Event: Afro Hair & Beauty 2015

Hi All,

Just wanted to let you know that Afro Hair & Beauty Live is back for its thirty forth year taking place on 24th and 25th of May at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Here is some more information from Afro Hair & Beauty Live.

This May brings you Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE, Europe’s biggest hair, beauty and lifestyle exhibition for young black women. A two day event bringing you the ultimate hair, beauty and well-being experience, will be held on May 24th and 25th at the Business Design Centre, Islington. Afro Hair and Beauty LIVE is the perfect event to welcome summer, and like the colours of the season, the event promises to be just as exciting, showcasing an array of fashion, techniques, practices and hair. 

As with every year, the runway shows are an event highlight and a great chance to see the latest trends for 2015. There will be talented up and coming designers showcasing their work and should you see anything that takes your eye- you can head down to the Fashion Boutique and bag yourself a one-off piece. 

With many of the industry’s leading brands exhibiting at the show, you will be able to check out the latest product innovations, services and you can take advantage of free samples and live demonstrations. 

Treat yourself by escaping to the pampering zone, unwind and de-stress with a mini spa experience which has plenty on offer from facials, massages and manicures to professional eyebrow threading and Henna tattoos- all at discounted prices. 

Back again this year will be WAHL’s Battle of the Barbers competition where barbers from all over the UK go head to head in a bid to show off their skills in a styling showdown. 

Meet the experts - Our seminar program and workshops will be lead by specialists with years of experience across a number of fields including hair and beauty, health and wellbeing and personal development. 

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE makes for a great day out with family and friends for the next Bank Holiday. You can enjoy the FREE seminar programme but make sure you arrive early to avoid disappointment, as seats fill quickly. There will be many giveaways up for grabs across both days.
Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 
24th & 25th May 2015 
Business Design Centre, 
52 Upper Street, London N1 
Nearest Tube: Angel 

Afro Hair and Beauty LIVE 2015 promises its patrons a holistic experience focusing on Hair, Beauty and Well-being. We at Afro Hair and Beauty champion the message a beautiful inside radiates beauty outside. So we are proud to introduce a number of products featuring for the first time at this year’s show, geared towards your mind, body and hair. 

Ebony Pink will premier this year with a new range of products and services. Visitors will be introduced to their Dual Powder which is a foundation and powder all in one providing medium to full coverage as well as their Cream Foundation which gives full coverage with a matte finish. Enjoy a special show offer of 15% off all products as well as £15 back massages lasting 30 minutes, concentrating on the areas of relieving aches, pains and muscular tension.

Also exhibiting at this year’s show is CANTU with a wide range of new hair products. This product line includes the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream which defines, conditions and adds manageability to curls as well as the Cantu Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream which is ideal for remedying dry, damaged hair and provides intense moisture and strength. Other CANTU products includes the Define and Shine Custard, Creamy Hair Lotion, Moisturising Twist and Lock Gel along with the Sulfate Free Cleansing Cream Shampoo.

New also to the show is Christal Cosmetics, displaying their range of Botanical products geared towards the special needs of today’s Women of Colour. This tailored line contains a combination of products especially formulated to deep cleanse, nourish, soothe, protect, heal and enhance black skin. They will also be giving away £100 in products to a lucky patron! 

The show doesn't end there!!! Come and enjoy a wide range of seminars geared towards hair and wellness. 

Mixed Chicks will be hosting a seminar titled Embrace your curls, Versatility Rocks! as well as Ultra Black Hair who will be speaking on “Hair Care, Hair Myths and Hair Growth.

Pilates and Wellness for Women shall lead the discussion on Health and Nutrition, organs and systems and how focusing on getting your body to perform at optimum level will reflect in the health of your hair, skin and overall well-being. 

It wouldn't be Afro Hair and Beauty LIVE without lots of competitions and giveaways. Look out for the Face of Afro Model Search in partnership with Starfish Model Management where a male and female editorial or commercial model will be selected to be the FACE OF AFRO 2015. 

This May’s Bank Holiday will be geared towards the celebration of colour, the exploration of techniques and products that exemplifies beauty. 

Stay in the know by visiting their social media platforms listed below! 

Website: www.afrohairshow.com

Instagram : Afrohairandbeautylive
Facebook :Afrohairandbeauty Live
Twitter: @afrohairshow

For interviews and press enquiries please contact: Caribe Breese Press Officer-pr@afrohairshow.com/ 07479308722

Will you be there??

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Joliette Introduces their new Brand Ambassador

Joliette introduces their new Brand Ambassador: Vashtina Johnson BSc


After winning the Divas Face competition 2015 in March, AfroDeity caught up with the new face of Joliette: Vashtina Johnson

Motto:  "If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it." Muhammed Ali

My name is Vashtina Johnson, my forename is partly derived from the bible, The Book of Esther where Queen Vashti was a defiant Hebrew Queen. So I'm a Diva by nature!

I am proud of my Jamaican heritage and honoured to be a descendent of one of Jamaica's National Heroes, Nanny, leader of the Windward Maroons. ‘Granny Nanny' was born in Ghana, West Africa, and was a member of the Ashanti tribe. My cousin is the great Dr. Collin L.G Harris, former Colonel of the Moore Town Maroons.

Academic & Career achievements
I'm a British born Jamaican with 2 degrees under my wing. I attained the first in Beauty Therapy & Health Studies, the second in International Spa Management.

