Kinky Hair Unlocked Event Recap


On April 24, 2015, over 250 men and women gathered in Atlanta, GA for this first-ever, premier event dedicated to celebrating kinky hair. Created by Trudy Susan, founder of 4C Hair Chick, Kinky Hair Unlocked was started because she noticed a need for an event focused on healthy, kinky hair. Whether permed, natural, transitioning, or weaved, she wanted to create a space for people to come and get educated, be informed, and be empowered. One where they could learn about the science behind hair, accepting your hair texture, styling, and more. Event sponsors of this first-ever event included premier sponsor Dark and Lovely, along with Eden BodyWorks, Myx Fusions Moscato, Tendrils and Curls, Ever Butter, Naturally Supreme, and Hot Heads.


Located at 595 North in downtown Atlanta, the event began with a happy hour sponsored by Myx Fusions Moscato. Attendees enjoyed signature drinks such as the Curl Power and L.O.C. Tini and bites from Chef Razia Sabour. In this intimate space, guests enjoyed music curated by Dj Cha-Cha Jones, who played the hottest hip-hop and R&B during the activities. With an opportunity to learn about different product offerings for naturals, guests enjoyed shopping at the Tendrils and Curls Boutique.The event was captured digitally as guests took fun pictures at the OMG Booth and shared them on social media using the hashtags #4cdarkandlovely and #kinkyhairunlcoked. Guests also had the chance to strike their fiercest pose on the purple carpet for the event photographers.


Hostess Tiffany introduced the event, and kicked it off with a naturalista group selfie. Attendees then let their hair down and played an interactive ice-breaking activity sponsored by Dark and Lovely. It was a great chance to meet other women in attendance, and learn about their natural hair stories. Invited bloggers in attendance included the creators of Kinky Curly Coily Me, NaturalMe 4C, Sister Scientist, and Klassy Kinks. After the happy hour, guests made their way to the main stage for 3 workshops.






During the three presentations, Kinky Hair Unlocked attendees were treated to insights from vlogger Jouelzy, hair trichologist Dr. Kari Williams, and celebrity hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood, Kinky Hair Unlocked introduced attendees to a rich, social experience focused on natural hair. As founder Trudy shared, “I wanted to create a unique, in person hair care experience unlike any other.” Susan elaborated, “Kinky Hair Unlocked is different than other natural hair events because our line-up of speakers is comprised primarily of certified experts – including a scientist, trichologist, and celebrity cosmetologist and stylist – that can speak to the science, chemistry and expert techniques that lead to strong, healthy and beautiful hair. It’s a perspective that is often left out of the natural hair conversation.”



In a Behind the Brand segment with Dark and Lovely, hostess Tiffany sat down with Dark and Lovely’s AVP of Marketing, Sivonne Davis. The conversation introduced attendees to the company’s new product line, Au Naturale Moisture LOC, and offered a chance to learn more about the brand’s approach to natural hair care.



Throughout the workshops, attendees won door prizes from Curl Collection, Ever ButterKinky Tresses and Wondercurl. One lucky winner received a $500 gift card to a local Atlanta-area restaurant, after posting a picture from the event on Instagram. VIP guests also enjoyed exclusive access to a second happy hour experience complete with private catering. Full size products from Dark and Lovely, Myx Fusion, Eden Body Works, SheaMoisture, and Camille Rose Naturals graced the bags of our VIP guests along with samples from Shemaid and Curly Hair Solutions. The full audience received a special gift from Dark and Lovely and Alaffia. Active social media engagement among attendees also helped spread the message of Kinky Hair Unlocked: love your hair.


For more on Kinky Hair Unlocked, check out these recaps from guests.

The Pretty Girls Guide
Klassy Kinks
Naturally Glam

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10 Travel Must Haves for Naturalistas

While you on are on vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is your hair. Spend your time focusing on fun by making sure you pack these 10 natural hair must haves with you:

1# Satin Scarf or Bonnet

Protect your tresses as you sleep and preserve your hairstyle. Depending on your style choice, you may want to pack a scarf and a bonnet. A scarf can be used to help lay your hair down, while the bonnet can be used along with it in case your scarf slips off at night.

2# Leave in Conditioner

Never underestimate the power of a good leave-in conditioner. Leave in’s work to make your hair more manageable and help to reduce frizz. Looking for a leave in to add to your arsenal? Dark and Lovely’s Slick Slip Leave In Conditioner is designed to smooth out tangles during the detangling process and gives you long lasting moisture.

3# Rinse Out Conditioner

In addition to using a rinse out conditioner for co-washing, it has another nifty use. Chlorine and salt water can be very drying to the hair, making it a pain to deal with afterwards. However this shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying a dip in the ocean or a relaxing swim in the pool. Before you go, coat your hair with a rinse out conditioner, this helps reduce damage and keeps your hair from becoming too dried out afterwards. When you are done swimming thoroughly cleanse your hair. Cleansing Conditioner A La Crème can be used as a gentle three in one shampoo, conditioner and detangler you can use.

