What can I say? We came, we saw, and we got our natural on!! Over 60 naturals from all over Northern California came out en masse this past Saturday to Head Designs Salon for an evening of natural community, learning, and fun! The event was hosted by Natural Selection and sponsored by Komaza Care, a Sacramento-based natural hair company, and NaturallyCurly.com, the web’s leading resource dedicated to textured hair.
This was Natural Selection’s 4th event and as such welcomed many old friends as well as new faces into the fold! The main features of the evening were three styling demos by Ms. Sheila Head, owner of Head Designs Salon, and Gracie, expert loctician of HDS. These master stylists brought it with over 30 years of experience and true passion for caring for natural hair. Styling demo’s included a two-strand twist and twist out, a curly shaping and growing-out cut, and a loc updo.
The entire Komaza Care family came in for the event from Sacramento and mingled with guests and answered questions about their natural hair products. During the styling demos, Jenn and Rene, Komaza’s co-owners provided an in depth overview of their products and how they were being used in the styles being demonstrated. While Komaza has a seriously extensive product catalog, their Califia, Coconut, and Moku product lines were the starlettes of the evening. It was truly a sensory experience for all attendees as jars and cups of products were passed around the audience during the demos so that guests could smell and feel each of the products as they were being used.
Together, Komaza Care and Head Designs Salon dropped some serious natural hair knowledge! I think I can speak for all attendees when I say that I really did learn a lot about ingredients, what to look for in a stylist (a consultation!), cutting techniques, and styling strategies for ALL curly hair textures!
There was a photographer on hand at the event who captured the evening beautifully, but I know y’all don’t want to wait TOO long for those pictures, so I wanted to share just a few of my own until that gallery is up and running. Here you go!
Komaza's display. Attendees eyed their gift baskets all evening, but only three were lucky enough to walk home with them.
sisters from Belgium who are living in the US for a year.”] s
Posing with Diane and Nancy - two natural [biological
Jenn, co-owner of Komaza Care, explains the Coconut line as Sheila prepares to cut the model's hair and style with the product
The audience watches on as Heather settles in to be styled by loctician, Gracie
Sandra shows off her new NaturallyCurly Curly Cocktail - a box filled with great products catered for highly textured hair
Even my Nana came to support. (she lives in Minnesota and I was so jazzed to have her there!)
Gracie demonstrates a two strand twist technique on lovely hair model Savon'a
All eyes on the cut
Fatimah shows off her fantastic transitioning style!
The grand unveiling: Heather's loc updo!
Savon's final twist out (objectively one of the best I've ever seen!)
Rene, co-owner of Komaza, and Tonia, hair model,
Its all in the family: Heather is my Aunt and her husband, Andy, came out to support. Showing off her final updo style here.
The models and stylists pose for the paparazzi
Thank you shout outs:
NaturallyCurly.com – for their generous sponsorship of the super cute totes and samples that all attendees took home and Curly Cocktail giveaways
Komaza Care – for coming to the event and sharing their products, hair care knowledge, and passion for “Encouraging Growth” (that is what Komaza means in Swahili)
Head Designs Salons – for welcoming us into their space and demonstrating their styling expertise
Sheena’s Events – for making Naturals Night Out (and me) run smoothly
Miss Fatemeh – for the cute sunflower accessory giveaway from her Etsy shop
Heather, Savon’a, and Tonia – for lending their heads for the evening’s demonstrations
Bubba- por la musica
YOU – for reading, coming, asking, engaging, supporting, watching, and learning. That’s what we’re all about!
***MARK YOUR CALENDARS***
Sunday April 17th – Afternoon Curl Talk for STL Naturals, St. Louis, MO
Saturday May 21st – Naturals Night Out – San Francisco, CA