The natural hair revolution came alive at the 3rd kinks and Kurls expo that was held on Saturday 25th march at Maria’s Place to celebrate African hair and showcase authentic products for skin and hair made in Uganda for Ugandans. For us, it was like a day back in the 80’s where everyone had an original touch of natural hair- exceptionally magnificent an event.
This was an event created with the desire to show Ugandan women from all ages that it is possible and stylish to wear their hair natural with ease and affordability and to give them knowledge on the Dos and Don’ts of having natural hair.
The Kinks and Kurls Expo is a collaboration between Natural Hair Uganda (who started off with a natural hair meet in 2015) and Rhanika -kingdom.of.rhanika -(who started the Kinks and Kurls Konversations while in Malaysia). It later on grew to the wide phenomenon that it is today.
This was the 3rd annual expo (The 1st meet in 2015 even though it wasn’t called an expo then, had about 30 people; the 2nd meet grew to 150, and the 3rd, recently concluded had over 300 people). The activities that took place at this year’s edition included brunch, hairstyle tutorials and talks on natural hair care which were aimed at providing hacks to keeping a great look with natural hair.
Over the past 5 years, more Ugandans have seen to embracing their natural locks and wearing their hair in a number of styles that keep it in its original from, abandoning relaxers and other chemicals that seek to alter its natural form. As a result, forums of this nature have come up to provide advice and guidance to women who are on this journey.