Real Style: The I Am Not My Hair Meetup in Paris, France

Parisian naturals gathered for the I Am Not My Hair Conference in Paris, France on January 28 put on by blogger Fatou of the Black Beauty Bag. These gorgeous photos are by Lara klur and Manu Dorlis. You can find the full album here.

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Leila, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop culture and black beauty enthusiast. bell hooks' hair twin...


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28 thoughts on “Real Style: The I Am Not My Hair Meetup in Paris, France

  1. Black women all around the world are so gorgeous and stylish!!!

    Page 4 there is a woman who favors Queen Latifah.

    Totally random but Page 4 there is a woman who just looks like Queen Latifah ( circa living single).

  2. OMG I LOVE this!! Was supposed to go to Paris in June. Change of plans, but this makes me smile inside. Happy to see Naturalistas all over the globe.

  3. Does anyone know the salon in which this event was held? I’m in the south of France and I’m still on the lookout for a proper haircut from a salon that works with natural hair (I’m sorry, but I’m skeptical of the African shops that just promote relaxers, wigs, and braiding). I’m beginning to lose hope. Also, if anyone knows of any salons in Brussels since I frequently go there.

    • Try checking out the blog linked in the article here. It’s in French (which I cannot read but assume you can). Since they sponsored it they may have more info on the meetup itself and other salons. Hope that helps :)

    • the event took place at Nayenka.
      c’est une boutique et pas un salon de coiffure. si tu vas sur le blog de Fatou, elle a testé plusieurs salons de coiffure.
      J’espère que cela va t’aider!

    • C’était chez Nayenka, c’est à la fois un salon et une boutique qui vend des produits pour les cheveux naturelles et défrisés ainsi que du maquillage pour peaux noires et métisses.

  4. When you click on the black beauty bag website at the top it should say something about google this page is in french. You can use the google translator to switch it over to read in English. Hope this helps you out :).

  5. Wow this post is so timely for me since I plan to move to Paris in a few months from New York and one of my top concerns was how I would find the proper hair care products for natural hair over there. I even enlisted my cousin to just send me hair care packages every 3 months. LOL

    • Nikkia, as a native NYer and a natural in Europe for several years (including being a natural here one summer almost ten years ago), I’m gonna be honest…that plan of yours probably won’t last. I had multiple boxes be returned from Customs in Germany (and, in my opinion, the German post is much more efficient than the French counterpart).

      I’m gonna tell you this: If you can, take tools rather than products. I think tools are somewhat more invaluable than products. There may be times when you don’t receive a package or you realize you pay too much money (courtesy of Customs). You can always find things like shea butter, oils, leave-ins, etc. What you can’t find here is often times things like seamless wide-toothed combs, satin pillowcases, etc.

      Just keep it simple.

      • You know, it never crossed my mind that it would be harder to find a wide tooth comb over Vatika coconut oil. Thanks so much for the tip! :-)

  6. Ooh la la! These french ladies are très chic! I would love to attend a natural hair meetup in Paris one day. It is so cool seeing natural hair represented all around the world.

    Random, but does anyone know of any afro-french style or culture blogs? I’ve come across a few general french style blogs, but I would *love* to read one specifically from an afro-french point of view.

  7. Thank you so much BGWLH to share the event with all your readers. I am the girl in the first picture on the right side (with the black dress) The girl on the left is my sister. This event was not only made for naturalistas but for all the black girls who want to take care of their hair – naturals & relaxed. The principal aim was to share experiences. Thank your for all the support.
    Much love

  8. I really enjoyed looking at these pictures! It made me fell proud and I loved how all walks of life were represented all the ladies in these photos truly do show the world how beautiful black women really are ;)

  9. i love this photo set. I need make up tips from every woman photographed. I love the colors that they all chose for their lips and eyes. very sophisticated and subtle but what punch

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