Over the years, as a business reporter and co-founder of NaturallyCurly, I have been lucky to meet some inspiring visionaries.
I recently was on a panel for a retailer, discussing trends in the texture category. The question was posed: is natural hair a trend?
When I got to the office this morning, the topic of conversation was a new line thigh gap jewelry. Thigh gap jewelry? Are you kidding me?
Ari Shwersky, the inspiration for Curlee Girlee
When Atara Twersky's younger daughter Ari was born, she didn't have straight hair like her older sister, her brother or her mother. She had tight ringlets.
Standing room only crowd at Boston stop ofQuintessential Naturals
Sabrina Boissiere is a veteran event planner, having produced more than 50 events from Dallas to Washington, D.C. The talent manager and founder of Natural Partners in Crime has always sought to create unique events for naturalistas who embrace their natural hair and want to have fun while learning about new brands, products, and techniques and hearing from top influencers.
With Quintessential Naturals - a 5-city tour that kicked off in Austin, Tex. in March - she wanted to bring the magic of a first-class natural hair event to cities that haven't had as many of them.
I have been honored with the opportunity to be one of the featured panelists, and have seen the magic first hand at the standing-room only events. Shortly after the April 8th Boston stop, I interviewed Boissiere.
Although Myleik Teele has been natural for more than a decade, that doesn't mean she wears her hair in its natural state all the time. Sometimes she wears Marley twists. Sometimes she blows it out straight.
Diane Mary Montalto, who has wavy hair, said, “I’m scared to count how many products I have; it may be close to triple digits.”
With Calvin Klein’s Fall 2017 Ready-To-Wear Show Friday, designer Raf Simons wanted to show off the new face of fashion. And that new face was not one face. The men and women sauntering down the runway represented a wide range of ethnicities, hair textures and body types. Rather than the homogenous approach that we’ve seen in the past, this year’s Calvin Klein show was all about individuality in all of its beautiful forms.
In our safe NaturallyCurly world, where we celebrate coils and kinks on a daily basis, we can lose sight of how society, as a whole, views natural hair. Facebook posts of naturalistas are greeted with thousands of likes and dozens of positive comments. Women are empowered and supported as they transition from relaxers to their natural texture.
NaturallyCurly is a global community celebrating b
eauty and strength in diversity. For nineteen years, we have represented various and different nationalities and ethnicities. We support inclusiveness, understanding and acceptance of ourselves, and of each other, as the bedrock of who we are and what we do.