UK BLACK HISTORY MONTH FESTIVAL

CURLYTREATS FESTIVAL

BLACK HAIR STORIES

CELEBRATING BLACK HAIR &
BLACK CULTURE – SINCE 2013

NOVOTEL LONDON W6 • 11 AM – 7 PM

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Meet The Experts

Amenti The Awakener

Spiritual Teacher, Psychotherapist, Transformational Wellness Expert

Laurie-Ann Binns

Natural Hair and
Beauty Influencer

Yolanda Toussaint

Author, Motivational Speaker, Artist, Entrepreneur, Lecturer

Saskia Calliste

Author, Assistant Editor,
Journalist

Zainab Raghdo

Author, Editor,
Content Writer

Amma Gyimah

Art & Design Teacher and Headwrap
Expert

Ngozi Fulani

CEO & FoundHer of Sistah Space

Tia Sunlight

Sound Energy Healer & FoundHer of Take Your Soul And Elope​

Simi Lindgren

Founder of Yuty Me - AI-driven Beauty Marketplace

Bola Sol

Author, Finance Expert,
Presenter

Diahanna Clarke

Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist - Dedicated to Change Project ​

Fiona
Quadri

Creative

Dr Remi Mogekwu MBBS Msc

Obstetric And Gynaecology Registrar

Sosina Binyam

Artist & Co-Founder of Hope and Unity

Oya Heart Warrior

Yoga Teacher and FoundHer of Unapologetically Black Yoga

Nia Faisal

Beauty
Influencer

Lisa Bent

Author, Presenter
The Coaching Counsellor

Elaine Griffith

Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist - Dedicated to Change Project

Sicgmone Kludje & Vea Koranteng

FoundHers of Black Girl Knit Club

Dr Jennifer Owusu Adjei MBBS Bsc

Obstetric And Gynaecology Registrar

Lindsey Daniella

Visual Artist

Kesha Williams

Beauty Expert and FoundHer of Colorblend Makeup

vanessa La Rose

Black-Owned Book Retailer - FoundHer of Book & Kulture

Marva Carty

Self Published
Author

Catherine Rock

Trainee/ Counsellor - Dedicated to Change Project

Leah Salmon

Nutritionist, Life Coach
and Author

Charmaine Simpson

Black History Expert & FoundHer of Black History Studies

Rochelle Clarke

Finr Artist and Designer

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What's On.

We’re currently creating the programme for this October’s festival themed “Black Hair Stories”. We look forward to welcoming you to our event celebrating Black hair and culture during the UK’s Black History Month 2022.

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What's On.

We’re currently creating the programme for this October’s festival. We look forward to welcoming you to our event celebrating Black hair and culture during the UK’s Black History Month 2022.

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What's On.

Wellness Programme.​

Sis, visit our wellness space on Saturday 5 March 2022 at Novotel West. A calm space where Black women can be vulnerable. Because You Are Worthy. Participate in our collective wellness sessions to support you on your self-care and self-love journey. Explore what it means to breathe easily.

Harness the power of sound energy healing. You will be taken on a relaxing meditative journey with instruments that will raise your vibration – supporting you to feel happier, lighter and more at ease. Be immersed in this sound bath to help bring calm and a sense of peace.

About Tia Sunlight

Sound Energy Healer Tia will be delivering two sound bath sessions. Waves of soothing, echoing sounds from specific instruments, also called “sound bath,” may help with fatigue, stress, and depression symptoms. Tiara uses sound healing instruments with the intention of vibrating higher. These vibrations may lead you deeper into a state of reflection or relaxation, cultivating inner peace.

Take part in this sacral activation and exploration of the Goddess within you. Using the movement based on ancient African Goddess Archetypes, open up to unleash the hidden power of the Divine Feminine in you.

About Amenti The Awakener

Amenti The Awakener is a highly sought Spiritual Teacher, 5th Generation Healer, Womb Alchemist, Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Therapy Trainer, Best Selling Author, Transformational Wellness Expert and Initiated Priestess. She has worked with high profile clients, local communities and corporate organisations advocating a holistic approach to wellness and women’s leadership! She has graced international stages and is well known for her wealth of experience and powerful presence.

