Sunday, October 11, More than hair, more than beauty, more than a festival: Curl Fete is a movement! We started this movement in to celebrate natural hair and to destroy the negative stereotypes that tend to be associated with with kinky, curly and coily hair textures. We felt that it was time that non-mainstream beauty was recognised in all its glory in Guyana so we recruited like-minded individuals to spread our messages of love, positivity and self-confidence.
The result? The bold, unapologetic declaration that I am my hair, I am my skin, I am my nose, I am my body, I am everything that I was taught to be ashamed of! I am me and I love me! In we re-branded from Curl Fest Guyana to Curl Fete and added more of a West Indian vibe to our festival with steelpan, tropical fruits, cultural performances and the sass you can expect from Caribbean girls. Curl Fete grew into a dynamic Guyanese brand, as more entrepreneurs and corporate sponsors came on board having recognised our important role in the community.
Toss in some soca, some delicious GT food and beautiful Guyanese girls and we have a full on fete that continues to celebrate and empower our women! The men got involved too by enjoying our first ever Men Den as they admired the confidently beautiful women at the Curl Fete.
And not only that, but also of their entrepreneurial spirit. We came from Royalty. Caribbean Girls Run It In we re-branded from Curl Fest Guyana to Curl Fete and added more of a West Indian vibe to our festival with steelpan, tropical fruits, cultural performances and the sass you can expect from Caribbean girls.
And when I say black girl magic I mean…. I typically do not attend events like this because I hate the heat. For Curl fest I was not going to show up with my perfectly straight hair. Nah son. So me and my Freetress Velma wig rocked out to the island beats from the stage at Prospect Park and felt perfectly happy. This post is more about the attendees though. Here are pretty much all the photos I took from Curl Fest this past weekend. Although I was being lazy and did not really move from my comfy spot on a blanket underneath a tree yall it was HOTI was able to capture some great looks.
Men are doing it and the way they accessorize is amazing! While my laziness took over from physically relocating to shoot, Ill have to tell you that it was WORK literally shooting these from in between people!Join us to discover the best beauty brands in the industry, shop the hottest fashion in the country, and celebrate the undeniable magic of women of color! Does my child need to pay? Do I need a ticket? Guests without tickets will be denied entry.
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Curlfest 2018 Review: Was It Worth It?
Curly Girl Collective Event creator. Events you might like:. Share this event. NovemberThe creators of the world's largest natural beauty fest are Black Girl Magic personified.
You know you are in the presence of Black Girl Magic when every time words are spoken, clusters of gems are dropped and you realize you need a basket to catch them all. That's the experience I had when I interviewed three of the five founders of CurlFest, the world's largest natural beauty festival.
Simone Mair, Tracey Coleman, and Melody Henderson can attest to the fact that the one thing that binds us all together as black women, is our hair. Whether it's kinky, curly, or coily, there is an unspoken connection we have with one another when we're in our natural state. We all have dealt with those difficult wash-and-gos, or the twist outs that didn't work out the way it did for that YouTuber. Most importantly, we also know what it's like to feel the stares, or hear the negative comments in regards to how we choose to wear our crowns.
The founders of CurlFest agreed that there was an undeniable need for a brand that empathized with the experiences of women of color. Melody, who acts as the design guru among the tribe, said, "It was really to fill a need, to fill a void. My background career in marketingmy whole question was always, 'Why aren't we being seen, why aren't we part of the story?
How can we, as women of color, in our natural state, in any capacity, be a part of the story? The brand started with five women seeking to create a space for women of color to talk about their experiences with their hair, as well as others' perceptions. It was a judgment-free zone that they soon realized many other women probably need as well. And as the narrative has changed on what beauty looks like, it's a huge shift from when we started.
You're seeing more women of color and women with natural hair in commercials and in movies and in leading roles and all over the world. That's when the media starts to listen, and we're a part of what's driving that. Tracey and her teammates have made it their mission to develop fun and unique ways to help multicultural women celebrate their natural beauty.
The first CurlFest was launched inand in just four years, this tribe of girl bosses was able to take their at-home business and transform it into a staple event in the natural hair community. The founders of CGC are proof that heavy is the head that wears the crown, even if that crown is a mane full of beautiful curls.
Simone, who is also an award-winning volunteer, told us, "I think sometimes as women of color, we're kind of a double minority here and naturally have more to prove.
Despite these challenges, these queens are thriving honey, and they shared some gems with me that will help you flourish, too. I got to speak with these ladies more about their roots both proverbial and naturalas well as how pursuing your passion can truly liberate you from the daily grind and ultimately allow you to develop a profitable business. Tracey: The growth was interesting Honestly, it's the energy that people feel when they come to CurlFest and that feeling of appreciation and celebration of who they are.
That comes through in what people say about the event to their friends and family, and what they say on social media. One thing that we've learned is that you can market something all day long, but at the end of the day, it really speaks for itself. The fans actually drove the growth, they decided that they were coming back the next year.Clear your calendar - It's going down! Splash Blocks kicks off on April 20th, and you're invited to take part in the festivities.
