Let me start by saying THANK YOU. Thank you to all of the sponsors, attendees, and supporters. Thank you to my friends, family, and followers. The Teas and Tangles Brunch Series has paid its first tab last Sunday in Newark, NJ at Suite 53. With just a scribble in my notepad, this vision came to life right before my eyes. Today, I can honestly sit back, loosen my bra, toss it up, and say I DID THAT.
This brunch series has been created to welcome women and men into one room where we do more than sit, snap, and brunch. My mission is to bring a culture of people together to mix, mingle, and detangle each others thoughts on all things hair, relationships, lifestyles, and more. Natural or not, there is a place for everyone at the Teas and Tangles table.
With warm greetings to the attendees as they rolled in, music by DJ Sienna Chanel, and photos by both Sammie Lyn and Joe Chea, brunch was ready to be served. Everyone loves little brown bags, so of course they were in attendance. The ladies received Carol’s Daughter Styling Butter / Cleansing Conditioner, Nancy’s Kitchen Silk Butter Cream Oil, Nude by Center Stage Cuts Hydrating & Nourishing Deep Conditioner, and MY pink Volumizing Comb! Being that all we asked the guys to bring were their beards, they received Nude by Center Stage Cuts Beard Balm.
Once I filled everyone’s belly, and set off sparks with a few mimosas, I introduced my panel one by one and jumped head first in the deep end. “Do you feel like your she should chat before chopping?” I shook the table, broke the ice, and let them pave the road carrying out the discussion on their backs. Everyone had their own personality, stance, and vision and with being both open and opinionated, I couldn’t ask for more.
- Chatting before chopping
- Scarves vs Bonnets in the bedroom
Natural hair “back in the day”
and I finally told my hair story!
I provided the entire panel with their own custom mugs + one of my new favorite tea blends (post coming soon) for a warm and welcoming panel discussion.
Of course my DJ was a woman serving all types of style, hair, and sass- DJ Sienna Chanel!
Special thanks to Simone, a curl friend and partner from Carol’s Daughter for making an appearance!
Pass the mic sir!
Then this happened. Joe Chea, one of my photographers, showed up with his own little Photo Booth, which will be the start of his new project titled NaturallyMine! He captured some awesome shots. See more below.
Face familiar? Fellow Carol’s Daughter Brand Ambassador Nate’ popped up! (@pronouncednatay)
I even got Amber of TallGlassofStyle to share how hair and style coincide with one another on an everyday basis. She shared how her natural journey has given her sense of style a push, instagram comments after her transition, and stated “You dress how you feel.” I new she was nervous, but I also know she could “handle it.”
“Why is your bonnet STILL on in the bedroom?” -Jeff lol.
After swapping hair stories, I did raffles, photos, and closed my tab by thanking everyone for coming out to the first of many brunches to come. I was showered with so many supporters, new faces, and most importantly friends and family.
For more images, search #TeasAndTangles on instagram, theres TONS of gems!
Here’s what others thought about the brunch:
Janae Raquel, has evaluated the idea of brunch by seamlessly blending the natural hair community into the beloved sunday tradition.
The Teas and Tangles Brunch Series has captured the need for open dialogue amongst the natural hair community that goes beyond wash n’ goes, curl patterns, and product hauls. It has open the floor to topics that many of us face when starting out, currently living , or even leaving the world of natural hair. It was a great forum to meet like mined individuals, hear thoughts from a male perspective, and just have a moment to celebrate the the victories of embracing ones natural state of hair and being. It was a pleasure to meet innovators, followers of TallGlassofstyle, and have a chance to have my voice heard.
-Amber of TallGlassofStyle
Natural hair events, just a few years ago, was a “Ladies Only” event, there would be some male stragglers here or there. But times have surely changed and the fellas were out in full force! The discussion was 100% no holds bar … no subject was off the table. From bonnets in bed with your mate, natural hair insecurities, the male perspective on big chops, and many other topics that garnered lots of laughs. The conversation was candid; we need more open discussions like #TeasAndTangles to help break down boundaries and overturn misconceptions about natural hair. The most important thing to remember is that loving the hair that grows out of your scalp, is the first step to enjoying the journey that is “Natural Hair”! - BeautynCurlz
(Panel from L to R: Riche Creative Director of Rich Werido : Ada Rojas founder of Gypsy in the City: Reginald Wayne: Janae Founder of IAMMYHAIR: Curran J Founder of Lifestyle & Clothing BrandKings Rule Together : Jamilah & Keisha founders of BeautynCurlz : Alex Hitchings: Bianca Young Founder of Fashion Bee Styles) Photo Cred: Samantha Ciriaco
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Until next time… A toast to you, a toast to me, a toast to us!