Men and women from all corners of South Africa are encouraged to accept who they are and where they come from by all female collective, Cape Town Naturally.
The team of 5 women will be hosting the third annual Cape Town Natural Hair Fest on the 16th of December 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) with an exclusive launch event on the 15th of December.
The Fest, which is a one-day event empowered by Aunt Jackies Curls and Coils, will be celebrating natural hair and beauty, self-love and embracing what makes you unique. With additional sponsorships from As I am, and My Natural, it promises to, once again, give Natural haired ladies and gents more bang for their buck.
The festival, which saw over 1000 patrons last year, is dedicated to all in the natural hair community and aims to bring together everyone with an interest in natural hair care through live demonstrations, giveaways, entertainment and music, and various shopping opportunities. One of the organisers, Kasuba Stuurman, says the team anticipates a bigger and better fest this time around.
A patron from last year’s fest, Laticia van Eeden (40) of Plumstead, took a bold step and did the big chop in front of everyone during a live stage activation. The big chop is a rite of passage for someone who is looking to return to their natural roots. It is when an individual cuts off chemically treated or damaged hair and makes way for new, natural growth. van Eeden says she has learned to love and appreciate herself more.
“Going natural was and still is the best choice in many years for me. Growing up with the stigma that the straighter the hair the more beautiful you look and the more you will be accepted by society, I’m so glad I don’t need to do that anymore, ever.” said a beaming van Eeden. She is now teaching her 7 year old niece to be confident accept her natural tresses adding that her niece is the main reason she returned to natural.
Cape Town Naturally encourages men and women to embrace and take care of their natural hair through self-love, self-acceptance and self-empowerment—factors that contribute to the continued success of the movement.