I found this photo of a hair show from the 1920’s, featuring the products of Madam CJ Walker, and it struck me.

Madam CJ Walker

Hair shows and events are a part of our collective history, dating back further than I had assumed. Hair shows have traditionally been about sharing and displaying pride in our unique beauty. And the explosion of natural hair events now is a true reflection of how powerful the movement has become.

Nowadays, there are natural hair events taking place on a regular basis, in just about every major city in America. If you live in a city like Atlanta or Chicago, there’s a steady stream of events to enjoy. It can be difficult to keep track sometimes, so I’m here to help! Here are some of the upcoming natural hair events I’m currently aware of, around the country — and if you know of any I’m missing, please feel free to leave a comment about it below!

Natural Is Not A Fad – October 15, 2011 – Westin Hotel, National Harbor, MD. Click to buy tickets!

Koils By Nature Natural Is Not a Fad event

Pamela of Koils By Nature is having her very first event, and she told me, “This event is like meetup and a expo had a baby!” Pamela has carefully curated the event, so expect the best in hair and body care, jewelry and apparel, plus makeovers and makeup tips by Lamik Beauty. “Lamik Beauty is the first eco-chic makeup brand, including facial care & lashes. Lamik gives makeup a new purpose, women a new zeal for applying it, and healthy platform for its existence. Every woman is empowered by being includes all races and ages. There will also be education on Environmental Health by Katrina the Eco-Green Queen, a wellness expert and her main goal is a “green” healthier living! There’s a blogger discussion panel and Q & A Session with Cassidy of Natural Selection, Jameka of Pretty Natural Divas, Jennifer Lord of Naturally Me Salon and Pamela S. Jenkins of Koils by Nature, a natural hair & fashion show by Jennifer Lord that will show natural hair in every aspect, nutritional information provided by Joy Diggs of Digg Deep Personal Training, and a Zumba fitness party with Sharnia Murray.”

Clumps of Mascara’s Natural Connections – A Natural Hair Party – Orlando, Florida. October 15. Click to RSVP!

My booski Brittany of Clumps of Mascara, together with T. Gaines Entertainment, will be hosting something special for the ladies in central Florida! Brittany says “Transitioners, newbies and veterans a like will enjoy the laid back and fun atmosphere — this is the perfect event to bring a friend who has expressed interest in going natural, but still has reservations.” Sounds awesome!

Natural Chica’s Naturally Pretty – October 27, Atlanta, Georgia Click here to get tickets!

Yay! Mae of Natural Chica is co-hosting with Mimi J Online called “Naturally Pretty”, which will take place on Thursday, October 27 in Atlanta. She says, “During the event, industry leaders in cosmetics, skincare, and natural hair care will partner together to educate and inform event goers of how to bring out their natural beauty through complimentary consultations as well as live beauty demonstrations. There will also be live musical performances, celebrity guest appearances, prize giveaways, light refreshments, and beautiful aesthetics to enjoy. Part of the proceeds will also go to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children.” Yours truly will be making a special appearance via video, so look out for me 🙂

Wonderfully Made Natural Hair and Beauty Expo – October 29 and 30, Orlando, FL Click here for tickets!

Natural Hair Expo

The incredible Felicia Leatherwood will be part of this event in O-Town, and the workshops all look to be incredibly informative. If you’re a natural hair stylist or salon professional looking to gain knowledge in your field, this looks like THE event to attend!

The Mane Source and Natural Chica’s Treasure our Tresses – November 5, Chicago Click here for tickets!

The Mane Source event

Co-hosted by Bree of The Mane Source, Natural Chica’s coming from ATL to Chicago for this special event sponsored by Eden Body Works! Cocktails, appetizers, and natural hair love in the air. Can’t wait!

Black Girl With Long Hair and Taliah Waajid’s Christmas Festival – December 10, Chicago Click here for details!

