Sunday, June 9, 2013

Talkin bout good and bad hair

Actually, there's no such thing as bad hair. There's wavy hair, curly hair, coily hair but no bad hair. I learned a bit of hair terminology and more yesterday at the Design Essentials Philly Meet Up hosted by Design Essentials Natural Educator Hermion Songster with special guest, blogger, The Natural Transition (TNT).

When I arrived at the North 52nd Street location I had to take a breath before getting out of my vehicle. There were a few obstacles placed on my path to this event in a short span of time. I was unsure if I would make it on time or make it at all. I had been considering going natural for some time and just had so many questions that I thought  may get answered at this event that I rescheduled everything so that I could attend. And yet some unexpected things came up creating that anxious feeling. But I made it and I was on time.

Upon arriving at the shop, I was greeted warmly, given a name tag, a swag bag, and offered healthy snacks,water, and a seat. I looked around at the unfamiliar faces and their various natural hair styles and was initially intimidated. I'd arrived with a press and curl and the desire to change from having chemically treated hair to having my hair back in its natural state. I had so many questions and was so nervous but I calmed myself and took a seat. The shop layout, the colors and decor, the hostess and special guest helped to put me at ease. I was ready to learn and discuss hair care.

Hermion led the discussion on caring for natural hair. She had models on whom she demonstrated hair styles, eliciting oohs and aahs from the crowd because of the (seemingly) easy to do techniques that were shown and their results.

Hermion went around the room giving guests tips on what Design Essential products to use and when to use them based on their hair type. The Natural Transition offered styling, maintenence and overall positive support.

I am growing out my relaxer and had transition care questions.  Hermion was able to give me individualized attention and at the same time still held the crowd. I learned so much and now have the courage to step outside if my comfort zone because of the knowledge and positive support from Hermion and The Natural Transition.
I will admit that I am hair illiterate but I am planning to use the samples given to try different styles. (I will let you know the ease of use for a layperson with zero hair smarts.)

Although I took notes and could paraphrase, it is better for a woman who is interested in learning more about natural hair maintenence and styling to attend a Design Essentials Meet Up. I'm glad that I was able to attend and would have lost out on a wonderful experience had I received the information second hand. Keep an eye out for the next Meet Up and get there.

One thing I will share with you that Hermion impressed upon the guests is this: Hair care starts within, what you put into your body effects your hair so eating healthy (plenty of water, green leafy vegetables, nuts, etc) is the start to having great hair.

Both HERMION S. BEAUTY BOUTIQUE and THE NATURAL TRANSITION can be found on facebook. THE NATURAL TRANSITION is also on Tumblr and Instagram.