This past Saturday, April 27th Boston University Chapter of Campus Curlz held it’s very first Curlz Night Out. The event was a celebration of natural hair, cultural diversity and free products! While it was BU’s first- Curlz Night Out proved a success with an impressive turnout and features of high profile natural hair experts. Over 100 Curl enthusiasts gathered to discuss the complexities of natural hair with identity, maintenance and acceptance. The event was informative as well as relaxed from the booths to the panels to the high energy hair show and exciting giveaways.
Some of the booths featured included Shan Hair, a salon based in Brookline that specializes in natural curly hair. The Shan Hair team held a raffle of their favorite DevaCurl products and showcased a live deva cut and Style. Watch the Krown (@watchthekrown), a brand focused on appreciation and empowerment of natural hair, held their own booth giving swimming lessons on how to wave correct. Their booth displayed the essentials for waving like cremes, durags and brushes and even held a short tutorial on how to tie durag. Boston University’s EESA (Eritrean and Ethiopian Students Association) showed out to discuss and present how their culture traditionally displays maintains natural hair and their attitudes towards it. This student organization promotes cultural awareness and provides a safe space for Eritrean and Ethiopian students at BU. Their participation in Curlz Night Out emphasizes the significance and impact of natural hair in different cultures and establishes common ground for people with natural hair in various cultures - Common Ground highlighted in the Howard Thurman Center Grant by the same name.
Other booths included talents such as BU student, Empress Kelley and her BraidsByPress (@braidsbypresspress) braiding business- she was able to showcase her talent, braiding an enthusiastic attendee’s hair live at her booth. Another Boston Based freelance hair stylist featured was Delice Nsubayi (@delicelareine) who started doing braids and sew-ins for herself and family at 16 and has since upgraded to doing closures and frontals on other customer’s hair. Delice had the chance to demonstrate just how to do a sew in at her booth. Campus Curlz E-board got the chance to hold their own booths - doing tutorials on dying hair, picking an afro, DIY hair masks and showcasing African American hairstyles.
The panel included Joselyne Ortega known as Jawz (@byjawz), a celebrity braider and Boston native,The CEO of Watch the Krown, Manny Chalumeau and natural hair influencer, Brigite Morais (@brigiteeeee). The panel was asked questions relating to hair maintenance misconceptions, cultural appropriation with hairstyles, the natural hair movement, identity, professionalism with natural hair and more. The panelists were able to provide expert advice on the issues at hand and leave the room with a lot of takeaways. The attendees were able to have their urgent hair care questions answered and given the chance to display their own styles in the hair show where they showed off their fros, natural buns, microbraids, waves, twists and coils and received a bag of free products for their participation. Everyone was also given the chance to answer “What does Hair mean to you?” and “What was your favorite part of Curlz Night Out?” which received overwhelming answers about freedom, identity, culture and praise for the booths showcased, black businesses present and the chance to see everyone’s natural hair. Overall, Curlz Night Out has set the tone for Boston University’s natural hair organization and displayed the hard work of all it’s members and supporters.