The Nappywood Natural Hair Expo is an amazing event filled with Natural hair vendors from all over the U.S.. This year’s event was held at the Hacienda Hotel located in El Segundo, California near the Los Angeles LAX airport on Sunday, August 3, 2014.
As you entered the courtyard for the event, you were immediately greeting by several volunteers. Depending on your ticket purchased, or if you were a vendor, talent or educator, you were directed to the proper table to pickup your goodie bag and ticket/badge. I was honored to be hosting one the side stages, so I was able to receive a VIP badge which gave me access to all the event offerings.
Once I pick up my goodie bag and badge, I made my way to the elevator. As I exited the elevator onto the 2nd floor, I knew that I had found the right location. The entire floor was a buzz with chitter chatter, clinging of glasses from the bar and the sweet smell of coconut and tropical scents, which was of course all of the natural hair products on display. I made my way into the Main event ballroom, which was a huge space with venders flanking the walls and center of the room. On the other side of the room, you had a runway stage setup for vendors to model their clothing and of course for the Natural Hair styling show and contest.
Since I arrived with a little time to spare before taking my place on the side stage, I decided to walk around, meet some the vendors and see if I can find a new product that my 4c hair would love. Everyone that you can think of was located at this event. From 4Naturals, LRC (Lawrence Ray Concepts), Creme of Nature, The Curly Queen, The LocSoc, Wild Heart Bliss and so many other vendors.
Besides all the vendors it was all about the hairstyles that were roaming around the room. Looking at all the different styles made you want to go home and do some things. From Updo loc styles, beautiful afros, TWA’s, Intricate braiding, twisted styles and ladies with the african threading technique done in beautiful designs. Nappywood also offered onsite consultations with selected stylists and many stylists offered hairstyling on the spot! It was like heaven for Natural hair lovers!
Demonstration of the African Threading style by Nawaili Gray and Anana Scott.
Models showing the intricate details of the African Threading Technique.
Anana Scott and Nawaili Gray create very intricate and beautiful styles using the African Threading technique pictured above. These styles may seem familiar if your a fan of Goapele, because Anana Scott is the stylist that has created many of the styles that you’ve seen. As matter of fact, you can check out a video HERE of Anana creating an amazing style for Goapele. Anana and Nawaili showed the audience how to do the African Threading Technique and also gave a plethora of background on how these styles originated.
The event space consisted on the main room, where the big names in the industry had a chance to speak such as Felicia Leatherwood and Dr Kari Williams of Mahogany Hair Revolutions, you also had a smaller room on this level, which is where I had to opportunity to host the demonstration stage with the always beautiful and talented Vanessa Beard, founder of the Untamed Hair Tour. We had the amazing and talented Goose, the Barber of Legends The Barbershop talk about TWA’s and Sassy short haircuts which I love!! Rootspiration which is a hair and scalp oil also gave us information on maintaining healthy natural hair and several other stylists had demonstration on various styles. The event consisted of two classrooms, where vendors not only talked about their product but also offered hands-on classes and demonstrations. As well as another room on the second level which was held for panel discussions.
The Beautiful Kyron of The Honeycomb and Coil Designer Braids, demonstrating one of the intricate and gorgeous styles that she create.
Young lady getting her hair styled during the Nappywood Natural Hair Expo.
As you can see there was a lot going on at the Nappywood Natural Hair Expo, so you needed to be prepared. If you spent too much time buying stuff and talking with friends, you may miss something that you really wanted to see in a different room. I must say the event was full of life and education. You can attend this event not knowing much about natural hair and leave with so much information that you’re on your way to becoming a natural hair guru.
Some of the highlights for me were, seeing Felicia Leatherwood on stage giving advice and looking fierce. Meeting the team of LRC products which is one of my favorite brands that my hair just loves, learning and seeing the African Threading technique, which is very intricate and beautiful. I left this expo, exposed to so much more that the natural hair community offers that I don’t even realize.
I’m excited to see this event expand and grow next year.
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Til next time loves…
Here are some vendors and products that I love!!!