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CurlFest 2017

Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, July 18 2017 06:03AM

Summer is not summer without attending CurlFest in Prospect Park here in Brooklyn, NY. This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to take the day off with my sis and go. I was dressed and pumped ready to go and see all the amazing vendors, beauty influencesors and of course to buy some amazing products. FYI, I had a mental list in my head of what I needed too.

Me and my sister was running a bit late because she had to beat my face to the gods and then finding a parking spot on Eastern Parkway is always an adventure. So by the time we trek our way through Prospect Park to where CurlFest was it was already after 12:30. We walk actually past the registration line by accident because they set up the tents differently this year and when I say the line was lonnnnnnnnnnnggggggg for general admission to get the general admission gift bags.We said nah and headed right into CurlFest.
Can we say vendors galore. Palmers, Eden BodyWorks, Mielle Organics, Madam CJ Walker, LottaBody and those are the ones I stopped at where the lines were reasonable. The others were Iman, Shea Moisture, Crème of Nature, Curl Keeper, Design Essentials, Jane Carter Solutions, Jamaican Black Caster and Nyako. No two booths were alike. All booths were giving out samples plus many more giving out ice pops, water, lemonade, and etc to keep us all cool. Many were holding demonstrations of using the actual products on someone’s hair. I really wanted to stop at Crème of Nature but they were the one with the longest line but the samples they were giving away was ridiculous. Full size I believe. Nevertheless, I was able to purchase my go-to products that I needed to wash my hair when I got home. Winning.
After stopping at some of the booths we visited the Marketplace Vendors. I always love stopping by them and seeing what’s unique to purchase. Being a creator myself, it’s kind of hard for me to buy but I’m always on the lookout for something unique. My sister wanted a head wrap particularly a black one for work. Luckily, we got to Fanm Djanm early and she still had some available. Thank god. And she’s such a sweet heart too. She was on hand if anyone need help wrapping their wrap. We stopped at another vendor that was selling unique afrocentric earrings for $5 and $10. My sister got a wicker material pair and a hamsa pair to match her new tattoo. There was a couple vendors selling t-shirts, sunglasses, face painting, unique dresses and tops, henna. I’m a little sad that I didn’t get my henna again for the second year in the row but I guess there is always next year. Oh and even Spike Lee had a booth there selling and autographing his t-shirts. Super cool. Managed to snap a picture to show my dad.

Food…. Can I say it was hooootttt. Lord, you would think with the rain the day before it would have been comfortable. Nope. Hot. We checked out each truck and settled on the Jerk truck. We didn’t want to wait for the Jerk Chicken to be done so we the Cilantro Lime Brisket. OMG!!!! It was so good. I wish we would of got a photo but we were too hot and hungry to think about that. At that point my sister’s coworker finally got there and we wrapped up eating and then walked around. By this time the crowd had grown from the hundreds to the thousands. I swear we were standing on a hill and you could look down into CurlFest and all you saw was people. It’s a beautiful site to see. Women of all ages, skin types and curl textures. We hit the stage area to see what they dj was playing. After being in the crowd for a bit we went around again to the vendors to see what my sister’s coworker wanted to get. After that we decided we had enough and it was time for a real lunch. We then started our walk out of Prospect Park but along the way we had to do a lil’ photo shoot because we couldn’t end CurlFest without one.

So in closing, I totally enjoyed my second year of CurlFest. All the vendors and marketplace was amazing, the dj was pumping, the food vendors was amazing but the best part was seeing everyone with their natural hair. All the textures, styles, the fashion even the little kids. Too cute. If CurlFest didn’t reach a million people this year they were close to it and it will definitely reach it next year. Amazing job to the CurlyGirlCollective. See you next year.

Totally forgot to share the samples that I was able to snag from some of the vendors.As you can see I already started to use two. It isn't as nearly as big as the stuff I got last year but it's still a good haul of stuff.I'll let you know most likely in my future must haves if any make the cut.




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