Curly hair events are a staple of the natural hair community and allow us to network, buy products, try new brands, and build our community. Curlies flock to these events worldwide, and many meetups and events are expanding to include live interactive workshops, on-site demos, panels, and in some cases, CEOs making appearances to connect with fans. If you've never been to a curly hair event, we've got you covered. We've got the top ten events across the country (and internationally) you'll want to attend whether, you're going to connect with fellow curlies or snag the latest product releases.
When: April 7th-8th
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Natural hair care specialist Malaika Tamu Cooper will host a spectacular weekend full of workshops, local vendors, and entertainment. This curly hair event will feature actresses, models, and classes taught by professional hair care instructors looking to give you all the how-to in healthy hair care!
When: April 14, 2018
Where: Los Angeles, California
Californians! This event is all about community, networking, and curly hair talk with fellow naturals! Aunt Jackie's, Mixed Chicks, Miss Jessie's, and Aphogee will be sponsoring this event totally dedicated to curls! A $25 entry fee gets you lunch, education, sample products and support from fellow curlies.
When: April 21-22nd
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
"The first, the largest and the best!" Taliah Waajid is back with her infamous World Natural Hair Show in none other than ATL! So many of your favorite brands will be here including Palmer's, Mane Choice, Mixed Chicks, and more. Performances, panels, and workshops will run during the two-day event. Taliah is reinventing the concept of community by including DIY sessions, financial seminars, and beauty seminars.
When: April 28, 2018
Where: Tallahassee, Florida
The sunshine state is calling all curlies to come through. This curly hair event is all about focusing on heritage, culture, and the art of African hair. Capital City Natural Hair and Health Expo combine art, natural hair care, local vendors, and beauty that all stems from the celebration of African people and their culture. Tickets start at $10 and $25 for the VIP experience.
Where: Brooklyn, New York
Many curlies from near and far gathered together for the amazing Curl Fest event last summer. Dubbed "The Ultimate Natural Beauty Festival," this NYC based event brought curlies in the park to rock their natural beauty, showcase fashion and featured some of the hottest brands in the business. We're all anxiously awaiting the announcement for Curl Fest 2018!
When: July 7th-8th
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
NOLA is calling our name! ORS Curls Unleashed is hosting this sophisticated event that promises a fun social aspect for curlies alike looking to network and build community. The event will feature blogger panels, giveaways, a social media lounge, and morning brunch on the last day. Book your flight and snag your ticket starting at $20!
When: July 14-15, 2018
Where: Chicago, Illinois
The windy city is blowing something exciting our way this summer. Natural Hair Fest Chicago believes "Our Distinct Hair Types and Textures is ONE MOVEMENT," which speaks volumes of the impact this festival will have. This two-day event will host a variety of local vendors who will have classes and workshops to promote healthy hair growth and wellness.
When: July 28, 2018
Where: London, UK
UK curlies and anyone traveling internationally this summer, we've got a festival for you! This UK festival will feature Revlon, As I Am Naturals, and Creme of Nature to name a few. CurlyTreats features black-owned businesses, speakers, panelists, and is the premier event for all UK curlies to come together.
When: August 5th
Where: Dallas, Texas
Are you ready to go big or go home? First, the theme of this event is "Wakanda Forever," so you already know it's about to be amazing. This natural hair expo is part of a five-city tour that travels from Oakland, California with two stops in Texas before ending in Los Angeles. You can catch Uncle Funky's Daughter, Miss Jessie's, and Curls will appear on this tour with a percentage of proceeds being donated to charity.
When: August 11th-12th
Where: Detroit, Michigan
For my mid-western ladies, this fall event is one to mark on your calendars. The 2nd annual Detroit Natural Hair Expo is hosted by the Mane Choice and sponsored by Mielle Organics. This event caters to men, women, and children alike and will feature local and international vendors with tickets starting at $15.
Where: New York City, NY
NaturallyCurly will host our biggest event of the year during New York Fashion Week, Texture on the Runway! This year will be bigger and better as we celebrate texture in a space where we have historically been underrepresented. With our annual event, we’ve helped change the conversation about fashion and diversity. Stay tuned for how you can join the fun!
Will you be attending any of these events? If we missed an event in your city, drop it in the comments below.