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In case you missed the memo, Philly’s “natural hair scene” is popping.
So much in fact that Monique P. Eversley and Celena McAfee decided to create a platform via the Philly Natural Hair Show [PNHS] , that encourages women to “claim their natural beauty” by raising awareness [and education] about natural hair care.
Provide the products, services and resources to aid women in their natural hair care journey.
“It is a great opportunity to embrace the beauty of natural hair and to learn about the various health benefits, products and services to aid women in this process,” said Co‐founder Celena McAfee.
To inspire naturals and encourage women who have been contemplating the decision to “go natural.”
Their vision has grown to create quite a buzz in Philly and beyond! Given their warm reception and encouragement for men to enjoy the show as well, the event has experienced great success.
Natural hair guru’s and influential voices such as Kash TV expressed their excitement for the 2013 PNHS.
Check out their video message below:
Cue my introduction to the Philly Natural Hair Show show on May 4th, 2013.
I entered the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel convention area reminding myself to be cool in my ‘unnatural’ state of hair [I relax my hair]. Haha!
Listen, I’ve been in situations where I was the only ‘unnatural’ girl in the room and there was some cause for concern!
The good thing, however, is that I’ve covered enough Natural Hair events now to where I’ve been warmly welcomed [and not just because I was press]; and my experience at the PNHS was no different! Plus my hair wasn’t done so it was hidden under a hat!
The family-friendly event offered a plethora of fun and educational activities for attendees of all ages. For example, a series of workshops were offered that included topics ranging from: maintenance for transitioning hair to its natural state; how to grow and maintain hair; understanding hair types and products that work best for them; and hands‐on styling techniques for home usage.
Check out the recap and video coverage from featured workshop leader [as well as hair and beauty curator], Joulezy.
In addition, to that, there were focus group discussions; professional styling
assistance on-site; live music and entertainment; a hair show highlighting natural hair salons and stylists; blogger-targeted activities; and more! I was especially excited to see that one of my former Temple University professors, Lori S. Tharps’ was one of six featured authors for the book signing segment! Prof. Tharp’s [I will always call her that, haha--calling her "Lori" just feels wrong!] is the co-author of Hair Story, a book that “untangles the roots of black hair in America”.
Sidebar: I love the word play they did there– “untagles”, “roots”, “black hair”! Nevermind me, that’s just the journalist/writer in me.
Anywho, I had a great time thanks in part the music provided by Raw Beauty Music as well as the vendors who showcased their various services and products. I spotted businesses, brands and organziation’s such as Pink Label, Black Girls Run, Camp Jill Scott, Mixed Chicks, Haus of Swag and countless others! In fact at one point, I was nearly overwhelmed by the amount of hair-care products available in one location.
Check out photos from the PNHS Facebook page below. Click here to see more and to like their page on Facebook.
Check out snapshots from the SS on the Scene Photo Gallery:
See you loves next year! To stay updated on what’s up next for PNHS, visit: www.phillynaturalhairshow.com!