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The Healthy Hair Indaba 2014

27 Feb

Aisha, Kavuli, Wisaal, Tendayi and Carice

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.


Inside the Motions Academy

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.

HHI goodie bag

Contents of the goodie bag

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!

HHI sponsors

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).

hhi pic

Wisaal in the Citizen newspaper

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.


Answering questions for ‘The Link’

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.





Jamaican black castor oil giveaway

9 Sep


The giveaway is now closed.

Thanks to Ruutos Hair, I have two bottles of Sunny Isle Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) to give away to two lucky winners.  Each bottle is 240ml.  Ruutos Hair distribute Sunny Isle products within South Africa.  They also ship to other African countries.  I often get lots of questions about JBCO.  This is your chance to try it for yourself.  For more information on Ruutos Hair as well as their product offering visit their website.  Sunny Isle JBCO is available in the following African countries, use the contact details in each country for more information:


+260 979 230 611


+264 813 696 014


+267 723 314 77

South Africa

79 Hill Street

Ferndale, Randburg

+27 11 326 4296

+27 76 238 0685

If your country is not listed here, contact Ruutos Hair in South Africa and they can courier to you.  They also courier to other cities within South African.

Read about my own experience with JBCO here.

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Subscribe to the blog by entering your email address on the homepage (top right hand corner).  The giveaway is only open to blog subscribers so you need to be subscribed.  Skip this step if you are already a subscriber.
  2. Write the country you reside as a comment in the comment box below (the giveaway is only open to residents of an African country).
  3. Please only enter once.

 Rules of participation in the giveaway:

  1. The giveaway will close on Monday 16 September 2013 at 12.00pm (GMT+2).
  2. The winners will be picked at random using
  3. The winners will be contacted using the email addresses used to subscribe to the blog.
  4. The giveaway is open to those who reside in an African country and the product will only be shipped to an African country!