Monday, June 4, 2012

Shop The Aisle Blogger Style

Hello Beautiful Ones,

Yesterday, Sunday, June 3rd I had the opportunity to attend an amazing event sponsored by Eventbrite; hosted by the beautiful, YouTube sensation Nikki Mae aka Natural Chica.

Mae has her own YouTube channel: "Nikkimae2003". She has 79,000+ subscribers, 7+ million video views, and over 1 million views on her website: She is definitely one of my favorite YouTube naturalista Vloggers because her enthusiasm to teach and inspired women to care for their natural hair.

Shop the Aisle took place at the Walmart Supercenter on Howell Mill Rd in Atlanta, GA from 1-3 pm. There were about 30-40 beautiful ladies that attended of all ages, backgrounds, and hair types. Some were fully natural, transitioning, and/or just did the big chop. This event provided an intimate discussion about topics of natural hair: natural hair products, styling options, styling techniques, hair care maintenance, etc. Who better to host the event than Mae? First, she shared her natural hair journey and then allowed her fans to receive her expertise. I enjoyed how she facilitated the discussion in an open-ended question type of forum. It was like getting advice from your best friend who is a natural hair guru. She was very professional, positive, and informative. She allowed each participant to ask a question and she answered quickly, honestly, and responsibly.

The attendees were equally amazing. They exhibited positive energy, an urge of curiosity, and a strong willingness to learn about the latest natural hair products that would allow their hair to grow and thrive. The guests asked questions about common issues of selecting the right natural hair products, single strands knots, thin edges, henna & hair color, the use of oils, issues of detangling hair, stretching the hair (twists, banding), tackling dryness, trimming, and finding the right natural hair stylist.

Not only is Mae intelligent, she is also practical. She gave great advice on inexpensive alternatives you use. For example, if cost is a concern, she recommends instead of getting a steam hydration at a professional salon, you can use the steam method while in the shower with a deep conditioner, a plastic conditioning cap, and the warm water from the shower (creates the steam effect). Mae was very honest about her hair care regimen and the products she uses on her personal hair journey. She did emphasize that there is no one product that fits all. Mae encouraged us not stress over your "hair type" and to experiment with different products in a cost-effective way to learn what works best for your hair. She insightfully encouraged us to shop at economical places like Walmart that carry natural hair products, like the Shea Moisture line, Taliah Waajid line, Beautiful Texture line, and many more.

If you are a new natural or a seasoned veteran, I highly recommend this event. On a scale of 1-10, I give this event a 10- "Extremely Satisfied". I left inspired and encouraged that there are many women like me who want to learn their hair and use products that will make our curly, wavy, and/or kinky hair beautiful.

Based on Mae's recommendation, I purchased Shea Moisture's Curl & Style Milk immediately after the event. I can't wait to try it. Also, I am anxious to use the samples that were included in the goody bag that all the attendees received. Thanks to Eventbrite, Walmart, and Nikki Mae for a fantastic event!

Just in case you could not make it yesterday, there will be one on June 9th and June 10th. See Flier above.

Shop The Aisle

Good luck on your natural hair journey!


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