BGLH event

The eager crowd of naturals at a BGLH event

I tip my hat to Leila of BGLH — she’s become the queen of natural hair events in the Midwest! Her events really do command attention and bring out naturals like you wouldn’t believe. I’m looking forward to this event — it’s gonna be even bigger than ever! It’ll be held at the UIC Forum from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, there are more than 80 vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to vintage clothes and body products. Guess where I’ll be doing some of my Christmas shopping?

I love a good natural hair event, bellas! I don’t plan on hosting any in 2011, but you’ll see me on the circuit next year. I’m working on a few beauty-related events of my own, and making special appearances at some special events around the country — hopefully I’ll be at a city near you in 2012!

Do you know of an upcoming natural hair event? Did I miss out or forget to mention it? Oh no! Please leave the event info in the comments below, and please feel free to post your event flyer on my Facebook wall (but please don’t SPAM my wall! Thanks!)

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MsA says:
October 5, 2011, 3:19 pm
Curly Nikki (CurlyNikki.com) is having a meetup in NYC on Oct 20 from 7-10pm.
bella says:
October 5, 2011, 3:22 pm
I asked her if I could include it and she said RSVP's were at capacity!! Thanks for adding, though :)
LovingMyLocks says:
October 5, 2011, 3:24 pm
WOW, thank you so much for posting upcoming hair events, I hope you don't mind me putting them on my site . . . Thanks again!!
NewNaturalista says:
October 5, 2011, 4:04 pm
Hi Love! Don't forget about Seattle! We're having a Kinks, Curls and Cocktails meetup Wed., October 12th at Lucid Jazz Club in Seattle. For more info: http://www.meetup.com/New-Naturalista-Meetup/events/33766862/ Thanks!
The Broke Socialite says:
October 5, 2011, 4:04 pm
Thanks soooo much for ALWAYS presenting resources about natural hair that are not overwhelming for newbies like me. I want to suck up all of this great information but sometimes I just do not know where to go or where to begin. I truly appreciate it.
Luvina Sabree says:
October 5, 2011, 4:34 pm
Please join Happy 2 B Nappy Hair Group in celebrating our 6th Nappiversary at our Natural Hair & Health Expo. We will have workshops, demonstrations, entertainment, vendors, and free giveaways. The event will be held November 20, 2011 from 11am-8pm at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center, 3601 South W S Young Dr., Killeen, TX. To purchase tickets/vendor booth, please visit http://killeennaturalhairexpo.eventbrite.com Thinking natural? Going natural? Already natural? This expo is for you! For more information please call 254 307-8370.
MiMi j. says:
October 5, 2011, 5:02 pm
How awesome! Thanks for posting and supporting Mae and myself with our event in Atlanta! :)
Brittany says:
October 5, 2011, 5:16 pm
Lots of love, Bells! Thanks for helping put natural hair events in Orlando on the map!
Alex says:
October 5, 2011, 5:31 pm
Yes thanks for the support... Ladies if you are in the Atlanta area, be sure to schedule a time to have a makeup consultation by yours truly at the Naturally Pretty event. It is going to be an amazing event. Thank you Mae and Mimi for inviting me to be a featured Makeup Artist for this joyous occasion. Ladies bring your questions and your beautiful faces, so we can show you how to come across Naturally Pretty with your makeup. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/themuaalex
Emonica Faison says:
October 5, 2011, 6:44 pm
Hosted by Natural E. Loves-Hair (look up on face book) The Twist - Cleveland's Exclusive Natural Hair Affair Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm - November 12 at 1:30am Location House of Blues - Cambridge Room 308 Euclid Avenue HAIR: FASHION: FEATURED LIVE BAND: MUSIC: SPOKEN WORD: Local Artists / Open mic
Briana McCarthy says:
October 5, 2011, 6:44 pm
Thanks for the love Bella! :)So excited for this event.
