UJIMA Hairstories event is sponsored by
Curly Treats Box
Visit our Platinum Sponsor @CurlyTreatsBOX stand - the UK's affordable, exclusive and convenient way to discover natural hair products
Natural Design Essentials
Visit our Gold Sponsor @designessentuk stand who have a suite of systems for healthy hair styling
A 'hair experience' company in Essex offering mobile workshops, handmade natural products & no heat afro kinky hair
Sankofa Creative Co.
African inspired artwork and gifts
Perfect Taste by Wilson to Wilson
Providing food on the day @perfecttastew2w Quality caterers based in London providing a range of West Indian and European cuisine and beverages
As part of Black History Month’s celebrations, Ujima presents ‘HairStories’, a celebration of African hair throughout the ages.
Join us for a day filled with personal anecdotes, artistic imagery and interactive workshops that seek to celebrate African hair, the importance of African heritage and the multitude of varied hair journeys that exist. There will also be a variety of stalls for you to browse and shop the best in arts, crafts, fashion and natural hair products.
We are named Ujima as our organisational ethos is guided by the Kwanzaa principle of Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility). Founded by Katrina Emmanuel (Mane Divas), Merissa Hylton (Sankofa Creative Co.) and Belinda Raji (BEUNIQUE Hair Care), we aim to be about much more than just hair and products.
We seek to bring African centred businesses together for the betterment of the community and the celebration of African culture.
HairStories seeks to celebrate African hair through the ages and the importance of Afircan heritage. The event is designed to impart knowledge through a range of workshops covering hair, holistic health and the African experience.
Don't just come along - take part!
Every black woman has hair stories, personal and shared memories that have transformed the relationship they have with their crowning glory. From getting your knuckles clapped when reaching up to feel how many canerows were left to go; to feeling the burn of a relaxer on your scalp, considered by many a rite of passage; to taking and no longer being fearful of the scissors and doing the 'big chop'. There are so many hair stories, and we want you to share yours.
Share your HairStory
Send in a video of yourself sharing a HairStory from any part of your hair journey. The video can be recorded via a mobile phone and should be no longer than 5 minutes long. If you use a mobile phone please ensure, that when filming the phone is positioned landscape and not upright. Please leave 5 seconds of silent recording at the start and end of your video to allow for the editing process. You can film your video wherever you would like, it just needs to be natural and you need to feel comfortable.
For more information on how to submit a video please click here and you could see yourself on the big screen at the event in October!
Submit your video