Heathrow beware…… This could be a potential reality for you to check in for me!
I swear I have been at these things all week and I don’t whether I have case anxiety or I just can’t be asked to get done…… My previous track record in terms of packing has been far from minimal to say the least but this time I want at least pack logically (i.e. 1 pair of heels and 1 pair of trainers MAYBE! instead of day heels, club/dinner heels and my infamous ‘show-off trainers’ and my neglected gym runners).
Not to mention the art of rolling your clothes around your toiletries and making sure you won’t need them BEFORE you leave!!
Also everyone always forgets extra bags! I mean weekend bags, little black bags, work bags and etc, I know I’m a bit of flashpacker if that but jeez these things r important and bring comfort away from home.
When I say toiletries I’m putting my fro maintenance jewels in that category, I managed to braid back the beast so can deal with it at a later date….. (queue future Super Sayan Battle)
Either way, whatever happens……
IT’S OFFICIALLY THREE DAYS UNTIL TAKE OFF!!!!!!
These cases WILL NOT DEFEAT ME!!!! was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la
Event review: The Afro Hair and Beauty Show
Date: Sunday 26th May 2013
Location: Business Design Centre, London
As a natural hair transitioner i decided to go and check out this event with a dear homie Amu.Dat and see what this famous exhibition was all about.
Brought to us by Black Hair and Beauty Magazine this event boasted everything and anything to do with Black Hair and Beauty all under one roof…
Over 2 days there would be a chance to see new products available, try out new styles and socialize in general.
In my opinion this was a great event but it lacked some vital features that could have made it a lot better.
If you are new to my blog, you can see my natural hair journey in previous posts from my days in Mexico up until now and as many other transitioners one of the main topics between us is that we lack general advice and versatile style tips that don’t take more than an hour to do!
One of the things that blew me away just from walking around the exhibition was the amount of people actually going natural and the variety of styles i saw. Amongst other looks, the attendees made sure they were on point!
The Business Design Centre was a good location for the event however i do feel the layout was a bit overwhelming. Upon entrance you were introduced to the fashion side of Black Hair and Beauty with stalls selling from ethic inspired clothing and jewelry to general clothing stalls including one that had the aptly named ‘Natural Girls Rock’ T-Shirt.
Once through this section you then had to go up to the main section which to me was a tsunami of products and demonstrations. There was nothing wrong with the amount of products on display but to get an equal amount of time with each stall was impossible as some aisles were so narrow it was impossible to pass. I saw many people stop and think about how they would tackle the route around. Maybe a suggested route or a simple stall map would have been useful, that way if you missed a certain stall you had the information with you to take away.
Once we had a gander, we saw a lot of the big brands in Black Hair care which was nice to see because we recognized the products and most of us have already had some contact with their products. However from a natural point of view, even though we are all about integration there was no real direction for people with natural hair. I personally approached a few stands and asked about their products and was mainly told that the products for natural hair were mainly the same and it was personal choice on which ones to buy. I felt that it could have had a bit more support in that sense as i’m sure some people came out of there with repeat purchases.
Shout out the these two fashionistas who approached us for an on the spot review!
During the day there were various fashion shows and stage events including a ‘Battle of the Barbers’ which kept people entertained. One of the highlights were fashion shows inspired by the British Heart Foundation and another by Sleek Hair and Cosmetics. Check out my slideshows below! (Do excuse my amateur photography skills!! Got some good shots though!)
British Heart Foundation
Sleek Hair and Cosmetics
Here are some of the Beautiful attendees i met today:
Overall it was a must do event even if it was just to see what was out there because in an age where people are rebelling against style and fashion conforms it was nice to see the amount of people supporting this event. In the mainstream we may be seen as a minority but today we definitely were not alone.
All images were taken by me.
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Thought i would update you on my natural hair journey and my latest throwback discovery!! So over the past few months i haven’t strayed from putting my hair into kinky twists and leaving my Afro out for a few days in between. (I’m 18 months natural btw no b/c)
So along came 2013 and i though i would try something different, i didn’t want to dye it or anything (even though i am tempted!) but needed a change.
So after a 6 week stretch in twist i took out my twists and this is what beauty i had waiting for me…
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!
But in the back of my mind i was dreading the daily detangle and bed plait routine not to mention the dreaded wash day!! So i decided to go to the professionals and let them have fun with it this time.
So i arrived at the salon with an untamed Afro and after a good Blow Dry and Hot Comb Press (Old school straightening) i would pleasantly surprised to end up with this creation…..
I know some people don’t agree with heat on the hair and to be honest i do miss my Afro but this ease of finding my scalp makes me smile and i love that i achieved this look without chemicals!!
We’ve come a long way from Grandma’s kitchen but the Hot Comb is back!!!
Now lets see how long it lasts…..
Enjoy Napturalistas!! xoxo
So you have all been with my on my natural hair journey and i’m proud to say that i’m actually there n i’m lovin my fro and all it’s fierceness!! Even though i have to plait it up every night n watch where i lean to avoid yucky germs, this black cloud above my head is exactly what my heart desired….. Hope you like the pic!!
I originally started this blog as a way to inform you all about my travels and etc in Mexico but i have now answered my calling and be using it as a way to voice my many and very random opinions on anything and everything…..
My first topic is about transitioning…..
If you know me then you will know the endless battle i have faced with my hair. Yes Its a stereotype of Black women but come on its 2012 now move on!!!
So i’m basically decidin to throw in the towel and cut my hair. For the past few months in Mexico i was successfully growin out my perm by braiding out my hair but now the time has come and my hair REFUSED in the form of matted hair and i couldn’t take it n hacked into my first piece of hair……
Now im not sayin i’m going crazy but society has pushed this beautiful light skinned caribbean female into a corner making her believe she has to fit certain sterotypes… I SAY FUCK IT!!!
iI’m through with people telling us what is beautiful or not…. Do what the hell makes you happy cz we sure a hell haven’t got anything else to do while we cry about not having jobs or wanting to grow a bigger booty so ‘he’ will notice you.
I will probably have a breakdown as 24 years of hair falls onto the salon floor but WHAT IS THE POINT OF HOLDING ONTO SOMETHING OF BAD QUALITY FOR THE SAKE OF SOCIETY….
n yes ladies the same thing applies to shoes, jeans and yep ima say it even men!!
BTW IM NOT A FEMINIST….. I’M JUST A 24 YEAR OLD MODERN YOUNG WOMAN WITH A LOTTA THINGS TO SAY….
Hold tight for the next blog!!
Wana shout out to ma homie Mariam for inspiring me 2 do this! Folloe ur heart homie i’m following mine right behind you.
Check out her amazing blog at www.amudat.com