Naturalista Weekend at Texas Black Expo was June 22 & 23 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. I hosted and coordinated the schedule of events for this year’s Naturally Free Weekend. Sign-up for my email list to find out about more Houston, TX events like this.
This year’s schedule of events began with a mega meet-up hosted by myself and Naturally Happy Hair Magazine. I thought I was going to pull my hair out but I made it to the event with all my hair plus some due to my Marley Twist. There was an incredible turn out for this sold out event. It actually sold out twice!!! Can you believe that? I was only hoping for 300 people. I was ecstatic to see that and more.
In my event planning the main objective was to highlight experts that could address many of the common questions and concerns within the natural hair community.
On the roster of speakers were Tamika Fletcher, Natural Resources Salon; Vernetta Freeney, Women are Game Changers.com; Dr. Adriana Jackson, Advanced Dermatology; Denika Penn-Carothers, Author of Natural Hair and Hair Products and Treshina Johnson, Zelophadad’s Daughter. Kena Shaw of Chocolate is Natural Radio Show moderated and facilitated ‘What Happens When You Get Tired of Your Natural Hair? Am I Still Natural If…” discussion panel. Our panelist included: Tamika Fletcher, Natural Resources Salon; Dr. Paula M. Chrishon, Tendrils and Curls; Samori Diallo, The Natural Me; Alicia James, Singer and Vlogger; LaRhonda May, Naturally Supreme.
Featured stylist, Tamika Fletcher also known as the Natural Hair Expert and DIY Queen of Natural Resources Salon demonstrated various hairstyles. She even shared how a little eyeshadow can give your hair a temporary pop of color.
Tamika Fletcher was on my wish list of speakers. I had my fingers crossed as I submitted my speakers request. She’s on television weekly sharing the latest trends in hair and DIY beauty. Her styles have also been featured on Essence.com. If you’ve seen Natural Chica’s wedding photos, you’ve seen her work.
Dr. Adrianna J. Jackson, the Advanced Dermatology Hair Loss Specialist, is a board certified dermatologist licensed in the state of Texas. She has extensive training in the field of skin diseases, hair disorders and ethnic skin. Dr. Jackson addressed “The Truth About Alopecia & Scalp Health”. In her discussion attendees had the opportunity to learn about the different types of hair loss and their causes. She also discussed which type of scalp conditions require immediate consultation by a dermatologist and more.
Treshina Johnson, Owner of Zelophehad’s Daughters Salon and contributor to Natural Hair Rules.com took her tales from behind the chair offline to the demo stage with “Things Your Natural Hairstylist Want You To Know”. The attendees received answers to all their haircare questions in this interactive session. Treshina also demonstrated the best technique for properly trimming natural hair.
Also on the demo stage was Ms. Dreeks who demonstrated one of the latest trends, Havana Twist. She also agreed to demo last minute, to help this sista out. Thanks again, girl. I absolutely loved the showmanship of Crystal Cole of Twist n’ Out. You can also check out the Twist N’ Out’s event re-cap.
Special Thank you to Nappy Love Houston, Tierra Stith, This Hair of Mine, and NappyFu for sharing this info.