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.
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 Afrofinity, Debnaturals, 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.