So sorry for procrastinating on posting the vendor information for the Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee Vendors from the expo. This list is long, but I hope someone finds it helpful!
contact: Nakia Dedner
my notes: I don’t remember the table at the expo, but the website has a lot of information on natural hair care and transitioning. There is also a large array of Nakia Amour products on the site. The website is definitely worth checking out.
Unique Designs by Sandy
designer/creator: Sandy Gibson
location: 2580 Valley Brook Rd., Horn Lake, MS 38631
my notes: Sandy stood out for me, because he was the only male at the expo that specialized in handcrafted jewelry
(braids, twists, locs, weaves)
address: 4945 American Way Suite 6, Memphi
my notes: I’ve been aware of the Afrik Trends hair salon for a while after getting an email from the owner, Roufie, asking permission to post my Val & Nadine comics on her website. I finally had a chance to meet her at the expo. The Afrik Trends website include hair recipes (you must check this page out, it includes a chart with the natural botanicals needed to help with almost any hair issue you may be having). There is also info on training seminars and a store where you can purchase a number of accessories. By the way, you can purchase curl formers there at wholesale prices!
Anago Samina Handmade Originals
contact: Brittany Lewis
web & email: www.anagosamina.com, email@example.com
my notes: This was one of the first tables that we checked out at the expo. They specialize in all natural herbal shampoos, herb infused oils and moisturizing creams. All of their products are handmade and fresh upon order. They smell really nice also!
my notes: Angel’s Jewelry specialized in handmade items, jewelry parties, special events and more.
Brownskin Clothing Company
phone: 615-669-6625 (Nashville)
my notes: I remember the table for this company because of the representative’s beautiful hair (see picture). We are so sorry that we didn’t find out if she is the owner or not. The shirt she’s wearing in the picture is available at the online store.
locations: Midtown Memphis 425 N. Watkins St., 38104, phone – 901-272-2300
East Memphis 7060 Winchester Rd., 38125, phone – 901-264-9344
my notes: The Bubble Bistro specializes in what they call “handmade skin food”. They carry a large array of yummy smelling soaps, scrubz, body oils and lots of other items.
contact: Chantelle Currie
location: 7060 Winchester Store L-1, Memphis
my notes: Exquisite Designs is another source for unique custom costume jewelry. She also specializes in home and private showings, fundraisers, parties and festivals.
Goulds Styling Salons
stylist: Teketa Kimbrough
location: Oak Court Mall, 4545 Poplar Ave. (2nd Floor Macy’s), Memphis 38117
contact: Nicole Dorsey
my notes: Contact Nicole of Infinatenik Designs if you are looking for makeup, face and body art. She also specializes in waxing, facials, body treatments, henna tattoos and cosmetic makeup. I had a chance to see some of her work at the expo. She’s very talented!
Legacy Locks & Natural Styles
contact: “Hair Deva” Pearl Eva Walker
location: 4466 Elvis Presley Ste. 164, Memphis 38116
phone: 901-348-8900, cell 901-289-6909
my notes: Known all over Memphis, the “Hair Deva” is a writer, instructor, and host of “A Kinky Conversation” live internet talk show on innerlightradio.com, Tuesdays 8-9pm CST. I had the opportunity to attend her workshop at the expo, entitled “God Created Natural Hair” . She offered a ton of information on natural hair and is very informative when it comes to coloring natural hair.
Ma-Di Seven Arts/Urban Chocolate Boutique
contact: Kimberly A. Brown
contact: Dian Brown
contact: TaShieka Simmons, professional hair designer
location: 4780 Riverdale #15, Memphis
phone: 901-758-5007, 901-634-3016
web: http://www.meetup.com/Memphis-Naturals/ currently relocating to facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/121534827897044/?ap=1
Nappy Hair is Happy Hair
stylist: Veronica Taylor
location: 3540 Summer Ave, Memphis 38122
my notes: She specializes in locs, loc extensions, loc repair, natural hair care, loc styles.
A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge
owner/ natural hair consultant: Takeisha Berry – Brooks
natural hair consultant: Oneka Hill
location: 376 South Perkins Ext. Ste. 207, Memphis 38117
new location (August 2011): 2847 Poplar Ave., Ste. 103
my notes: I attended Ms. Berry – Brooks workshop about transitioning to chemical-free hair. She is very knowledgeable about natural hair. I am considering taking my daughter in to her salon for a consultation and a trim. To get an appointment with Takeisha, you must book an appointment way ahead of time. She does have Oneka Hill working with her, who is also very knowledgeable. They will be adding more stylists once they move to their new location.
publisher: Amy Doza
my notes: Natural Awakenings is a healthy living magazine serving the greater Memphis area. Subscribe to their newsletter on their website!
Natural Opulence Hair & Scalp Therapy
owner/founder: Rochelle Woods
my notes: Ms. Woods of Natural Opulence offers micro hair braiding, tree braiding, Ghana cornrows, twists extensions and more using her all natural hair products. Click the link to check out the large array of products available. I remember her booth because of her gorgeous head of hair as well
contact: Tonya Tate
my notes: There was no shortage of handmade jewelry at the expo. Plentty offers luxe handmade fashion, accessories and home items.
Silhouette Mobile Boutique
owner, buyer, stylist: Timberly Wright
my notes: I loved everything on display at Silhouette’s table at the expo
Touch of Essence MobileSpa & Products
contacts: Sicley & Ras Kuffour
my notes: Their services include manicures, facials, chair massages, reflexology, pedicure, paraffin wax and packages. They also specialize in spa events and pamper sessions.
Finally! This concludes my coverage of the 2011 Tennessee Natural Hair Expo Vendors. For pictures of the vendor tables, check out the video below that Coco put together.