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2019 Braid Love Celebration- Brooklyn

Oh My Heavenly Hair Presents:

OUTDOOR CELEBRATION. BRAID ART. VENDORS. MUSIC

The largest most successful BRAIDS celebration!

 

 

DID YOU KNOW

IILBD Braid Love Celebration is a  joyous occasion to celebrate and honor the history and intricate design of Braids as a cultural and artistic expression of beauty. 

Did you also know IILBD Braid Love Celebration is the outdoor celebration of International I Love Braids Day. The Celebration is always the first Saturday before July 29th except when International I Love Braids Day falls on a Saturday. This may seem confusing but check this out: 2019 Braid Love Celebration is Saturday, July 27th two days before International I Love Braids Day, which is Monday, July 29th. Understand?

WHY THIS DAY IS IMPORTANT

History continues… This is the 1st time IILBD Braid Love Celebration- Brooklyn will be on a separate day from International I Love Braids Day.

Embracing braids is an important and necessary action with an unparalleled opportunity to change the non-inclusive standard of beauty. The Black Panther Movie successfully demonstrated to the world that paying homage to culture, history, legacy and natural hair is no longer frowned upon but globally embraced. The new standard is inclusive. The new standard celebrates culture and diversity. The new standard is worthy of a day (International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Celebration) in HISTORY!

*NYC Human Rights just passed a law (February 2019)- Race discrimination based on hair is illegal. NYC.gov/HumanRights

 

THIS OUR 3RD YEAR AND WE’VE EXPANDED

LET’S CELEBRATE!

Join us to celebrate IILBD 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 an amazing day of fun, live entertainment, music and more as the Industry’s baddest Braiders present culture, design, history and beauty on the runway.

 

This year’s theme- “FREEDOM to be”

“The Freedom to be” is no longer aspirational but a reality in NYC. Race discrimination based on hair is illegal. I don’t know about you, but over here, we are celebrating!!!! 

This is what you can expect:

  • Stilt Walker & Drummer to kick off celebration
  • Braid art
  • Live braided mannequins
  • IILBD Award for notable contributions to the advancement of braids
  • Drummer- African Beats
  • “Instagram Braids Walk” if  braid your own hair. Show off your talent 
  • Hyped Afro beats- DJ Asha / Yvonne Spaulding
  • Games, prizes, and fun
  • The Village- shop, food and the best artisans   
  • And more…

The Village– Eat Well & SHOP

We have so much more than vendors. Visit our Village for an unforgettable shopping and food experience. 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, save that for another day. On this day we want you  to fully immerse yourself in the culture, food, crafts, beauty, music and fun.  

All invited. Family event. 

 

KEY DETAILS

*FREE, RSVP/TICKET IS REQUIRED

Click here to rsvp: https://www.melanating.com/event/iilbdblc2019/

Saturday, July 27th, 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.

 

 

Logo  Tee & Tote Merchandise

 

 
 

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debuting at 2019 IILBD Braid Love Celebration- Brooklyn & IILBD 

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Share Circle
with IILBD + BLC Founder Debra Hare-Bey

Q. What was the inspiration for International I Love Braids Day and IILBD Braid Love Celebration ?

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 un-textured hair. I am sure YOU would agree with me, Braids are worthy of a day  in HISTORY!

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

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

Q. Describe the day you received the Proclamation.

A. Glorious! It was everything that I dreamed and planned, and more. 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!

DID YOU KNOW

  • IILBD Braid Love Celebration 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.
  • IILBD Braid Love Celebration  is the fun, interactive, *FREE outdoor celebration of International I Love Braids Day and will ALWAYS be held on the Saturday before July 29th when July 29th falls on a weekday. 
  • Does International mean this Celebration will travel around the world? Yes! IILBD Braid Love Celebration will travel and include the name of the host city, state, country, continent- Ex: Braid Love Celebration- MD, Braid Love Celebration- Sudan, etc.

GIFT BAG INCLUSION

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.

VOLUNTEERS

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 internationalilovebraidsday@gmail.com with your contact info detailing where you want to volunteer your services.

