This year I had the pleasure of attending CurlFest for the second year in a row, and boy what a difference a year makes! Both the crowd and 'fros doubled in size along with the warmth and camaraderie between curly girls (and guys) of all walks of life. The Nethermead in Prospect Park was chock full of beauties and beaus all there to celebrate hair, beauty, and the culture that naysayers thought would only be a trend.
If there's one thing that didn't change from last year, it was the heat. Mr. Sun came out to play all day...I'm guessing he knew there were photo ops to be had. This year I wore a linen off-the-shoulder top from Zara along with a pair of yellow and blue floral H&M shorts for a pop of color on this summery day. Sticking to my usual routine, I wore barely-there make up and let Marc Jacob's creme lipstick in Blow upgrade my look with minimal effort.
Haircare brands like Shea Moisture, Eden Body Works, and Tropic Isle Living and vendors such as The Wrap Life had products available for purchase and, if you were one of the lucky ones, free samples to snag. Like last year, early arrivals were treated to swag bags containing full-sized products including a Shea Moisture deep conditioner and Miss Jessie's Transitioner's Magic. For those of you hoping to attend next year, get there earlier than the early arrivals; that free swag bag line was no joke.
Aside from my gnarly nose tan (that's what I get for wearing sunglasses all day), my experience at CurlFest was second-to-none and I'm so happy I got to meet curlies old and new. Thanks to everyone for all the good vibes and kind words. Let's continue to spread the love from CurlFest throughout the rest of our days.