I attended the lovely Cottons Restaurant in Islington on Saturday 2nd June 2012 to attend the premiere screening of ‘Kicking It With the Kinks,’ organised by Blackgirlflow. Kicking It With the Kinks is a documentary exploring the varying attitudes towards natural hair amongst women of African descent. This lovely documentary was produced by Cynthia Butare as part of a media degree completed at the University of Manchester.
The event was hosted by the fabulous Crystal Afro and Sister Esther from the Calabash Hub. The event was full of lovely Black women and a few men in this intimate space to see the premiere of this film. The film contained some interesting discussions with students around hair care, looks at the reality of how much time, effort and money women dedicate to their hair and investigates the ever booming hair product and hair extension industries.
After the screening, there was a good discussion with natural hair expert and celebrity stylist, Felicia Leatherwood from the US, Belinda Raji from BeUnique Hair Care, Jeanette who has the perfect head shape to rock her short hairstyle and Tanaka who has the most beautiful thick natural hair I have seen in a long time. She has the thickness I would have loved to have had before I decided to lock my hair back in 2007. I heard some disturbing stories about some women’s experiences with scalp burns and scabs as a result of relaxers. There was also some good natural hair care advice and news that there is an African-owned Hair and Beauty store on Pentonville Road in Kings Cross which we should all support.