by Sarah Gianni ’18
Embracing your unique, natural beauty was the theme of the 2018 Providence College Naturalista Expo. The event was held on Wednesday, April 18, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Moore Hall 125, and sponsored by Women Will. A variety of PC organizations cosponsored the event, including Brotherhood, Motherland, Simply Healthy, Afro-Am, Black Studies, Women’s Studies, and ISO. The expo showcased different vendors from around the Providence and Boston areas, who all promote natural hair and body products for individuals of all cultures.
Attendees had the opportunity to browse the different tables set up around the perimeter of the room, test various products, and mingle and enjoy food and desserts. “This is the third annual Naturalista Expo and so far we have consistently had a great turnout,” said Mackenzie Williams ’17G. “I’m most excited to browse through the different head wraps that are being sold, because there a ton of different styles here at the Rooted Wraps table.” Some of the vendors at the expo included Sukhy’s Threading, Mixx Hair Bar, L&J Barbershop, and Rooted Wraps (to name a few). Those interested had the opportunity to enjoy a fresh eyebrow threading or line up haircut from the representatives at Sukhy’s threading and L&J Barbershop. Emily Espinal ’19 said that her favorite part of the expo has always been the variety of natural skin and hair care products. “I started my natural hair journey during my freshman year, and I’m always looking for new products I can use to style it naturally,” she said.
“I’ve enjoyed coming to the expo the past few years because there are a range of brands that are all focused on natural style.” The Naturalista Expo was powerful in its ability to provide a space for PC students and community members to embrace and celebrate natural beauty regardless of culture, race, or gender.