CurlFest 2018 Celebrates the Beauty of Natural Hair

There is something special about surrounding yourself with women (and men) who unapologetically embrace and rock their natural strands. CurlFest has given us the sanctuary we never knew we needed, and the annual festival seems to only be getting bigger and better each year. Created by the Curly Girl Collective, the festival this year hosted more than 20,000 women and men.The mecca of all natural hair festivals which took place in Prospect Park in  Brooklyn, NY aims to celebrate natural hair through music, good vibes, positive energy, shopping, food and more .

CurlFest enables attendees to embrace their individuality resulting in a showcase of some of the most killer afros, twist-outs, curls (and beards) you have ever seen. Whether it was huge fros adorned by golden crowns or vibrant hair colors accompanied by flowers and butterflies, the looks were nothing short of breathtaking.

CROWNED IN HER GLORY

We could not get over the gorgeous crowns created by Blooms by Bee (@blooms.by.bee) founder Sherri B. The perfect accessory for a sunkissed queen.

Queen @ashalena rocking her @blooms.by.bee Crown.

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TRIBAL FACE ART

Face art was a major key at CurlFest. The tribal designs and explosive colors tied in well with the positive energy of the festival.

TRIBE VIBES

Curlfriends galore flocked to the festival to hang out, catch up, meet and greet with their fave beauty gurus and let loose.

FLOWER POWER

You can definitely say we were obsessed with the use of nature and flowers as accessories this year at CurlFest. These ladies got the memo and killed it giving us flower child mixed with carefree black girl vibes.

“Bloom where you are planted. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” _____ _____ “@moshoodat always wanted to be able to create something dope that’s celebrates women of color in a colorful way! Never did she think it would become this big or that it would become a movement! Thank you so much @thecurlygirlcollective for allowing us to bring our images to life and manifest our definition of black girl magic!” @moshoodat _____ _____ Model: @nestreya Makeup Artist: @moshoodat Body Paint Artist: @moshoodat Photographer: @islandboiphotography Management: @aceofshadesglobal _______________________________ Products used ____ ____ Body paint: @tagbodyartofficial Flowers: @michaelsstores Highlighter: @danessa_myricks enlightenment angel wings

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DRIPPED IN GOLD

A+ for accessorizing. This group is glowing, and the gold accents are complimenting each one of them flawlessly.

ART STYLE

Beautiful artwork was on display by vendors capturing the essence of the festival and the curly queens.

PRINTS & DOPE WRAPS

Can we take a moment to fully absorb all this magic in one picture? The festival was flooded with crazy prints and fabrics that captivated every photo. And you know we love a good head wrap!

RETURN OF THE FANNY PACK

What a curly cutie.The fanny pack is an essential for any festival look.

Last year at the @tropicisleliving Curl Fest Dinner, CEO Louis Reid-Hines dropped gems, comforted our souls and then blessed 25 influencers with a trip to our home…JAMAICA! ????? • I’ve been waiting for the weekend for an entire year and it’s finally HERE! Not only am I excited to have been invited on this #ItStartsWithUsRetreat but I am also honored to help play host as the resident influencer ?? Starting tomorrow some of your favorite bloggers, influencers and youtubers will be touching down here in Jamaica for this retreat so I suggest you go follow the @tropicisleliving page to see who’s coming (leave a comment below & tell me who you’re most excited to see) ??? Stay tuned for some DOPE content over the next few days & maybe even a GIVEAWAY ? • BTW I’m giving my color coordinated IG feed a break so I can post freely while here in Jamaica (hope you don’t mind) ? • ? @vintframes ? @topshop ? @topshop ? @kolinmendez ➰ @carolsdaughter CocoCreme Butter + @tropicisleliving Leave-In and Jamaican Black Castor Oil ? passed down from @manny_duhaney Grandma • • • • #StylishLee #kolinmendezphotography #topshopstyle #TopshopTopmanMiami #curlfest2018 #curlygirlcollective #f21xme #weareforever

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TWIST OUT POPPINGTON

Embracing everything about the festival is an understatement for this queen. She even managed to make the rain look inviting. We stan for an improviser! Loving the chunky twist out paired with the wired earring too.

As you can see, this year’s CurlFest was a true celebration of beauty, style, culture and embracing our natural selves. The Curly Girl Collective outdid themselves another year in a row and we certainly look forward to attending next year.

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