The Kenyan Natural hair community has grown in leaps and bounds in the last half decade and to begin with we must pay homage to our favourite girls of Kurly Kichana, who braved it out and started talking about the potential trend way back in 2010 on their website-blog www.kurlykichana.com. We also have to give credit where it’s due when it comes to the longest running and largest East African Natural Hair Facebook group, Tricia’s Naturals, for providing a viable platform for us to share our natural hair journeys without judgment since 2012. Since its creation other prolific natural hair groups such as Kurlly Diaries have come up and sufficiently catered to the growing returning naturals in Kenya. They also recently hosted a fun High Tea event in June, which had a great turnout and engaging list of activities.

Afro Hair Festival 2016

Tricia’s Naturals have partnered with Awali Naturals, which is a business dedicated to the healthy care and maintenance of naturally hair and has been actively taking part in providing hair care services in Kenya and Europe. They have organised international hair workshops for industry professionals and are bringing this experience and expertise back home. Awali Naturals also provides hand crafted and hair and body care products using exotic, carefully selected organic-certified, ECO-CERT and Fair Trade raw materials from all around the world.

Together these respected brands are bringing us The Nairobi Afro Hair Festival, which will be held this Saturday 30th July 2016 at the Jacaranda Hotel, Westlands from 12:00pm till 6:00pm. Advance tickets are KES 1,000/= and KES 1,500/= at the door. Buy your tickets via MPesa on 0795 509 084.

Merging The Industry

The event has been created with the aim of bringing natural hair businesses, brands and end-users together. The organisers plans to provide a platform where the natural hair community meets, mingles and discusses their personal journeys and industry challenges with an aim of coming up with viable solutions and strategic plans. Therefore, to this end the event organisers have invited hair stylists, make up artists, natural hair product developers & retailers, suppliers, salon owners, health and fitness experts to provide professional hands-on advise in the form of small workshops and demonstrations.

Gracing the events from left to right: Mumbi Muturi-Muli (Harvest of Sunshine), Shirley Bee (Awali Naturals) and Nina Odongo (Body by Nina).

Activities for the day

Saturday’s event attendees will be provided with well researched, educative material that will be relevant to those who are already natural, newly returned naturals and those who are transitioning or interested in shifting to the natural hair world.

However, no need to panic, it won’t be just about hair; there will be an expert nutritionist and fitness trainer who will deliver practical steps on the right food to eat for healthy hair and skin, and the eating habits that should be avoided. In attendance, ready to sell their wares, will be suppliers of locally grown produce alongside the natural hair products suppliers and service providers.

Finally, there will also be a moderated discussion panel made up of natural hair stylists, salon owners, natural hair bloggers & vLoggers and others to discuss the current state of the natural hair care industry in Kenya, the challenges and the immediate plans that need to be implemented for the industry to get to the next level.

Vikky wa Ngaruiya records Vikky Wambui (Napspiration) during the Q&A sessions.

End Year Event

Saturday’s event is but a prelude to a much bigger event at the end of the year, so watch this space for more information on how you can be a part of it.

It is an event that every natural hair enthusiast wouldn’t want to miss! See you on Saturday!

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