Inspirational YOU, The Village, weareUnedited and Motherhood Reconstructed
What does natural mean in 2017?
Saturday 20th May 2017
4.00pm – 6.00pm
The Village Centre, Willington Road, London, SW9 9NB
For black women across the diaspora, the choice of how one wears their hair is at times more than simply a personal choice. Often, it’s rife with social and political implications that can have a profound impact on all aspects of one’s life.
This series is a forum for all to come together and discuss the beauty and visibility of natural hair. The Black hair care industry is worth £88 million and as utilising the rise of social influencers to reach a new audience.
This panel of industry influencers will discuss hair maintenance, wellbeing, hair stories, style options, professional experiences and reflections on what it means to be natural in 2017 in an inclusive and lively environment.
Sandra Brown-Pinnock – Owner of Xsandy’s hair and beauty retail chain and hair brand (https://xsandyshairandcosmetics.co.uk/)
Stephanie Sey – Consultant Trichologist (http://stephaniesey.co.uk/)
Yvadney Davis – Freelance fashion stylist specialising in children’s fashion and founder of the Mums That Slay blog for stylish mum’s that are passionate about self care (http://www.mumsthatslay.com)
Comfort Nsek – Simply Comfort Hair heat free mobile hair service and Trainee Solicitor (https://www.simplycomforthair.com/)
Dr Samantha Z Tross MBBS, FRCS, FRCS Ed, FRCS Ed(Tr&Orth) –
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Tross)
The panel will be moderated by Leah Samuel and Tamu Thomas of Motherhood Reconstructed.
You can read some information about the previous panelists here.
Tickets: £5.00 – £10.00
There will be limited tickets available at the door. Children under 16 are free.
Natural Hair Weekly
Former Journalist, Natural hair mentor, beauty advocate
Founder of Project Embrace
Saturday 25th March 2017
What does natural mean in 2017? – A natural hair and wellbeing discussion
Lekia Lée, a former broadcast journalist, natural hair mentor, beauty advocate and positive image activist, is the founder of Project Embrace, a social enterprise creating and promoting positive images of Afro textured hair with their newly-launched billboard campaign. Her company also organises empowerment workshops for mothers and daughters to inspire unconditional self-love and to teach practical ways to care for natural afro textured hair. Their ‘emPOWERDRESSING’ range feature Tshirts and other merchandise with positive affirmation slogans.
Project Embrace by challenging the narrow perception of beautiful hair, aims to encourage diversity in the beauty and fashion industry and society in general.
According to Lekia, research has shown that dissatisfaction with personal looks is linked to unhealthy wellbeing and low self-esteem; “hence her strapline – I am Enough. She says: “I hope to encourage women and girls to use their beauty as a source of empowerment and not a source of anxiety. When you feel empowered you can achieve anything. It is all about demanding equality and the right to express your authentic beauty. The problem is not that we appreciate beauty, but that the definition of beauty is narrow.”
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