Shades of Beauty and Twin Cities Natural Hair & Beauty Expo 2018 | Stacie Raye

Shades of Beauty and Twin Cities Natural Hair & Beauty Expo 2018

Natural sistahs in the Twin Cities had the time of their lives a few weekends ago when the Shades of Beauty & Twin Cities Natural Hair & Beauty Expos came to town.

woman posing at expo

My daughter and I loved attending both of these women of color expos last year and we knew we would have to clear our schedules and get there by any means necessary. So with granddaughter #1 in tow, we made our way to the hair and beauty events and looked forward to a weekend just for us.

Day 1 - Saturday

First stop was the Shades on Beauty Expo at the St. Paul River Centre. Last year, I really enjoyed the presentation and fashion show on dressing for your body shape. This year, it was all about wearing the right colors for your skin shade.

fashion workshop

Miss Latoya Bell of Brilliant Chic showed us examples of colors that don't look good on us and which colors flatter our skin tones.

fashion workshop

The top left is an example of colors not to wear and the top right are the more flattering colors. These ladies look great in their bold colors, don't they? Models wore clothing from Coco's Fashions and Boutique.

fashion show

The lovely Rachelle Hurst rocked a peplum yellow dress.

fashion show

The Shades of You fashion show was awesome. Ladies, you look beautiful!

hair model

We didn't get to stay for the Hair Crush Style Show but I caught a few of the hair models before we left.

hair model with colorful hair

Werk that camera hunty!

Last years Shades of Beauty + Twin Cities Natural Hair & Beauty Expo

Day 2 - Sunday

My favorite part of the weekend was visiting the Twin Cities Natural Hair & Beauty Expo.
Minnesota's natural hair community is growing and it's a blessing to see so many sistahs celebrating and embracing natural hair.

This year, the Twin Cities Natural Hair & Beauty Expo was held at the Graduate hotel on the U of M campus.

Just a few of the vendors that were selling their wares at the expo including The Beauty LoungeChocolate Chick Apparel, and so many others. My daughter and I had to do a little shopping of course.

Houston White, owner of Black Excellence and H. White Barbershop in North Minneapolis.

This year, TCNHBE introduced The Men's Cave which was sponsored by Black Excellence. It highlighted beard care and grooming tips. Oh, and the brothas strutted their stuff and showed us how black men are down for the natural hair movement too with their dreadlocks and full beards.

The sistahs in the house went crazy for these bearded brothers including former professional athlete Troy Bell.

Then it was time for the main event. The Royal Hairitage Fashion show! 

Wakanda was definitely in the house this year as the fashion show theme and these sistahs looked regal in their beautiful African attire.

Taking a quick picture of our hair growth. Our natural hair has really grown from last year!

We had an amazing time at both the Shades of Beauty and Twin Cities Natural Hair & Beauty Expos. Next year we'll pack a lunch and leave the kids at home so we can stay all day!

Did you get a chance to go to the Shades of Beauty or TCNHB Expo? Have you been to an event like this in your town?


  1. This looks like a great and informative event! I see each eye candy too! You and your girls look so lovely.

  2. I love that you and your daughter are able to do these type of things together. This looked like it was fun and very informative.

  3. Looks like such a great weekend full of fun! I would love to attend these events, I will have to check and see if any come to my city.

  4. I love it! I've wanted to attend a natural hair event for the longest time they look like so much fun with loads of information and networking!

  5. You two ladies look great! I love attending natural hair events! Its been awhile since I last been to one though.

  6. I love a natural health and bueaty expo. I bet it was a lot of fun. There are always so many small business owners to support.

  7. I have never been to a natural hair event! I keep hearing about them and I am thinking I should stop by at least one in the coming months. That yellow peplum dress from the fashion show was beautiful!

  8. I always enjoy these type of events. I have learned that brilliant colors look great on me. Yellow is my absolute favorite color on brown skin.

  9. I love all the fashion!!! Bright, bold, beautiful colors are a true form of artistic expression. Looks like you all had an amazing time.

  10. Love the fashions! We have so many natural hair events around Atlanta, that it can get a little overwhelming. This one seems like it was a perfect size and addressed a lot of needs.

  11. What an awesome event and you did such a great recap. I have never been to such a natural hair expo but would love to check it out.

  12. These look like really fun events. I’m going to see if there are any like them in Chicago

  13. Looks like so much fun! My sister and I went to one of these shows a while back, but we need to find one in our area since its been some years.

  14. What an awesome event! I love how they showed how color can have such a big impact on your look. I am often scared of wearing too many colors but I have started to try more and it has been so much fun! I would love to attend this event one day.


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