If you live in the Houston and surrounding areas, you may have noticed an increase in natural hair events and activities around town. Not just that, but natural hair salons and community groups are becoming more and more active as well. In fact, I see more proud naturals walking around than I think I’ve ever seen before!  With all the city has to offer a curly girl, it’s a great time and place to be natural!

Uncle Funky's Daughter

Tonya & Ray Reed opened the Uncle Funky’s Daughter Salon & Boutique in 2003 and both the salon and the brand have flourished. They have received numerous national accolades and have most recently been spotted within the pages of Redbook, Juicy Ebony and Essence magazines.

The salon recently hosted the Do What Comes Naturally workshop, created to encourage the natural lifestyle and empower people to pursue their passions. From the live demonstrations, vision board and art stations, free makeovers and lots of clothing and jewelry vendors, this event brought out hundreds of attendees to celebrate what being natural is truly about. I definitely look forward to more events like this from the Uncle Funky’s Daughter crew.

Natural Resources Salon

Another top salon in the Houston area recently hosted their first of three Naturally Live series on Livestream. Natural Resources Salon has been a staple in the Houston natural hair scene for the past 10 years, providing healthy hair care and maintenance for new and veteran naturals alike. The first topics covered during the Livestream included, “The Basics of Natural Hair Care & Going Natural in Corporate America,” areas that encouraged lots of dialog amongst the Livestream, Facebook and Twitter followers. December 13 will be the next event in the series and will cover, “Healthy Product Ingredients to Look for & Holiday Style Ideas.” The session runs from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. CST, so tune in!

Nzuri Natural Hair Show

How can you go wrong with Miss Jessie’s leading the way as the key sponsor; world record holder for the largest Afro, Aevin Dugas emceeing; numerous workshops and discussions including the awesome Bloggersphere panel; the Little Miss Happy Headed pageant for the young girls; two fashion shows sponsored by Macys and lots and lots of vendors to get your shop on?  Still need another reason to make sure you are in the building? Well how about tickets starting at only $10 a day with kids 12 and under completely FREE! What a way to round out the year!  Get your tickets now!

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Final Thoughts

So, 2011 is going out with a serious bang, and I hope we can keep this momentum going through 2012.  Natural Resources Salon will start it off strong by hosting their last Livestream series covering the topics of, “The Big Chop & Fresh Natural Cuts and Shapes for the New Year” on January 17, 2012. I have a feeling 2012 will continue to be strong for the natural hair community in Houston.