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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.





The Sheer Glamour Hair Show

2 Oct


My sister Rumbi (left) and I

Last Wednesday, I was invited to the Sheer Glamour Hair Show at SA Fashion Week (held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Johannesburg).  The hair show marked the opening of SA Fashion Week and was sponsored by Motions and Tresemmé.   The aim of the hair show was to showcase fashion as well as showcasing hair trends that are likely to dominate in the upcoming season.  Among the hairstylists in attendance were Ursula Stephen (renowned for being Rihanna’s hairstylist!), Nthatho Mashishi, Mathew Mansoor and Apo Makhale.  Designers that showcased on the night included Tiaan Nagel, Black Coffee, Lunar, Rubicon, Suzaan Heyns and many more.

I wore my hair in a bun

Hotel Lobby

The following day I was invited to a press workshop at the Motions Hair Academy in Joburg cbd where the hairstylists explained to us how they had created the styles we had seen on the runway as well as how to interpret them into everyday hair styling.

I must say I had lots of fun at both events.  I took my sister with me to the fashion show and we loved celeb spotting as well as admiring other people’s hairstyles!  I also got to meet Kavuli who blogs on GoodHairDiaries.  We had been communicating for ages but had never met.

Kavuli and I

Let me start with the fashion show:

The ethnic hairstlyles on the ramp were quite simple and most of them were styles that women can wear on an average day.  They were also varied with curls as well as sleek hairstyles.

Minnie Dlamini walked the ramp (she is a Motions ambassador) and showcased her new hair.  She has taken a break from weaves and I must say her own hair looks great.  There is often the assumption that if someone wears weaves often, they are hiding a multitude of sins under the weave!  Turns out that’s not the case with Minnie!

Minnie Dlamini

I loved the clothes showcased by Vesselina Pentcheva.  Her dresses were stunning!

A Vesselina Pentcheva dress

A few celebs whose pics I managed to get

DJ Zinhle – she was right on trend with her hair style

Weza Solange

Nthabi Mphahlele from Muvhango. Her short hair is stunning.

Actress Zikhona Sodlaka. She was wearing a turban over short, coloured hair. Her hair was showing at the top!

Press Workshop

This was my first time visitng the Motions Academy and I must say it looks great.  It comprises three rooms, the salon itself, a café area and a room used for training.  The workshop was held in this room.

The lobby / cafe

the salon

Wash area in the salon

workshop area

The stylists presented the styles that were shown on the ramp the night before and explained how they had attained it and what products were used (Motions and Tresemmé products).  Those in attendance also got to ask questions.

Matthew Mansoor

I loved the fact that a lot of attention was given to hair care, not just hairstyling.  Some of the tidbits that were shared include

  • ‘Towel dry hair to allow conditioner to penetrate better.  Conditioner does not penetrate well when hair is soaking wet’ Matthew Mansoor
  • ‘The hairline reacts when it is abused.  The more you pull the more your hairline breaks off’ Ursula Stephen
  • ‘A great hairstyle is based on a healthy foundation’ Ursula Stephen
  • ‘hair education is important’ Nthatho Mashishi
  • ‘I am not a fan of extensions.  Let’s work with our hair – we have the products’ Matthew Mansoor
  • ‘When tying hair back, first leave out the hairline, tie hair back then add the hairline in.  This ensures that the hairline is not under undue stress’ Ursula Stephen

Ursula Stephen

Apo and Nthatho

The stylists predicted that trends were going towards lots of texture for the hair – this encompassed natural hair and curls for those with relaxed hair.  I guess this is what we are seeing with the advent of the perm rod set (as seen on Minnie on the ramp).

Did any of you attend SA Fashion Week?  What did you think?