“EMBRACE WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE EVEN IF IT MAKES OTHERS FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE”
CURLFEST: Curly Girl Collective is one of my top favorite festivals that I look forward to every year! For those of you who are not familiar with it. I’m about to put you on RIGHT NOW! CURLFEST is basically the mecca for afros, twist outs, braid outs, dreads and even beards. For the past four years, thousands of Natural Beauties have flocked to Prospect Park to network, show off their curls and educate on the importance of loving skin you’re in. It has become a celebration of Natural hair but more importantly, black beauty. All the curly head women and men gather together along with the biggest natural hair brands like Shea Moisture, Kinky Curly, Creme of Nature, Camille Rose, etc to embrace each other natural curl. This year Curly Girl Collective added fashion vendors, CURLFEST chats, dance off/ soul train line. There were styling stations/beauty bars where you could get your hair touched up and ask questions to the stylists about specific regimes you should try or styles that fit your face more.
The thing that keeps me going to CURLFEST are the people and the WOKE discussions I
find myself in when I arrive at Prospect Park. The contagious positive energy and compliments are so uplifting. I love having curls that day!! I have always struggled with styling my natural hair. I have such a mixture of textures that by the middle of the day my hair finds its way back in a bun on top of my head. However at CURLFEST, I can totally let my hair down. I embrace each curl for how they fall from my head– I need to take that same energy with me everyday of the year.
I’ve been going to CURLFEST since its genesis and each year it has got bigger and better. I was in awe by the sea of people and I really had to stop and praise God for this amazing experience. I love that natural hair is not just a trend but a conscious movement.
Keeks- “After attending Curlfest last year and just being overwhelmed with the amazing energy that was there, I knew it would be a event I would attend every year. It made me so happy to see so many beautiful black women and men walking around so confident and proud to show of their hair and embrace their culture. You don’t see that on a day to day basis. We needed an event like this to call our own, to celebrate one another for looking the same while simultaneously looking unique and fabulous! Who wouldn’t want to be apart of that?”