The countdown has officially began. The Natural Hair Academy Paris is preparing to welcome natural hair enthusiasts, stylists, businesses and brands from far and wide, to yet another educative and fun-filled meeting this year. The event, which takes place on Saturday, June 11, will be hosted in five different conference halls at the magnificent 'Parc floral de Paris, a public park and botanical garden located in the Bois de Vincennes in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, and the site of major annual flower shows.
Here, I take a walk down memory lane to last year's event which happened at Les Salons du Tapis Rouge.
I arrived at the location, pleased with myself at being punctual, only to be greeted by a very long line that stretched for a good number of meters. Walking to the end of the line, I couldn't help but admire the diverse hair and fashion statements that my fellow event-goers lining up were wearing, and how fellow natural hair sisters smiled back as I passed them.
I finally got to the end of the queue, but it wasn't long before others joined me. Wow! We were so far from the entrance to the event, that we could barely see it ourselves. So, as I stood in line, I resigned to just being grateful to have made it to Paris, and be among this throng of naturally curly hair sisters, admiring all the beauty and diversity in front and behind me while the queue slowly moved.
Visitors had a large selection of beautiful accessories and designs to choose from. Some of the best pieces had already sold out in the morning.
A number of workshops were taking place simultaneously. I started with celebrity hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood's workshop.
Natural hair enthusiast and stylist, DydyNaturalHairLover, teamed up with celebrity hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood and American hair and fashion stylist Jennifer Lord, to create a glamorous hair and fashion show.
The models all looked impeccable, a clear sign as to the amount of time and energy it took for the creative trio and their assistants to put this altogether.
The three sisters, Carmen, Toni and India from 'My Natural Sistas' were also present at the event.
Whitney from Naptural85, and Chime (HairCrush) were among those who were in the panel discussion.