Join this therapeutic yoga class with meditation practices designed to release stress, ease tension, and cultivate Black joy. We will move and energise our bodies without exhaustion; we will stretch and strengthen without “brukking up” through restorative practices and empowering meditation. Oya Heart Warrior has developed original, health-enhancing sequences that support you as a Black woman to move with intuitive wisdom, joy and choice over your body. – with Oya Heart Warrior.

About Oya Heart Warrior

Oya Heart Warrior is a Yoga Teacher and FoundHer of Unapologetically Black Yoga, whose focus is building compassionate spaces for Black people of all abilities, shapes and sizes to feel genuinely welcome to yoga. Her mental health and yoga therapy background informs her perspective of bringing holistic wellbeing and Black body joy to yoga. Oya believes in the powerful wisdom of our hearts and the truth in our bodies to guide us to our highest state of wellbeing and self-acceptance.

Join this interactive workshop sharing healing practices and powerful rituals from indigenous Indigenous Ancestral Mothers of Creation, to activate your womb power and increase your Wealth, Worth and Wellness – with Amenti The Awakener.

About Amenti The Awakener

Amenti The Awakener is a highly sought Spiritual Teacher, 5th Generation Healer, Womb Alchemist, Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Therapy Trainer, Best Selling Author, Transformational Wellness Expert and Initiated Priestess. She has worked with high profile clients, local communities and corporate organisations advocating a holistic approach to wellness and women’s leadership! She has graced international stages and is well known for her wealth of experience and powerful presence.

Before the event closes, join our Be Well sound therapy session. Tia Sundlight will be using drums, gongs, affirmations and other healing instruments to support you in moving your mind, body, emotions in the direction of finding a healthy balance and becoming more whole. You will leave feeling refreshed and calm. 

About Tia Sunlight

Sound Energy Healer Tiara will be delivering two sound bath sessions. Waves of soothing, echoing sounds from specific instruments, also called “sound bath,” may help with fatigue, stress, and depression symptoms. Tiara uses sound healing instruments with the intention of vibrating higher. These vibrations may lead you deeper into a state of reflection or relaxation, cultivating inner peace.

Beauty Programme.

In Partnership With ColorBlend Makeup London

A warm welcome and introduction to the FoundHer of ColorBlend Makeup London, Kesha Williams. ColorBlend is an award-winning and high-performance cosmetic brand. Kesha will discuss the importance of spotlighting Black women during International Women’s Day, the efforts for representation and change within the beauty industry and what ColorBlend has been up to.

About Kesha Williams

Kesha Williams is one of UK’s only Black women with a complete cosmetics range. As well as bridging the gap between high-street and high-end cosmetics, Kesha’s mission is to provide premium options for consumers who experience an undersupply of suitable and accessible cosmetics. This has seen her become a multi-award-winning entrepreneur featured in Forbes, Black Hair and Beauty Mag and Good Housekeeping. Passionate about representation, inclusivity and self-expression, Kesha champions change within the beauty industry by stepping away from the homogeneous ideal and redefining what beauty means.

Join this inspirational and interactive session as ColorBlend Spotlights Simi Lindgren. Be inspired as Simi shares her investment success journey at Yuty and the balance of parenting and business. Get involved and get your smartphones ready to try out Yuty x ColorBlend AI beauty demonstrations too! Learn about undertones, foundation and concealer application in the ‘Celebrate Your Base’ segment.

Simi Lindgren, Founder and CEO of Yuty, the hyper-personalised conscious beauty destination. Her mission is to use AI to empower beauty consumers to find the right beauty products, and drive inclusive and environmental sustainability within the beauty industry. 

A former award-winning commercial leader at FTSE and NYSE listed businesses, championing DEI and sustainability, Simi founded Yuty in 2020 which has gone on to feature in the likes of Elle and Refinery29. Simi grew up in the UK, attending St George’s Medical School and University of Oxford, and was named on the Britain’s brightest young business leader’s list Management Today’s 35 women under 35 in 2021.

Meet the products! Learn the best ways to apply your makeup, ask a makeup related problem and let ColorBlend teach the solution! Makeup artists will demonstrate the benefits and effects of ColorBlend’s award-winning and high-definition cosmetics range. You might get chosen to sit in the chair and experience their professionally-performing foundations or luxurious lip colours!

