Hi There Bloggee’s and Bloggette’s!
Today I’m feeling very inspired! And I’m more proud then ever to be a woman of colour.
Yesterday I went along to a wonderful pop up event hosted by Curl Clinic and the natural hair experts at Adornment365 salon in Brixton for an evening of expert talks about natural haircare and healthy living.
Aswell as having a healthy (and extremely tasty!), range of canapés, herbal tea’s and wine on tap they also had representatives from Joico, Curl Clinic and Adornment there to give talks on natural hair maintenance, styling, safe colouring and healthy eating.
A representative from the professional hair colourant brand Joico spoke in depth about the best ways to look after your hair pre and post colouring, and was refreshingly transparent about the ingredients used in there haircare products. Joico are a brand that not only provide colouring but aim to maintain the integrity, strength and quality of the hair during the dyeing process.
Sophia, the lead stylist at Adornment spoke about her commitment to sharing knowledge not just about the ongoing hair concerns of afro haired women, but also about healthy eating habits and spiritual and personal health too. She provided us with examples of superfoods, such as chia and linseeds which are both excellent for the digestion system and full of nutrients and antioxidants and some rare and expensive natural oils (black castor oil etc) used in there homemade haircare range that have fantastic benefits for both the skin and hair. Sophia was really down to earth and very knowledgeable about her subject so it was a highly informative and hands on discussion where we not only got to see the best products to use in our haircare regime but to understand their benefits in the short and longterm too.
Then we had the resident tricologist Stephanie talk about the myths and misconceptions about black hair, and the multitude of ways that it is unique from any other hair type on the planet. As they specialise in natural hair it was a positive affirmation to see so many women of colour in the same room wearing there natural hair in a variety of different ways naturally and with pride. It made me ask myself why I didn’t go natural earlier?! But of course maintaining natural hair isn’t without it’s difficulties, it still is one of the most challenging hair types to care for, and the texture and curl pattern of afro hair varies wildly that she advised us that it’s as much about knowing your own hair then it is about just doing what you read in some magazine or on some blog. But somewhat reassuringly (as alot of these so called ‘hair experts’ have an absolutely shocking head of hair!), she herself had a beautiful mane of natural hair – it was big, it was bouncy and visibly healthy.
She also was giving one on one consultancies with anyone who wanted it – I had one as did my sister and I was told that I should up my water intake (I know, easier said then done huh?), as that was the root cause of dry, brittle hair. Thankfully though she said that my scalp was in good condition and didn’t feel dry but I know that I definitely need to drink more water as if I don’t oil it regularly it starts to look and feel dry.
In addition they gave out goodies bags to everyone in attendance. I know, amazing right? 🙂
So the evening was a great success! It’s so nice to see a company taking the health of black hair (and the bodies to which they belong to!) so seriously. They are committed to promoting the strength and beauty and individuality of afro hair and I love there positive message and the sheer professionalism that they displayed. I myself am a client of Adornment and I can agree that without a shadow of a doubt they don’t just do your hair, indeed they don’t just know your hair, they also CARE about your hair. And that for me is the most important thing of all.
The pop up evenings with Adornment and Curl Clinic are going to be running throughout the year at the Adornment salon so do heck out there website for more info:
Curl Clinic: http://curlclinic.london/
Until next time!