So this past Sunday I attended the first ever Beauty Over Brunch at the Bronner Bros. Hair Show in New Orleans. Can we all just collectively take a moment and let that soak in?
For the first time in it’s 72-year history, the Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show took place in the jovial city of New Orleans, LA. More than 30,000 people packed the N. Morial Convention Center over a span of three days; March 30 – April 1st. On Sunday, March 31st I had the opportunity to attend the first Beauty Over Brunch, an intimate brunch with some of the top hairstylists, barbers, beauty influencers, and bloggers in the industry.
The panel was divided into two topics: beauty and media. Maya Smith (The Doux & The Doux Salon), Ashanti Lation (VIP Luxury Hair Care), Peak Mill (Beauty Influencer), and Jesseca Dupart (Kaleidoscope Hair Products) sat on the beauty panel. On the second panel we heard from Erica Dias (Founder of The B Firm PR), Janee Bolden (Sr. content director of Bossip, and CEO of CurlMob), and the Sheila Bronner (Founder of Whole 4 You and former Editor-in-Chief of Upscale Magazine). The panel was moderated by MiMi Johnson (The Glamatory & Grind Pretty).
While stuffing our faces with chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, eggs, and bacon, we heard real stories from the women on the panel and in the room. I learned TWO major keys during the conversation:
1. Come up with the people around you.
Don’t look for the people at the top to mentor you. Not that they don’t want to, but they may not have the time. Instead look to their assistants and other people grinding in the field and grow with them. Before you know it, you’ll look up and your crew will be the people at the top.
2. Know everything there is to know about your niche.
Before you jump head first into whatever it is you want to do, you must first understand the risks and rewards. Jesseca Depart gave an example about opening a shopping center in East New Orleans before she understood that she was taking a risk on not securing a national tenant. The reward however was that she knew she could fill the stores herself and make a difference in her community.
Butttt, I haven’t even mentioned the one of the highlights yet… PARTY FAVORS! Mayvenn hair sponsored free wigs and extra goodies to each attendee. Alluring Essence provided free shampoo and conditioner samples, and VIP Luxury Hair Care made sure every woman left with a bag of goodies!
Big shout-out to Erica Dias once again for the invite.
Peace, love, & good vibes…