Curly Pool Party 2011

Curly Pool Party 2011

Thanks to Audrey at Miss Moon’s Musings, I got a free ticket to this event. Who could turn down an invitation that included a swag bag of free hair products, a chance to have your hair done, having a body scrub done, mingling with old & new friends, all in the setting of a pool party complete with swim up bar.

After a brief stop at the Harlem Book Fair earlier in the day, I made my way down to Times Square, where the hotel was located. We were able to get in an hour earlier than the official start of the party which gave us a chance to really check out the space.

Grace Hotel pool with swim up bar

pool lounge area

The space was a bit smaller than I expected but it was nicely decorated. We enjoyed a sampling of small bites including sushi, and grabbed our swag bags before making our way to the pool area. I heard some of the organizers were a little worried that no one was going to use the pool, which I didn’t understand. How do you attend a pool party and not get in the pool? Any fears of that were swiftly put to rest. And that so-called stereotype of black women being afraid of getting their hair wet. That may still hold true for those who still relax their tresses but we in the natural world know that water is your friend (but not chlorine so do remember to shampoo your hair after swimming)

who's scared of getting their hair wet? not these ladies.

After a dip in the pool we decided to try out some of the body scrub samples at the shower area. The folks from Shea Moisture had samples from their product line, including body scrubs, masques and oils available to try.

Shea Moisture body products

Shea Moisture Lemongrass & Ginger body scrub

I decided to try out their lemongrass body scrub. I love body scrubs and I love the scent of lemongrass, especially in my hair. Similar to most other body scrubs you apply to wet skin, then rinse off. Short of booking a spa treatment, the chance to pamper yourself with some scented body products in a waterfall shower was nothing but a win-win situation. Finish off with some body oil and your skin is smooth, shiny and smelling good.

enjoying the body scrub and the shower

Next was off to the hairstyling area where representatives from Ouidad, Jane Carter and Hair Rules were offering free hairstyling with their products. The event was primarily geared towards those with loosely curled hair, there was one loctician in the building styling his own models. A Ouidad stylist suddenly grabbed my ponytail and began applying shine serum to my locs. She later commented when I “go natural” to visit their salon, which left me briefly having an awkward black girl moment. I’ve never had my locs mistaken for not being natural hair but I guess there’s a first time for everything, right?

stylist pampering my locs

The day winded down with some cocktails in the lounge area, followed by a round of tequila shots. All in all, it was a fabulous time, meeting new folks, reconnecting with old friends, lots of pampering and free hair/skin products.

Speaking of free products, gonna have a lot of fun experimenting with these shampoos, conditioners & sprays. Swag bags don’t get much better than this….

curly pool party swag bag

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pyaspirite
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 21:04:17

    So jealous. Although I was outta town, I still wished I could have been there. You guys look like you had fun!!!! How freeing is that to be able to swim without worrying about hair. I love it!!!!

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  2. creative urbanista
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 23:51:20

    At that time I wished my hair was loose so I could get it wet & not have to worry about how long it would take to dry it. You must make it to the next one.

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