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.

 

Our Hair is not a Crime

Pretoria High School, South Africa, where black girls are banned from wearing their naturally, God given afro hair, and from wearing the traditional braiding styles which represent African culture and serve as handy protective styles. How can such ridiculousness be happening on African soil, in an African country and AFRICAN continent, where afro hair and various forms of braiding styles COME FROM Africa, and where melanin DOMINATES?

Because this is OPRESSIVE RACIM.

Who else would authorise such a rule but none other than white supremacists still active, 22 years after the end of Apartheid – or should I say 22 years later, in the continuation of Apartheid, because what has changed? Yes the extreme forms of psychical and public segregation has gone but ATTITUDES have not changed. The end of a racist era is not really the end if the mind set of the people has not changed.

Excuse me, but did the ancestors of these white people even know afro hair existed before they INVADED, ENSLAVED, DIVIDED, CONQURED, COLONISED, LOOTED etc, the African continent they perceive to be the definition of poor? How dare they think they have the almighty right to dictate how black girls should wear their hair. No afro and no braids, instead chemically straightened hair? This is a public act of repressing blackness because instructing black girls to chemically straighten their hair is to instruct them to emulate white beauty standards. In other words, this is an instruction to be ‘white’. This is a so called ‘prestigious school’ which used to accept white students only, during the Apartheid era. Now that’s one change you can point out but what kind of a change is it, when there are teachers who are behaving like their ancestors who created Apartheid?

Like Tatamkhulu Afrika’s poem, NOTHING’S CHANGED. White people in South Africa are the minority yet they control the country to their benefit and are allowing oppressive and racist regulations to exist in education. They are not even real Africans. African blood does not run through their veins. They are the descendants of the European Dutch who invaded – not ‘settled’ as white historians like to sugar coat it, they INVADED South Africa, where they used the method of divide and conquer Europeans at the time were inflicting at a devilish rate. Yet, society and mainstream media is quick to forget this. They will only go as far as mentioning Apartheid and how it ended this many years ago – as if to say look things had changed at one point. 

But look at the  attempts of the teachers to oppress the black girls. They dis-allowed them from  speaking their native African languages, and called them monkeys.  How can you tell and African child not to speak an African language in Africa?  That is like me, a Ghanaian in England, telling white students not to speak in English to each other….. When black and Asian people come to the UK they have to learn English yet these white people only want English established as the language spoken at school. Because they invaded and colonised the continent they think they can impose their not-so-English English Language amongst African people.

Sorry but why are these white people even still in South Africa? What do they have to offer, because history and the present shows that all they do is take rather than offer. At least when Africans, Caribbeans and Asians come to the UK we contribute to the economy. We came when the UK called for us to fix up the country after WW2, and now the country wants us out. Yet you have white people in South Africa doing s*** all but being racists. And for those who like to say “but not all white people are racist” – I refer to the white people who form the system, and for the whites who aren’t part of it, what are they doing to stop it though? NOTHING. And for the record, there are white monkeys on this planet with pink bottoms, too so it baffles me when white people call black people monkeys. But again, this stereotypical view of our melanated brothers and sisters has been around for centuries and is currently being perceived in a South African school for black girls.

The fact that is happening illustrates why white people appropriating black hairstyles is problematic. As I expressed in my past post – Cultural Appropriation: why it makes Black people mad, when black people choose to wear their natural hair and braiding styles, we are discriminated for it, and made to feel as if there is something wrong with us for having hair which grows out of our heads differently. Yet when white people attempt to do braids it’s trending as a ‘new hairstyle’. It’s  like we’re not allowed to express our blackness anywhere in the world but it’s ok for white people in the western world to appropriate it?

When there are 13 year old black girls fighting for freedom, and fighting to be African on their own African soil,  you know there is still a problem.

Our hair is our true beauty, our spirit, our blackness.

Our hair is not a crime.

Note to readers: (please excuse the typos, anger fuelled my veins as I wrote this, so this is raw and from the heart)

– Eunice


References:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/africa-school-ordered-racist-hair-rules-160830151818866.html

Nothing’s Changed

Natural Hair Show London 2016

On Saturday 7th May, myself and my two beautifully natural friends went to the 4th annual Natural Hair show in London. It really was a great day out, where we met other beautiful black women of all shades, hair types, shapes and sizes. I have to mention, that we also got some serious freebies….

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As expected, we were spoilt for choice when we saw the sea of stalls selling tonnes of natural hair care products for all hair types and styling techniques. There was also all kinds of authentic African & Caribbean inspired jewellery, clothing and art, along with other accessories, black soap, shea butter and black books for children and adults. I even saw modern looking clocks with African & Caribbean flags painted on.

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Throughout the day, there were workshops focusing on hair and skin issues, hair styling & head wrap demonstrations and children’s workshops. There was also an amazing fashion & hair presentation, catwalk style. It was great to see a range of African inspired print designs, along with some serious natural hair styles! Black is so beautiful!

I really encourage black women and men too, to check out any hair events running near you. Eventbrite is always a great platform to see what’s on. These events are useful for learning about how to maintain length and general care for our hair. Society, the media, the beauty industry and education in schools are not going to express or expose the beauty of our natural hair, so it is up to us to do it ourselves. This is about self-love and sharing it with our brothers and sisters in the black community. Let us continue to take pride in the crowns upon our heads!

Eunice

 

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