On December 18th the first ever Cape Town Natural Hair Fest was held at the Blue Bird Garage in Muizenburg, South Africa. The event was hosted by the five stars Eleonore Barkes (@eleonorejadore), Kasuba Stuurman (@mevrou_stuurman), Chantal De Kock (@chantaldekock), Amanda Cooke (@capetowncurly) & Simone Thomas (@kroesrocks). After months of planning the day had finally come for all their hard work to show.
The natural hair community in South Africa has been growing at rapid speed over the last couple of years. Not only in regards to online groups and live event but also when it comes to products with both local and international companies appearing on the South African market.
Cape Town Natural Hair Fest started at ten in the morning and ran all through the day until six in the evening with a total of approximately 800 attendees. Held at what is usually a food court/market in Muizenburg outside of Cape Town the venue was big enough for the event yet small enough to give it a friendly vibe. Well inside the event attendees received a goodie bag of various product samples. There were lots of vendors with mostly local South African brands such as Afro Pride, Areté of hair, Suki Suki Naturals, Kafui Naturals, My Natural Hair just to name a few. The products were everything a natural needs from shampoo to hair treatments as well as oils and butters for every hair need. All the vendors were very friendly and knowledgeable about their products and happily gave hair care tips to all the curious attendees. Some products were handmade with totally natural ingredients as well. There were also accessories being sold such as earrings, necklaces, tops, head wraps and more. Needless to say, we all left with less money than we came. There was also a small but good variety of foods for purchase and an open bar. On stage, the different vendors spoke about their products which was quite educational. The bloggers also took to the stage for some provocative messages and DIY tips. And to top it off there was live music. For some lucky winners, there were prizes both during the stage hosted competition but also through raffles hosted by different product companies. The extra bonus of the event was the “sprits station” where you could stop to refresh your hair with some water during the event. Cape Town really represented with ladies (and a few guys – as usual at these kind of events) of all shades of brown with straight hair, curly hair, braids, locs, twists and everything in between. The outfits were also fabulous, lots of African print and very personal outfits and combinations. There were lots of friendly smiles, laughter and great conversation filling the room. The atmosphere was loving and caring which to me is exactly what the global natural hair community is about.
The event really had all the elements of a successful event which it truly was, hopefully, it will be the first of many. For more pictures from the event check out the hashtag
#ctnaturalhairfest on Facebook and Instagram.