World Natural Hair Show Recap ¦ with Alikay Naturals

alikay-naturals-brand-ambassador-natashaleeds-stylishlee-world-natural-hair-show-2016This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the World Natural Hair Show 2016 in Atlanta, GA with Alikay Naturals—the experience was absolutely awesome! Now, we all know that I have fallen in love with Alikay Naturals products BUT I also found out that quite a few, okay okay, more like a ton load of other naturalistas are just as obsessed with their products as I am.

It was my first time in Atlanta and first time ever attending a hair show. I must admit I really had no clue what to expect for this event and since I had no expectations I think this definitely heightened my overall experience. I can’t quite tell you about any other hair show but if you ever attend a Taliah Waajid’s hair show just be prepared to be OVERWHELMED, but in a good way!!!!

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I feel like we are all so caught up in the digital world that we often forget how valuable face to face interactions are, so it felt absolutely amazing to connect with fellow curl connoisseurs in the flesh. Whether you happen to be newly natural or a seasoned veteran you will leave the event more knowledgable because there are opportunities to learn about styling and hair maintenance techniques while learning about new products, its uses and how to effectively use them. I think the best way to describe the show is by comparing it to a gigantic marketplace where vendors have on display makeup, earrings, clothing, health food, skin products, coffee, and of course, natural hair products (plus so much more).

It is an amazing accomplishment to see just how far the natural hair community and movement has grown. Women are beginning to value and see the beauty of their hair in its natural state whether it be 3a or 4c. Words can’t describe just how incredible it was to see people of all ages and genders (including children) in attendance. I have a deep appreciation for all textures so I lost focus every few minutes because there walked pass another textured hair gal whose hair I would end up swooning over until another wavy, kinky or curly haired gal passed. Never in my life have a seen so many different textures all in one place and there for the same purpose; to snatch up hair products and indulge that inner product junkie, mix and mingle with influencers and to learn and share the wealth of information they know with one another. I felt right at home ♥

Peak below for a recap of my amazing weekend at The World Hair Natural Show with Alikay Naturals

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I arrived in Atlanta at midnight and went straight to getting my hair prepped for the big show the next day. We turned our hotel room into salon that night. It was a sleepless night but it was definitely worth it because I wanted to show up to the World Natural Hair Show with a perfectly coiled, twist-out.
My hair was put into roughly 12-15 two-strand twists and perm rods were placed on the ends to help give the ends of my tresses some pizazz when it was time for pull down. After washing Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner was applied to my wet hair, followed by their Hair Parfait. Then a dime sized amount of the Aloe Berry Styling Gel was applied to each section before twisting to help tame any flyaways, decrease frizz and define the twists.alikay-naturals-brand-ambassador-natashaleeds-stylishlee-world-natural-hair-show-2016

On day 1, we arrived at the show before opening and as I walked in I saw so many exhibitors unloading products and putting the final touches on their booths and displays. The doors weren’t yet opened to the public and you could still feel the excitement in the air. At 10:00am the doors to the convention center opened and naturals from all over poured in and myself and the entire Alikay Naturals team waited for the crowd to get to our booth with hibiscus flowers in our hair ready to seize the day.

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Our beautiful and very colorful, tropical inspired booth was super popular, we passed out thousands of our product recommendation brochures, while making connections with new users and getting the word out about how awesome and under-rated Alikay Natural Products really are. At the Alikay Naturals Booth (#829/928) I mixed and mingled with all of the guests who came by, answered questions, and took a TON of pictures! It was overwhelming, nerve-racking and exciting all at the same time, but meant so much to be able to share with a crowd of women who I was, how I started blogging, how I achieved the hairstyle I rocked for the event while sharing every detail of which Alikay Naturals products helped to make my styles possible.

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The first day was fun but exhausting. I can’t think of one ‘slow’ moment in the booth on Saturday. Take my word, we could not keep the booth stocked fast enough. I saw first hand just how much products was taken to the show, but as soon as one section was restocked another section needed touching up. It was pretty packed in general at the venue, I even heard some attendees mentioning how difficult it was to get from one vendor to another and how it took them 15minutes just to get through the crowds of people to get to our booth. Despite how busy and crazy it was on the inside, I loved every minute of it because the energy was right and everyone just appeared just as happy as I was.

Sunday was way more chill, much calmer and very relaxed because the show had far less people. Myself and the Alikay Naturals team continued to be fabulous while sharing our message and products with those present. What I loved the most about the super relaxed Sunday was the opportunity more people had to meet their favorite product owners, take selfies with their favorite bloggers and youtubers, attend the workshops and actually take time to visit each booth and check out throughly what specials they had to offer.

[On Sunday my twist-out was transformed into a fro-hawk using the Aloe Berry Styling Gel and tons and tons of bobby pins]

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HIGHLIGHTS

♥Meeting my internet friends, followers, and readers

♥I had the opportunity to meet so many people that have helped me along my natural hair journey (BlackOnyx77, ChimeEdwards, AskProy, GlamTwinz, Mahoganycurls and so many more).

♥Sales, sales, sales! Most booths had several deals and packages that you just couldn’t pass up on

♥ The overall energy of everyone at the event. Every person I met was very pleasant, approachable, loving, upbeat and respectful.

♥ Seeing my face for the very first time on the Alikay Naturals banners, brochures and posters. I still can’t believe it was me! It was truly an honor to be at the show this year representing Alikay Naturals owned by Rochelle Campbell popularly known as BlackOnyx77.

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The hair show was a blast from start to finish. I had an amazing time at the show, bought a few goodies, met so many beautiful women, saw many of my fave product companies, took loads of pictures, had way too many good laughs, ran into my favorite bloggers and Youtubers who I greatly admire and had a damn good time! Best of all I was able to work alongside a brand I genuinely believe in and will forever stand by!

If you are considering going natural or seeking an event to attend for additional knowledge and products on natural hair and healthy body, this is it! I had an unforgettable experience at the show and I will definitely be back!

For everyone who stopped by the Alikay Naturals booth to purchase something, chit chat with me or just to snap a few pictures I just want you to know that I appreciate YOU! I hope to see you there again next year! Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥

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Did you attend this year?  If so leave a comment below telling me about your experience and your top highlights of the show?

P.S.- Here’s a sneak peek of some of my favorite memories of the show!

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8 Comments

  1. cristsllina
    April 29, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    Yaasssss! Alikay could not have chosen a better Ambassador girl you brought those posters to life! And you looked beautiful as usual….. Love love your flower inspired dress. Go Tasha!

  2. Karen J
    May 4, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Congratulations! What are your duties as an Ambassador?

  3. Mel
    August 8, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Ugghhhh, this looks like so much fun. Wish I could have attended. Next year I’ll be there, and I’ll be looking out for you and the Alikay Team too.

    • August 8, 2016 / 3:30 pm

      Hi Mel, yes it was soon much freakn fun! You should definitely make plans to attend next year

  4. Shelly
    August 8, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Still so mad I missed this! I’m so so so so mad! You looked so good tho and that floral dress YAAAAAS!

    • August 8, 2016 / 3:24 pm

      Thank you Shelly. I highly recommend that you attend next year. I’m already making plans for the next World Natural Hair Show. It’s something every naturalista should attend even once.

  5. Jan
    August 8, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Your hair!!!!! Twist outs, Mohawks…..WOW. just WOW. You are so inspiring Natasha ❤

    • August 8, 2016 / 4:16 pm

      Awwweeee jeeez Jan. Thank you so much. I really appreciate you taking the time out to visit this blog and then leaving such a beautiful comment.