If you’re a natural in NYC, the summer event we’ve been waiting for, CURLFEST is this weekend! For those of you that don’t know, Curly Girl Collective‘s CURLFEST is an annual Natural Beauty Festival. Last year was my second time attending CURLFEST and there were more than 10,000 men, women and children in attendance! If you’re thinking about attending CURLFEST for the first time this weekend or in the years to come, here are some tips for having a great experience.
Attending CURLFEST is FREE, but Get there EARLY
Attending CURLFEST is 100% FREE for all, but in order to participate in the activities, you need to buy tickets. If you’re a known product junkie, early bird, silver, gold and general admission tickets go on sale that includes a gift bag with an official CURLFEST tote and products from sponsors. If you miss out on swag bags, vendors often give away free samples or discounts on some of your favorite natural hair products.
Come With Friends and Family
With the sun shining, music blasting, and display of black excellence on every side, attending CURLFEST is better with friends. Get the blanket, snacks and be prepared to have a good time.
Rock Your Natural Hair Proudly
Attending CURLFEST is the ultimate celebration of black men and women of all shades and sizes embracing their natural hair. Come out rocking your best kinks, coils, locs, curls, braids and fro! You’re bound to capture some hair inspiration just walking through the crowd.
Come Ready to Spend Money
Not only does attending CURLFEST provide hair and style inspiration for men and women, there are opportunities to support the cause and shop new and established Black-Owned Businesses. Vendors sell products within the natural hair, beauty, food, fashion, and jewelry businesses.
Be Prepared for the Large Crowds
If you’re attending CURLFEST for the first time with friends or children be prepared for large crowds. It may be a bit overwhelming for some so make sure to have meeting places in case someone gets lost or if it is too much going on.
Stay Hydrated & Wear Sunscreen
CURLFEST takes place in an open field with large crowds and lots of action. There will be times of waiting in long lines, searching for friends, dancing, and lots of energy so take breaks when necessary. If you do bring [alcoholic] drinks to the party, make sure to have enough water to keep yourself hydrated.
Even if you bring an umbrella shade, it is important to still wear sunscreen. Make sure to apply and reapply throughout the day to prevent sunburn.
Have you been to CURLFEST?