Hello My Cakers, Bakers and Beauties!
Sorry that this post is so late, as I explained a couple of posts ago I was having terrible “technical difficulties” earlier on this summer so I was unable to blog for a while. I went to quite a few events that I intended to write about and now my technology is sort-of behaving I will be posting about events that have happened a little while ago.
The Natural Lounge Swap meet was organised by Angel from The Natural Lounge, it was originally supposed to happen in April but some of the suppliers Angel was working with let her down so it it was postponed until July, in April Angel emailed everyone who had bought tickets (£7) and let them know that they could keep their tickets until July or get a refund. I’m so glad I decided to keep my ticket!
6th July 2013 was a gorgeous day and I attended the event with my beautiful friend Georgia (natural newbie.)
Even though it took us a little while to find the venue ( Once we found it, I remembered it used to be called “Mustard Bar” back in the day when I used to go raving…) we eventually made it in and were greeted by Angel personally. I know that it seems odd to mention that but I have been to enough events where the organisers have considered themselves too special and famous to greet their own guests, I’m delighted to say that Angel is not like that at all. Angel is really down to earth and humble. 6th July was during the “heatwave” but the bar had three sets of French style windows which were open the whole day the giving us a delicious breeze on such a hot day.
Apart from Angel and the regular folks like me , the event was attended by UK Product Company Afrocenchix, Author Kandace Chimbiri, Nutritionist Shaherah Jordon and nail technicians from bjouxbeauty.
The whole idea of the swap meet was for us to bring brand new or more than half- full hair products, and accessories that for whatever reason we don’t want any more and swap them for other items. For every item you brought that was suitable for swapping you received a “stamp”, you would then browse the other items, select what you want and take the stamp to the front desk to get ticked off, you could bring/swap a maximum of ten items.
I brought more then 10 items but I bundled some of the smaller accessories together in gift bags. I thought I was only going to off load items but I ended up taking quite a few items home too!
Before the actual swapping began we had a welcome speech from Angel a quiz about natural hair and talks from Afrocenchix, Kandace Chimbiri and Shaherha Jordan, the atmosphere was so relaxed and I really enjoyed myself at this event.
I have already grown bored of “natural hair” events, as this year I have seen that many of them repeat the same formula as each other and I don’t benefit from attending, the same “well known” faces always pop up and pose for photos while pouting and fluffing their natural hair/wig and I personally don’t learn anything new except maybe who is a bit stuck up in real life…
When I first went natural I spent days and weeks researching how to look look after and maintain my hair and really went deep into the science and biology of hair, even now I’m still studying and learning so for that reason I don’t really gain any useful knowledge at these events, however for newbies and people not inclined to study about hair themselves you can learn something helpful and new at these natural hair events and it can be nice to get out and socialise with like minded individuals.
But I’ve found that a lot of these events are mainly money making schemes with a little bit of light hair info sprinkled in for good measure and as much as I support my “Sisters” entrepreneurial efforts I’m not paying to attend any more natural hair events unless I know the organiser/s personally or I really believe that the event will benefit me or a worthy cause in some way and not just waste my time, after all I can donate money to practically any cause without leaving the confines of my cosy apartment…
Rant over, here are some more photos of the day: