natural hair community, the natural hair movement, as well as discussion on the benefits of transitioning to an all natural beauty lifestyle.
There were over 100 attendees at the event who were treated to natural beauty care products, insightful discussion on natural hair transitioning, gift bags, fashion apparel, and eclectic handmade jewelry by self proclaimed “frugalista” Cherie Huff, of Nappy Rutz. OMG, the earrings were gorgeous!!!
The event featured several guest who encompassed all genres of natural beauty care related companies, groups, and organizations. The esteemed guest speakers included:
Tarin Boone, of Naturally Me and Curlfriends City, and founder of Fro Fashion Week, discussed the upcoming expo, which is considered the ultimate celebration of the natural woman. Fro Fashion Week, which is scheduled for September 17-25, will feature consumer and professional workshops, information about natural beauty care, natural hair care products, and much more. Stay tuned for details about this fab event.
Hanoy Suggs and Shauna Coleman, Co-Founders of Mhe Magazine, discussed the release of their magazine this fall which will represent natural beauty and resources for ladies who are natural or wanting to become natural.
Pamela Jenkins, spoke about the lack of beauty products that were not catered towards African American hair which drove her to found Koils by Nature. Koils by Nature provides quality and affordable all natural and skincare products for the entire family.
Janell Stephens of Camille Rose Naturals gave a passionate speech on how we must take care of ourselves by using healthy products inside and out, and the importance of becoming aware of what we are using in on our skin and in our hair. Janell, who offers naturally refined products through Camille Rose Naturals, enlightened the crowd on the fact that there has been an increase of cancer cases amongst younger people today, and that we must become aware of the elements that are being used in health and beauty based products.
Rounding out the guest speakers was Ayo-Keisha Smith, of Ayo Hair, who is a professional natural hair stylist, an instructor for the World Natural Hair Health and Beauty Show, and author.
During the mix and mingle I had the pleasure of meeting Tazia Armstead the creator and owner of HoneyChile HairLove, whose company offers handmade natural hair products that are additive free, and Monique Boeo (Kinky Peaches), who guides newly naturals on how to care for their hair, different ways to know your hair type, and what products will work best for you.
Great tips, sound advice, and incredible support for women who want to become a part of this revolutionary movement to take back our roots. Rock On Sistas!!!
Yay!!! I am a press supporter this year, too! It’s gonna be a blast!