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A Meet-Up in His Eyes

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by Weusi

It is day 2 of this #30writenow … I’m writing for 30 minutes for the month of October.

Since I’m writing, I figured that I need to write a blog for Shelli and hairscapades.com.

But what would I write about … hmmm … I know …

Do you remember that Curly Nikki Meet-up a few months ago that Shelli and I attended in NYC?
You know, the one where Tracee Ellis Ross swung in for a heartbeat, smiled and took a few pictures, then rolled out?

Well, let me tell you about the experience from one of the 7 dudes I saw there that were not working the event. Oh yeah, there were a few other dudes there! There was “The Big Dude.” He was obviously there with his S.O. How do I kniow? I saw him holding her purse while she went to the rest room. Then there was “The Dude with the Perm.” He was a little too excited to see Tracee Ellis Ross for my taste and kept pointing at people’s hair. I think he was a hairdresser. Then there was “The Skinny Dude” and “The Other Dude.” I don’t know who either of them was there with. In my mind … I imagine that they were homies who came to the event together and that they were single dudes there to meet some of the beautiful, natural haired sisters. Right!?!

*Note: If you know single dudes … take them to go to natural hair meet-ups. At least flash a smile at a few sisters on “the let out” for some “parking lot pimpin’.”

Then there was Gene. He’s Nikki’s husband. I’m sure that he was chillin’ in the cut holding the bag which held Nikki’s hair sheen. (She was in front of a bunch of hot lights taking pictures, so I know there was something near!). I only saw him for a second as he was taking pictures … so he was kinda working! (Shame on you Nikki! Let that man chill!)

And then there was my man Ramon! He was there with his wife Candice (www.chicsavant.com). They are new to NYC and they chilled w/Shelli and me while we waited in line and then … he and I chilled and experienced our first “natural hair meet-up!” What it was like to be the dudes at the natural hair meet-up? It was kinda fun. We talked about life and work and music and … stuff. We looked around for power outlets so that we could plug in my phone. We went to the bar for drinks and water. And, most importantly … we figured out what these gatherings were about. They are like church for natural hair enthusiast.

*in my preacher voice and rhyme*

This is where sisters can come together … without judgement … to celebrate each other. To communicate with each other, their love … and appreciation … for each other ‘s … hair. Here, allowing someone to take a picture of your hair is like sharing testimony! Taking a picture of someone’s hair is like sprinkling holy water. To many, it may look like standing around and ogling others’ hair, but this is not what’s happening. This is a natural hair care meet-up. This is church! Where you come to get the gospel from the natural hair care preachers/bloggers and from here you carry the gospel to your friends as evangelist have for years. YES! This is church! Where, at any time, someone can break out and testify about how, at one time in their life, they were product junkies, but now they are reformed and focused on the wonders and wisdom from the book of coconut oil! Can I get an amen!?!

And, as we celebrate, let us pray for those souls that have yet to see the light! Those that dwell in the house of chemicals. In those prayers for others, let us remember ourselves. Let us pray for humility. We ask this so that were are not judgmental of those that are still hooked on the creamy crack of perming. For we know it is not their fault. Nor are their parents or grandparents to blame. In fact, we will not focus on the blame! Let us put positive healing energy on the joyous healing of their hair. In fact, let us pray for the good physical and spiritual health of all of our manes!

Ok … let’s toss in a prayer for that onyx unicorn … that forever morphing organic product that addresses the issues for not only … our forever evolving, multiple hair textures … but also … our lifestyles. And the church said … “

Yeah … it was kinda like that for some people there … at least, in my mind, it was.

It was also cool to see Shelli the rock star! I know she didn’t have a receiving line like Nikki, but at least 5 strangers walked up to me and asked where she was. Then those moments when people asked to take pictures with her and/or of her hair. CLASSIC! And my FAVORITE part … face first seeming a little confused and then transitioning into her smiling like the Cheshire cat! Yep … she’s a humble hair rock star! (I LOVE HER!)

And with that … I hit you with happy hair day BOOMSHAKALAKA!!!

SHiNE

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Quickie

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Gotta hit the showers and get ready for work. So, here’s a slide show of the few pics that we got last night at the CurlyNikki event!! All you ladies who went, please send me better pics to share;)!!

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Hairscapades Meet-Up: Confirm Attendance & Updates!!

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Saturday, May 26th
1 – 4 pm

Pooka Boutique
15 South Essex Avenue
Orange, NJ 07050

T#: (973) 954-2471

To all the ladies who made the cut-off for the Meet-Up (first 30), please send an e-mail to hairscapades@gmail.com to confirm that you are attending and your count (1 or +1). Please include your name as it was listed in your RSVP on this post and confirm attendance by Tuesday, May 22nd. I’m going to send an e-mail to all confirmed attendees to bring to the event as I’m strictly limited to 30 people by the venue. If I don’t receive a confirmation e-mail, I will move to the next RSVPs who didn’t make the cut-off and offer them entrance. So, if you are one of those ladies who didn’t make the first cut, send an e-mail to let me know if you’re still interested. If anyone doesn’t confirm, I’ll send any additional entry confirmation e-mails on Wednesday.

UPDATES

Now, for all of the amazing goodies!!!

Thank you to all the companies who have graciously donated samples, giveaways and their time to make this an amazing event!!