Two amazing creators within the beauty space; Nia, a beauty influencer and PR guru shares her journey and tips on how to get into the industry.

Learn how to manage your creative career with a chronic condition as Laurie, a makeup artist sheds light on life with Fibromyalgia, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension and Function Neurological Disorder and leaves feeling inspired and motivated to pursue your creative passions.

Entrepreneur Kesha Williams discusses mentoring and its importance to business growth and personal development. She provides opportunities to sign up for business mentoring and the ColorBlend Agency – the home for elite makeup artists from across the UK. Also, she will be announcing ColorBlend’s Giveaway Winner too!

Literary Programme.

In Partnership With Black and Kulture 

This part of the festival features Black-women authors who will discuss various issues and topics, including feminism today, single Black women, how Black hairstyles influence and shape mainstream culture, and improving your finances. Be part of the conversations!

A session dedicated to younger visitors hosted by the self-published author; Marva Carty. Join Marva for a read-along and creative craft session around her Caribbean adventure.

In September 2021 Saskia Calliste & Zainab Raghdo published a book challenging the stigma around black hair. The project collated interviews from 30+ accomplished Black women, including MP Dawn Butler, comedian Angie Le Mar, entrepreneur Anastasia Chikezie, historian Stella Dadzie, and popstar Jamelia. Some of the world’s most inspiring black women spoke about their attitudes to, and struggles with, their crowning glory.

With an overview of the politics and history of black hair, the book explores how black hairstyles have played a part in the fight for social justice and the promotion of black culture while inspiring us to challenge outdated notions of beauty, gender and sexuality for young women and girls everywhere.

“Hairvolution shares the stories of 31 influential Black women and puts a spotlight on their hair journey. Come along to feel empowered, uplifted and unified. Come along to break down barriers, stereotypes and intergenerational trauma as we bring you a true celebration of Black hair in ALL its crowning glory. “

Lisa Bent is a writer of Jamaican descent from South London. Her work examines the inner self work required to heal and thrive. Her degree in Counselling influences her writing style and she champions the continuous journey of self-exploration. Her book; Symona’s Still Single explores the journey of Symona Brown. After being consciously single for a number of years, Symona is ready to jump back into the dating arena and this time, she knows who she is and what she wants. But will the hard lessons she learned guide her to the love she desires? Whether you are a wanna-be author or you’re single looking for love, Lisa’s session will leave you feeling more empowered.

Bola Sol is a Mathematics and Finance graduate who found passion in women coming together to discuss money matters. She created the platform called Refined Currency in 2015 and its sister company Rich Girl Chronicles. Bola is the co-host of The Last Three Digits podcast, host of web series The Bola Sol show and leads weekly chats on social media about money. She’s been featured on the BBC, Stylist Magazine and Refinery 29. Through one conversation at a time, she wants to help build more financial confidence in everyone. Bola’s session will leave you with a deeper understanding of why you do what you do with your money which will help you make changes for the better.

Yolanda Toussaint, widely known for having an unwavering voice on key issues such as Imperfect Parenting. Yolanda’s unapologetic confidence to share her truth has made her a dynamic thought leader among Women of today.

Yolanda’s session will leave women; understanding the importance of self-care/love. Knowing we are not our biggest mistakes and feeling empowered to make necessary changes.

Interactive Arts & Cultural Programme

Sis, through a series of interactive arts and cultural drop-in sessions, we will celebrate the everyday Black woman.

Whether you are a novice to head-wrapping or not, there is always something new you can learn. Join our hands-on interactive workshop and learn the history by headwrapping with Amma Gyimah. Learn the techniques used to create trendy head-wrapping styles. You will leave the event with confidence to wear your head wraps in a variety of fashionable styles.

The Black femme zine workshop is inviting you to a creative healing experience. The workshop will be held in a safe space fostering conversations about well-being and the celebration of our intersectional identity. Sharing different stories and discussing our position in society will prompt us to produce a little zine to take home, reminding you of how amazing you are and boosting your self-love. Fiona Quadri is a Austro-Nigerian multimedia artist exploring themes of belonging and identity.

