If there is any question regarding the momentum of the natural hair movement, this upcoming Saturday seals the deal.
Last year in the middle of May blogger and naturalista Adeea “The Trendy Socialite” Rogers used the web and social media to organize National Natural Hair Meetup Day.
Women gathered in select cities to share information, offer support and soak in knowledge about their natural hair journey.
What a difference a year makes. The name has been changed to the International Natural Hair Meetup Day, and “meetups” are scheduled from Arkansas to Amsterdam – and everywhere in between … including St. Louis.
Thanks to Rogers’ vision, our city will become an extension of a natural hair solidarity experience that has the potential to stretch across the globe.
“I am also happy to announce our first Curlfriends 101 Session, said Misha Bankhead, one of the organizers with Natural Girls Rock – the group responsible for representing St. Louis in the International Natural Hair Meetup Day mix. “Our guest is the Beautiful Chi-Chi McDonald! Chi-Chi will be answering questions and giving easy pin-up ideas and hair tips.”
In addition to McDonald, a stylist with ErthTonez, their event will also feature Natural Hair Guru Lisa Smith of Coffee, Curls & Cupcakes and Tameka Stigers of Locs of Glory.
“Join us in celebrating our beautiful curls,” Bankhead said.
Natural Girls Rock will present International Natural Hair Meet Up Day 3 p.m. Saturday May 18 at 100 Black Men administrative offices, 4631 Delmar. For more information, call (314) 372 – 5920.
The art of curls
While not officially tied to International Natural Hair Meet Up Day, Sunshine’s Natural & Loving It! will present A Curly Art Affair with Kim Coles on the day designated for celebration of “curlfriends.”
With a career that spans nearly three decades, Coles is an actress and comedienne who gained national acclaim through her work on the Fox Network’s breakout series “In Living Color” and “Living Single.”
She was also embraced by curlfriends when she shared and invited the world to join her on a natural hair journey – along with the help of St. Louis’ own Nikki “Curly Nikki” Walton back in 2011.
“My hair has been in micro-braids with human hair extensions since 1991. Prior to that, I had weaves and prior to that, relaxer since before high school,” Coles told Curly Nikki. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but now, what I will focus on is growing my OWN healthy, luxurious, bouncy hair.”
In addition to Coles, guests will have the opportunity to see art in motion as models showcase hairstyles by The Root Worker Boutique, SN&LI! Apparel, and BBB by SunShine Accessories infused with fashion by Shan Keith. There will be art, guest bloggers, raffles, workshops, and more.
SunShine’s Natural & Loving It! presents A Curly Art Affair with Kim Coles at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd., 63112. For more information, visit www.acurlyartaffairwithkimcoles.eventbrite.com.
Naturally ever after (party)
After the tutorials, workshops and those beloved swag bags, DJ Needles and company are offering curlfriends an opportunity to kick it. Needles will be on the wheels of steel for a naturally fantastic outdoor vibe of the J. Bucks Downtown rooftop with the fourth edition of Ghettoblastic and Solution’s presentation of Super Natural: A Celebration of, Fros, Locs, Cuts and the Pursuit of Napiness.
Soulful vibes, progressive hip-hop and classic jams mark the event that was created with the intention of encouraging and celebrating the beauty of Afrocentric hairstyles.
Super Natural: A Celebration of, Fros, Locs, Cuts and the Pursuit of Napiness will begin at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Joe Buck’s Rooftop, 1000 Clark. Admission is $5 before 10 p.m.