Photopost: Inaugural Good Afro Salon Awards #GASA


GASAYesterday the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London was definitely the place to be as the best of best; weave, chemical straightening, natural and locs, colour, braids, cut and style and mobile hair professionals were all in the one place.

Alex and Leillah No ScrunchieAlex and Leillah founded No Scrunchie which they describe as the Trip Advisor of Afro Hair Salons, after Leillah repeatedly found herself encountering bad technical and customer service in Afro Salons.  Have a look at the site here.  Convinced that were good salons out there, but that she just did not know where to find them,  Alex and Leillah decided to give the power back to consumer by creating a salon review website.  Salons from across the globe are listed on the site and 90% of the reviews are positive.

Leillah No Scrunchie

Twelve months of hard work almost to the day culminated in an elegant award ceremony, with MC extraordinaire Nat Clue at the helm.

MC Natalie GASAI took a few pictures…

GASA wine GASA Wine (3) GASA wine (2)

The wine was flowing…

GASA nibbles  The nibbles were delicous …

GASA Cupcakes (2)

and the decorations were elegant…

Poinsetta at GASA

and the goody bags were heavy!

Goody Bags


There were twenty four nominees for eight awards.

Best Chemical Straightener

Selina Davis GASA

The award was presented by Selina Davis CEO of

Award Winner Zu Zo with Leillah

The winner was Ziuzo Hair, Beauty and Fitness pictured here with Leillah from No

Best Braid/Plait/Twist

Penny and Nat GASA

The award was presented by Penny McDonald, journalist



The winner was Natural Glow, Marlene from the salon came to the ceremony with her 12 week old bundle of joy who was very cute and very well behaved.

Best Cut and Style

Leillah with Charmain and Rose from Milani

The award was presented by Rose Sterling from MizanI who looks after London and South East (seen here in the leopard print dress with Charmaine from Mizani (Orange dress) and Leillah (No Scrunchie)

Award Winner Hiikus (2)

And the winner was Hiikus Hair Salon in Camberwell

Best Colour Professional

Jenny and Nat GASA

The award was presented by Jenny Steele from the Lioness Network whose hair is a gorgeous plum colour.

Lewisham Massive Zu Zo and Jenny

Ziu Zo hair and fitness received their second award of the night. (Lewisham Massive!)

Best Weave Technician

Dionne Smith GASA

The award was presented by Dionne Smith hair guru

Award Winner Hiikus with Dionne and Natand a second trophy to Hiikus hair which Chris dedicated to his wife.

Best Natural Hair/Loc Professional

Wunmi and Nat GASA

Presneted by natural hair vlogger Wunmi from

Alex and Wunmi GASAThe winner was Mahogany Hair Spa, who were not able to attend so No Scrunchie Co-Founder Alex collected the award on their behalf.

Best Mobile / Freelance Hairstylist

Trina and Nat

The award was presented by Trina Emmanuel from to Supreme Touch who were not able to attend the ceremony

Best Customer Service

Nat and Leillah GASA

This award is arguably the most important of the night, was presented by Leillah from No Scrunchie

Award Winner Tip Top Salon

To the Tip Top Hair Salon in Hanwell


Dionne Smith is the UK brand ambassador for Curlformers and gave a demonstration of what they are and how they can work on all textures of hair including natural, chemically straightened hair and locs.

Dionne Smith Demonstrates Curlformers GASA (4)

The Curlformer hook is used to thread the hair through the Curlformer  demonstrated on model Daisy

Nelo in Curlformers at GASA

A completed head of curlformers

Dionne Smith Demonstrates Curlformers GASA (6)

Removal is easy and pain free

Dionne Smith Demonstrates Curlformers GASA (7)

Dionne Smith Demonstrates Curlformers GASA (8)

The final look on natural hair modelled by the gorgeous Nelo




Leillah with Curlformers Models

Leillah with Curlformer models Daisy and Nelo

Jenny, Chris, Leillah, and Trina

Jenny, Chris, Leillah and Trina

Hiikus Hair

Hiikus Hair (2)

Double award winning team Hiikus

Errol Dougland and Chris from Hiikus

Hair Guru Errol Douglas with double award winner Chris from Hiikus

Gorgeous Ladies (2)

Alex, Ronke, Segun, Wunmi and friend and Natalie

Founders of No Scrunchie Leillah and Alex with NatTeam No Scrunchie share a joke

Errol Douglas in conversation with Selina DavisSelina Davis and Errol Douglas

Daisy, Penny and Leillah GASA

Daisy Penny and Leillah

Daisy and NatDaisy and Natalie

Award Winners Tip Top Salon

Tip Top Salon who created Leillah’s hair and lashes for the event

Tip Top Salon (3)

Award Winner Tip Top Salon

Very proud winners

Award Winner Zu Zo

Double Award winning Ziu Zo Hair, Beauty and Fitness

Networking (2)

Jenny networking

Prepping Dionne Smith at GASA

Dionne being prepped for her live demo

Trina and Chris GASA

Chris and Trina

Segun and Ronke

Segun and Ronke

Wunmi woman in the jungle in conversation

Wunmi and friend

Purley Natural and Leillah

Purely Natural and No Scrunchie

Strike a pose GASA

Strike a pose!




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