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On a brisk afternoon, nearly 40 guests attended The Natural Hair Style Clinic hosted by The Kitchen Salon. The classroom set up quickly filled and chairs were added to accommodate the guests.

Each person was supplied with a comb, a moisturizing pomade, hair pins, elastic bands and a style sheet. “The purpose of this workshop is to encourage people to play in their hair.” stated Megan ‘Yasu’  Davis, founder of The Kitchen Salon. “Many who are natural are just afraid to touch their hair or let someone else touch it”.

When asked if The Kitchen Salon had a physical location, she replied, “This is The Kitchen Salon” in reference to French Literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, the salon was often a gathering of like-minded people with an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase their knowledge of the participants through conversation. (Wikipedia)

A worksheet was handed out with 6 styles to try. Mrs. Davis demonstrated how to create each of the style or techniques on her daughters’ hair. Originally, she had a mannequin, but when her daughters wanted to help, she decided to use their hair as models.

The first style was a simple bun created on her daughter’s 4 year old locs. The results were applause. The remaining style techniques were the flat twists, Bantu Knots, Two strand twists,the basketweave,  the Pompadour and The French Roll.  Several variations were offered to suit various lengths and textures  of natural hair.

The workshop was closed with thanksgiving from those who attended. Many had lots of questions about their own hair and didn’t have a resource to tap into outside of  Pictures in Ads or Magazines, Youtube Videos  and Websites. This workshop brought  those entities to life in one room.

The Kitchen Salon was founded on the principals of  Kwanzaa: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics,  Purpose, Creativity,  and Faith. Providing education, inspiration and empowerment through Workshops, Meetups, Literature, and The Northwest Ohio Natural Hair & Beauty Expo are all a part of the overall vision Mrs. Davis has for The Kitchen Salon.

To participate in future workshops, The Kitchen Salon invites stylists, hair models (for on site demonstrations), medical & health care professionals, authors, artists and presenters to share their knowledge and expertise. Email Megan at for more information.

If you missed this workshop, there are more to follow this Spring. The Kitchen Salon’s Spring Meetup is A Curl’s Night Out on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Ruby’s Kitchen (Toledo).

Other FREE Workshops include:

Braids, Beads and Beyond for Kids an interactive Workshop for Curly Kids on March 24, 2012 from 10:00am -12:00pm at The Kent Branch Library.

MixMaster’s Fro-Cycle Class, learning how recycle household goods into hair products, and accessories. This class will take place Monday, April 2, 2012 at The Mott Branch Library from 6:00-8:00pm.

Hair Locking Basics & Style Class. A 2 part workshop consisting of Information about Locs/Dreads, followed by a hands on tutorial for loc styling. April 30, 2012 at the Mott Branch Library from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

For more information about The Kitchen Salon events please  send your email to