Afro Hair and Beauty Live 2017: brands to look out for

With just a few days away until Europe’s biggest event dedicated to afro hair, beauty and lifestyle, keep note of the following three brands which will be present on the day!

Looking to refresh your hair regime? Or could you do with a trusted introduction to botanical skincare? Or, maybe you’re in need of new and glam makeup brushes? If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, then have a look at what could be your next best natural based product yet!

Mielle Organics

Launched in 2014, Mielle Organics is a US based hair and skin brand, which uses a unique blend of herbs, amino acids and minerals to support healthy hair, skin, nails and your immune system too!

Hair products range from an Avocado Hair Milk Moisturizer, Babassu Oil Conditioning Shampoo, Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner, as well  as Detangling Co-washes and a Peony Leave-In Conditioner. Products also include Mint Almond Oil which is said to be a ‘scalp sensation’, and a great stimulant for hair growth.

The brand also makes products which cater towards children, including a cleansing shampoo, detangling conditioner, and a curling cream all of which contain the key and main ingredient, sacha inchi oil – a South American superfood rich in vegetable sources of omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and antioxidants.

To aid hair growth for you child, you can also get an edible daily multi-vitamin,  chewable gummy, great for kids, even as young as 2. With a  combination of Vitamin A, folic acid, and biotin, starting a journey of healthy hair just got easier. Don’t worry, there’s an adult formula too!

Find out more: https://mielleorganics.com/

Phytobotanicals

Based in the UK, Phytobotanicals is a botanic skin care range for beautifying your skin and relaxing your mind. What better way to treat yourself inside and out, using nature’s charms! Products include soaps, deep cleansing face balms, shea butter, natural beauty oils, body polishes and botanic face oil blends. Ingredients, which can be found on the site’s glossary, are a basket a nature’s goods. Here are some of the ingredients used across the products:

  • Avocado oil
  • Apricot kernel oil
  • Beeswax
  • Black cumin seed
  • Borage seed oil
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Broccoli seed oil – yes  broccoli. Who’d have thought it eh.

Find out more: https://www.phytobotanicals.co.uk/

Peach and Pearl

If you’re in need of new and beautiful makeup brushes then set your eyes on these gorgeous gems from UK based brand, Peach and Pearl. Slay all day with these brushes, fit for all beauty Queen which are conveniently designed for all abilities. Whether you are a beginner, the seasonal pro or a professional makeup artist, you can work your magic with ease. An added bonus is that Peach and Purl brushes are vegan so you needn’t worry if you have super sensitive skin or suffer from skin allergies Peach and Pearl is beauty made simple and glamorous. What more could we want?

Find out more: https://www.peachpearlbrushes.com/

Start or reboot your 100%natural hair and skin journey with Afro Hair and Beauty Live 2017 The event kicks off at 10:30am and will end at 18:00pm. Get your tickets now while you still can, and grab any of the brands featured. Enjoy!

To see what else is going on in the Black community, see our Black Events page.

Black Dolls Galore – “I want one just like me”

Self-love is key to self awareness, self-consciousness and self-esteem. When our children are growing up in a society which chooses not to represent them in the toys they play with, or the books they read, this is the beginning of sef-destruction. Let us take control and plant the seeds of self-worth so our children will look at a black doll and say – I want one just like me.

Take your daughters down to the 9th Black Doll Expo!

Saturday May 13, 2017 at 13:30 – 17:30pm. Maa Maat Centre – Community Bookshop, Tottenham. Tickets £0 – £8.03

 

Operation Sankofa presents the 9th Black Dolls Expo – a platform for discussion, making and buying all things black dolls from around the world! A panel of experts will be on hand to share information about creating, manufacturing, distrusting, selling, collecting, and most important of all, celebrating and promoting BLACK DOLLS. So, come along and join in the discussoion, sign up for a doll making workshop, choose a special Black Doll from a wide selection, and look out for some bargains!

The expo will feature the first Jamaican Patois speaking doll, rom the Zuree Dolls range!

 

To buy tickets, please click here.

We all ready know that the high street does not want to sell black dolls the way it sells white ones, but there are black sisters and brothers who are taking a stand and making their own.

Here are other Black Dolls available to buy online:

To see what else is going on in the Black community, see our Black Events page.

Black Women in Activism Film Festival

Having kicked off on Friday May 5, 2017, the Women in Activism Film Festival is set to be an inspiring and invigorating watch. Re-discover a history the system will not teach us. Who better to teach us then ourselves?

Bought to you by Black History Studies, the Women in Activism Film Festival is a programme of screenings celebrating Black Women in Activism, highlighting the efforts, experiences and excellence of our Melanated Queens around the world and throughout history.

The film festival will feature a mixture of feature films and documentaries, along with presentations and post film discussions with audience members.

The programme of events are as follows:

Mama Africa (15)

Friday May 12, 2017 at 19:00 – 21:00pm. Bernie Arts Grant theatre, Tottenham. Doors open 19:00pm. Film begins 19:30pm.

Mama Africa is the biography of the South African singer Miriam Makeba, who was the first black, African musician to win international stardom. Her music influenced artists across the globe, although her style stayed anchored in her South African roots. She sang for John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, performed with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie.

Makeba was also a vocal campaigner against apartheid, and always stood for truth and justice. After her involvement with the 1959 documentary Come Back Africa (one of the first films to expose the harsh realities of apartheid) she was forced into a life in exile from her homeland.