goldenstar says:
October 5, 2011, 7:31 pm
Thanks for the heads up (pun intended) on the Chicago events!
Kandace says:
October 5, 2011, 10:01 pm
Thanks a million for letting me know about the Natural Connections event here in O-town! I will be going to the Wonderfully Made event that's going to be here too!*The lovely ladies who are hosting the Wonderfully Made event are also sponsering a giveaway ticket to the event on my website:-)* So many events, so little time!
Rehea says:
October 6, 2011, 2:25 pm
Please inform the new York(tri-state area of a natural hair event)
Riyike says:
October 6, 2011, 8:54 pm
Nappiology Expo. 3rd year, hugest natural hair event in Texas www.nappiology.net 11/05 $10.00 admittance
Bre says:
October 7, 2011, 3:42 pm
We're having a Natural Hair beCHIC Mixer in NYC on October 29th at Ample 15 Greenwich Ave in the West Village from 4-8pm. It's an open invite or you can rsvp here at www.bechicdeux.eventbrite.com
The Neon Angels says:
October 7, 2011, 6:10 pm
Refreshing to see women promoting "Natural", especially with hair. So many products, advertisements and services selling you hair that promises to look like anything BUT what you were born with. Natural is where its at. Live it up ladies! <3
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October 8, 2011, 11:32 am
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Uncle Funky's Daughter says:
October 9, 2011, 8:23 pm
Uncle Funky's Daughter hosts Do What Comes Naturally!, November 6, 2011 in Houston, TX at The Crystal Ballroom. Check out www.unclefunkysdaughter.com or http://www.facebook.com/unclefunkysdaughter for more information. Love you Afrobella! Want to connect with you.
Tanyale says:
October 10, 2011, 12:25 pm
There's one coming in Tampa also: 2011 Fabulously Unique Natural Hair Affair Saturday, October 22nd Tampa FL 10:00am- 7:00pm NEW VENUE: Crowne Plaza Tampa East Cypress Room 10221 Princess Palm Ave Tampa FL 33610 Details on www.blackonyxworld.com
Stephanie Gray says:
October 11, 2011, 1:07 pm
Yesssss they are popping up, and Im so loving it, Me and my co-worker will be at the DC event hope to see and connect with more curlies!!! So exciting
Rikki Robinson says:
October 11, 2011, 3:15 pm
Hi beautiful Sisters! There's another workshop in the Orlando Area: Loc and Braid Styling Workshop November 12, 2011 10a-1p & 4p-7p LaShanna's Touch Unisex Salon (inside Magic Mall) 2155 W. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32804 $20 My workshop will teach you 10 beautiful styles to keep you versatile, professional, and feeling fly every day of the week. You can visit www.locinspirations.com for more information!
Angela says:
October 11, 2011, 5:56 pm
Awesome!! There is an Nzuri Natural Hair Showcase in Houston, Texas December 10th and 11th. Here's more info on their site: http://naturalhairshowcase.com/
Andrea Camille says:
October 12, 2011, 9:51 am
Please join us for Boston’s 1st Natural Hair Mixer. If you are natural, contemplating of going natural, or recently went natural, this mixer is for you! This mixer will include an open discussion on natural hair, product swap, fun, and mingling! Please bring your beautiful and natural essence to this event! For more information please contact thepureessence@gmail.com. What: A Natural Hair Mixer When: November 5, 2011 Where: Roxbury Community College, Academic Building, Room 121 Time: 12pm-3pm Other: Light refreshments will be served!
MotorCityMoxie says:
October 12, 2011, 4:13 pm
Any St.Louis hair events? Perhaps, I'll have to start one.
Kelly says:
October 18, 2011, 2:00 pm
Wish there was an upcoming event in Los Angeles.
Cyn says:
October 22, 2011, 12:03 pm
Why does it seem there are never any of these on the West Coast? Other than one in Seattle, there is nothing in the Los Angeles or Las Vegas area. There are a bunch of us who have gone natural and would love to attend one of these. How does one even go about making something like that happen?
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