Afro Hair and Beauty Live 2012

Each year the Afro Hair and Beauty Live show comes to town and each year many naturals go only to be disappointed as they don’t feel that their beauty is represented.

I myself last year decided to go and fly a kite rather than head to the show because I had heard such bad reviews about it (I went to sunny hill park and it was lovely) All over the internet people were saying just how rubbish it was so I was surprised to find a press release for the event in my inbox.

I was initially disappointed that they didn’t even bother to address me personally the email was titled ‘Dear Blogger’ but that faded away when I read the information.  It seems that our voices have not entirely fallen on deaf ears.  In fact they are announcing two new areas and one of them is called The Natural Zone.  Well, they had to move with the times didn’t they? This is what they officially wrote about it
There has been a seismic shift in women choosing to wear their natural hair texture and with this fast-growing sector causing a storm on the internet, we have recruited a host of top brands such as Beautiful Roots, Mixed Chicks, Simply Organics, Joseph Alex Botanical to showcase their latest and most innovative products.

Those who have decided or are dabbling with the idea of transitioning from chemicals to natural may be confronted with the following concerns: Do you know how to look after your texture? Do you understand your curl pattern? Can you find the right hairstyle? All these questions can be answered at one of our exclusive seminars headed by a leading industry expert, who will be ready and waiting to impart their knowledge and unlock the secret to beautiful hair.

Popular hair care range, Root2Tip, has easy-to-follow advice for mothers who need guidance on how to look after their little ones’ hair. Xina Boderick from Nature’s Parlour will be conducting an essential seminar on natural skin care.
Natural Hair Ambassador from USA, Taliah Waajid, will demonstrate how to wear on-trend natural styles that are protective and suitable for any curl type. 

Afro tip
To get the most out of these one-of-a-kind seminars, we suggest that you write down every question you have about natural hair and bring them along on the day. You can even bring photos of hairstyles you are interesting in wearing and have an expert help you choose what will work best for you!

The event will take place on June 3rd and 4that the Business Design Centre, Islington, London, N1. Time will tell if it will deliver the experience we would expect.  I haven’t personally seen the organisers engaging in any of the natural hair circles that I know so I will be following news on the event closely.  You never know, you might see me down there. 


  1. Hummm, I’m already sceptical. I went to the show two years ago and vowed to never go back. There is only one type of Afro beauty, and thats with the help of weaves of all lengths, colours, shapes and sizes…. they might was well call t a hair show because they didn’t cater for anyone but people who chose to wear weaves.

    I didn’t completely wright the show off so I contacted the organiser who didn’t have much to say but the show was orginally to market jeri curl…. theres a high demand for perms, weaves… that was about it.

    This sounds promising since the ‘natural scene’ has grown a lot but I don’t know if I’d waste my time again :S

  2. Anonymous says:

    I won’t go regardless, why should I go to an event that only adds on natural hair as an after thought because it is now deemed a “money maker” a bit like white companies making make up for black women.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It is a lost cause because the event never began for natural hair so i don’t think they should be pressured into changing.They are smart howver beacause they realise the natural pund is doing the talking so they will include it fo that reason alone.

    Hair meet ups for naturals are the answer as they made for naturals or those who want to learn how to care for their hair.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh dear, I’ve been planning to go to this, I’m now wondering if it’s worth it – I have micro locs.