natural hair convention this weekend in chicago- founder speaks to ap.com
By Safety Pins
October 8, 2010
Why did you decide to have a full fledged natural hair meet up?
I started doing casual meetups back in October 2009 and noticed that they were growing really, really fast. So I decided to put a bit more time and energy into planning them. It's been fun!
Very briefly, let Afropunk.com readers know what you have in store for your annual meet up?
The meetup consists of a haircare discussion, product swap, vending and (a new feature) an afterparty! It's a great way to socialize with natural ladies, and some gents 😉
founder of BGLH.com, Leila Noelliste
Since creating BGLH.com, what has been some of the reactions you get from readers who are new to the site?
I once got an email from a chick who was like, "I really appreciate how you portray black women. We need more of this." That meant a lot to me because it's one of the main reasons I started the site. I wanted to present positive, honest and fair portrayals of everyday black women. We're an amazing bunch.
What do you hope to accomplish with the BGLH meetup this weekend?
Most of all I hope women enjoy themselves! I also am trying to get a natural hair scene going here in Chicago. We're way behind New York in that regard.
Do you think that having natural hair will ever be just a style and not such a statement? Why?
Actually I do think it's a style and not a statement. That's the overwhelming sense I get from my readers. For many of them, it's not super-deep. They're just tired of relaxers.
What are your views on perms?
I don't really have a view on them, to be honest. Scientifically I don't believe they're the safest option. But I don't really read into them too much.
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned since creating a hub for people with natural hair?
That black chicks are amazing!! We really can change the world. There's a lot of charisma, intelligence and drive amongst us.
What's one of your favorite products to use?
Right now I'm loving Giovanni's conditioners. They're tagline is "smooth as silk" and it's SO true!! I also think Shea Moisture (available at Target) is a great alternative to more expensive curly-hair brands.
What advice can you give our readers who want to go natural, but don't know where to start?
Start reading blogs, lol. It's a great way to get information and gather up your nerve!
flyer for Saturday event
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