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Hello Curlfriends!

We’re so excited to have you with us for the CIAA Tournament Edition of Carolina Curly on Saturday, March 3rd from 1-5pm. Our beautiful venue is the Springhill Suites, located at 311 East 5th St – directly across from the Spectrum Arena. The event will take place from 12-5pm and you can expect fabulous vendor shopping, live hair demos, beauty + [life]style panels + a fabulous rooftop reception overlooking the city to enjoy drinks (cash bar) and mingle and greet with all the beautiful people in attendance.

Below are some of our Frequently Asked Questions to better assist you in planning for the day:

Do I need to print out my ticket? No, we will have check in on site with a list of all registered attendees

Where do I go for check in? To facilitate a quick, and less congested check in, please enter the host hotel and proceed to the 2nd floor (stairs to the left as you enter) for your wristbands. From there, you’ll be able to take the elevators to the 16th floor where the event will take place.

Is the event kid/family friendly? Yes, you are more than welcome to bring your beautiful curly haired babies (as well as men and other family). Ages 10 and under are FREE. We do however ask that no kids visits the rooftop area.

What does my ticket purchase include? Your ticket gives access to the event, vendor shopping, panel discussions, and the rooftop reception (cash bar) to mingle and meet/greet other curl friends.

Is there a dress code? No, there is no dress code, but we do encourage you to show up and show out! #WakandaForever Magazine contributors will be on hand and snapping photos to share to their website and social media.

Will tickets be available at the door? Yes, additional tickets can also be purchased at the door for $10.

Where can I find event photos after the event? Photos will be posted to our Facebook page (Carolina Curly), Instagram (@CarolinaCurly), and to our website www.carolinacurly.com

Crowned in Curls Contest

Think you have the best curls in the Carolina's?  Enter our Crowned in Curls Contest taking place during the Carolina Curly Natural Expo on Saturday, March 3rd and be crowned!  There's no fee to enter, just stop by the registration table on site.

3 Prizes will be given.  Additional details regarding the contest will be posted by February 13th.


Carolina Curly: Tournament Edition Annoucement

It is with sheer excitement and anticipation that we announce our next installment of Carolina Curly, the Tournament Edition, presented by Elle Johnson Co.!  Carolina Curly is dedicated to naturals and natural enthusiasts, and our goal for this series of events (spring & fall) is to celebrate natural beauty while offering a sophisticated environment of beauty professionals, panelists, and educators. Held in Charlotte, NC bi-annually, the Carolina Curly Natural Expo boasts 800+ attendees, and is for the woman (and man) looking for an engaging experience dedicated to all things beauty (skincare, makeup, hair care, etc).

We're back at the luxurious SpringHill Suites for our Spring '18 Tournament Edition Expo, and will be located directly across from the Spectrum Arena, home of the Charlotte Hornets.

Prepare to enjoy an amazing selection of vendors dedicated to naturalistas and natural enthusiats, interactive demonstrations, a vibrant panel, and a beautiful setting with a glass enclosed patio overlooking uptown Charlotte.

Event Recap '17

Check out some of the video's, photos, and reviews of the 2017 Carolina Curly Natural Expo!  Thank you to all of the attendees, sponsors, vendors, guest panelists, show staff, bloggers, media personalities, etc.  We can't wait to see you next year!!!

xoxo - Elle Johnson, Founder

Ratings and Reviews

I had an awesome time!!!! Thanks for having me LaVonndra Johnson! Being new to the city - it was great to be a part of such an awesome event!!!!   A great event! A mix of fun, business, community and culture! You were professional and personable - I enjoyed meeting you.– Dr Sharon

This was truly the best event ever! LaVonndra Johnson thank you for showing out yesterday! Carolina Curly Natural Expo was epic! You did that! Thanks for allowing me to share my products to so many people! It was very successful!  It was amazing!!!! – Jacm

As a vendor at your event it was AMAZING! Hands down the largest and most successful event for me in over a year of vending! Please keep me updated on future events! Congratulations on getting thru your 1st Natural Hair Expo! – Shanna Simpson

Awesome event! Best I've ever vended. Keep doing your thing girl – Tanisha Roberts

It's refreshing to see a professional, well planned and well put together event for us by us!!  - Donna Ray

It was an amazing event....well organized and professional!! I really appreciated how you took time to interact with each of the vendors throughout the day. – Veronica Deese

It was an EXCELLENT event!!!! – Ashley Cobb

On behalf of the MEN who were definitely outnumbered LOL, I really appreciate being exposed to so much positivity... being on a panel with awesome brothers who have a lot going on, entrepreneurs, etc! I was amazed at the women who were empowering other women... The ENTIRE EVENT from a young black male entrepreneur's perspective was totally REFRESHING! PHENOMENAL JOB!! – Joshua Williams

It was such a beautiful and memorable experience. I was so honored to be able to be a voice on the behalf of the men. The amount of BLACK love and support at the Carolina Curly Expo was phenomenal! – D Black Ken

Yo, that expo was stupid, funky, ill, wild, dope, and ALL that other good flyness!!!!  - Shawn Allison
What an amazing event. It was great to feel and see all the empowerment in the room. Thank you for continuing to bring quality, positive, unique events to the city that highlight so many diverse entrepreneurs. – Deangelo Crane

It was amazing. Thank you so much for such an organized and edifying event. – Shanae Levine

Give it up for the gift bags! THE BEST I have ever seen!!!  - Tamara Davis Jack

We had an amazing time at the event. We are excited about next year's. – Rashea Baker 

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