Hi CurlFriends! For my fellow Americans who are probably still stuffed from eating way more than you should have yesterday for Thanksgiving…hello to you too! I know exactly how you’re feeling because I’m still stuffed too.
Last weekend I attended the final leg of the Quintessential Naturals Tour in Miami and all I have to say is BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! If you’ve been on the hunt for a natural hair event built around education, conversation, PRODUCTS, and being able to mingle with other positive and affirming women, Quintessential Natural Tour is a must attend event.
I pretty much found out about the event on social media, because a day could not pass without me seeing it on my Instagram timeline. Eventually it peaked my interest and I looked into the event. To my surprise, I realized that I actually have crossed paths several times with the founder. Now I knew I just had to go!
Sadly I had absolutely no one to go with and I was allowing that to prevent me from going. Days before the event I still had not yet purchased my ticket because I was terrified of attending all by myself. I talked myself out of attending over and over again [something I unfortunately do far too often] and literally a few hours before the event I purchased a ticket, called a ‘Lyft’ and all by myself I was on my way to Quintessential Naturals.
I know it may seem trivial to many but going to large events gives me uncontrollable anxiety and I always feel more at ease when I have a shoulder to lean on if I get overwhelmed. Well, as I got closer and closer to my destination the anxiety struck hard. While walking towards the entrance my palms started sweating [and it was a seemingly cool day out]. But the warm welcome I received at the main gate followed by several hello’s from YOU, my readers…made me suddenly feel at ease and I was ready to make the best of the day ahead.
Sabrina Boissiere is a veteran event planner and talent manager who managed to create an event for us natural hair gals to embrace our natural tresses while also having fun learning about new hair trends, products, brands and even techniques, from top influencers and business owners in the natural hair community.
Co-Founder of Naturally Curly, Michelle Breyer spoke on a panel with influencer Janelle B of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe, along with Diane C Bailey, Global Natural Hair Stylist & Shea Moisture Ambassador and Cantu’s ambassador, Melissa Chanel. With over 200 of us in attendance we listened to the panel shine light on topics such as hair typing, accepting all hair textures, protective styling, ways to break barriers in the natural hair community, cultural appropriation, healthy hair tips and so much more.
All in all I loved every aspect of the event. From the rich panel discussion, to the informative presentations, the vendors and the SWAG BAGS filled with deluxe & FULL SIZED products! Brands like, Shea Moisture, Mielle Organics, Cantu, Aunt Jackies Curls and Coils, Honey Baby Naturals, Girl and Hair, Sasha Pure Beauty, LA Naturals were all present in my swag bag. #WINNING!
I went to the event on my own but with a very open-mind, and I left with a few new curl friends and loads of knowledge. Whenever I attend these natural hair events I always leave feeling empowered beyond measure. It’s an amazing feeling to be surrounded by waves of beautiful natural gals of different kinks and coils. I’m so happy I decided to attend Quintessential Naturals and I definitely plan on attending at least one of their tour dates set for 2018 and next time it won’t matter whether I go alone or not. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥
If you’re into beauty and like to keep up particularly with black YouTubers then I know you know of Jackie Aina. Am I right!!!? If you’re not, you DEFINITELY NEED to go follow her NOW! Not only is she a talented artist but she’s also one of the most honest gurus out there. For that I have so much respect for her. I also have loads of respect for her fashion sense [see what I did there]. Recently she shared a photo of herself wearing this gorgeous Ankara print dress and I immediately found myself on the companys website trying to find that exact dress in another color [wishful thinking I know].
Though the dress was nowhere to be found I still found other BOMB pieces and I had to get my hands on them. The best part? They’re currently having huge Black Friday deals up until December 1st [up to 70% off]. Plus they’re doing this Golden Ticket Giveaway, so when you get your order you can get a ticket valued from $10-$100!!! #WINNING!!!
Quintessential Naturals presented the perfect opportunity for me to wear one of these pieces from Grass-Fields. But I’ve also already worn the other two pieces I got from them too. So stay tuned for those looks in the upcoming week ♥