You will be introduced to the knitting garter technique, casting on and casting off your knitting. As part of this drop-in workshop with Black Girl Knit Club participants will be introduced to the basic knit techniques and will create their own knitted square/coaster. Incorporating Black Girl Knit Club’s unique upcycled yarn to explore texture and colour. This is a great creative session for any beginner or an intermediate knitter who wants to develop their skills.

There will be 4 Black Girl Knit Club sessions during this 2 hour period:

Introduction to Black Girl Knit Club – Sicgmone Kludje & Vea Koranteng. (5 minutes)
4 groups across 2hours – 30 minutes for each group
Participant numbers – 10 participants per group

Simple, nutritious smoothies can help make your skin glow and your hair shine from the inside out. Leah Salmon, The Naturally You Coach shares her delicious smoothie recipes, all including African & Caribbean superfoods. You’ll get to taste each smoothie as she makes them live, whilst sharing the health-boosting benefits of each recipe.

Solutions Programme

Sis, visit Dear Black Women by CURLYTREATS Festival on Saturday 5 March 2022. Take part in important conversations centred around the individual and collective issues that also affect Black British women. Find out how you can get involved and be part of long-term changes. 

This informative and inspirational session by Charmaine Simpson shares the story of the hidden contribution of Black women to World History. The invisibility of women in the early books are linked to the fact that some historians felt that women’s issues did not merit inclusion and their contributions were ignored. It is essential to recognise that the study of Black Women’s History makes for a much more inclusive, richer, fuller, and more importantly, truthful account of World History. This presentation will uncover the contributions and achievements of great women from past and present – and how you can be part of changing the narrative for generations to come.

How to find and understand your true self, your purpose and what you have been looking for through therapy. Learn how therapy can change your life and release the truly special dynamic Black woman within you. Learn how to understand feelings through therapy. Here is your chance to get your questions answered in a safe space – with Integrative Counsellors and Psychotherapists from the Dedicated to Change Project including Diahanna Clarke.

In 10 Women Suffer From Endometriosis.🎗Many women suffer in silence because it is an invisible chronic illness with varying symptoms; most endo sufferers are initially misdiagnosed for years.

Worldwide, March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. During this interactive session Obstetrics and Gynaecology Doctors – Dr Remi Mogekwu and Dr Jennifer Owusu will discuss:

* the debilitating condition and its symptoms,
* its impact on the lives of endo sufferers,
* endometriosis diagnosis & treatment delays
* diagnostic methods & treatments

Dr Remi Mogekwu and Dr Jennifer Owusu run Chat Her Box to educate and empower black women to make informed choices about their care and move away from medical paternalism. They provide women with a safe platform to speak freely, ask questions and learn about their health.

Join us as we discuss the intersectionality between domestic abuse & racism, the different types of abuse, and how to spot signs and act on them. Sistah Space is a specialist charity that supports women of African and Caribbean heritage affected by domestic & sexual abuse – with Ngozi Fulani, CEO & founder of Sistah Space.

Please be aware that some of the activities within this space will address difficult and sensitive subjects. Please use discretion if attending with people under 18 years old.

Connecting Through Black Hair Stories.

We’re inviting you to join us at the next CURLYTREATS Festival. On Saturday, 15 October, this one-day Festival returns to Novotel London West Convention Centre in Hammersmith, London – during Black History Month UK.

The theme of this event is Black Hair Stories. We will explore the history and beauty of afro hair and Black cultural hairstyles from the Motherland and the evolution of Black hair through the decades in the UK – from the Windrush Era until today! Afro-textured hair is tightly curly hair, also known as natural hair.

We believe in the power of Sankofa, which encourages us to learn and take from the past to create a better future. Since the mass migration of people travelling from the Caribbean to England, the country has become more diverse but not necessarily as inclusive.

Ridiculing the identity of Black people, including their afro hair and cultural hairstyles – negatively impacts the experiences of Black people in society. It happens so often that the term’ hair discrimination’ was coined to explain such experiences.

Yet, as an alternative form of resistance, we celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of our afro-textured hair. 

We empower visitors to embrace elements of Black Culture in the U.K and celebrate Black hair through a series of exciting instagrammable installations, engaging conversations, educational workshops, the marketplace and more – Since 2013.

