In our previous article, we talked about the Hair Beauty and Personal Care Expo 2016 that was taking place at the Sarit Centre Expo Hall the whole weekend. It was a very well organised event full of fun & learning for both the vendors and attendees. Thank you to the Beauty Bee team for all their hard work.

Hairpolitan Card Display

Above: Hairpolitan Card Display. Image Credit Nepurko.

Style with Natural Hair panel hosted by Marini Naturals and Moderated by Patricia Kihoro

Above: Style with Natural Hair panel hosted by Marini Naturals and Moderated by Patricia Kihoro. Image credit Hairpolitan.

Hair Hub Stand

Above: Hair Hub Stand. Image Credit Piga Picha.

Cussons Imeprial Lather Stand

Above: Cussons Imeprial Lather Stand. Image Credit Piga Picha.

Black Chic Stand

Above: Black Chic Stand. Image Credit Piga Picha.

The excitement was palpable from day one as most vendors were kept on their feet as late as 7pm answering questions about their products and services with all who dropped in. There were also very informative panel sessions on topics ranging from Styling with Natural Hair, Hair Loss and Skincare with a live botox injection session to boot! Njeri of Sitara and Patricia Kihoro both did an amazing job moderating their respective panels.

The most impressive thing was the number of natural hair stands at the expo. In attendance were AfrofinityDebnaturals, Ikenna Naturals, Jadak Natural Beauty, Jesavi Hair & Beauty Products, Marini Naturals, Natural Hair Kenya, Shea by Asal, T444Z, The Village Alchemist, and yours truly – Hairpolitan. Other local brands within the cosmetics industry were Ciku (Makeup) & Pauline Cosmetics both stocked by Make-up by Rose; and Pam Nailpolish, Kenya’s Vegan, NON-Toxic, Fast Dry Nail Lacquer.

Jesavi Stand

Above: Jesavi Hair & Beauty Products Stand. Image credit Hairpolitan.

Jadak Stand

Above: Jadak Natural Beauty Stand. Image Credit Hairpolitan.

Debnaturals interacts with customers at her stand

Above: Debnaturals interacts with customers at her stand. Image Credit Hairpolitan.

Ikenna Naturals Soaps

Above: Ikenna Naturals Soaps. Image Credit by Hairpolitan.

The Hairpolitan stand saw all and sundry stop by to enquire what we were about and we were ready and willing to talk. Even more delightful was when someone stopped by already having read the issue and eager to share their enthusiasm for it. That made all the late nights dedicated to that first issue worthwhile.

There was good and sometimes challenging feedback but most of all there was no shortage of questions on transitioning safely from chemicals to Natural hair; it seems the Big Chop (BC) and Tweeny Weeny Afro (TWA) isn’t an option for everyone. We promised that we would seek correct and solid information about the process and share with our readers. Another topic that came up often was on Dreadlocks because for some reason those with locks, feel somewhat excluded from the Natural Hair world… but we shall see how to remedy that.

Shea by Asal Stand

Above: Shea by Asal Stand. Image Credit Piga Picha

Pauline Cosmetics Stand

Above: Pauline Cosmetics Stand. Image Credit Hairpolitan.

Pam Nailpolish Stand

Above: Pam Nailpolish Stand. Image Credit Hairpolitan.

Natural Hair Kenya Stand

Above: Natural Hair Kenya Stand. Image Credit Hairpolitan.

We got quite a number of Bloggers and vloggers passing by our stand from the ladies of Kipilipili of Tanzania (a lovely surprise), Wanza of ItsWanza the latest Natural Hair YouTuber, Nyachomba of Kurly Kichana and the infectiously cheery  NewNowandNextNaturals among many others. We were graced as well by people who were interested in contributing written stories to the Hairpolitan Magazine. Clearly, people are bursting with personal experiences that they are ready to share with fellow Naturalistas, which makes our hearts, sing. All contributors and contributions are welcome, just email us on talktous@hairpolitan.com.

All in all it was our pleasure to meet each and everyone who stopped by our booth. Thank you for your time. Let’s do this again next year! We’ll leave you with highlight images of the weekend that was, for the goofy photo-booth images check out our Instagram.

Marini Naturals Stand

Above: Marini Naturals Stand. Image Credit Hairpolitan.

Make-up by Rose stand

Above: Make-up by Rose stand. Image Credit Hairpolitan.

Left to Right: Wambui, Nepurko (Hairpolitan) and Nyachomba (Kurly Kichana)

Above (Left to Right): Wambui, Nepurko (Hairpolitan) and Nyachomba (Kurly Kichana). Image Credit Piga Picha.

Kitoko Make-up hosted by Make-up by Rose

Above: Kitoko Make-up hosted by Make-up by Rose. Image Credit Piga Picha.

Kipilipili interview with Hairpolitan

Above: Kipilipili interview with Hairpolitan. Image Credit Piga Picha

YouTube sensation ItsWanza stops by Hairpolitan

Above: YouTube sensation ItsWanza stops by Hairpolitan. Image Credit Piga Picha.

AfroliciousKe pass by Hairpolitan

Above: AfroliciousKe pass by Hairpolitan. Image Credit Piga Picha.

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