There were a number of different, eye catching products such as, the Younique: 3D Fiber Lash Mascara. Tracy, one of the founders was so open and exciting. To show that the product truly worked, they gave free consultations, on one eye! Which was hilarious, because everyone walked away with ONE bold eyelash? They were great. I, and others, really enjoyed them.
The set up of the expo was lively and full of energy. Seeing that every room had a window wall was great. Having shining light on every vendor table in every room made for an inviting environment. It also assisted in the much needed lighting for the pictures that were being taken.Even the hallways were accompanied by vendors. The lighting out in the hallway was magnificent, with the second story window cascading natural light on the shuffling, chatting, and exchanging of money for homemade goods. When exiting the elevators to the right or coming up the staircase from the left the first thing you saw was an authentic African hair scarf table, with a thousand different styles to be accompanied with it. You felt the energy that the light was giving to people, which was awesome!
If you decided to take another route by going into the rooms instead of perusing the hallways, you'd have a choice between the Style corner and the Health and Wellness corner, which is where EverButter was located. In the Style corner, you'd experience a superfluity of clothes, accessories, and different homemade African designed products. The room was small and compact but still full of life. In here, there was a vendor that came from ThriftyBroads thrift store, located in Detroit, as all the other vendors were as well. But, this groups' table really stuck out. They were young, hip, and well dressed. They pulled me in quickly with the shorts they were showcasing, designed by themselves.
The informational seminars were also great; one on taking care of hair and another on health, Bikraim Yoga. After these seminars concluded, the raffle began and people who purchased raffle tickets got the chance to win prizes that each vendor donated, including EverButter, who gave our lovely Love Box as an amazing gift.
The day quickly came to an end and so did the vendors. As everyone began to pack up, EverButter was still making small talk and giving great tips to the people who asked for them. The Embrace the Natural You Expo was a great success! Everyone enjoyed themselves and left with more than they came with.
Three Ways a Natural Expo in Every City Will Improve the Natural/Black Community
As a teenage girl, this experience will give insight on how black women can be, and are, successful. Seeing this large gathering of black women at the Embrace the Natural You Expo, with a plethora of products made by themselves, shows a counter argument to the average black woman/family that the media chooses to portray. Having an expo such as this one in all cities is a necessity. If we want to show the children of the black community how, through hard work and dedication, success is ALWAYS an option.
The Uplifting Environment
The natural expo as a whole is something everyone, no matter your gender, race or age, should experience. It not only gives insight on the new trending styles, be it clothing, hair, scarves, or exercise/health tactics, but it also helps newer companies, like us, get their products out there. The experience is vibrant and cool; everyone talking to everyone, tips being handed out when asked or needed, businesses showing their friendly style, pulling in customers with just their charm. The expo shows the black community coming together and growing a business together.
Going Natural, Support the Natural You
What I think of when seeing the statement "Support the Natural You" is investment in the natural community. People attend the expos willing to try new products. They see that there are excellent, new, natural products tapered specifically for our natural hair, created by entrepreneurs with the same hair. In addition to supporting the natural community they leave with a great new product. An expo is full of informational guidance. You enter and you see vendors willing to instill in your mind the information they hold. Through the seminars or just solely speaking one on one with a customer, you leave a function with a copious amount of insight on all things natural. An expo in every city is a notable idea. It's worthy of attention and notice because it will help each community drastically.