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Marilyn Wade, owner of The Natural Me, styles Renee Thomas’ hair during Saturday’s Armed Forces Natural Hair and Health Expo at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

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The Armed Forces Natural Hair and Health Expo drew a big crowd Saturday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

Now in its third year, the event is organized each year to promote awareness of natural hair and a healthy lifestyle, said event organizer Luvina Sabree.

“Today, more and more African-American women and women of mixed race want to return to their natural hair,” Sabree said. “We host this event to provide them with information on how to do that.”

This year’s event featured more than 40 vendors selling natural hair products and accessories. It also featured several workshops, with topics ranging from the basics of natural hair care to a talk on healthy eating and the dangers of MSG.

The expo also featured entertainment, musical performances and healthy food from So Natural Organic Restaurant and Market in Harker Heights.

“It’s an educational event,” Sabree said.

The expo, which drew nearly 1,000 participants in past years, stemmed from a natural hair group that Sabree was a member of.

“We really wanted to share (the issue) with the community,” she said.

Sabree said that as more and more African-American women are deciding to go back to their natural hair, many major hair care companies are starting to cater to a growing market.

“Now that more women are choosing to wear their hair natural, those companies are looking to make products for them,” Sabree said.

“We are seeing more and more products from these companies.”

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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Jaime Villanueva

Marilyn Wade, owner of The Natural Me, styles Renee Thomas’ hair during Saturday’s Armed Forces Natural Hair and Health Expo at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

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