I was fortunate enough to go to Afro Hair and Beauty Live 2013 over the Bank Holiday Monday for the first time. Being a Sunday I though the train ride down would be relatively quiet. Unfortunately I forgot to take into account the fact that on a beautiful warm Bank Holiday everyone would be out and about and travelling into London. It was a lovely day and the sun was warm so I was happy to take my time getting to the Business Design Centre in Islington where the Show was being held. The Business Design Centre is a beautiful building and was easy to find with signs as you exit the tube station.
Beacuse I had a long journey back I opted to go early on and got there for closer to 11:00. Unfortunately most of the vendors had opted to set up on the day and not the day before which they were allowed to do. This meant that there wasn't really a lot to see when I got there. However I did get to talk to lots of the people at the stands and most were welcoming and willing to tell you about their products.
I really did enjoy talking to all the people behind the names and got really snap happy on the day. All the bigger US brands were there but I would loved to have seen more independent brands and products and particularly more UK brands, these I had to seek out.
Kenza Accessories (UK)
Curly Kinky(Mixed Roots) Olive Oil & Mango(US ) Mega Growth (US)
Lots of makeup brands were there, more than I was expecting! I was especially pleased to see Mary Kay. Whenever we are in Canada my Mum always picks up some of their products.
For such a large venue I was expecting more, but as it was my first time I was happy to just take it in. There was enough to keep you occupied and my feet were killing my by the time I'd been around once. I did miss the stage shows as I had to head back but got a few pics below to share with you!
Activilong products were one of EU brands I actively went looking for. Edwina was such genuinely nice person and so far while using their products I am definitely impressed.
I also got to meet Jane Carter who was also lovely, they had lots of new products which I am also excited to try.
Mixed Chicks No Scrunchie (UK)
Noire Essence (UK Brand) Officially Natural( lovely ladies (UK))
Crystal Swartzkov Edgestick Black Hair Magazine
Got my subscription of Black Hair Magazine and Black Hair and Beauty.
More Pics from the day
Arise and Shine (UK Brand)
Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity