If you didn't know when it comes to hair products I am a product junkie. Recently I had a clear out of products I hadn't been using that had just been gathering dust. So it was only right that I attended the Afro Hair and Beauty Show for a re-up.
Afro Hair & Beauty Live is one of the biggest hair shows/convention in Europe targeted at 'Afro' Hair. AHBL is held annually at the Business Design Centre in Angel. The venue holds approx 80 hair and beauty brands that are made with black people in mind. Along with hair and beauty brands, there are also Afrocentric clothing and accessories brands in attendance. The two-day show holds talks, workshops, fashion shows and hair demos.
This would have been my 6th time attending the show. I love attending as it exposes me to new brands and to be able to stock up on my regular products at a discounted price. I did make myself promise to keep my spending to a minimum and only buy things I really needed. Compared to previous years I think I did really well.
Like I said previously, I behaved with my spending on the day and only purchased items I needed.
The first stall was DorcasCreates Stand that was located downstairs in the Afro Pop-up area where all the clothing and accessories were situated. I have been stanning over Dorcas' work, so to see all the options in person I was truly spoilt for choice I could've bought the whole stall. It took me a good while to decide what I wanted all Dorcas' items are amazing and I will own all of it one day but to start myself off I bought an enamel pin that is now proudly on my lab coat at work.
Next stall was upstairs, I visited the Palmer's stand but I did not buy anything but I did get some goodies. I got a handful of samples. some shampoo conditioner and lotions. I have tried their cocoa butter (obviously), it'll be fun to try out their hair product and facial creams too.
Next stand was Aunt Jackie's this is a brand I've always wanted to try out I've seen it all over social media. I bought their Flaxseed and Monoi Growth Oil and their Flaxseed Defining Curl Whip. had run out of my scalp oil so the growth oil is replacing it and I'm hoping the curl whip will help hold my twist/braid out in place not allowing them to get too frizzy. I also got some sealing butter, coconut gelee and moisture sealant samples along with a keyring with a mirror (always handy). The items were 3 for £15 my friend bought some edge control as my third item.
I was ecstatic to know the Byooti were having a stand at the show. Byooti is an online store that stock Afro Hair and Beauty products. I by the time I got to the stand I had bought everything I had needed but was glad to see that they were one of the few places that sold essential oils. I purchased a Lemongrass essential oil. Apart from smelling heavenly, I add lemongrass oil to my scalp oil for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. I also add a few drops to my oil diffuser due to its soothing properties to aid with sleeping.
One of the talks I attended on the day was held by the owner of Superfood Lx. The topic that Paula (Superfoods Director) spoke about was Hair Loss and Hormone Imbalance, the talk was very informative. After the talk, I visited their stand to get some Hair Skin and Nail supplements. I take iron and vitamin d supplements (due to deficiency) that are on the last few tablets so I thought to try these as they contain the same amount plus I get the added bonus that they may help my hair and nails grow stronger and help my skin look better. These are originally priced at £31 each but at the event my friend and I bought 4 for £40.
The last place I bought something from was Urban Skin Rx (Treatment). I have to commend the salespeople at Urban Skin Rx, they were very warm and welcoming and it was evident that they were passionate knew what they were talking about. I was directed towards their Anti-Aging Cleansing Bar. I know you're probably thinking what the hell am I doing with an anti-aging product? This product is directed at people with dry skin, sensitive skin and dry skin with blemishes. The Bar a 3-in-1 treatment, it is a cleanser, exfoliator and mask. The original retail price is £18 ($24) but on the day it was £10. Everyone knows I love my skincare products so I excited to try out this product to see if it works.
After my purchases, I walked round to see if there were any new brands to see and enjoyed the panels, fashions shows and demos held on the main stage. The day out at AHBL is a great day out to be surrounded by like-minded people. I saw a lot of familiar faces on the day, other bloggers and brand I have become friends with. I recommend that you attend the AHBL show at least once. I think its up to us to support ventures like this to allow the growth and availbilty of events like this.