Monday, August 18, 2003

Naptural in 'Nati

By Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

When Tristate "lockticians" Pat Hunley, Elaniece Alstork and Marie Folden decided to throw their own "nappy hair affair," they told a few clients and friends about it. Hunley expected a few of them to show up at the event, which was held in March.

"About 100 people showed up," says Hunley.

The three friends kept their hairstyling fingers busy for the rest of the day. Women and men of all ages showed up to talk about hair, styling issues and maintenance tips. A number of vendors also attended to share their expertise and products.

She says the main purpose of the event, called "A Naptural Hair Day in the 'Nati," was to share and celebrate the experience of wearing natural hair.

"People are getting away from a dependency on chemicals to style their hair," says Hunley. "We wanted to focus on something positive, to give our people a place to network and talk about natural hair. It just seems to be more acceptable now" to sport braids, locs or natural hairstyles.

The success of the March event led Hunley and Alstork to revive it this summer. The second Naptural Hair Day in the 'Nati will take place from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the College Hill Recreation Center, donation $2. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-pork potluck dish. Reservations are encouraged at or (877) 376-3510.

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