Braids Day Celebration!

Sunday, July 29 OMhh Presents:



International I Love Braids Day +
Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn

celebrate. braids. honor. culture

Braids Made History!

July 29th is officially International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn by Prolamation from the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. This day is “A joyous occassion to celebrate and honor the history and intricate design of braids as a culutural and artistic expression of beauty.”

Let’s Celebrate!

Join us to celebrate International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn for a magical day of braids, braids and more braids from Africa to Brooklyn.

To honor this historic occasion we’ve curated the Industry’s baddest Braiders to present culture, design, history and beauty on the runway.

Cheer-on the flyest hair shows including the 1st ever “50+ & Fabulous Models.” Pose with live braided mannequins. Get your cameras ready….participate in the flyest “Instagram Braids Walk.” Salute the IILBD award for notable contributions to the advancement of Braids!

Be informed – check out the Braids History & Culture Tent. Visit our Village for an unforgetable shopping and food experience. Dance, dance, dance, to hyped Afro-Caribbean beats (live DJ). Play games, win prizes, and so much more.

All invited. Family event. *FREE, Sunday, July 29th, 11am – 5pm

Restoration Plaza Outdoor Concourse, 1360 Fulton Street, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

A or C train to Nostrand Ave, B25 to Fulton & New York Ave, B44 to Fulton Nostrand Ave.

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MEDIA Supporters

Don’t Miss Hair Historian- Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka Psychologist. Educator. Hairstylist What is PsychoHairapy? Listen & Learn how our hair, heritage and health all conncect.

Share Circle
with IILBD + BLCB Founder Debra Hare-Bey

Q. What was the inspiration for International I Love Braids Day?

A. My inspiration came from my passion, love and respect of Braids. I completely understood and adored the unparalleled culture and rich history braids represented. As a Master Pioneer Braider, it was important to create a lasting, proud legacy centered around every aspect of Braids and the talent of the Braiders. It was equally important to highlight the obvious- Braids are beautiful glamorous, attractive and all the other complimentary terms used when describing untextured hair. I am sure- YOU would agree with me, Braids are worthy of a day (International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn) in HISTORY!

From idea to fruition, how long did it take to plan IILBD + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn?

A. It’s been over 10 years in the making.

Q. Describe the day you received the Proclamation.

A. Glorious! It was everything and more that I dreamed and planned. I could not believe It was actually happening- it had come to fruition. A day not just for me to openly love and celebrate my craft but a day the entire community near and far could officially celebrate Braids. World here we come!


  • International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn is *FREE. RSVP is suggested to receive gift bag (while supplies last) and access the curated festivities. Restoration is open to the public so all are welcome. *Restoration Plaza has limited space so register early.Tickets will go quickly. If you can’t attend and you registered, give your confirmation email to your replacement.
  • Shop, Eat, Enjoy…. we have so much more than vendors. Each one of our mini boutiques are the best artisans, designers, jewelers and more. The food options are simply delicious. No need to pack a lunch you’ll need your hands free for all the dancing.
  • International I Love Braids Day (IILBD) is an official day of celebration by Proclamation and will ALWAYS be celebrated on July 29th.
  • Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn is the fun, interactive, *FREE outdoor celebration of IILBD when July 29th falls on a weekday. Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn will always follow the first day of the weekend following July 29th.
  • Does International mean this Celebration will travel around the world? Yes! IILBD + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn will travel. IILBD + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn is officially July 29 and will maintain that day around the world. IILBD + BLCB will also include the name of the host city, state, country, continent- Ex: Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn/MD, Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn/Sudan, etc.


The Very First IILBD + BLCB
I was so proud!




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Ask about brand exposure with International I Love Braids Day + Braids Love Celebration Brooklyn. Do you have a quality product or handmade item you want to be included in the coveted gift bag. Be a part of history. Apply now.. STOP…..you must have a professional product, well made and, this is important- The natural hair community must be excited about it. Please email ohmyheavenlyhair@gmail.com with product info, website, IG page and telephone.

To be considered: You must have 50 items to be included in the gift bag. Your product will be reviewed.


We want YOU. If you would like to be a part of history we invite you to participate.

What we need….. help with everything!

♡ Setup (before event)
♡ Breakdown (after event)
♡ Check-In
♡ Gift bag distribution
♡ Coordinators/Run of show, Instagram Braid Walk, History & Culture Tent

Please send an email to ohmyheavenlyhair@gmail.com with your contact info detailing where you want to volunteer your services.

IMPORTANT – Please be aware:

Please be aware that by registering or attending this event, you grant OMhh Inc./International I Love Braids Day, its Event Sponsors, its Successors, Assigns and Licensees permission to utilize your name, image, likeness, acts, poses, plays, appearance, movements, and statements in any live or recorded audio, video, or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of, or at, the event (regardless of whether before, during or after event) for any purpose, in any manner, in any medium or context now known or hereafter developed, without further authorization from, or compensation to, you or anyone acting on your behalf.

