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NaturallyCurly intern Ariel, left, enjoyed meeting Dr. Cornwall, founder of Sisterlocs.

The Natural Bombshell Expo and Fashion Show presented by Lock Couture, was on April 9, 2011, in Round Rock, Texas. Luckily, this awesome event was right next door to our headquarters in Austin. Lock Couture invited hair stylists, natural hair educators and enthusiasts from all over to share their knowledge, skills, and products. We couldn’t miss out on this chance to meet with other hair, beauty, and health living educators, so of course we were in attendance!

Whenever people came up to our NaturallyCurly.com table, their first question was typically: What exactly is NaturallyCurly? Since I get this question all the time from my curious friends and family, I will break it down for all of you who are curious.

NaturallyCurly.com is a growing network of sites including CurlyNikki.com, the leading natural hair blog; CurlStylist.com, a professional community especially for stylists servicing their curly clientele; and CurlMart.com, a boutique e-commerce site.

At NaturallyCurly, we aim to be a resource to those seeking ways to nurture their curly or textured hair. For most of the event, we were upstairs tabling with other vendors. We got to meet so many beautiful natural men, women, and children. We love meeting and talking to curlies about hair and introducing them to new products. We had some gift prizes that included some Jane Carter Solutions, Miss Jessie’s, and much more. We made a ton of new friends and met some people who were already Naturallycurly and CurlyNikki fans. We talked people about the best products for keeping curl definition, about styles to try while transitioning, and even styling tips. We loved every minute of it!

This event made me appreciate how diverse curly and natural hair can be. One thing that I quickly noticed was that locs were definitely the style of choice when it came to the crowd. No two heads of locs looked the same. There were beautiful locs of all shapes and sizes, all colors and length, of all ages. I saw baby locs, sisterlocs, thick locs, and everything in between. Everyone with locs that I met had a beautiful natural hair journey to share. I was inspired by the innovation and care that going into growing locs.

I had the pleasure of watching a starter loc demonstration done by Ms. Ray of “Deep in the Roots” salon. She was starting the locs via three-strand twist. It was an approximately 3-hour process. As we looked on, Ms. Ray explained the process and gave out great tips on hair maintenance. She answered questions and even allowed us to closely inspect the work she was doing on her client. Ms. Ray was not the only loctician extraordinaire in the building. Dr. Joann Cornwell, the maker of Sisterlocs, visited our NaturallyCurly table and allowed me to ask her some questions about Sisterlocs. When I asked her how she came up with the idea of Sisterlocs she told me she wanted locs that were smaller and would allow for more styling. It took her 2 years of experimenting with different techniques before she perfected it. Dr. Cornwell said that many people told her idea to make smaller locs would not work. Dr. Cornwell’s waist length curly Sisterlocs are proof that they do work and do look fabulous!

Overall, this event was a great learning experience for me. Everywhere I turned, people were dropping wisdom on me. I have come to realize that sharing ideas and information with people is the easy to be inspired. Now, I am even more inspired to experiment more with my hair and with natural ingredients. I learned a lot this weekend. I hope those that visited our NaturallyCurly table learned as much from as we learned from them. Hair is constantly changing and there is always something new to learn. These events allow us to share our hair wisdom with each other. That experience is priceless.

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