By: Ncomeka Mpofu

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The 3rd of March was a Saturday of natural hair talk, good food and chilled wine; brown girls just enjoying their sisterhood within the backdrop of the beautiful Blue Valley Golf Estate. This Dare to Be Bold hair event was organised by the Coiled Crew;  (myself) Ncomeka Mpofu and Unathi Petros.

The focus was on protective hair styling, which in recent history has been blamed for sparse flying-dog hairlines, directly translated from inj’ibhabha. This hair talk was an effort to change the protective style narrative and actually go back to why braids are considered or supposed to be protective hairstyles. Such a conversation, which touches a lot of African women across all classes, could not have been fully addressed without one of the biggest manufactures of synthetic hair in Africa being there, hence Darling Africa was there in full force. Their stylists and representatives tackled the topic head on with refreshing honesty, with the guests fully engaged throughout the event.

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Without being biased, I can honestly say that this Coiled Crew event was a beautiful afternoon of fruitful engagement between hair brands and women of colour that wear their natural hair in all its recalcitrant and cantankerous glory. After all, black women make black hair business and keep them in business through their support of hair brands. That is why these types of conversations are necessary and mutually beneficial to all folks with vested interest in growing healthy hair. More information on the Coiled Crew and their future events, check them on their website www.coiledcrew.com and they are @coiledcrew on all social media platforms.

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