Hair expo to showcase ‘natural’ looks

Florida A&M University alumnae are hosting a natural hair and health expo on Sunday themed “Crowning Glory… My Hair, My Art, My Culture” on Sunday.

Valencia and Denise Jones, owners of Mandisa Ngozi Art & Braiding Gallery, Loving my Natural Hair Salon and Tallawah Events & Promotions, are hosting the second annual Capital City Natural Hair & Health Expo at the Southside Arts Complex.

The event is expected to be large: more than 35 vendors scheduled to attend, and guests and speakers are traveling from cities such as New York, Orlando and Miami.

Fashion shows, panel discussions, organic beauty products, licensed physicians and much more will fill the room offering advice and expertise to the public.

Charlene Balewa, event coordinator and owner of Tallawah Events & Promotions, said several of FAMU’s dancers and poets are scheduled to perform as well.

“We have performers from Mahogany Dance Theatre, Black on Black Rhyme and possibly FAMU’s Essential Theatre will be attendance performing a skit called ‘My Hair,’ “ she said.

Valencia Jones expressed her love for the event and her mission to inspire and uplift others to love themselves naturally.

“We want you to walk away feeling like regal kings and queens,” she said.

Janelle Edwards, a vendor and owner of Janelle Jewelry, is also excited about the event.

“Last year the clothing designers, hairstylists and dancers were just amazing,” Edwards said. “It’s truly a cultural event.”

The expo will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Individuals interested in attending can purchase tickets online at the website. Tickets are $15 in advance, $10 for students with ID and $20 at the door. The Capital City Natural Hair & Health Expo can also be reached at 850-778-3993 or by email at