30 May [EVENT]: Glow With The Fro: Exclusive Curls And Coils Talk
The inaugural Exclusive Curls and Coils Talk hosted by Glow With The Fro at the J&B Hive in Braamfontein took place on the Saturday, the 26th of May 2018. Event organisers, Karabo Mmakoma and Michelle Sibanda are social media-based natural hair content creators, mainly on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook under the username “Glow with the Fro” across all boards.
The exclusive coils and curls talk was a rather intimate setting, bringing together natural hair enthusiasts from all different walks of life within the Gauteng province to unpack the business and politics of the natural hair movement within the South African context.
Blogger and Beauty On Tapp ambassador, Cwayita Bizana was the keynote speaker. “I make sure to try the stuff so I know what I’m talking about. I feel, touch, experience – fully. If I’m talking about a certain product, it’s something that I’ve tried and tested so I know what I’m talking about. Natural hair is what I have and everyday is different, therefore that’s the content I create as I evolve and as it grows so I try to document that,” she says. Cwayita, who is nearing a year into her blogging also revealed that plans to re-brand are underway as she will be moving into YouTube in no time.
Singer and actress, Sihle Ndaba presented a guest speech highlighting her transition from relaxed to natural hair. “Natural hair to me, means freedom. It means that I can do whatever I want, whenever I want and with whomever I want. Because I’m not conforming to anybody else’s standard of beauty. I’m just doing me hey – I’m just doing me!” says Sihle. Although she could not go into much detail, you can expect a whole lot from Sihle beyond just acting.
I spotted a host of interesting sponsors at the event in the form of Cosmopolitan Magazine, Earth Natural Hair, Mabu Tribe, Brown Child, Design Essentials, Jabu Stone and many more. The creators of naturalhair.co.za were also present, giving little bit of their insight on African natural hair. Attendees each had their individual professional portraits taken by them.
A lot of interesting talking points came up through the many discussions during the course of the day. In her opening speech, co-organiser Michelle said, “We are simply trying to bring our voice across in a more personal way, away from just social media”. Guests were also treated to free complimentary drinks from the J&B Hive and hampers with samples from the natural hair brands that were present.
“Natural hair is not a movement, it’s not a trend. Natural hair is who you are. If you embrace that, knowing how hard it is to take care of natural hair – the fact that you know how painful it is and the fact that you are willing to do it should make it worthy. If you are capable of doing that, then you are worthy of everything else,” says co-organiser Karabo.
There will be a second leg of the Exclusive Coils and Curls Talk hosted in Cape Town on the 30th of July 2018. If anything, I enjoyed the Johannesburg leg of the event as it was an educational and networking platform for the most of us who were there. The full coverage of the event will soon be uploaded on my YouTube channel. In the meantime, kindly subscribe so that you can receive updates when season two goes live!
Photography By: Junior Mazibuko
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