I'll be honest. I didn't attend the Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo for any of the workshops or panels this time like a "good blogger" probably should. I just wanted to get my little hands on all of the products I could and shop until I dropped, or until my card got flagged for suspicious activity -- which is actually a really funny story.
I purchased my ticket for the Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo a little over a month ago for the special early bird price of $15 for the entire weekend. When I saw that the tickets weren't outrageously priced, I knew I had to be there. Plus, this was my first natural hair expo ever and I was very excited about attending. One of my favorite companies, Eden Body Works, was listed to be a vendor and Curlkalon, who I have been dying to purchase hair from for months, was also listed -- purchasing a ticket was a no-brainer.
When I arrived on Saturday, the line was a little hectic at first with the combination of excited naturalistas and rainy weather, but it eventually got better and I was inside with my card ready to shop. For expos, I always do my best to purchase a weekend pass because I like to go back the second day after I've had a chance to look at what every vendor has to offer. There's nothing worse than impulse buying 5 deep conditioners or twist butters because you saw something you didn't see before. The first day was mostly for browsing, doing light shopping, and getting photos; the second day was when I did the majority of my shopping.
Check out some of the photos I took on Sunday:
Thank you to Julian Addo (Bella Kinks) for organizing this spectacular expo for Dallas and the surrounding areas. We really needed it! The weekend chosen was perfect, the vendors were a great mix of old faves and new names, special deals on the products, there was actually real food that blessed my little soul when I skipped breakfast -- everything was planned extraordinarily well and I can truly say I enjoyed myself. I'm already looking forward to another one and hope to see even more vendors and naturalistas in attendance. Next time, I want to sign up for the workshops and attend some of the other events throughout the weekend. I pray that it becomes an annual event! It warmed my hear to be able to meet and support the faces of these Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. If you weren't there, I'm not even going to lie and say you didn't miss anything because you really did.