4# Travel or Sample Size Styling Product

Traveling is great, but getting from point “A” to point “B” is where it can be stressful. Avoid any hassle at the airport by making sure you are carrying the sample or travel size of your favorite styling product. If you can’t find a smaller size of the product you are looking for, local stores like Target or Walmart carry small cosmetic containers you can use to store your products. This also isn’t a bad idea because it gives you room to pack all the other things you will need and will help in making your luggage more lightweight.

5# Spray Bottle

Sometimes, rather than applying more product to your hair, a good spritz with water is all it needs. Pack your water bottle so that you evenly and easily hydrate your hair.

6# Your Favorite Oil

Look for a good travel size oil to pack with you. Use it to seal in the moisture and add some shine to your hair. Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C. Soak it Up Oil adds moisture and shine to your hair without weighing it down.

7# Wide Tooth Comb

Depending on where you find yourself, locating a wide tooth comb may be a task. Which is why packing your wide tooth comb is an absolute must. The last thing you want to end up doing is attempting to detangle your hair with one of those combs with the tiny baby teeth (absolute nightmare)!

8# Paddle or Denman Brush

A good paddle or denman brush will help stretch your hair out after you have finished washing your hair. This is especially helpful for naturals who experience high shrinkage and are looking for a more full stretched out hairstyle.

9# Bobby pins

Bobby pins are your goto solution when you need a quick and easy hairstyle while on the go. All you need to do is tuck, roll and pin in place. They can also be your savior when your hair just doesn’t want to cooperate with you.

10#  Stretchy headbands and hair ties

Elastic headbands will help give you the control to mold your hair into a cute updo or bun making styling a breeze. This is the perfect solution for when you don’t feel like spending hours on your hair while on vacation.

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3 Hair Color Ideas for the Summer

Something about the promise of warm weather makes many of us wanna shake things up when it comes to our hair. This year, the color bug has already hit many a naturalista and the trend is only gaining more momentum as we roll into summer! Looking for a change? Here are three hair color ideas for you to try this summer.


Spicy Red Hair Color on vlogger Donedo

From super bold and bright to slightly muted and deep, red hair has been flooding our social media timelines like never before. Vlogger Donedo- who loves to switch it up often- has been rocking a fierce red with an ombre effect. If you’re new to color but still want a bit of a transformation, this may be the option for you. With a hue that progressively goes from dark to light, you’ll have the drama you desire without it being too overbearing.

Marsala, the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year, has hit the runways and red carpets in a big way. If you’re looking to keep your hair on-trend as well, Dark & Lovely’s Go Intense! in Spicy Red is the way to go.

Hair Color box of Dark and Lovely Spicy Red


Blondes have been the go-to for decades when changing up one’s look. For a number of years during my relaxed days and once while natural, I rocked the honey blonde look! Today, kinky-haired women are venturing into more variations of this hue, mixing and matching it up with different tones and even different colors altogether.

Askproy with Blonde Hair Color

Take blogger and vlogger askRoy, for example. She’s been known to have color but her latest remix steals the show as she blends a dark red base with a beautiful blonde up top! Whether you’re bold enough to rock such a color blend or you prefer to stick to one shade, try Dark & Lovely’s Go Intense! in either Golden Blonde or the NEW Bright Blonde option.

Hair Color Box for Dark and Lovely Bright Blonde

You can even go for that beautiful sun-kissed look with highlights here and there. The possibilities are endless!


When thinking about summer hair color, black may not be the first color that comes to mind. But if you’re a gal who has a naturally lighter tint to your hair or if you’ve been playing in more vibrant colors for a while, black may be just the change you need and can be as bold as the rest of ‘em!

Jd Winter hair color red to black

Blogger JD Winters, has been known across the web for her vibrant red mane for some time now. I barely recognized her, though, when a fresh JD suddenly flashed across my Instagram feed with black hair! Far from drab, the super dark color really makes a statement. If this is for you, Dark & Lovely Go Intense! Super Black is sure to give you the sultry look you crave.

Well, now that you have a few ideas on how to revamp your look, here are a few things you should know before you run to the beauty supply store.

Before You Color

One thing to keep in mind when purchasing an at-home coloring kit is that the color swatch you see is usually showing you the hair color in its truest form. This means that the color may not turn out exactly as you see it displayed. Many brands will have photos on the box showing you the possible outcome based on your natural color. This has proven to be helpful for me when selecting just the right shade for the look I desire.

Permanent hair colors include agents that help open up the hair cuticle in order to get down to the cortex to lift your natural color and deposit the new one. This increases the hair’s porosity and decreases the elasticity which basically means the hair will often be weaker and drier afterwards. Therefore, knowing the condition of your hair before applying a permanent color is key. Adding chemicals to already damaged hair will only lead to further damage. Getting your hair back to a healthier state before even thinking about color is the best way to go.

When coloring at home, READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY. Even if you’ve applied color before, not all brands are the same and some brands may even change things up requiring a different approach to application. While box colors usually come with gloves, investing in a good, snug pair that will keep the color from getting on your skin is advised. Also, be sure to protect your face and ears with petroleum jelly to prevent staining. Oh, and don’t wear your favorite shirt… things can get messy!

After you’ve colored, regular deep conditioning and proper moisture are vital! Use products that are formulated for color-treated hair to keep it healthy and looking its best!


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