One last thing, I’m trying to gauge interest in having dinner after the event for attendees and those who didn’t make the cut-off. There is a spot in Maplewood, Health, Love & Soul (HLS) Restaurant,that we could head over to after the meet-up. But, I want to see how many might be interested so that I can call ahead and make a reservation with the head count. So, if you’d like to do that, please comment below. Thank you!

Can’t wait to see you guys for the fun next Saturday!!

Hairscapades Meet-Up: Orange, NJ

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Saturday, May 26th
1 – 4 pm

Pooka Boutique
15 South Essex Avenue
Orange, NJ 07050

T#: (973) 954-2471

OH YEAH BABY!! THAT’S RIGHT!!! IT IS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!!! 

LOL!! So, it’s official!! The second ever Hairscapades Meet-Up is about to go down in my home state! I’m totally psyched to be able to extend an invitation to my tri-state area naturalistas! However, you have to act fast! I’ve been able to secure a gorgeous space full of smell goods for the meet-up, but seating is very limited! So, it’s first come, first serve!! The first 30 ladies to RSVP in the comments section below are in like Flint (+1 guest max please)!!

I’m so excited as I’ve already secured a few great giveaways, door samples and a special guest stylist!! Add to that, the space is awesome!! Check out this video of the grand opening of Pooka Pure & Simple’s Pooka Boutique if you don’t believe me ;)!!

Doing the dang thing!! 

So yeah!! I’m totally hyped and hope to see you there!!


Hairscapades Meet-Up: The Recap

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PICTURE HEAVY!!

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this about myself, but I’m suuuuuuch a procrastinator by nature. So, with that disclaimer, yeah, I have been meaning to do this post since the meet-up in DC on February 18th. And now, this is going to be a pretty short post (for me;) just to give you a quick run down of some of the fun and share even more pictures (find other pics here)!

So, what did we do? Glad you asked!

  • About 40 lovely young women convened at the Tap & Parlour on U Street in Washington, DC.

  • Everyone got a Sof’nFree Nothing But and Reviyve Blended Naturals Lemongrass soap sample at the door. Thanks to Shonda who volunteered at the last minute to be my helper, Michelle Howard Smith for the donation of the Revive soap!
  • We enjoyed fare from the restaurant (my turkey burger and sweet potato fries were delish … I was stuffing my mouth between meeting and greeting! LOL! ).
  • We had a “round table” discussion to share a little about our natural hairstories.
  • Two Sofn’Free Nothing But goodie bags stuffed with 4 full size products were awarded by raffle.
  • One “Hairscapades’ Favorites” prize was given away playing “How many items do you have in the ‘hair emergency kit’ in your purse?” I pulled out my bobby pins, scrunchies, flexi barrettes, headbands, jaw clips and scissors to see who had the most of these items. Miche’al killed it with nine, if I remember correctly!

Vatika oil, JBCO, HE HH & 2 boxes of Dulhan henna

  • Dr. Phoenyx Austin was our special guest and conducted a Q&A session that was very informative and a complete hit.

  • Dr. Phoenyx raffled a copy of her new book, “If You Love It, It Will Grow” and sold many more copies. (If you purchased the book, she’d LOVE it if you posted your review on Amazon.com!)
  • Finally, we wrapped up with a Product Swap Meet supplied with donations from under everyone’s sinks!!

It was a seriously good time!! I had so much fun meeting everyone and getting to meet so many of my friends in person:)!! Hopefully, we’ll be doing another one soon in New Jersey!! I just have to find a locale … don’t worry, I have a couple in mind;)!

If you want to see these pictures full size and others from the event, check out the albums on the Facebook Hairscapades page: Meet-Up Part I and Part II! And a special thanks to my photographers, Shonda, Michelle and Chloe (Part I) and Niah (Part II)!!

Hairscapades Meet-Up Photos!

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Hey ladies! Just wanted to share a few photos from the event until I can give you the full recap!! When you read this, I’ll be driving back to New Jeru! But, to keep it brief (which you know is hard for me ;)), we had a great turn-out and it was so much fun! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the event!

Enjoy!

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CurlyNikki NYC Meet-Up: I Was There!!

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Could I look any more excited, but trying to be cool about it? LOL!

So, so, so much fun:)! I saw many familiar faces and lots and lots of new ones! Nik was just as GORGEOUS in person as she is online. I don’t think that she can take a bad pic either! But, I mean, look at her … how could she?? And, she let me hold Boog!!!! Boog came right to me!! I think she may have been confused by the hair and thought that I was Nik for a second (even Nik’s husband said that we looked alike from behind … WHAT a compliment!!). Boog went back pretty quickly to Nik, but she did let me get a kiss:)!!! She’s a little doll and I could have played with her the whole evening (maternal clock ticking much, right?)!! LOL!!

There were sooo many beautiful naturals out … I mean, talk about hair porn!! I just kept spinning around in circles trying to look at all the different styles and textures! OMGawh, natural hair is so the bomb!! I mean, in regard to variety, it just doesn’t get any better!!

Finally, THANK YOU to all the ladies who came up to me to let me know that you like the posts on CurlyNikki and/or enjoy Hairscapades. You made my evening sooooo memorable and really put me over the moon with happiness! You don’t know how much it means to me as it’s your support that makes this feel so worthwhile, like it’s helping someone (which is my intent) or at least entertaining 😉 … without all of you, I’d really just feel like a self-absorbed narcissist!! LOL!!  Okay, gotta get ready for work! But before I do, wanted to share pics with you guys! I’ll tell you more about the hair later!

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