Afro Hair & Beauty Live took place on the last Bank Holiday in May and I was fortunate to be gifted tickets to attend this years offering. I was interested to see how the event had changed since my last visit many moons ago where, despite having permed hair at the time, the focus on weave and extensions put me off. I was interested in learning about my hair, caring for it and having the chance to interact with creators of products. Fortunately this year ticked all of my requirements and more.
|Quick tube sefie|
Based in Islington’s Design Centre, I began my journey on the tube and was positively bouncing in my seat as we got closer to Angel and more people en route boarded. There was definitely a buzz in the air and I quickly made my way to the venue where I was pleased to see that much thought had been given to the layout and a balance had been struck in securing both large and small vendors.
Of the smaller vendors I was impressed by FroSister (haircare) and EbonyPink (makeup) who were holding their own amongst the larger companies.
|Pleased to see smaller vendors were in attendence|
|Some of the big brands showing|
I really appreciated being able to speak to the brands representatives and learn more about their products. The standout speaker had to be Felicia Leatherwood / Beautiful Textures who shut it down in her corner! Her passion for her craft and the products definitely resonated with the attendees who asked a mixture of questions regarding permed / natural / weaves / baby / child haircare. Her engaging live demonstrations, plucking members of the audience to demonstrate on their own hair textures, coupled with tips on how to manage the varying issues many raised in the audience meant that there was a scramble for space to listen. My friends and I spent nearly two hours straight just listening, absorbing, and asking questions – all of us leaving impressed.
|Felicia Leatherwood / Beautiful Textures|
Overall I was impressed by the amount of sheer information on offer, mixture of brands and the chance to engage with others interested in Afro Hair & Beauty. The pace was correct and in keeping with the relaxed, professional vibe of the day.
Good job Afro hair & Beauty 2015!
My thanks to Avlon for gifting me with complementary tickets to the event