Boy, oh boy! Where do I begin this recap on the Spring 2012 World Natural Hair, Health, and Beauty Show? I know, I’ll take you step by step through what I did, who I met, and what I got. First: Let’s talk hair.
Going to a hair show, your hair has to be fab! So, I spent almost 3.5 hours getting it ready for the show.
Step One: Pre-poo with coconut oil. Apply coconut oil all over head. Cover with plastic cap and winter hat, keep it in for 1 hour. Finger detangle. Rinse out coconut oil.
Step Two: Wash hair with Oyin Handmade Honey Wash, making sure hair is in sections. Rinse out shampoo.
Step Three: Condition hair in sections, using Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner. Sit under my Heutiful Hair Steamer until it beeps and shuts off. Rinse out conditioner using cold water.
Step Four: Apply Eden Body Works Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Milk as a leave-in conditioner. Begin to blow dry hair.
Step Five: Twist hair in about 24 twists using Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade, 12 on top and 12 on bottom. Seal my hair with castor oil. Wrap hair with satin scarf, go to sleep, and take out twists in the morning. Shake, check hair in mirror, and go!
Getting to the show
*Sigh*. What. A. Trial. Getting to the hair show was so crazy. First, there was traffic on I-75 S. I’m not sure why *shrugs*. Then, it took me 30 minutes to turn left onto the street where the convention center was from Camp Creek Parkway. I left my loft in downtown Atlanta at 11:15. When I walked into the convention center, it was 12:15 p.m. What usually takes less than 15 minutes took me one hour.
Never, ever in my life have I seen a line like that for the hair show. I walked in, and since I hadn’t got my ticket online, I had to wait. It took me forever to find the end of the line. Please believe me when I tell you that the line to buy a ticket snaked around 3 times and ended at the back wall of the facility. I stood in that line for an hour. And you wanna know what the best part was: I made new curlfriends!!! But……it was only when I made it to the front of the line did people start coming around selling wristbands. #FAIL.
(Let’s pause for a moment. Do you remember that post I did on the “5 Things to know in preparation for the World Natural Hair Show? I’ve violated #1 and #2 right now. *hangs head in shame*).
Once I got inside, it was all systems go! I followed my third and fifth things to know in preparation for the show (identify what you want to buy beforehand). In my special blue notebook, I wrote down what booths I wanted to visit, what their booth numbers were, and what I was going to buy. A map, though, would have been really helpful.
Most importantly, I had a budget of $150 to work with (plus $20 for my co-worker).I got this great sample pack for $12 from TGIN and took a picture with Chris-Tia Donaldson, author of Thank God I’m Natural. She was so gracious and kind. I’d met her before last year, when I stopped by the booth.
Back then, she signed my book, and I picked up a book for my friend and a TGIN t-shirt. I left the booth, and moved towards Karen’s Body Beautiful. They were having a buy 2, get 1 free sale. So, I consulted my blue book again, and requested her Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In Conditioner, Hold it Hair Gel, and Butter Love all in the Vanilla Latte scent. I think it was $34 total. Love it! After leaving the Karen’s Body Beautiful, I got a little overwhelmed. There were people everywhere, and so much to see. I was walking with a friend of mine through the show and simultaneously tweeting. I’m surprised I didn’t trip over myself or run into anybody.