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#NaturalNightOut and My Thoughts (Yes, I have thoughts!)

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The pictures: Check out the pictures from last night’s #NaturalNightOut event held at the African American Civil War Museum in DC.

This was the third gathering in the series, so I was super excited to not only support it once more, but to also see that it’s growing in scope. One of the best parts of that growth is the supporting of a community staple; the proceeds were benefiting the civil war museum. It was my first time visiting the museum and I know the challenges that these types of important historic museums face. Big ups to #NaturalNightOut for supporting!

I’d say that more than half of the women in my friendship circles have natural textured hair (and lifestyles), so I was also there to learn and hear the discussion. Topics ranged from the functional “best practices” and different hair styles, to how hair has changed women’s lifestyles, and even the health benefits of no longer using harsh chemicals.

One of my favorite points (and one that was made at the first event) was the importance of having a professional care for your hair. I support this as I feel the same way about photography and those special moments in life. And in all honesty, it applies to most areas in life. #kudos

I was really interested in the discussion about whether natural hair is a fad/trend and the connection women have with their hair. Some said it was just an accessory and others had deeper relationships with their hair.

My thoughts: Appearance, to include our hair, is important. I personally think it’s OK to BE and NOT BE your hair. You’re allowed to have whatever connection to your hair that you desire. When I think of the trends/fads, culture movements and many things a woman can be deeply connected to, “her hair..” and feeling good about it ranks as one of the best IMO. I do think styles and hair care will continue to change and expand in scope, but I doubt that it’s a fad. When people get closer to their inner selves, it’s liberating and there’s a combustion effect that changes lives. So, if hair is just an accessory to you and it’s used to add variety to your life, great. If you use the changing or care of your hair to be a catalyst for living a healthier lifestyle, feel liberated and letting positivity spread to others, even better.

Do you. And if that doing just happens to be pleasant, help others do it also!

Your thoughts!What’s your hair mean to you? Any hair care tips you wanna share? Want to see something different at the next event? The team is listening so do share! 🙂

Today, I’m thankful for the gathering of beautiful sisters! God bless.


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8 thoughts on “#NaturalNightOut and My Thoughts (Yes, I have thoughts!)

  1. How have I not ever heard of this?! And I’m natural! I spoke at #INHMD last weekend. And I see folks I know. LOL! What a great concept. The pics are GORGEOUS!!!!!

    Posted by Erin Martin (@BagLadies) | May 24, 2013, 3:24 pm
  2. Seems like a nice event. I’d like to know when the next one will be. As for hair, I do think natural hair has come back with a force and is here to stay. Mine is an accessory and I enjoy styling and changing it whenever I get the urge. I encourage people to do what ever makes them happy with their hair. Like you said, “Do you.” Be you. Have the audaCiTy to be!

    Posted by audacitytobe | May 24, 2013, 4:00 pm
    • Hey sister!! I like your blog!! I echo your comments!! We need to find out happy positive place and do what needs to be done to stay there. Connect with the team to stay abreast of upcoming happenings…

      Thanks for your comment!

      Posted by gjames432 | May 25, 2013, 9:49 am
  3. BEAUTIFUL women; appreciate your commentary, too 🙂 “it’s OK to BE and NOT BE your hair. You’re allowed to have whatever connection to your hair that you desire” <<<exactly this! thank u. good stuff!

    Posted by AdjustedSails | May 28, 2013, 4:36 pm
  4. Hey James…I didn’t see my photo on there from the event 😦

    Posted by Alice | May 30, 2013, 3:26 pm


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