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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CURLYTREATS Festival is the largest Black-owned natural hair event in the UK.

Initially, the event started in 2013 to help Black women and girls who had difficulties taking care of and styling their natural hair.

After several years of hair issues and feeling insecure, Vinna Best decided to create an event hoping that other women, just like her, would need a safe space to learn how to take care of their hair and be empowered to style their curls. This type of event was missing from the UK at the time.

Before creating the event, Vinna attended many beauty events but felt disappointed because of the lack of representation for Black women. Our experiences were absent from seminars, hair and makeup products were limited and celebrating our natural hair texture was frowned at.

Impressively, all of the first six events that took place in 2013 sold out. The team travelled throughout major cities in the UK, including Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester and Nottingham. That confirmed that such a space is necessary for the natural hair community to celebrate themselves unapologetically – a platform where these unheard voices and experiences are amplified.

Over the years, the festival has developed to include health and wellness sessions alongside the hair and beauty activities – but the purpose remains the same, empowering Black women to be their best selves.

Since 2013, over twenty events have taken place, predominately in London. At each event, we have welcomed thousands of attendees who have visited from all over the world.

To celebrate Women’s History Month in March 2022 and International Women’s Day – We delivered our first in-door event post-pandemic – Dear Black Women because Black Women matter too. Attendees joined us on Saturday, 5 March, for an exciting programme of activities at this festival designed to celebrate everyday Black Women.

Join us at our next event taking place during UK's Black History Month 2022.

Our next event themed 'Black Hair Stories' is on Saturday, 15 October 2022, at Novotel London West. 

This Black History Month in the UK, we will explore the history of Black hair and our cultural hairstyles from the Motherland and the evolution of Black hair through the decades in the U.K – from the Windrush Era until today!

We believe in the Sankofa way of life, which encourages us to learn and take from the past to create a better future. The history of Black hair in British society is full of discrimination against our natural hair textures and hairstyles in schools and workplaces – and let’s be real honest, from family members too. Yet, whilst we champion living in a more inclusive society, we embrace the joy of what it means to have afro hair and diverse hairstyles – the reason why CURLYTREATS has existed since 2013.

On Saturday, October 15, this one-day festival is returning to Novotel London West in Hammersmith. Where we will empower, embrace and elevate elements of Black Culture in the U.K and celebrate Black hair through a series of exciting instagrammable installations, engaging conversations, educational workshops and more!

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