On October 23, 2015 bloggers from all over the country descended upon Dallas, Texas for the 1st Annual Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo.
Expo creator and host, Julian Addo, wanted to create an event that would highlight the rich culture of the natural hair community while bringing accessible and resourceful hair education to North Texas and the surrounding areas. Addo also wanted to create an environment in which industry leaders, brands and bloggers could network and build long lasting relationships.
Black Excellence Dinner
1st on the to do list was Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo’s “Black Excellence Dinner”. The industry’s first premier black tie-gala was hosted by beauty and natural hair blogger @ShineStruck as well as recording artist @_ChrisClassic. I was alongside my fellow bloggers and several industry experts for the evening. Expo creator & host Julian honored creatives of the natural hair community while providing a platform for fellow bloggers to meet natural hair community leaders and network at a high level.
Headed to the Grapevine
The following morning we all attended the 1st day of the Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo at the Grapevine Convention Center. A wide variety of brands and vendors were on hand to educate attendees about healthy hair care, beauty and confidence.
I really enjoyed attending Curlbox CEO and founder Myleik Teele’s “My Taught You” workshop. Myleik spilled the tea about everything from her humble beginnings to business, love, natural hair & how she has been able to defy the odds and create a multi-million dollar empire from pennies in her pocket. I literally gasped when I introduced myself and Myleik responded, “I know you from Instagram. I’ve seen you online”.
Another amazing workshop that took place was a step by step tutorial on “How to Achieve the Perfect Perm Rod Set” held by Physician Assistant and Natural Hair Blogger Lianne aka @Chronicurls.
Ultimate Bloggers Lounge
Later that evening, The Ultimate Bloggers Lounge was held at the NYLO Hotel in Las Colinas, Texas. This event was held as a means to allow the blogger community to mingle and get to know each other in a much more laid back and intimate atmosphere. The Ultimate Bloggers Lounge was sponsored by CURLS. Additional sponsors included Mop Top Hair, Hip Fits, Carol Daughter, Creme of Nature and Ugly Betty Boy Crush.
I was very impressed with the amount of vendors that were present during the Expo! There were various clothing, accessories and natural hair vendors. It was refreshing to see brands I haven’t come across yet.
North Texas was hit by very heavy and dangerous rain storms as well as the reminants of Hurricane Patricia during the weekend of the Expo. This significantly hindered many flights and travels for numerous bloggers. Depsite the circumstances we still came together for what became an unforgettable experience. Not only were we able to network with numerous brands but we were able to meet and interact with one another face to face. Many of us traveled from out of state & probably would’ve never met if it weren’t for this Expo. The bonds and friendships that were created with these amazing women that weekend is something I will always hold near and dear to my heart. Special thanks to Expo creator Julian Addo for hosting such an amazing and uplifting experience. I can’t wait to see what the Bella Kinks DFW NHE will bring to the table in 2016.
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