This documentary traces her life and music through more than fifty years of performing. Friends and colleagues, some who knew her from the beginning, in the dance halls of South Africa (remember Pata Pata), together with her grandchildren, allow us to know the remarkable journey of Mama Africa.

Tickets £8 + booking fee. To buy, click here.

NORTH LONDON PREMIERE – BaddDD Sonia Sanchez (15)

Friday May 26, 2017  at 19:00 – 22:30pm. Bernie Arts Grant theatre, Tottenham.  Doors open 19:00pm. Film begins 19:30pm.

Deemed “a lion in literature’s forest” by poet Maya Angelou and winner of major literary awards including the American Book Award, 81 year old Sonia Sanchez is best known for 17 books of poetry that explore a wide range of global and humanist themes, particularly the struggles and triumphs of women and people of color.
In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Sanchez’s life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. With appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Jessica Care Moore, Ruby Dee, Yasiin Bey, Ayana Mathis, Imani Uzuri and Bryonn Bain, the documentary examines Sanchez’s contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.
According to the Eventbrite page, sales have ‘ended’ but try, contacting BlackHistoryStudies for info regarding DVD availability.
NORTH LONDON PREMIERE – The Amazing Nina Simone (15)

Unfortunately this one is SOLD OUT, but try contacting BlackHistoryStudies for info regarding DVD availability.

 

For more info about upcoming events see the Black History Studies website.

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Seek, learn, teach!

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Afro Hair and Beauty Live 2017

If you didn’t go last year then you have to go this time round and experience the biggest show in Europe dedicated to black hair, beauty and lifestyle! Aiming to provide the most inspiring and exciting show experience, Afro Hair and Beauty Live returns to London for the 36th edition of what is sure to be an amazing event!

What to expect?

If you’re looking for something new, US brands such as  Mielle Organics, and organic haircare lines Camille Rose and Carol Brown’s O’Natreal, will be available to buy on the day. Oh and don’t forget to pick up your goodies and give-aways to take home from Design Essentials, Crème of Nature, Lottabody, Sofn’free, GroHealthy and more!

This year, the event will be welcoming a new brand built for the men. Introducing Afro Man – the destination for male grooming, hair and lifestyle products, so ladies you won’t have to worry about dragging your men to join you.

Afro Hair and Beauty Live are looking for the ultimate beard and styling barber. Tell your men to sign-up and get their clippers ready for Lusters SCurl Battle of the Barbers! And if that isn’t enough, skincare by Bump Patrol and S-Curls beard grooming range by Lusters will be present at the show. For men suffering from hair loss, be amongst the first in the UK to see My Hair Bar’s exclusive live demonstration of The Man Weave technique, the non-surgical hair unit for men.

Now, back to the ladies. Could you be the next #NewFaceofPink? Lusters Face of Pink, in collaboration with Black Beauty & Hair Magazine, is giving you the chance to represent the brand. Head over to their stand to enter. The Lusters Education team will also be on hand, demonstrating styling techniques, hair analysis and sharing tips on how to keep your hair happy and healthy.

FEED YOUR SKIN

Does your skin feel like it needs a re-boot? Look out for Phyto Botanicals – a premium hair and skin care range of oils, balms, soaps and body scrubs. DivaWorld will also be at the show with tips on how to achieve flawless beautiful skin, free from artificial, colourings and perfumes.  Mature skin will love Aviela, so visit their stand and experience the nourishing, softening and anti-aging powers of Shea butter!

GLAM CREWS

For beauty at your fingertips, the glam squadess’ will be on hand with make-up and brushes for your kit. Brand NEW to #AHBLIVE black|Up Paris for women of colour, be sure to get in line for free makeovers, goody bags and make-up masterclasses.

Keep an eye out for Peaches & Pearl, straight from the pages of Harper’s Bazaar UK, who will be showcasing their beautiful range of rose gold vegan make-up brushes. Hit Congolese make up brand Kitoko, will be showing you how it’s done, with their matt liquid lipsticks. Try before you buy and take home the perfect shade for your skin tone.

STYLE + BOOTIQUE

The Afro Chic Boutique and catwalk will be gracing the stage once again, with clothing and accessories from U.K, European and African designers. Sponsored by Palmer’s, this year’s show will be edgy with creative street style looks styled by Chi-Chi Chinakwe, with hair by award winning My Hair Bar and make up looks by Kitoko. Look out for your favourites Afrocentric850, Aso-Global, Eldimaa and more!

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE will also be hosting free seminars presented by trusted experts and professionals. Whether you are looking to change your routine but you are not sure where to start, or you are looking to address a hair issue, this is the place to be. Be inspired, empowered and embrace the ‘fro!`

Food for thought and hair – see Arise and Shine Cosmetics and Restored Naturally who will be presenting Real Hair Food seminar on nutrition for healthy hair growth.

What to know what your hair type is? Find out at the Get To Know Your Hair Type with Cantu and multi-award winning hair stylist and colourist Victoria Akuagwu of Ziuzo.

Tickets to all seminars are free, so get in line early to secure your seat.

With a huge variety of new brands and great quality natural products, there’s something for everyone, so grab your friends and family and get down to Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE.

 

Doors open 10.30am – 6:00pm on Sunday May 28 – Monday 29, 2017, at the Business Design Centre 52 Upper Street London N1 0QH

To see what else is going on in the Black community, see our Black Events page.