Calm Down It Will Grow Naturally – 7th July 2013

Hello My Cakers Bakers and Beauties.

The day after the Natural Lounge Swap Meet I went to another hair event, Calm Down It Will Grow Naturally.

I’m not concerned about my hair growing but I (foolishly) thought that going to as many natural hair events as possible would be a good thing and give me something to blog about so I registered my attendance early and planned my journey on Google Maps. On their event page it said you should register early and turn up on time in order to get one of the limited number of goody bags.

Even though I registered weeks before the event my registration was not confirmed and I had to email the organisers repeatedly to make sure they had my name on the list,  I should have taken this as a warning…

The day itself was ridiculously hot and I turned up early to at least make sure I was there to receive my goody bag, there were already a couple of ladies present and they seemed to already all know each other. The venue was a Turkish restaurant in North London it had a conservatory area in the back and that was where the event was taking place. It was so hot in there it was like a flippin’ Greenhouse it was truly uncomfortably hot and because my silly self had arrived early I was sitting right at the back so once the room filled up I was effectively trapped. I know I could have walked out at any time but I didn’t want to be rude and interrupt the days proceedings.

I was hungry and thirsty but the waiters were so rude that after my first (and boringly average) fruit smoothie, I refused to purchase any more food and drink from there. For me it truly was a horrible experience, I was hot and sweaty, very hungry, thirsty and bored, I couldn’t even get very good photos as I was in the middle of a row and stuck behind a huge ugly fountain.

Don’t let that air conditioning unit fool you, it was not turned on and with the Turkish BBQ grill mere feet away it was hotter than the devil’s armpit in that room!

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Maybe it was my fault for not researching the event properly, (ok it was entirely my fault)  but the whole event had a very religious element to it, there was even a catchy praise and worship style song complete with actions to match the lyrics.  I believe that people should have religious freedom but when I’m going to a hair event I don’t expect to have to pray and praise the lord as part of the event especially as it wasn’t advertised and marketed as a Christian natural hair event . Imagine that you are a Muslim, Jewish or Christian lady who wants to learn more about natural hair so you sign up to attend what you think is a secular natural hair event but when you get to the event it has a strong Satanist element. I’m not comparing the organisers to Satanists I’m just trying to make my point. I don’t think one religion is “better” than another, this blog is post is not about religion and I don’t want to offend anyone, I just think they should have made it clearer that it was a Christian event and that there would be a heavy religious slant upon the whole proceedings.

At one point I managed to escape from my row and take a few photos:

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Michelle from Afrotherapy

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This is Tieska McDowell, she was teaching us how to style our own hair including flat twist and canerows. Tieska runs workshops teaching these skills and I will definitely be booking myself in to one of her workshops.

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The Love Harlem/Harlem Love Sisters

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After sitting there for hours in the sweltering heat they finally called out the names of the people who would be receiving a goody bag, imagine my shock when they got to the end of the list and I didn’t hear my name! It was obvious that they gave the goody bags out to their friends there was no point in my registering or turning up early, I was slightly disappointed that women who call themselves Christian would be dishonest like that.

Diane Hall author of “How I Grew It Long Naturally” was also supposed to be giving a talk on the day, but she didn’t turn up.  I was way too hot and bothered to stay for the closing prayer so I snuck out just before the end.  This event really helped me to decide not to go to any more “random” natural hair events …

Take Care

Luv

Sian

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