Dozens celebrate, learn about black hair in Roanoke


Dozens came to Straight Street in Roanoke Sunday to celebrate – and learn about – black hair.

“Dear Black Girl: A Love Your Hair Affair” taught girls and women of all ages everything related to hair, including buying beauty products, maintaining the best look, washing and conditioning, and more.

The three-hour event included raffles, demos, a q&a session, and music and games.

Youth Advocate Programs, the organization that hosted the event says, it’s meant to boost girls’ self-esteem before going back to school, and even helping families bond over a shared interest.

“Girls need to know the beauty of them: naturally, without any chemical enhancement, without any extensions, just as god created them in his perfect image,” said Allyson Cartwright, a stylist at Inspired to Enhance. “That they are beautiful, and that they just need to really embrace their beauty and take care of it.”

“We wanted to make sure everybody knew that we are proud of our hair, we love our hair, we want our girls to love their hair. It’s not a small thing – it’s pretty big,” added Pamela Smith, an event organizer.

On top of all of that, the event also included some free giveaways and sample products for everyone there.

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