Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Upcoming Natural Hair Shows 2008

And a cultural event or two...

Baltimore ’s Natural Hair Care Expo
was established in 2002 by Malaika Tamu Cooper and is fundamentally a network of African-influenced cultural/creative micro & small enterprises. We focus on the promotion of natural hair care and of traditional and contemporary functional wearable art with a strong focus on alternative medicine and holistic health. The network is comprised of natural hair Braiders, Lock-ticians, clothes designers, jewelry makers and accessory makers and an expanding contingent of alternative/complementary practitioners.

Saturday & Sunday, April 5-6, 2008

The Annual Love, Locs & Natural Hair Expo had over 1500 people attending last year! This year we expect double the numbers attending because we have 2 huge rooms with space to accommodate the best products and services our vendors have to offer. With 2 Major Headliners, a talent show, fashion and hair show, open mike and more great entertainment and the commitment of DC Natural Hair Expo Committee, you'll come and enjoy a great time, exposure and sales with your community.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Deeply Rooted is an empowerment program inspired by the internationally acclaimed Annual Happily Natural Festival hosted/founded in Richmond Virginia. Facilitated by the women of S.O.U.L. (Sisters of Unity and Love), the Nyumburu Cultural Centrer and select co-sponsoring organizations and campus departments, the specific mission of Deeply Rooted is to provide college park students and surrounding community members with practical methods and resources for a healthy transition into a wholistic lifestyle and attitude.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 [cancelled]
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The World Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Show was founded in 1997 by Taliah Waajid and Bob Johnson. The show created a much needed arena for professionals and consumers to come together to learn and exchange information about natural hair care, health and beauty products and techniques. The show is a forum for stylist and spectators nationally and internationally to show off their creativity and many styles of natural hair. It is also a forum for consumers to come and learn how to comb, style and maintain natural hair for themselves and/or their children. The show offers workshops and entertainment and a beautiful cultural vibe that is out of this world!

Sunday & Monday, April 27-28, 2008

ODUNDE attracts over 500,000 people annually and is one of the largest community- based street festivals held in the country. The festival, whose concept originates from the Yorba people of Nigeria, West Africa, celebrates the coming of another year for African Americans and Africanized people around the world. It is an occasion highlighted by a colorful procession from 23rd and South Streets to the Schuylkill River where an offering of fruit and flowers is made to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river. ODUNDE is also known for its authentic African marketplace featuring vendors from around the world selling merchandise from many African nations, the Caribbean and Brazil.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Toronto Natural Hair & Beauty Show is a means through which people of African descent can raise their consciousness and awareness, and it provides an opportunity for other cultural groups to be enlightened. The one-day event has an emphasis on black consciousness, natural hair care and holistic health, entertainment, and a vendor marketplace.

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2008

Happily Natural
focuses on social change and holistic health & wellness. Since inception it has placed a specific focus on natural haircare, cultural heritage, and naturopathic medicine. Workshops are held annually on modalities for holistic healing, natural haircare & naturopathic medicine. Lectures on history, culture and heritage as it relates to Africans in America & throughout the Diapora are presented by scholars of wide & diverse backgrounds and specialties.

Friday - Sunday, August 29-31, 2008

In 1997, The Black L.U.V. (love, unity & vision) Festival was established by artists in the historic U-street community devoted to social change and upliftment. This FREE one-day multi-cultural outdoor event has used the cultural arts as a vehicle to inform and enlighten communities of the Nation’s Capital. The Black L.U.V. (love, unity & vision) Festival informs and enlightens communities on social injustice, gentrification, healthcare and educational issues in our communities and neighborhoods.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Locks Conference promotes self-determination and serves as a true community effort and an excellent living example of the Nguzo Saba principles: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith). The Locks Conference is cultural, educational and spiritual event which has become a community institution offering informative workshops, knowledgeable speakers, fun-filled, and powerful family activities. These two days are filled with teaching, learning, celebration, and shopping. They provide a wonderful opportunity for the folks to witness the Nguzo Saba principles in action, to be surrounded by positive energy, and to reconnect to like minds.

Saturday & Sunday, October 4 - 5, 2008

A Nappy Hair Affair, Inc., is a membership-based network of sisters and brothers devoted to promoting what is positive about people of African descent. Through support, affirmation and education, members of A Nappy Hair Affair (ANHA), work to raise cultural awareness, encourage self-appreciation, boost self-esteem if necessary, and do what we can to further empower the African American community.


Adornment is a non-profit, sector-led organisation which focuses on capacity building, showcasing and representing the UK’s largest network of African-influenced cultural & creative small and micro businesses. By ‘African-influenced’ we refer to skill, creativity and talent which references, utilises and innovates on African techniques, tradition and knowledge across a broad range of disciplines.

Date: TBA

More listings to come...


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I wish there was less emphasis on locs, and more on other natural hair styles.

Anonymous said...

locs is a form of a natural hair style also. In addition, we enjoy hearing of different options that are offered for all hair types. That is what makes us such a diverse group of people, we do have choices.

Nekea said...

Thanks for posting all of this information about the natural hair shows. I'm excited and will be at the one in Baltimore and probably the one in DC.