Own and un­der­stand your crown

CityPress - - News - MOHAU MOKOENA mohau.mokoena@city­press.co.za

The beauty in the room was in­spir­ing when curls of all types and tex­tures gath­ered at the Park House of Events on 7 in Hyde Park to be en­ter­tained and ed­u­cated about their nat­u­ral hair.

I have heard about these nat­u­ral hair get­to­geth­ers but never been to one – un­til this past Thurs­day.

Gosh, nat­u­ral­is­tas slayed at this Curl Af­fair, put to­gether by L’Oréal, Mizani and Carol’s Daugh­ter, to name but a few.

Nat­u­ral hair has be­come a force to be reck­oned with, and it’s about time. What was even more won­der­ful was hav­ing Lisa Price, the founder of Carol’s Daugh­ter from Brook­lyn in the US, grace us with her pres­ence.

The Curl Af­fair event started at 6pm. But for 90 min­utes be­fore that, Price an­swered ques­tions from the group of jour­nal­ists and so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers who had been in­vited.

Twenty years ago, Price started her busi­ness from her kitchen. Since then, it has grown into a world­wide em­pire and re­ceived back­ing from the likes of Jada Pin­kett and Will Smith.

The grace­ful Zizo Tsh­wete an­chored the first part of the event and the en­er­getic Nomzamo Mbatha joined her later.

Af­ter the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion, the Curl Af­fair took off. The room was packed with about 800 peo­ple who came to learn more about their tresses. L’Oréal did a pre­sen­ta­tion on the science of hair. I didn’t know that the fol­li­cle of curly hair an­gles into the scalp. Who’da thunk it? Not me! As some­one who strug­gles with her Afro, the one word that stuck out for me was: mois­ture. And no, oil is not a mois­turiser, but a sealant.

Price said: “What grows out of our heads is good enough. It does not need to be ma­nip­u­lated. Bushy is great! Nappy is great!”

The crowd was en­ter­tained with a mini fash­ion show and later (I missed this part but In­sta­gram is my friend) LeAnne Dlamini and Takkies brought down the house.

Dur­ing most of the in­ter­mis­sion the crowd was served fin­ger food. Some Dur­banville Hills drinks tasters were of­fered. If you wanted a full glass of some of these, you could get them for R35. This was no open bar event, ladies, we were talk­ing hair.


BUSHY IS GREAT Lisa Price, founder of beauty prod­uct brand Carol’s Daugh­ter


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