On the 6th and 7th of April 2018, hair and fashion met at a spectacular event in Nairobi, Kenya. The event was dubbed the Darling Runway Kenya. It was a meeting of local designers, fashion industry professionals, natural hair enthusiasts and models alike. At the two-day event, various things were discussed during different workshops and panels.
In the past, hair stylists have relied on the knowledge they acquired ages ago when a majority of women were not wearing natural hair much. The main discussion with regards to hair was the rise of the naturalista who has gained a wealth of knowledge and has learnt how to take care of her hair. It was revealed that many naturalistas do not trust hair stylists with their hair and hairstylists are sometimes intimidated by the knowledge of naturalistas. However, the point was brought home, that hairstylists need to update their knowledge on the inner workings of natural hair.
Matters fashion were also discussed at the workshops held by industry big wigs. It was emphasized that fashion is a business like any other and it needs to be taken seriously by designers. This includes basic things like designers registering their business. Business models were discussed, business cards were exchanged, and connections were made.
Darling Kenya had a stand-alone hair installation display that showcased intricate hairstyles using their products.
The end of the event was marked by a runway show featuring models strutting down in breath-taking designs from Kenyan designers as well as hair art curated by Darling Kenya.