I started my natural hair journey over 2 years ago. Over the past 2 years I’ve done a couple posts on this journey like this one and this one. One of the first resources I used to aid me in the journey was curlynikki.com. It is part of the holy grail of natural hair sites. So, when a Facebook friend mentioned Nikki would be hosting a natural hair meet-up in Charlotte, I was all for it. I went to the site and RSVP’d right away. Initially, entry to the event was with a ticket only and I wanted to make sure my spot was secure. Later, due to a technical glitch, the tickets were scratched.
Let me say, I was really excited about this event. I’d seen Tweets and blog posts about similar events in various other cities and was looking forward to the experience. Not to mention, the free hair loot!! So, Saturday evening, my oldest friend and I, really she was my very 1st friend we go back to pre-k, braved the heat and headed to downtown Charlotte. The event started at 6:30pm and we arrived around that time hoping we hadn’t missed the gift bags. *The product lines featured were Design Essentials and UR Curly.* Well, our on time was way late! The place was PACKED and it was an inferno up in there! It was a beautiful sight to see so many women of color with natural hair in so many different hues, lengths and styles. However, once I got over the awe of it all, I began to soak in what was happening…a whole lot of NOTHING!
Everything that I’m about to say could truly be my own fault for not really doing my research on such events. Like I said, I was familiar with meet ups but I guess I never actually read a post or paid attention to the structure of them, or lack there of. Maybe if there wasn’t a ticket glitch or it wasn’t so damn hot in there, it would have been different. I don’t know, and I hate to use the “D” word but I was very disappointed:(
The place was jammed packed so much so that moving was difficult. (I later read on Nikki’s website that 800 women showed up and I believe it) *P.S. Nikki’s post and view on how the event turned out is very different mine…hmmm* Anyway, you couldn’t tell a line for something from just some women gabbing. Oh and boy were there lines. We waited in a slow moving line at the DE table for this:
We waited in a line for UR Curly for a raffle ticket! We waited in a the longest line of all for hor d’ouevers and when we finally made it to the food, there were 5 meatballs left…literally…5! There was a line to take pictures with Nikki, obviously from the pics I’m using, I didn’t wait in that line. There was a cash bar, which was fine, but with no food and sweltering heat, drinking was not on my list. One chick passed out!! Like literally, “Man down, code 10!” OUT!
I guess I just expected something just a little more intimate, where we could discuss hair in an controlled environment and not over blaring music from the dj. Maybe time to field questions from product reps or the pros. Most of all, I wanted some hair swag! I’m not sure if they gave out gift bags at all that night, but we were there for at least an hour or two and I didn’t see one swag bag. *Can you tell I’m a little salty about the lack sample products?!* Also, I’m not one for just going around the room asking women what they use in their hair. So, after I snapped a few pics, we gather our 1.8oz bottles of “swag” and headed out to dinner.
Let me say, Nikki was adorable and she is probably the thinnest woman alive. her waist is the size of a Barbie Doll! The chick is TIIIINY! She seemed to come across as she does on her blog, down to earth, fun and lively. I love her website and will continue to check it out. However, I won’t attend one of her events again. It wasn’t my cup of tea. I like her and all but at a natural meet up I’d prefer an environment where I could get knowledgeable information about natural hair from an experts not just pictures with someone who has cool hair. You feel me?!
Have you ever attended an event you were really psyched about, only to end up disappointed?