PHOTOS FROM BELLA KINKS NATURAL HAIR EXPO

Just a few years ago it was hard to find a meetup dedicated specifically to the natural and curly hair community. Now, we need a calendar to keep up with the many events going on that surround our unique, closely-knit lifestyle! Here are some exciting upcoming natural hair events, expos, and seminars happening during the month of January:

CHICAGO, IL

Afro Fashion Show, 1/17 @5pm

Chicago naturals will be joining forces for a day filled with fashion and beauty. Complete with a fashion competition, live performances, and indoor market place, you won't want to miss out on this mid-winter natural hair event. Get tickets here

COLLEGE PARK, GA

Nourishing Scalp Oil Formulation Class, 1/3 @12pm

Oils are gold to the natural hair community. Learn how to make your own, whether you are an expert homemaker, natural hair stylist, barber, loctician, braider, or natural hair product enthusiast. Don't feel like spending money on hair oils from the store or beauty supply? Here's your chance to learn everything you need to be a DIYer. Get tickets here 

HOUSTON, TX

Natural Hair Pageant, 1/16 @8am

You haven't seen a pageant like this one. Featuring women of color who rock their locs and natural hair with pride, this unique event offers the winner a personalized float in the 2016 Martin Luther King March in Houston and an official shoot with the help of a celebrity makeup artist and stylist. Get tickets here

LOS ANGELES, CA

Big Chop Party, 1/3 @11am

Are you ready to make a change and walk into the New Year boldly and confident? Reserve your spot for a big chop at this event. There will be others just like you, ready to mingle and bring the new year of changes with drinks and appetizers provided. Get tickets here

TAMPA, FL

I Am Not My Hair, 1/15 @5:30pm

Sit in on this free panel discussion and ponder topics such as men's preferences on natural hair, texture discrimination in the media and workplace, and embrace your heritage with others with a similar mindset. Held at the Robert. W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library in Tampa, you can't miss this informative panel.

NEW HAVEN, CT

Brown Skin Women Natural Hair Meetup, 1/6 @6pm

Connect and network with likeminded naturals and professionals and bond on things like business, natural hair, and products. BSW will provide hair and beauty inspiration with raffles from sponsors and vendors, including the opportunity to grow your professional network during this evening of positive energy and fun. Get tickets here

BILOXI, MS

Flower Crown Workshop, 1/12 @4pm

Are you a fan of the floral headpiece? Do you have a wedding coming up and want to rock a unique and beautiful flower crown? This event is for you. Perfect for you and your bridesmaids friends, the Mississippi State University Coastal will host this 2-hour seminar on how to make your own floral crown, hosted by Dr. Jim DelPrince, a floristry expert. Get tickets here

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL

New Year, New Me, Naturally, 1/2 @8pm

Come meet Central Florida naturalistas in this hair and skin tip-filled event. With several raffle drawings, a swag bag full of hair product, light appetizers as well as exercise advice from Brittany of Killer Body Fitness, you'll get a kickstart to your healthiest year, yet. Get tickets here

DALLAS, TX

#IDEFINEME Big Chop Slumber Party, 1/8 @5pm

Picture a room full of women expectant for change. Kala G of The KG Lifestyle is doing the big chop in honor of her upcoming birthday, and she's inviting you to join her. Wear your onesie and get ready to see what the new year has in store for the new you. Get tickets here

SILVER SPRING, MD

Winterize Your Hair, 1/2 @6pm

Come to this event and refresh your knowledge of proper natural hair care during the winter, like how to battle brittle curls and which products you should use. If you live in the DMV area, The Natural Hair "Nstitute" will especially be helpful in creating a protective regimen for yourself during the brutal winter season. Get tickets here

LONG BEACH, CA

The Hair Seminar, 1/3 @1pm

Education doesn't have to be boring. Come to this fun seminar that will teach you how to become a natural hair vendor at an event. Best of all, it's free to the public, at Elation Extensions Lounge in Long Beach.

HARTFORD, CT

Natural Hair Twist Out Workshop, 1/9 @11am

Learn how to master a twist out on your curly natural hair for ultimate definition. The products used during the live demonstration will be available for purchase to attendees. Get tickets here

NEW YORK, NY

Laying a Lace Front Closure Workshop, 1/16 @ 2pm

Want to switch up your look for 2016 or protect your natural hair in the harsh winter climate? First Lady of MIHI, Abby, will show you how to create a braid pattern that is ideal for a lace closure, how to create the sew-in closure, and overall tips for maintaining healthy hair underneath the protective style. Get tickets here