Everything about you should be celebrated from the tips of your toes, to the curves of your hips all the way to the top of your head… and that is the goal of Hairfinity’s “LET YOUR HAIR DOWN” (LYHD) Expo.
This hair expo is leading the march on natural hair celebration. Like many women I grew up feeling that my Afro-Latina curls needed to be “tamed” to meet a certain beauty standard. However part of learning to love yourself is celebrating your natural beauty. I am accepting and celebrating the curls of my hair like I have the curves of my body. It is part of who I am and there is liberation in that.
So you can imagine how excited I was to attend this natural hair revolution. It was perfect timing since I just arrived from Miami the night before. And so Saturday morning I dragged my baby sister out of the house and we headed to Chelsea. LYHD is the largest natural hair expo in New York with an attendance of approximately 4,000 hair loving divas. The event was hosted by Jenell Stewart from Kinky Curly Coily Me and Christina Brown from Love Brown Sugar. It also included an appearance by Kim Coles as well as celebrity hair stylist and famed “Hair Whisperer” Felicia Leatherwood who conducted two sessions of her “Loving Your Hair With Natural Care” workshop where she teaches you to enhance and embrace the uniqueness of your natural hair.
The line to enter the expo wrapped around the block. It was incredible to see so many women patiently waiting their turn to enter and join the ladies already inside browsing the huge selection of booths which offered a wide range of services and products including massages, handmade jewelry as well as natural hair and body products. We also enjoyed a fashion show which featured fresh designs from Sebastian Threads and Sofistafunk.
Overall, it was an exhilarating afternoon surrounded by a great group of women. The staff, vendors and speakers were friendly and it set up a familial atmosphere. Besides who do you share your hair woes and triumphs with if not your sisters.
This was Hairfinity’s second expo of the year and I hope we can look forward to more events like this in the future.