 

VENDOR

If your company would like to participate in IILBD Braid Love Celebration as a vendor, please email internationalilovebraidsday@gmail.com and list what you want to sell. 

SPONSORSHIP

If your company would like to participate in IILBD Braid Love Celebration as a sponsor, please contact Dwayne Hare-Bey, Sponsorship Director, 373-864-5757. Thank you.

2019 SPONSORS 

DHB Group LLC

Nu Wave Kultrual Kreations

Your Queens

2019 MEDIA Supporters

Taj Mag

World Bride Magazine

 

REFLECTIONS….

2019, the 3rd IILBD Braid Love continues to grow with new showstoppers and spectacular Braids. Theme-  FREEDOM To Be!

PRESS

goingnatural.com- Debra Hare-Bey, why we need to know the Founder of International I Love Braids Day.

https://going-natural.com/debra-hare-bey-why-we-need-to-know-her/

 

Photo: Nay Marie Photography

 

2018, the 2nd IILBD + BLC had over 800 people in attendance. It was spectacular!

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Photo: Nay Marie Photography

PRESS

The Root- summary of the meaning and importance of International I Love Braids Day.

https://theglowup.theroot.com/international-i-love-braids-day-brings-black-self-love-1828011406

The Very First IILBD + BLC
I was so proud!

      

 

BROOKLYN NEWS 12http://news12bk.videodownload.worldnow.com/NEWS12BK_20170802152047913AB.mp4

 

 

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.

JOIN. LIKE. SHARE. our social media

intlilovebraidsdayblc 

 

 

 

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Braids Celebration!

Sunday, July 29 OMhh Presents:

 

OH MY HEAVENLY HAIR 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 by Proclamation from the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. This day is “A joyous occasion to celebrate and honor the history and intricate design of braids as a cultural and artistic expression of beauty.”

Let’s Celebrate!

Join us to celebrate International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Celebration 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 unforgettable 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.

RSVP/TICKET IS REQUIRED
Click Here to RSVP!

SPONSORS

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 connect.

Share Circle
with IILBD + BLC 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) in HISTORY!

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

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!

DID YOU KNOW

  • International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Celebration 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 is the fun, interactive, *FREE outdoor celebration of IILBD when July 29th falls on a weekday. Braid Love Celebration 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 will travel. IILBD + Braid Love Celebration is officially July 29 and will maintain that day around the world. IILBD + BLC will also include the name of the host city, state, country, continent- Ex: Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn/MD, Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn/Sudan, etc.

REFLECTIONS….

The Very First IILBD + BLC
I was so proud!

      

 

 

BROOKLYN NEWS 12http://news12bk.videodownload.worldnow.com/NEWS12BK_20170802152047913AB.mp4

 

GIFT BAG INCLUSION

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- t he 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.

VOLUNTEERS

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.

JOIN. LIKE. SHARE. our social media

International I Love Braids Day 

 

 

 

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Reflections- 2019 Braid Love Celebration was SPECTACULAR!

2019 IILBD Braid Love Celebration continues to grow in it’s 3rd year with new showstoppers and spectacular Braids. Hundreds of people came out again to see what this year had in store. This was especially important because a new law (The Crown Act) had just passed  so our celebration was extra special. We showed out! The hair was better than ever with more looks that spanned the African diaspora. In addition to that, the acts were so good- our stilt walker, DJ and singers were simply the best.

REFLECTIONS

 

 

 

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International I Love Braids Day – Braid Love Celebration 2019 | © NayMarie Photography for Taji Mag | http://www.TajiMag.com

SALONS

Debra Hare-Bey Private Parlour At OMhh

Kinky Rootz

Natural Hollywood

Natural Edgez

Nu Wave Kultural Kreations

Ms. Hair & Humor

Soween

Check back, there’s so much more to review. I do believe you won’t miss next year because you will want to see IILBD Celebrations for your self!

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.

We need your support. https://www.facebook.com/IntlILoveBraidsDay/?ref=b…

What’s A Braid Bar……

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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.