Marcia Cole, the Creator of AmberMag.com, invited me to be on a panel at Spelman this week. I was on a panel not too long ago at Spelman and I jumped at the opportunity. I love chatting about hair period, and why not chat about it with people that are as equally passionate as I am? I love to give the point of view as a consumer.
On the panel was myself, Kathleen Johnson- the Brand Ambassador from Dr. Miracles, and Gocha Hawkins- a celebrity hairstylist.
I had so much at Spelman. We had an audience of about 70 or so students. Before we started, myself and the other panelists had some great conversations about the hair trends right now. Kathleen was from NY so she wanted to know how everyone was wearing their hair in Atlanta. I told her definitely, alot of women in Atlanta are going natural. Stylist Gocha had a different experience though. She felt women weren’t going natural as much and sticking with weaves. This is true as well…I guess it just depends on who you are around. Atlanta period is the hair captital- relaxed, natural, weave, everything!
Once the panel got started, we were able to interact and engage with the students. I gave my testimony about going natural when I was in school at Clark Atlanta University. Alot of the students understood my story. We even talked about job interviews- wear your hair natural or don’t? That was the big question. When I was in college, I tended to straighten my hair before an interview-because my mother influenced me to. I told them they don’t have to do that, but on the flip side- it could possibly keep them from a corporate job. At the end of the day, you have to learn the company culture of the business you want to work for. As Kathleen put it, if you don’t like the culture of the business, then don’t try to work there. If you don’t feel comfortable compromising and it’s not worth it- Don’t do it. At the end of the day, you never know who is going to be on the other end and who will like or dislike your natural hair so it’s a decision you have to make.
I learned so much about Kathleen and Dr. Miracles! Firstly, I love Dr. Miracles and their commercials. I got to hear all about their products and about the ingredients. She was so nice and soooo funny! She was straight on point with everything she said. Her husband is the co-owner of Dr. Miracles and they used to own African Pride so she definitely knows her stuff!
We also had a good conversation about how hair is such a big deal with women. The trends have changed and some are coming back. The same women who wore huge afros in the 60’s, can’t go 4 weeks without a relaxer in 2012. Times have changed. With each era, comes different trends and different perceptions of beauty. The perception of beauty, as seen in the media, is now coming around to women with natural hair. I actually don’t remember the last time I saw a women with a relaxer in a commercial UNLESS it’s a relaxer commercial lol.
Gocha was awesome to bring the stylist’s perspective. She was able to answer the questions like- How much heat you should put on your hair, ways to transition, etc. She talked about things you could do at home and things you should do at a salon by a professional.
It was very good for the students to be able to ask tons of questions and get a good conversation going.
I had so much fun and can’t wait to return to Spelman 🙂
Thanks again to Marcia and AMBERmag.com