CurlFest is the ultimate celebration of natural hair and this year’s event in Brooklyn on Saturday was magical in every way.
Thousands of men and women of color showed up and showed off their locks at the annual day-long festival. The event, which was created by the Curly Girl Collective and first kicked off in 2014, has only grown bigger and more impactful over time. This year it attracted people from everywhere ― even as far as France, Ghana and Brazil ― who came together to display the versatility of and diversity among black hairstyles.
“CurlFest is important because we celebrate ourselves but we also feel empowered by looking around and seeing like-minded people and our love for each other,” Charisse Higgins, one of the founders of the Curly Girl Collective, told HuffPost. “History is being made and we’re changing history, and it needs to continue to happen.”
Higgins says there’s no other word that better describes the event than “magical.” There were more than 30 vendors who represented various black-owned fashion stores, hair-care brands and accessory lines, as well as empowering speeches given by influencers like director Spike Lee and image activist Michaela…