The Afro Hair & Beauty Association Creating Waves in the UK
Black British hair and beauty brands now have a much needed support and advice network with the official launch of the highly anticipated Afro Hair & Beauty Association (AHBA), that took place on Thursday February 15th 2018 at the Jamaican High Commission in Kensington, London.
The AHBA, which was founded in late 2017, is the first UK organisation tasked with the privilege of representing Black British hair and beauty brands to the world. AHBA brings together an already established network to facilitate support and developmental structure for the benefit of members of the association as well as the wider community.
The atmosphere at the sold out event was sensational, being well attended by a who’s who of the Afro hair and beauty industry past and present.
Opening the event was Afro hair and beauty legend Award-winning management consultant in International Trade, Mr Rudi Page - Ex international marketing manager for the legendary Dyke & Dryden and the man who first coined the term Afro hair & beauty back in the1980s.
Guests were delighted to hear about the 100-year vision of the AHBA and meet the exceptional members of the new board, many of whom are game changers in the industry. This collective possesses the passion, drive and skills to release a new spark of energy and excitement into a largely stagnant industry. Guests were in awe of this historic gathering with many commenting on the outstanding quality and impact of the occasion.
One of the many highlights of the evening was a bespoke choreographed ballet piece performed by young male ballet star Tonye Scott- Obene.
Five lucky independent brands were given the opportunity to pitch their products to a Dragon’s Den style panel, with the delighted winner Mammie Ndoko of brand Mama - sia receiving a AHBA Excellence Award and who was visibly overwhelmed with emotion at the recognition of her years of hard work and the excellent products she and her team create.
The evening provided unparalleled access to a powerful network of veterans and rising stars of the black cosmetics industry in the UK. It was a monumental event that will influence aspiring brands and set a blueprint for aspiration and collaboration which will continue to inspire emerging UK Hair and beauty for the foreseeable future.
HCR and The AHBA have a series of exciting events planned in 2018! To learn more here.