Black British hair and beauty brands now have a much-needed support and advice network with the official launch of the highly anticipated Afro Hair & Beauty Association (AHBA) last month (15 February 2018) at the Jamaican High Commission in Kensington, London.
The AHBA, which was founded in late 2017, is the first UK organisation tasked with representing Black British hair and beauty brands to the world. AHBA brings together an already established network to facilitate support and developmental structure for the benefit of members of the association as well as the wider community.
Opening the event was Afro hair and beauty legend Award-winning management consultant in International Trade, Mr Rudi Page, ex international marketing manager for the legendary Dyke & Dryden and the man who first coined the term Afro hair and beauty back in the 1980s.
Guests were delighted to hear about the 100-year vision of the AHBA and meet the members of the new board, who are tasked with bringing a new spark of energy and excitement into the industry.
Five lucky independent brands were given the opportunity to pitch their products to a Dragon’s Den style panel, with the delighted winner Mammie Ndoko of brand, Mama-Sia, receiving a AHBA Excellence Award and who was visibly overwhelmed with emotion at the recognition of her years of hard work and the excellent products she and her team create.
The evening provided unparalleled access to a powerful network of veterans and rising stars of the black cosmetics industry in the UK. It was a monumental event that will influence aspiring brands and set a blueprint for aspiration and collaboration which will continue to inspire emerging UK hair and beauty.