My Hairy Week

Me at the 2012 L’Oreal Professionnel Colour Trophy Awards

Sorry for the lack of posts this week my dear friends, it’s been quite a busy one this week especially on the hair front. Within the last seven days I’ve been to a plush hair awards, coordinated a hair makeover with two members of Team GB, attended a launch of a new natural haircare brand and tomorrow I’m off to the annual Black Hair & Beauty Live where I’ll be exhibiting with Blackhair (come over and say hi to us if you’re going, we’ll be on stand 84).

So on Monday I attended the prestigious L’Oreal Professionnel Colour Trophy Awards 2012 which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The awards was created in the late fifties to  to promote creativity with professional hair colour, which in the 1950’s and 60’s was extremely limited. Now the awards has grown exponentially, and is one of the most hotly anticipated events on the hair world calendar. I was invited down by the lovely Sharleen Hunter of Unleashed Potential, who handles the PR for Mizani. I was honoured to be seated on a table amongst the creme de la creme of the Afro hairdressing world including Eugene Davis and his lovely wife Selina, founders of Freelance The Workspace and Eugene, an in-demand celebrity and session stylist and creator of a custom wig company. Seated next to the Davis’s was Vernon Francois, the colourful, flamboyant hairdresser who styles the locks of VV Brown and many others.

Vernon Francois (left) and his hairdressing friend whose name escapes me.

Next to Vernon sat Charleen French, renowned hair expert, founder of So Hair Obsessed and just all around fly girl. Elsewhere on our table was the Tumi  Soyinka, MIZANI UK’s awesome Product Manager, Alan Richardson, L’Oreal Professionel’s adorable General Manager and Irene Shelley Black Hair & Beauty Magazine’s long-standing editor.

Sharleen of Unleashed Potential

Hosted by T4’s Rick Edwards (who was quite risqué and offended a few notable hairdressers) the awards was a really plush affair and showed off the amazing creativity and boundless capabilities of the British hairdressing industry. Mizani are the key sponsors of the Afro category which was won by Toni & Guy, which I won’t say too much about now but will reveal more when the next issue of Blackhair comes out. So all in all I had a fabulous night but paid for it dearly for the rest of the week because I was cream crackered.


The day after Colour Trophy I had an early alarm call as it was the day of Blackhair Mag’s glam makeover of two members of Team GB: my lovelies, 800M runner Marilyn Okoro and 100M/200M sprinter Anyika Onuora. Now anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I’m a bit of an athletics enthusiast, so I was thrilled by the prospect of working with these ladies. And they were amazing. Totally professional, fun, inspiring and really, really grateful for the opportunity to swap their well-worn running shoes for glam dresses, lipstick and a fresh hairdo courtesy of the current Afro British Hairdresser of the Year, Junior Green. Look out for our next issue for the full layout.

Marilyn getting make up applied by George from Bobbi Brown

Marilyn strikes a pose

Anyika looking gorgeous in black and gold cocktail dress.

My hairy week concluded on Thursday night at Bar Soho where I joined a host of naturalistas for drinks, nibbles, networking and laughter at the official UK launch of new haircare line, Beautiful Textures. Hosted by the lovely Lukwesa Burak, Sky newsreader and founder  of, the night was a shining example of what a successful and productive hair event should look like. The night kicked off with a talk from Lukwesa, followed by a few words from Beautiful Textures Marketing Director, Charlene Bastien. Next, everybody’s favourite natural hair expert, Felicia Leatherwood took to the makeshift stage to demonstrate the styles she managed to achieve on three hair models using the product. After the talk we spent the rest of the evening talking and networking where I managed to catch up with a few fab faces from the natural hair and beauty world including my good mate Ronke Ige from Emi & Ben, Pelumi Rae from Care For Your Hair  Angel from Natural Lounge, Wumi from Woman in the Jungle  Laila Jean from Fusion of Cultures , Fiona from Love Your Tresses , hairdresser Valerie Wallace-Sahel from Jimmy Campbell salon,  make up artist Kamanza, 

Felicia and a male hair model

 Magic FM radio DJ and my media hero, Angie Greaves and many, many more. You could tell by the palpable positive energy in the room that the natural hair industry is about to explode. I’ll add updates on the Beautiful Textures range as and when I receive it, but what I know so far is it’s an affordable brand that only launched in the States last November and is already creating a storm (and I must say, the Tangle Taming Leave In Conditioner is the biz).


Charlene from Beautiful Textures, Lukwesa and Fiona from Love Your Tresses   

Cool naturalistas

So that’s all for now folks… Will let you know how it goes down at Afro Hair &  Beauty Live tomorrow. And remember to say hi if you’re nearby.


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4 responses to “My Hairy Week

  1. Jewel

    Hi Keshia, as always very detailed, informative and fun reading your post. Thanks for sharing darling. We’ll be in London soon hope we can touch bases!

  2. Thanks Jewel. Let us know when you are here, it would be great to see you.

  3. This is a lovely read 🙂 Thank you for the mention and it was a pleasure meeting you in person;after of years of working together via phone and email.
    All the best!!!

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