During my studies I enjoyed 9 years employment in the spa, beauty and cosmetic retail industry working as a Senior Spa Therapist in high profile organisations such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the Sanctuary Spa. Following on from working as an Interim Spa Manager at The Riverside Health & Racquets Club I moved into administration within the NHS.

After spending 2 years organising rehabilitation exercise classes for mobility impaired elderly people, in 2012 I set sights on revolutionising the Geriatric health system in Barbados. I designed a business plan to merge spa therapies with orthodox healthcare. The chief officials within the Ministry of Health praised my proposal as a laudable idea, however they were not in a position to fund the service.

I'm currently excelling in 2 careers; one is as a full-time Executive PA for the Professor of Medical Physics & Bioengineering. This role extends to provision of admin support for a team of gifted medical scientists and technicians.  Additionally I'm a freelance catwalk and commercial model and recently directed my first charity fashion show for Children with Cancer UK. With support from a dedicated team of volunteers, I was able to donate £1,217 and intend to continue these Charity Fashion shows, supporting a new childrens charity per event.


I feel extremely honoured and privileged to be part of the Divas of Colour organisation, which was selflessly established by Fauntee Bon to recognise the difference our prominent women of colour make to society.

On March 21st 2015 I felt so spiritually elevated to be surrounded by so many inspiring women of colour and look forward to promoting the work of these high achievers.  

As Diva Face 2015, I will continue to strive to be a leading humanitarian, using my status and talent to improve quality of life for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

Vashtina accepting her prizes at Divas of Colour

How do you relax?
Most treasured relaxation method is a hot bath filled to brim with Himalayan bath salts to purify airways and ease muscular tension. 5 drops of lavender angustifolia allows me to sink into that ultimate 'chillaxation' mode! I eat light and always drink South African redbush tea before bed to allow for deep restful sleep. 

Additionally I enjoy watching astronomy shows- theres nothing more meditating than watching planets float in space and miraculous star formations! 

What's your typical day like?
Typical working day begins with a prayer of thanks to the Most High and asking for guidance and protection for the day. I then check through messages for model castings followed by a hot shower shower and power-dress for my Executive PA role. I take my personal grooming and presentation very seriously as it helps boost my self-esteem and correctly projects my character. Proud, glamorous, mature & wise. 

When I reach work I engage in early morning  banter with the admin team; catch up on emails before entering a briefing meeting with my boss, the Professor of Medical Physics & Bioengineering. 

The rest of working day involves multitasking between deciphering scientific emails, managing and distributing medical equipment to scheduling meetings for the senior management team. 

During my journey home I respond to messages as required and try to plan ahead as much as possible. On reaching home I shower and prepare evening meal. I love to relax on my recliner sofa and watch either a sci-fi/fantasy movie, the Sky at Night, the Discovery Channel, FashionOne TV or the news.  Evening ends with mini spring clean of kitchen before preparing outfit for next working day.

What's the most remarkable thing you've achieved as a person and as a model?

In February 2015, I used my Top Model UK finalist status and personal funds to direct, market and co-produce a Charity Fashion Show for the Children with Cancer UK charity.

I began organising by first setting a date and decided on the 27th as it tied in with the hype of London Fashion Week events. I then searched for an affordable venue whilst simultaneously scouting for top models & designers via facebook. During the lead up to the event I found I had experienced industry professionals mentoring me throughout the planning journey. Haylee Venus, entrepreneur and founder of the Inspiring Edge Fashion Show was a great inspiration. She advised on ticket sales methods, model rehearsals and the order of event program schedule. She also sent in her team members, notably Model Coaches Lana Alfred & Hayley Jackson to choreograph the catwalk shows. 

Other great supporters were photographers Josh Daniels, Karlton Chambers, actor Yurj Buzzi, Lead Catwalk Choreographer Reuben P Joseph, model Kelly Kenubia and Face of McLaren Technologies model Maurisa Coleman.  The majority of my mentors I made my non-financial sponsors as a means of recognition and show of gratitude. 

The day of the event went phenomenally well and despite slight technical issues with PA system, all participants and guests enjoyed the event. 

I was extremely pleased to find there were many press representatives in attendance. The multiple flashing paparazzi lights certainly helped add star quality ambiance to the show! The ultimate achievement was the success in raising £1216.75 for the Children with Cancer UK charity. 

Who is your greatest icon of all time and why?

Without question my mother is my no.1 icon. She always perseveres against all odds, putting others needs before her own during times of hardship. My mother is my ray of sunshine and I adore the way she sees the positive in every negative situation. I put her on a pedestal as a leader, intellectual, closest friend & no.1 diva!

Why are you passionate about volunteering with charities?

I’m an inherently selfless person, I do not give to receive but rather give to assist and feel rewarded in making a difference however big or small. Charities exist to appeal to the public for financial support in order to help improve quality of life for those in need. Without charitable giving from people like myself, the suffering of disadvantaged people would become more widespread and overt.

I'm currently in startup phase of organising my next Charity fundraiser, this will be an extravagant affair with varied entertainment acts and exciting catwalk routines to raise awareness of child poverty in the UK. 

I welcome all businesses who would like to offer financial or non-financial support. You can register your interest via email rella_cinder@yahoo.com

You can also follow Vashtina on Facebook: Vash Tina-Model

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