Last Saturday, on May 17, 2014 the Columbus Naturalistas hosted the International Natural Hair Meet-up Day (INHMD) at Long Street Studios. I must say the event was a huge success! The day was full of live entertainment, giveaways, hair demos, a product swap, a panel discussion, and great food! We almost doubled our number of attendees from last year, we tripled our number of vendors, and had even more giveaways than last year! We also donated hair products to our local domestic violence shelter, Choices, which provides safety to women in crisis for the INHMD Cares Initiative. Lastly, of course we were able to come together as natural women, proudly rocking our natural curls and celebrating our beauty together.
I am so proud of the amazing group of women who came together and helped organize this important event for Columbus. Checkout the recap with photos below.
Over 100 beautiful naturals showed up for the event!
A new feature this year was a panel discussion about natural hair. It included bloggers Sasha Day and Lynnie V from 2CurlsInAPod who talked about natural hair vlogging and social media, our natural hair stylist Rimmy, who discussed proper hair maintenance, and two men: one who loved natural hair and one who hated natural hair. I respected both of their perspectives, but clearly the audience was in favor of the man who loved our curls!
We had so many giveaways this year that almost everyone walked away with a prize! I want to give a huge shout-out to all the businesses who supported us and donated such amazing items.
The vendors we had this year were simply fabulous! Many of them were women owned businesses with all-natural hair care products, handmade jewelry, fly t-shirts, and even self-defense weapons!
The hair demo showed us how to create a pompadour and pony-tail. Mr. Ty Davis who serenaded us with his acoustic guitar and smooth voice was our live entertainment for the evening. Attendees also got to hear a presentation from one of our planning committee members who has been natural for 10+ years and her advice on using plant-based products.
This event was so fun and fabulous that I can’t wait to see what we come up with next year!
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