NaturallyCurly: Introduce yourself and your event/company!

Lisa Clay: My name is Lisa Michelle Clay and I’m the owner/creator of the natural hair blog, This Hair of Mine. I’m sharing personal information about my own natural hair journey and seeking to inspire, encourage and motivate those who are natural or considering going natural.

NC: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started in the hair care business? Can you tell me a little bit about your own personal background and the event’s background?

LC: As a resident of Houston, I’ve been very active in the natural hair community. I have attended many mixers and meet-ups in my city, but I’ve never put together an event on my own. When I realized I was approaching the first year anniversary of my blog, I shared my thoughts on having a small party to celebrate this milestone. I received tons of encouragement for my 1st Blogiversary Celebration and the ball got rolling! My initial hopes were to have a handful of sponsors and 30-40 attendees, but thanks to an overwhelming backing by my favorite brands and support from Houston naturals, I have over 20 sponsors and anticipate 100 ladies attending.

NC: How do you wear your hair? Natural? Curly?

LC: On any given day you’ll find me rocking a twistout, or some variation of one! I love the simplicity and the versatility of the style because it can be as compact or as big as I want it to be…and I LOVE big fluffy hair!

NC: Can you tell me about your curly hair story?

LC: As a child, I had a lot of hair, and after begging my mom, I got my first relaxer in junior high. I cut my hair short several times in high school, but I was never without a relaxer or texturizer. In college, I was solely responsible for my hair. Needless to say, I was not doing a great job at keeping it healthy. My hair was limp and lifeless, and I had resorted to wearing my hair in a ponytail the majority of the time. After debating whether or not to perm my hair, I decided that it was the perfect time to break the monotony. On July 30, 2004 I went to a local beauty school in Austin and had my hair cut off (“Big Chop” in today’s terms!). At that time I wasn’t aware of any natural hair movement, but I was in love with my new short style. After suffering severe heat damage with my first press (straight) style, I had my second big chop in 2006. This was a hard pill to swallow after watching my hair grow tremendously in the first 18 months. Rather than take the time to learn my natural hair, I opted for braids and using a gentler, ceramic flat iron to straighten my hair. As I approached my 5 year naturalversary, I realized that I hadn’t really learned much about my hair other than that it’s curly when wet. That’s when I decided to take a healthier natural approach to my hair! I found tips on YouTube and other websites and began learning about new products and techniques, but it took another 2 years to actually start documenting my experiences on my own blog. That’s when This Hair of Mine was born!

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NC: Let’s talk a bit about the event: when, where, cost to enter, type of vendors, how often etc?

LC: The This Hair of Mine 1st Blogiversary Celebration will take place on Sunday, August 5th from 3pm to 6pm at Zanzibar, an upscale lounge in Houston, TX. This event is free and there will be swag bags for the first 20 attendees as well as a multitude of door prizes sponsored by my favorite natural hair care brands. Vendors will include custom jewelry by Dope Crochet, Astella19 and TatusWelle, shirts by B. Natural Apparel and natural hair products by Pretty by CeCe and AfroAngel Organics.

NC: What can attendees expect to see and experience at the event?

LC: I love meeting new people in this growing Houston natural hair community and this will be a great opportunity to mix and mingle with other naturals in the city, including a few of Houston’s natural hair bloggers! I often get questions about where to go for services, so I will be highlighting some of the top natural hair businesses in the Houston area, including Natural Resources Salon, Touch of Heaven Salon, Soul Sister Natural Hair Care and the new natural hair boutique Tendrils and Curls. And what’s a Blogiversary without giveaways? There will be a TON of them featuring sponsors like NaturallyCurly.com, Bee Mine, Huetiful, Jane Carter, Original Moxie, EDEN BodyWorks and many more. We’ll also have Pretty as a Picture Photography snapping candid pictures during the event and You Pose Photo Booths to capture your best poses. I really just want to show my sincere gratitude to those who have supported me during this extraordinary first year.

NC: How does your event differ from other events happening in the community?

LC: My free event will be geared towards connecting and networking amongst naturals while supporting the businesses that complement the natural hair journey. There will also be a product swap for people to exchange and swap for the chance to try new products for free. With a top notch array of sponsors and a great selection of vendors, this event is the place to mix, mingle, shop, have fun and further build relationships in the Houston natural hair community.

NC: Anything else you would like to add?

LC: Please support the natural hair movement in your city! If there isn’t a meet-up group, then start one! We have to support and encourage each other, and there’s no better way than to network and get involved. It’s a great way to motivate and be an inspiration to someone else along the same journey. There’s more than enough room in the natural hair community to have groups in every city in the US and beyond!

NC: Tell us where we can connect with your brand.

LC: You can connect with me on my blog at ThisHairOfMine.com, facebook at facebook.com/ThisHairOfMine, twitter at twitter.com/BigHairBrwnEyes and YouTube at youtube.com/LisaMsLisa.

NC: Lastly, what’s your opinion on the texture revolution? Do you see it becoming a bigger trend/movement? In Hollywood? In real life?

LC: I feel like the natural hair care revolution is long overdue! The timing couldn’t be better, as people are taking a closer look at the products they're using and engaging in an altogether healthier lifestyle. More and more women are coming out publicly wearing their natural hair and that sends a signal to the world that it’s okay to embrace what we were born with. We’re no longer tied to the traditional standards of beauty because we are capable of creating our own!

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