Four Matriarchs of Natural Hair Care & Consciousness @ Happily Natural Day

Malaika Tamu Cooper of The Baltimore Natural Haircare Expo




Malaika – Tamu Cooper is the owner operator of Dreadz N` Headz natural hair care center located in Baltimore Maryland. She was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland where she the pioneer of natural hair care affectionately known as the “Loc Mama”. For she has taught and empowered several women to open there own salons. She is the National Golden scissors award winner for natural hair care stylist of the year in years 2002, 2003, and 2004. Malaika’s is the founder of the Baltimore Natural Hair Care Holistic Beauty and Wearable Art tradeshow and expose as well as Baltimore Happy Nappy day event coordinator. Her ongoing involvement in International educational sessions, as well as fashion shows, and editorial hairstyling keeps her an in-demand stylist and instructor. Malaika is dedicated to the evolution of the craft of natural hair care. She feels it is her ministry. She is consistently requested and recognized by the host of Radio one broadcasting institute in Maryland as one of the highest volume vendors and speakers. She has lectured many times at one of Maryland’s largest African American expositions of local merchants called “The Peoples Expo.” She is constantly called up to be the key note speaker for empowering women’s conferences across the country. Her clientele includes Arista’s recording artist Wyclef Jean, local artist, congressmen and city council executives. She has also reached judge status and has judges 90% of the natural hair care events across the country. She has traveled nationally and internationally to locations including Europe, Africa and the ! Caribbean spreading her knowledge of natural hair care and empowering self. She is dedicated to learning and teaching innovative techniques for natural hair care. Her guide to Hair Locking 101 will be published June 2007. Malaika has over 16 years of professional natural hair care consistent experience. She has developed several natural hair care techniques to help sistah’s and brotha’s nurture and restore their hair to its natural state. She has even held workshops called Hair locking 101 as well as Caring for your natural hair and Wash and Wear Hair. She has a clientele base of over 4000 loyal people. And is steadily growing every day…

Presentation Topic: Locktology 101 -The Art of Hair Locking



Mama Akosua of the International Locks Conference


Dr. Akosua Ali-Sabree, affectionately called Mama Akosua is the director of the Amadi Wellness Connection (AWC)www.bewellrelax.org and founder of the Amadi Universal Light Mission (AULM). Mama Akosua is also a talk radio host on the Harambee Radio Network www.harambeeradio.com and program director of the Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo www.locksconference.com. Dr. Ali-Sabree has been a wholistic health and wellness practitioner for over 38 years. She revels in her capacities as wife, mother, active grandmother, CEO, mentor, professional registered nurse, certified clinical wholistic hypnocounsellor, wellness coach, NLPt master practitioner, stress management trainer, registered behavior therapist, network marketing trainer, Naturopath student, intuitive writer, published author, urban generalist, and an ordained minister with a doctorate in divinity. She is known for the calming and powerful way she uses everyday conversation to provide spiritual and transformational counselling.  Mama Akosua is also the co-founder of Ujima Press Real Communication www.UjimaPressRC.org. Her published works include We Surrender: A Collection of Inspirational Poems & Lyrical Verse, Hair Piecez: The Anthology, and soon to be released: Emancipating Your Spirit: A Conscious Guidebook: Affirmations, Meditation, Liberty & Other Soulful Reflections

Presentation Topic: Protecting Our Heritage w/ Sakinah Sabree



Sakinah Sabree of the International Locks Conference


Sakinah Ali-Sabree, a guidance counselor, life skills counselor, behavior therapist, radio show host and producer, and dancer, is the executive director of Sankofa Consulting Group {SCG}. She is also a talk radio host on the Harambee Radio Network and operations manager of the Annual International Locks Conference:  In collaboration with her mother, Sakinah Ali-Sabree published her first book entitled We Surrender: A Collection of Inspirational Poems and Lyrical Verse. Above and beyond her counselling and writing, Sakinah Ali-Sabree’s live performances are filled with soothing rhythms and punctuated with exciting and thought provoking rhymes.

Presentation Topic: Protecting Our Heritage w/ Mama Akosua Sabree

Renee Prophet of Naturalcentric Hair Salon

Renee Prophet is the owner of Naturalcentric and is a licensed barber with eight years of professional experience. Her clients have been featured in Braid World International, and Braids Porfolio Invitational. Naturalcentric clients know the power of the words we choose to describe our hair, so we speak about our hair in uplifting ways. We prefer to call our hair kinky or tightly curled instead of “nappy” and locs or african locs, instead of “dreadlocs”. One of her most important goals is to demonstrate to each client through their own hair how beautiful black is. With this concept, she honors our ancestry and pay homage to our Creator through hairstyles that keep the original texture in tact. She believes in nature’s perfect spiral seen in strands of DNA, the rotation of the earth, and in tightly curled hair. She also believes in the concept that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made, so we don’t need to put chemicals or extensions in our hair to make it look good

 Presentation Topic: Going Natural: Locking Hair; Unlocking Culture



Happily Natural Day is grassroots festival dedicated to holistic health, cultural awareness and social change. The festival promotes pride in being of African descent because for over 400 years Africans all over the globe were taught by the western educational system that African people were savages. Happily Natural Day has now reached it’s 7th consecutive year in Richmond Virginia – the former capital of the confederacy. Join us on Saturday August 29th at 2022 Sledd Street Richmond VA 23220 from 11am to 8pm for food, live music, an African vendor marketplace, workshops and children’s activities all dedicated to instilling pride in people of African descent. Feature presentations include Malaika Tamu Cooper of the Baltimore Natural Haircare Expo, Akosua and Sakinah Sabree of the International Locks Conference, Queen Quet – official spokesperson of the Gullah/Geechie Nation, Dr. Uhuru Hotep; author of 72 Concepts to Liberate the African Mind, Renee Prophet; owner of Naturalcentric Hair Salon; Kalonji Changa; of FTP Movement and many, many more. This event is free to the public.

Come out to Happily Natural Day on August 29th in Richmond VA and get the cure for your creamy crack addiction!!

For more information on vendor opportunities, performing and sponsorship; visit the official Happily Natural Day website http://happilynaturalday.com or call 804-306-3256.


Stay blessed,
Happily Natural

The black community needs events like Happily Natural Day because contrary to popular belief; slavery, racism, white supremacy, oppression, prejudice, discrimination, poverty, crime – all have had traumatizing effects on the black community.Happily Natural Day – PO BOX 25694 RICHMOND VA 23260


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  1. Connie

    This was a really great read, I am very glad I came across your site.

  2. Please take a moment to check out my documentary film BLACK HAIR

    It is free at youtube. 6 parts including an update from London, England.

    It explores the Korean Take-over of the Black Beauty Supply and Hair biz..

    The current situation makes it hard to believe that Madame C.J. Walker once ran the whole thing.

    I am not a hater, I am a motivator.

    Plus I am a White guy who stumbled upon this, and felt it was so wrong I had to make a film about it.

    self-funded film, made from the heart.

    Can it be taken back?


  3. Hey, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you! Thank you for your info.
    And this is Hair Care site/blog. It pretty much covers Hair Care related stuff.

  4. Lorena

    Natural black hair care is not impossible.

    Using a good shampoo, conditioner, intensive conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and a good quality hair dressing wil give black women beautiful hair. Styles such as twists, braids (with or without extensions), dreads/locks, and Afros, can be accomplished to take care of natural hair.

    A good diet of nutrition would help as well.

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