We’re currently creating the programme for this October’s festival themed “Black Hair Stories”. We look forward to welcoming you to our event celebrating Black hair and culture during the UK’s Black History Month 2022.

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Event Background

In 2013, FoundHer, Vinna Best recognised the need to create in-person events that focus on uplifting and empowering predominately women and girls with afro hair.

In 2007, Vinna cut off her chemically straightened hair and let it grow back naturally. But she encountered many problems at the time, including a lack of:

• afro hair products with healthy ingredients,
• haircare education and styling techniques.

On her mission to solve these issues, Vinna attended mainstream beauty events but felt disappointed due to the lack of diversity and inclusion. Also, she visited Black beauty events but felt disheartened by the lack of representation of natural hair. 

It was time to connect in real life, so in 2013, Vinna launched the first set of natural hair events nationwide – each event sold out, welcoming hundreds of attendees. Nine years later, thousands of attendees have visited the festival – travelling to attend nationally and abroad.

CURLYTREATS Festival predominately focuses on helping attendees to:

• learn how to care for and style natural hair,
• be confident wearing natural hair with pride,
• teach children that natural hair is beautiful,
• get direct access to natural hair brands

Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month UK 2022?

CURLYTREATS Festival takes place during Black History Month (BHM). This October marks the 35th year of BHM in the UK.

BHM is celebrated every October to recognise Black Brits’ social, economic, cultural, and political achievements, raise awareness of discrimination and bias, and inspire and empower us to take action for equality.

The annual month-long celebration includes:

• learning more about Black history & Black British culture in general,

• paying tribute and sharing historical experiences of Black Brits,

• recognising the contributions of living Black Brits to British society,

• Black-owned & allied organisations that are creating positive change,

• introducing children & young adults to positive exemplars who are Black.

Who started Black History Month in UK?

Ghanian analyst and activist Akyaaba Addai-Sebo introduced the concept of BHM in the UK. The first celebration of BHM was in October 1987, which marked the 150th anniversary of the Caribbean emancipation of enslaved people.

Join us on Saturday 15 October 2022, at Novotel West Convention & Exhibition Centre, come and share your Black hair story!

Why CURLYTREATS Festival Presents Dear Black Women Exists?

To take up space, give appreciation and celebrate the resilience, power and contributions of Black women to history, culture, and society – through a series of thoughtfully curated talks, workshops, seminars, and the marketplace.

The festival provides an environment that centres our love for ourselves and our visions for the society we want to experience and would like future generations to live in – a world that does not diminish, devalue, or discard us.

We are excited to see you there and celebrate this special day with you on Saturday, 5 March 2022.

The marketplace

Sis, discover and connect with Black-owned businesses that support the needs of Black women – exhibiting in our marketplace – on Saturday 5 March 2022 at Novotel West.

A1 Knatural
A2 NHS Blood and Transplant
A3 Life of a Tree
A4 Ethnicity Clothing
A5 Sleeked
A6 Ivy Nat
A7 D’Ori Body Butters and Candles
B1 Big Nanny’s Hair Products
B2 Rufina Designs
B3 Yeye Mi
B4 SKINIRI London
B5 Uhuru Skincare
B6 Panthera Leo Beauty Limited
B7 Boni’s Blossoms
C1 KOL SOCIAL
C2 Nanela of London / Ibis Apothecary
C3 The Naturally You Coach
C4 Heleecus
C5 Dawn Jarvis
C6 Black History Studies
C7 Amenti The Awakener
D1 Kay Davis
D2 Umthi: Organic haircare
D3 Lava Cap
D4 Flakies
D5 House of Ohene
D6 Fashion Clicks
D7 Trisha’s Creation
E1 ANAISARTS
E2 FG wear and accessories
E3 Minority Beauty
E4 The Chocolate Box Store
E5 Creme of Nature
E6 Sofnfree Naturals
E7 Denmar Distributing
E8 SHEER CHEMISTRY
E9 Tasha’s Boutique

Where To Find Us.

Novotel West Convention & Exhibition Centre is one of London’s leading convention venues. The festival is returning to Novotel, taking place on the first floor of this 4-star venue.

The venue is wheelchair accessible; if you require extra assistance, please contact us

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