For the fourth consecutive year, hundreds of women (and men, but mostly women) gathered to attend Curlfest in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park this past Saturday. It was hot in the way summer in New York City typically is, and so were the ladies who showed out in braided updos, kinky curly styles, brightly colored locs, and practically every other hairstyle under the sun. Because black hair is nothing if not versatile.
Curlfest is more than your average festival. Sure, there’s music you can dance to, booths to pick up products from, large Jenga games to stress over, and lots of spots for the ideal Insta. More than any of that, though, Curlfest is a place where natural hair is viewed as the norm; in fact, it is a place where it can be celebrated. It’s a reminder that black hair truly is magic and has been all along.
Ahead, see some of our favorite hair looks from the day.