I will be a Guest Speaker at Kinks and Curls Expo in Uganda
My natural hair journey has been an experience of self-discovery, self-love and acceptance. It has strengthened me physically, mentally and emotionally. Yes, I know it’s just hair, but ask a naturalista the struggle that is the natural hair journey! My decision to go natural a few years ago was because I had a ridiculous amount of breakage and damaged hair. Once I made that decision to chop off my hair and start my natural hair journey, there was no looking back.
I have learnt acceptance to be who I am in my own “natural state.” I look at the mirror every day and can’t help but to fall in love with my kinky afro. My focus is on achieving a healthy head of hair and I also know that I cannot make my hair look like somebody else’s and I’m okay with that. We all have different textures of hair and should learn to embrace it. Your hair should be a representation of who you are, not somebody else’s. Do not let anyone have an opinion about your hair!
The natural hair movement is sweeping the nation and we see so many women ditching their relaxers to embrace their naturally kinky, coily and curly hair. I’m all about this movement! As women we should learn not to discriminate others who choose to wear their hair natural but instead encourage them and acknowledge how beautiful they are.
I was contacted by Natural Hair Uganda about being a guest speaker at their upcoming Kinks and Curls expo event a few months ago. This event is being hosted by the Kurl friends in collaboration with Rhanika on the 25th of March 2017. I was excited and nervous at the same time. Being an introvert, I almost said no, but a little voice in my head said don’t look back you got this! I am currently brainstorming and preparing my presentation and practicing it on a daily basis.
I am so grateful for this opportunity and for my readers for the support and all the lovely comments. It will be a great pleasure to meet my readers in Uganda. I look forward to exchanging tips and experiences while learning about how the natural hair community is thriving in Uganda. The event will feature natural hair, body and skin products made in Uganda by Ugandans, health and wellness enthusiasts, lifestyle blogger personalities, unique fashion piece makers, inspiring artists, beauty gurus and grooming establishments that cater to natural hair.
Topics that will be discussed include natural hair care and styling, natural hair at the workplace, health, nutrition and wellness, and beauty tips. Throughout the course of the event, different awards will be handed out to individuals who stand out in various categories, for example “Most versatile headwrap”, “Best TWA”, “Funkiest Twistout”, “Fro and Beau of the Day”. In addition, there will be a photo booth with various props to encourage naturalistas and their supporters to create digital memories of the day as it proceeds.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased via Kinks & Curls Expo IG page. I can’t wait to meet and see you all there.
Lots of love, Sheila