DC’s 7th Annual Love Locs and Natural Hair Expo presented by Asaze Natural Hair took place on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Mary Virginia Merrick Center, located on 4275 Sixth Street, SE Washington, DC.

The expo, which is conducted each year in April was established because founder Tempie Satcher-Ducosin, who would frequent hair expos in other states, decided that DC needed its own expo.

The expos focus on educating people how to be natural from “head through toe”. Each year she basis the expo around a different theme. This year’s theme was, “You Were Born to be Natural”.

This year’s expo was focused on the importance of parents/guardians keeping their children’s hair chemical-free.  11-year-old Entrepreneur/Author Gabrielle Williams was slated to be the special guest speaker.

And although she was not feeling well and couldn’t speak, she was present at the expo sitting behind her table which consisted of her book, The Making Of A Young Entrepreneur, and her Jewlz of Jordan jewelry line.

Throughout the day, attendees shopped until they dropped from the variety of vendors, while they were entertained with live music and dance performances. Young co-MC Genesis and MC Quest orchestrated the day’s events and DJ Duke kept the expo rocking.

Mavis Swan Poole, who has graced the stage with Ms. Lauryn Hill and N’Dambi, and often compared to Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Ella Fitzgerald dazzled the crowd with a wonderful performance.

The expo had activities for the entire family, there was face paining, creative balloons, manicures, and on premise hair styling for both men, women and children.

Fred DA Barber via Kutz by Kevin shop located in Capitol Heights, MD had a booth set up where he cut hair and later put on a wonderful hair show.

Attendees took part in workshops such as the “Mommie’s Can Do/Daddy Can Too workshop by natural hair specialist, and CEO of Imani Joy Naturals, Jamesha Bazemore.

Ansylla of My Hairitage Holistic Hair Care taught a workshop called “Five Causes of Hair Loss”.  The Interlock Braiding Method was taught by Angela Lewis, and “Creative Loc Styling” techniques was taught by award-winning, celebrity stylist Shanti Walker.

The expo culminated with several fashion and hair shows, with a spectacular hair show finale put on by Shanti Walker.

His models wowed attendees with custom-made loc hair pieces, and volcano-like loc styles emanating smoke.

Attendees also enjoyed food, door prizes and raffles. Sponsors included, Jane Carter Solutions, Curly Hair Solutions, Curls.Biz,  Dr. Miracles, and The Knotty Truth.

Tempie Satcher-Ducosin, is a native Washingtonian and natural hair educator who has dedicated her life to inspiring others about the benefits of natural living.

She is also the founder of Nappy-Oke, an event where natural hair meets karaoke. Tempie’s Asaze Natural Hair Salon, is located in Northeast Washington, DC.

Reprinted from the Examiner.com