ROANOKE, VA – “Dear Black Girl: Love Your Hair Affair” is an event hosted by the Youth Advocate Program to give girls tools and techniques to style their hair ahead of the school year.
The event is Saturday, July 20th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will include food, games, music, stylists, Q&As, demos and product giveaways to help encourage girls who can’t afford to or who don’t know how to do their hair.
“Sometimes a demo is better than just talking and doing a Q&A because then you can come up and look at it and you can ask questions,” hairstylist Aleshia Muhammad said, “and the girls will be able to come up and play with their hair and see how to do it.”
Event organizer Pamela Smith said she hopes this event will help with self-esteem issues that if left alone, can lead to bigger behavioral problems.
“If your hair is not looking good, as a black woman we have a thing,” Smith said, “You don’t get to have a bad hair day.”
Future sophomore Deandra Carico said she didn’t have it easy learning how to do her hair growing up.
“My mom was white and she honestly had no idea what to do with my hair because it’s so thick and hers is so thin,” Carico said.
This issue is something stylists see often.
“I’ve come across so many mothers that didn’t know what to do with their child’s hair,” Salon Noir Owner and Natural Hair Specialist Jessica Daye said.
The Love Your Hair Affair aims to help young girls and their moms by giving them free hair products and showing them demos of hairstyles.
“A lot of people, they’re only used to the hair that they’re born with,” Muhammad said, “And when you have to deal with hair textures that you’re not familiar with, you don’t really know the right products to use.”
The free event is a month before school starts to give the girls and their moms time to practice the styles.
“We want them to have that practice time,” Smith said, “but also if they determine that this is something they can’t do, they will have met stylists who can help.”