By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THE Natural Hair and Beauty Expo (NHBE), hosted at the International University of Management (IUM) main campus in Windhoek this past weekend, proved to be surprising delight, as natural hair lovers and vendors from all over the country flooded the event.
Vendors sold everything from Shea Butter, curl definers and beard oil, to Wahl hair clippers. Besides the impressive hair and beauty products, the expo also saw the selling of cocktails, wines, traditional food and soft drinks.According to the organisers, the NHBE was all about women, who wear weaves, braids or wigs, having an opportunity to take a break from social manipulation and embrace their natural hair.
Those with chemically straightened hair were also encouraged to take better care of their natural hair, by doing away with this harmful practice. Most importantly, the expo was about celebrating African hair and beauty. The event also did not shy away from entertaining its guests, as Loudima Dreamer was the deejay, and a performance by afro-acoustic and poetry aficionados, Blend, made it all worthwhile. “We wanted to create a platform where we could discuss and celebrate the issues around natural hair and beauty. It may seem silly that we need to discuss the way in which our hair grows out of our heads, naturally, but over many decades, the beauty industry has geared itself to promoting straight hair, and curly hair in its natural state has became less acceptable,” said Zodidi Gaseb, who is one of the NHBE founders. Since its inception in 2015, the Natural Hair and Beauty Expo has grown from strength to strength, and is a first-of-its-kind event in Namibia to embrace natural hair.
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