Good evening everyone! I’m still on a high from yesterday’s World Natural Hair show. It took place at the Georgia International Trade Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
I, along with 3 girlfriends made the 3 hour trip to Atlanta. We were excited to meet some of the blogger/vloggers we follow, as well as the excitement of being surrounded by products. I had no idea what I was in for (in a good way!)
As we walked into the trade center, we were greeted with free samples. Who doesn’t love free stuff? There were even places to get manicures, pedicures, hair tutorials and eyebrow waxing.
One of the first booths we visited was Cantu. They have amazing, affordable products. We were met by the lovely Melissa Chanel. We met in college and she was just as bubbly and sweet as the girl I met 10 years ago. She is now a full time blogger and blogs all about fashion and natural hair. It was so exciting to see her in person and get some information about the new products. I even scored a full size curling custard!
As you all know by now, I am a product junkie! I love trying new products on my curls. Even though I have my favorites, I’m always willing to try something new. I stopped by the Mane Choice booth and was surprised to see the creator and owner. I even got to take a picture with her! Her hair was long, curly and gorgeous, and she was ever so sweet.
Another favorite part of the hair show for me was the book nook. I got to meet 2 children’s authors, and they signed both of the books I purchased for my children!
As a writer, it’s always a pleasure to meet other people who share the love of your craft. Especially children’s book authors who write about important messages like self love and diversity.
I’ll be reviewing these two books in future posts, so stay tuned!
Overall, I had an amazing time, and look forward to attending another show in the future. Here are a few things I learned:
- Research the brands that will be in attendance ahead of time. You can become overwhelmed easily by all the brands and what they have to offer. Know which booths/brands you want to see and scope them out first.
- Have a budget in mind. Several brands were offering discount prices on their products (Shea Moisture items were 30% off!), therefore you scored more bang for your buck. However, you don’t want to overspend just because prices are good.
- Bring business cards. I was asked a few times by the authors I met if I had business cards. Unfortunately I didn’t have any because my blog is getting a facelift (I can’t wait to share my new logo and site with you).
- Have fun! My friend Latisha got on stage with one of the vendors and danced with them. We networked with several bloggers/entrepreneurs. We had a ball!
If you haven’t been to a hair show, what do you think you would enjoy the most about attending one?