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Natural hair movement growing in SA

Organisers of the Cape Town Natural Hair Fest can attest to this, with many proudly letting their hair down or up.

Festival-goers at the second annual Cape Town Natural Hair Festival on 17 December 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The natural hair movement in South Africa is growing.

Organisers of the Cape Town Natural Hair Festival can attest to this, with many proudly letting their hair down or up at the weekend.

A warehouse in Paarden Eiland was bursting at the seams as hundreds of people wanted to be part of the second annual festival on Sunday.

A variety of stalls showcased locally made hair, beauty and clothing items.

Eyewitness News asked a few people what being a "naturalista" - that is someone who doesn't chemically treat their hair to alter the root - means to them.

“I think it’s about embracing yourself. To be natural, I think it means to be content with who you are.”

Another festival-goer adds: “It’s about learning to love myself.”

One of the organisers, Eleanor Barkes, says that this event was created to address the needs of the natural hair community in Cape Town.

“We wanted to create a platform where they could embrace being themselves.”

Barkes says that at the rate the event is growing, they may need to start searching for bigger venues.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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