Splash HQ W 26th St is our meeting spot for a night of fun and excitement. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. This is going to be epic! We've gathered the best names in natural beauty, added dope fashion vendors, and topped it off with some surprises you won't want to miss! Secure your bag and get an Early Bird Ticket! Limited quantities available!
Free general admission RSVPs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting June 16th. Gift bags for general admission will be limited and available while supplies last. We're sure your recipe is amazing, but grilling is not allowed in our area of the park sorry!
Each ticket is only good for single-use. All tickets are non-refundable. Children are welcome! Children under 16 don't require an RSVP. Please be aware that by attending this event, you grant Curly Girl Collective LLC, its Event Sponsors, its Successors, Assigns and Licensees permission to utilize your name, image, likeness, acts, poses, plays, appearance, movements, and statements in any live or recorded audio, video, or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of, or at, the event regardless of whether before, during or after event for any purpose, in any manner, in any medium or context now known or hereafter developed, without further authorization from, or compensation to, you or anyone acting on your behalf.
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Is my ticket transferrable? Can I bring my kids? Sorry, ticket sales have closed.When five friends, who were all at different stages of transitioning from relaxed hair back to their natural texture, started The Curly Girl Collective inno one imagined that the online support group would turn into what it is today: CurlFest, the world's largest natural hair festival held annually in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
Now in its fifth year, the one-day event draws more than 25, people from across the country to celebrate and uplift black beauty. Alongside challenging what "good" hair can look like and empowering women to rediscover what makes them uniquely gorgeous, the festival also creates the stage for them to show off the infinite possibilities of natural hair in the form of dip-dyed afros, box-braid updos, and amazing curls of every kind.
Each year the festival welcomes a multitude of guests from first-time attendees to CurlFest vets. Read on to learn their styling secrets and the Holy Grail hair products they can't live without. Your best hair advice: "Let your hair do its thing. Don't do too much to it and take care of it. It's an extension of you, so nurture it like you would any other part of your body. What brought you to CurlFest? I came because it's the best gathering of black women to be themselves to come and enjoy each other in a positive way.
Your best hair advice: "Finger-detangle. I know that sounds really simple, but I used to use a Denman brush and my curls would be nice, but they wouldn't be as defined. I feel like once I started finger-detangling my hair in the shower, everything has been pretty smooth and it's been way easier to take care of my hair. Norelle and I have been going since she was in my belly.
We go to festivals all the time; it's been something that we love to do together. We're into anything that has nature, music, and black people. I just want to center her around that energy and give her an opportunity to see people that look like her, so she can grow up loving herself. I used to wear a lot of wigs and clip-ins.
Ever since I went natural, I wasn't really confident with my hair. It was short, and I didn't know what to do with it. Now I've got a feel for what to do, and I'm embracing it more.
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I just really think it's beautiful to come out and see other people that look like you, loving their look, and accepting who they are. Describe your beauty look today: "I created this look myself, and to me it says low-maintenance because of the scarf. Your best hair advice: "To absolutely love and embrace your own natural hair. Three beauty products you'd grab before running out of a burning house: "The entire Dr. Miracle collection. Three beauty products you'd grab before running out of a burning house: " Alikay Naturals,Shea Moistureand Deva Curl.
Your best hair advice: "Finding out what kind of curly hair you have and then watching YouTube videos. That was helpful for me and Amira because she has curly hair that has never been straightened. She's able to see a lot of beautiful black women and their hair. Three things you'd grab before running out of a burning house: "My pic, satin pillowcase, and Taliah Waajid Leave-In Conditioner ".
Your best hair advice: "Condition, condition, condition. As natural women, we have to keep our hair conditioned in order to keep that curl shiny and tight.My Life Parade. On Saturday, July 21stan estimated 25, people from all over the world had traveled to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to attend one of the biggest curly hair festivals in the world — CurlFest.
It has always been on my bucket list to attend Curlfest, and this year, I was one of those thousands of people who was in attendance. In the article below, I will give you my review of Curlfest I will talk about what I liked, what I disliked, and if I will be coming back to the festival next year. Curlfest is a curly hair festival that occurs annually in Brooklyn NY. This event is open to anybody who wants to attend. I saw people of all ages, races, genders, hair types, etc at the festival.
There were many different things to do, so it was impossible to get bored. Curlfest had four different types of tickets you can choose from — General Admission, Silver Tickets, Gold Tickets, and Platinum tickets. My original plan was to purchase General admission tickets, however they sold out within minutes. Looking at previous pictures of Curl Fest, I saw that this is the type of event where people either dressed up to a T, or just wore comfy clothings.
I aimed for something in the middle. Yup, very adventurous and risky of me. But it came out alright and I got a LOT of compliments, which really made me happy and, ya know, a bit proud of myself. Then I put it in braids and slept overnight. Then in the morning I used a blowdryer to elongate my hair since the shrinkage was REAL hence the bit of frizz.
But I wore this romper from Showpo along with these really comfortable shoes from Urbanog. I absolutely loved the way it looked. First things first — if you are attending CurlFest in the future and want to make the most of it, arrive early.
Not at 2. Not at 1. But possibly at around In my situation, I got to Prospect Park at around This is when I realized that my phone has very bad connection in Prospect Park, so it was hard to get a hold of my friend.