Imagine my surprise and joy when De Phillips Johnson CEO of Nappiology,Inc. and Nappiology meet-up group here in the Dallas/Ft Worth area contacted me offering me the opportunity to present at one of her monthly meet-up groups. I felt fortunate and grateful that she thought of me. For the past 2 years I posted my highlights at the Nappiology Expo's I attended, [click to see highlights from 2011] and [click here to see highlights from 2010] ...I can honestly say they get better each year and I'm so looking forward to Nappiology Expo 2012! To learn more about Nappiology [click here]
This was such a great experience for me. It gave me the opportunity to let so many supporters get to know me outside of my [Facebook Business Page] which is where a vast majority of my supporters and clientele have come from. These women are so kind, uplifting and full of excitement about learning to care for their hair and share with me and other women what they have learned as well. I really wanted to express how much they have helped me grow both professionally and personally and how much I appreciate them. This months meet-up was held at Betty Warmack Library in Grand Prairie, TX. Prior to the meet up starting I had chance to talk with a couple of clients I hadn't seen a quite awhile. They both greeted me with hugs and one of them gave me a gift. I was pleasantly surprised when one Sister named Aledra handed me a little cellophane bag with something wrapped inside. I opened it immediately!
Women of every shade of brown with kinky curly coils gathering together in a peaceful supportive setting is such a wonderful thing to be a part of...
It was such a treat just speaking on what I love to anyhow. It never feels like work when you do what you love!
I wanted to take the crowd through regimen building from start to finish and began first with sharing natural hair care options using oils and butters for do-it-yourself (DIY) hair care. I was so pleased to see women with paper and pens out ready to take notes and iPad tablets on laps, with plenty of questions.
I went through the what I call the 8 steps of regimen building, discussing natural oils and butters after using water for moisture prior to applying an oil or butter to the hair. I will go into detail in a future post. I get asked so many questions on how to build a regimen I wanted to cover it in the most simplified way I could to make the journey towards having healthy natural hair not so overwhelming for some. I really wanted the guests to know the road to healthy hair is not solely in a product but in consistency of care we give our hair regardless what is used to a certain degree. Also, caring for our hair IS affordable, especially when replacing products with DIY hair care options. We discussed scalp issues, what carrier oils are, what essential oils are and the benefits of adding them to oils and products we already have, to increase the benefits of using them. I know many of us feel we have to categorize our hair into some "type" so I also touched on why I feel using the word texture instead is a more fitting. I was so glad to see so many women in agreement.
We also had time for a styling tip segment. I'd asked my good friend if she would allow me to do a demo on her hair and she agreed. I needed one more model and asked for a volunteer. Their hair textures and lengths were completely different and I wanted to show how the same products depending on what technique is used can be used on any hair texture.
For more photos of this event and other Nappiology events [click here].
It was a wonderful day. My son's were there and I was so glad they had the opportunity to see why I do what I do...because it brings so many women of color together, I love speaking about hair care, and most of all it just makes me happy.
Here are a few comments from guests who attended the workshop posted on Nappiology meet-up site:
Also, thank you De for your hard work and dedication to women and their natural hair. ~Monique
Thank you Amber for your knowledge and time. I really enjoyed your workshop. Also thanks De for organizing this enlightening event! ~Amber
My daughters enjoyed themselves; it was awesome. ~ Charles
Thank you Amber I really enjoyed myself yesterday. I gained so much knowledge. Thank you De for organizing the event. I had a great time. ~Yolandia
Meet Up Doo...
The previous post shows my hair style pretty much I just untwisted the twists and re-pinned my updo with hair that was twisted out instead of keeping it in twists...to me it gave this style a much more bold look.
Miss Jessie's is the Title Sponsor of the 2012 Best Southwest Juneteenth, Nappiology Fro Fest
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Desoto Civic Center
211 E Pleasant Run Rd
VENDORS, WORKSHOPS, NATURAL HAIR showcase and sooo much more!
VENDORS - catering to natural hair
Tranistion workshop by Denise Valentine - Niecy's Natural Hair Salon
Loc Styling 101 with Ms. Ray - Deep in the Roots Salon