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PRESS: Shades Of Commerce Covers The 1st International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Brooklyn Celebration, July 29, 2017

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PRESS: Shades Of Commerce Covers The 1st International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Brooklyn Celebration, July 29, 2017

Photos: Shades of Commerce,  Hair: Debra Hare-Bey Private Parlour @ OMhh, Makeup: Amber-Jade E. Hare-Bey, Model: Taiesha Abrams

Kudos to Shades Of Commerce for supporting and reporting on our first International IILBD + Braid Love Brooklyn Celebration, July 29, 2017, Fulton Park, 70 Chauncey St, Bklyn, 11233. Shades, YOU help to make our special day live forever. Thank you.

For the complete story, follow the link: http://www.shadesofcommerce.com/single-post/2017/08/04/Brooklyn-Celebrates-International-I-Love-Braids-Day

Celebrate. Honor. History. Beauty.

International I Love Braids Day is a joyous occasion to celebrate and honor the history and design of braids as a cultural and artistic expression of beauty.

Join the official fan page for your upclose and personal view leading up to the first and all official International I Love Braids Day events. This is a journey of love, commitment and community.

The 1st event will take place this Summer in Brooklyn. Stay tuned.

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What’s A Braid Bar……


My, my, my- have Braids reached mainstream. Braids are popping up all over the place from Broadway to the boardroom and everywhere in between. Quick Braids or Braids on the go are a big trend. So the question remains, What is a Braid Bar? It is a designated area where quick, 1 or 2 Braids or simple Braid styles are offered. Think Milk Maid Braids, Crown Braid, “French Braids” (which we know from this blog are not French at all) or a number of other quick style Braids. Quick Braids may be done using extensions or just your natural hair. The word bar from Braid Bar is borrowed from the actual term bar where you sit and are served alcohol. The Braid Bar is the same concept however, you’re getting your hair braided not being served alcohol.

*The first 3 photos unknown. The last photo both styles: Braid Bar by Debra Hare-Bey @OMhh Beauty Oasis, Makeup: Kimberly Nicole

Most Braid Bars are not doing the traditional wash, condition and blow dry. You arrive with your hair ready to go. There is generally a style menu to choose from and the process begins once it is agreed upon what style you want. Braid Bar styles generally last from 1 day to about a week with care.

Where can you find a Braid Bar. Google Braid Bar with the location you desire. Call to ask about their policy. Drop by to see if it is to your liking. Another way to find a Braid Bar is by asking someone who has a Braid style you like- referral. I generally think that is the best way- referral. You still call and or stop by to make sure the Braid Bar is to your liking. Good Luck and enjoy your Braids.

What Are Faux Locs?

Faux Locs/ Loc Alternatives are a non-permanent option that strongly resemble natural Locs without the permanence of Locs. The options are Nu-Locs (braids with yarn), Geni-Loks (braids wrapped with yarn), Silky Locs or Goddess Locs (braids wrapped with synthetic hair or human hair) and Kinky Twist (twisted with Afro kinky or Marley hair). Each of these options resemble various degrees of natural Locs. Nu-Locs, Geni-Loks and Silky Locs or Goddess Locs all look like mature natural Locs. Kinky Twist resemble natural Locs in their newer stage. Each of the alternatives can be worn for up to 3 months depending on size, natural texture of hair and maintenance.

* Tyra Banks and Eva Marcille both rock Goddess Locs. Unknown photographer and stylist.

How To Maintain A Loc Alternative

To maintain healthy hair while wearing the Alternative, wash it on a regular basis (min once every 2 weeks) followed by a leave-in conditioner. Oil the scalp as needed and cover nightly with a silk or satin scarf. Also cover with a shower cap when bathing but not washing the Alternative.  Continue to use the leave-conditioner on a regular basis to feed, protect and strengthen your natural hair. As you approach the 1/2 way point, it is necessary  to schedule a perimeter re-touch to insure continued healthy hair. Remember your hairline is the most fragile part of your hair.

Loc Alternative to Natural Locs

If you decide you like the Loc Alternative, you can leave it in permanently. The grooming process would only begin after 3 months or once your new growth reaches over an inch in length (Use your thumb as your guide. The 1st line on your thumb measures about an inch in length). The grooming process is recommended to take place monthly until the new growth transitions into mature Locs (fully Loced). Once your Locs have reached maturity,  you’re official- you are Loced. Once your natural Locs grow to the length you want, you can remove the Alternative. You can also opt to keep the Alternative permanently grooming when needed.  Whichever you decide, you are 100% Loced. Congratulations!

The Beauty Of Color

Adding color is a fun and beautiful way to enhance your Alternative. It is also a great way to add color without permanently changing the color of your natural hair. If you transition from wearing to keeping your Loc Alternative your color will remain so make sure to chose a color you love. If you decide you don’t want that color anymore no worries you can change it.

*For info on how to change your color with Loc Alternative check back here. Coming soon.

Written by Debra Hare-Bey, CEO Oh My Heavenly Hair (OMhh Inc.), Beauty Editor World Bride Magazine, Contributing Editor Hype Hair Magazine. 


Natural Hair Love

Mother daughter love carries over into natural hair love. Mother- Lisa Bonet rocks her Locs. They look so good I can’t tell if their all hers or a little xtra added as in Faux Locs. Never-the-less, it’s a good look.  Zoe rocks Small Individual Braids.

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 16: Actress Zoe Kravitz attends the “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Tyler Boye/Getty Images)

The two of them amplify just how much natural hair as gone mainstream. Kudos Lisa and Zoe for reflecting natural hair love ❤️