The inaugural Healthy Hair Indaba (HHI) was held this past Saturday the 22nd of February 2014 and boy did we have fun! We spent many late nights over the past year or so planning and it was great to see everything we had planned unfold. Our aim in hosting the HHI was to get like-minded women under one roof to discuss healthy hair.
The event was planned and hosted by myself along with four other bloggers (we call ourselves the Hair Gurus) – Carice, Kavuli, Aisha and Wisaal. It was held at the Motions Academy in Johannesburg CBD. We hosted 60 attendees though we had about 90 people in attendance including media as well as representatives from some sponsors.
The HHI was divided into two sections by a break. Before the break we discussed hair problems / issues which included hair myths and common hair problems. After the break we covered solutions to the hair problems, including the basics of hair care, product ingredients and kids hair care. There was also a styling session before and after the break.
This HHI would not have been a success without the sponsors who were very generous. The goodie bag alone was something else. It was described often as a goodie bag on steroids! Each product in the goodie bag was handpicked by the hair Gurus and we made sure that the bag was filled with mostly full size products. The products on the goodie bag were valued at R1,667 (US$160). I kept saying I’ve been to many events but never one where the goodie bag had so much stuff and was so heavy!
We also had lots of giveaways throughout the event, 34 to be precise! With 60 attendees more than half the women present managed to walk away with a prize. The giveaways were worth R14,000 (R1,400).
We have received plenty of love from the media. On the day of the HHI we trended on twitter under the hashtag #HHI14. We also had a picture appear in the Citizen newspaper on the 24th of February as well as an article on the Citizen website. On the 26th of February Carice was invited to Redi Thlabi’s show on Talk 702 to discuss hair. You can listen to the podcast here. We were also filmed for the show The Link that airs on SABC 1 on Wednesday at 6pm. Our media partner was True Love magazine and they were also in attendance to cover the event.
As to how I wore my hair on this day, I had my hair flat ironed by Kavuli. I wanted to wear it straight. The flat ironing managed to blend the two textures I have on my head.
It was really great to meet some of the women who read my blog. I loved putting faces to the names. You can see more pics on the blogs facebook page.
In summary – it was a lovely day.