Click Read More+Comment for additional photos. On Saturday, September 22nd I co-hosted the firstHealthy Hair Affairalong with Angel of KisforKinky at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC. The ‘Healthy Hair Affair’ was held during the 42nd annual Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (CBC ALC), a conference that is recognized as one of the “most important gatherings of African-American leaders in the nation”

The ‘Healthy Hair Affair’ was founded by close friends Lyssa Hargrove and Shawne Morgan. Lyssa of natural hair, health and fashion blog The Minnie Maven, held a Congressional Fellow position for a member of Congress which led her to international work on Capitol Hill, including traveling to Haiti with Bill Clinton.  Wife and Mother of two, Lyssa stopped straightening her hair, realizing she needed to “represent” for her young daughter. While Shawne also a Wife, Mother of two, and Attorney is owner of It’s Yours Hair Company, supplier of premium human hair, specializing in textures for more natural looking styles as well as for those who are transitioning or opting for protective styling options.

Covered by Essence who included the ‘The Healthy Hair Affair’ in their “Ultimate Natural Hair Event” calender and Hype Hair Magazine, ‘The Healthy Hair Affair’ was just that… an AFFAIR! With Beautiful Textures as one of the sponsors and vendors such as Latisha Daring of Ashtyn, giveaways were held on the hour of every hour during the entire event and goodies ranged from gift baskets, jewelry, hair products, cupcakes and more! Admission was free with a toiletry of your choice (which was donated to the incredible N Village, the largest provider of women-only services for D.C.’s homeless population) and let me just say the donations were well overflowing as attendees brought more than one item to donate. Then to top it off everyone walked away with a goodie bag that carried a generous amount of some amazing smelling hair and body products, like peppermint tea tree conditioner, shampoo, oil and hair milk by Eden Body Works (all products are paraben, sulfate, alcohol and mineral oil free)

Of course the ‘Healthy Hair Affair’ supplied a heavy subscription of fun and entertainment but the real star of the party was the mission of the ‘The Healthy Hair Affair’; “Embracing our options and empower ourselves with good information & products to maintain healthy hair!” With the beautiful ladies of amazing blogs KisforKinky and Mama Naturalista, Angel and Marisol, we answered and supplied info in the bloggers lounge and then later in the evening the event wrapped up as I moderated the panel discussion which included mesmerizing panelists such as Administrative Law Judge/Author/Motivational Speaker Tonya Kerry and Owner of the internationally known Khamit Kinks (with celebrity clients such as Oprah Winfrey, Solange Knowles, Lenny Kravitz and Queen Latifah), Anu Prestonia. We discussed everything from “Good” vs Healthy Hair, Politics of Our Hair and Teaching Healthy Hair Habits to our Girls into Womanhood.

Overall this event not only talked the talk but provided healthy solutions and inspiration in embracing and loving more than just the physical of our true selves because without love from within the rest is impossible. Hmm, I just sounded like a Chinese proverb from a fortune cookie but it is true! Look out for the next Healthy Hair Affair in a city near you!

 

Arrived Friday evening to the Hamilton, Crowne Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC

 

 

 

There were two huge beds so I slept on one bed Friday night and the other on Saturday night. No need for a perfectly good bed to go to waste!

 

I love the color scheme and  subtle pattern combinations of this room

 

Cool mirror with a street map

 

These shoes were made for walkin! My trusty  traveling brown leather boots that I have had over a decade. They are so worn in and beat up but I love them and they hold so many memories.

 

Founders of ‘The Healthy Hair Affair’, Shawne Morgan of It’s Yours & Lyssa Hargrove of Minnie Maven

 

The amazing panel I moderated. From left to right: Lyssa Hargrove, Tonya Kerry, Angel, Anu Prestonia & Shawne Morgan

 

Shawne Morgan’s Mother on the left in the purple blouse (I just love her!!!)

 

Blogger Angel of the amazing KisforKinky site and Author, Tonya Perry of “The Simple Guide to Amazing Curls” & “12 Secrets to living a Life you Love”, both of these women were Lovely with a capitol L. Tonya even gave me a signed copy of a book she is working on called “The Easy Guide for Loving Your Amazing Hair”! Tonya even included Urban Bush Babes in her list of “Fabulous Youtubers”. So flattered!!!

 

Angel with fellow blogger Marisol of  Mama Naturalista!

 

Marisol’s cutie pie daughter Tabea joins in! Can you believe Marisol has 4 childern!!!

 

Marisol & I

After talking with the gorgeous Marisol I felt like she was my sister from another Mother! Besides being the same height and love wearing heels despite our height and having twins in the family (she has fraternal twins) I found out her Dad was a boxer like my Dad and how we both love boxing and were taught by our fathers!!! Her Dad was actually a well known professional Boxing Trainer whose clients included Sugar Ray Leonard, Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe, among others! Marisol is pretty inspiring, you can read her quite interesting bio here.

 

I met Angel who is based in LA after the event to have dinner at the Cheesecake Factory!  Had such a great time, she really is beautiful and a genuine spirit!

 

I had the Oreo Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory (you have to treat yourself sometime, or at least this is my excuse)

 

Marisol and her daughter Tabea