Actress Keisha Knight Pulliam and best-selling author Nikki Walton, a.k.a. Curly Nikki, were in Atlanta celebrating natural hair and “curl power” as Dark and Lovely unveiled its new Au Naturale Line.
The event included 300 of Atlanta’s so-called curly girls who sampled hors d’oeuvres, sipped signature Bombay Sapphire cocktails and danced the night away at the celebration. Attendees also received curl consultations from the SoftSheen-Carson Style Squad at the curl stations and shared their curl stories throughout the night.
Pulliam, best known for her role as Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” said it was a pleasure to host the event in Atlanta because of everything it represented.
“The message behind Curl Power directly relates to the empowerment, self-esteem, and celebration of diversity I teach my girls at Kamp Kizzy,” Pulliam said.
Kamp Kizzy is the actress’s Atlanta nonprofit organization. The camp’s stated goal is to bring girls together between the ages of 11-16 from all socioeconomic backgrounds to learn from each other through a variety of workshops that include performing arts, sensitivity and cultural diversity training, team building exercises, creative writing, etiquette and public speaking.
Atlanta notables Egypt Sherrod, Chanita Foster, Monyetta Shaw, Sister 2 Sister Editor in Chief, Jamie Foster Brown and Celebrity Stylist Olori Swank were in attendance to show support.
Throughout the evening, Dark and Lovely showcased live hair demos, product giveaways, as well hosted an Instagram contest where guests were invited to upload their photos using the hashtag #wearedarkandlovely and share their experience with Au Naturale.