Bank Holiday is more fun when Africa comes to London

How did you spend your Bank Holiday? The Naija Living team spent it gallivanting round the capital as we dashed from one Afro event to another  during the long Bank Holiday Weekend (darn the organisers!).

First stop for us was CURLVOLUTION on Saturday which has arguably got to be one of the largest gatherings of the most fabulous black women with natural hair in Europe! There were so many amazing natural hair brands exhibiting as well as loads of natural hair inspiration (and fashion) which we’ll be bringing to you in due course. For now, we’ll share some of our favourite discoveries of the afternoon with you. We caught up with the lovely Nibi, founder of natural hair brand Kinky Apothecary who flew in from Nigeria with a stall full of goodies for the discerning naturalista. Our own beauty Editor Temitope Beesley who is also founder of popular haircare brand Mahogany Naturals was also on hand to speak to beauty bloggers and hand out some awesome tips for getting the best out of your natural hair.

The Fashion Fair team headed by the brand’a manager Connie Jackson were also on hand to give amazing makeovers, while American beauty blogger Felicia Leatherwood and Apprentice runner up Bianca Miller participated in some of the workshops.

Sunday AM saw us rocking up to Africa at Spitalfields which was like a minefield of all things African and beautiful. From fashion brands to interiors and accessories and who can forget the fabulous street food?! From the meat pies at Moyo London to the plantain flavoured cupcakes at Cupcakes by Esther and rounding off the tasting session with cinnamon flavoured Chin chin from Love Chin Chin. Africa at Spitalfields was arguably our favourite event this Bank Holiday weekend, there was far too much to see and do before we were whisked off to Islington for the Afro Hair & Beauty Show.

As expected, this year’s Afro Hair and Beauty Show was packed full of Britain’s best haircare and beauty brands, but that wasn’t all, we saw brands including fashion, media and even telecommunications at this year’s show as well as an array of goodie bags and amazing discounts, it was so much fun, we didn’t want to leave.

How did you spend your Bank Holiday weekend? Tell us if you attended any of these events and what you loved most about them!

Check out our gallery for some photos.

Nibi from Kinky Apothecary at Curlvolution.

Nibi from Kinky Apothecary at Curlvolution.

Kinky Apothecary stall at Curlvolution with wax print accessories from Ollie Studio.

Kinky Apothecary stall at Curlvolution with wax print accessories from Ollie Studio.

Curlvolution: Naija Living Beauty Editor Temitope Beesley and beauty blogger Natural Belle

Curlvolution: Naija Living Beauty Editor Temitope Beesley and beauty blogger Natural Belle

Plantain flavoured cupcakes at Cupcakes by Esther

Plantain flavoured cupcakes at Cupcakes by Esther

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Black Betty Boo greeting cards at Africa at Spitalfields

Black Betty Boo greeting cards at Africa at Spitalfields

African print baby accessories from House of Loulee.

African print baby accessories from House of Loulee.

Black kids dolls at Africa at Spitalfields

Black kids dolls at Africa at Spitalfields

Ankara shoes at Africa at Spitakfields

Ankara shoes at Africa at Spitakfields

Ankara earrings from Tirivamwe

Ankara earrings from Tirivamwe

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Lace and silk cushions from OT&O interiors.

Lace and silk cushions from OT&O interiors.

African print toys from House of Loulee.

African print toys from House of Loulee.

Girlie rugs designs from OT&O interiors.

Girlie rugs designs from OT&O interiors.

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