CURLFEST 2016 Highlights

This year’s festival had unprecedented buzz, with guests flying in from as far as Brazil and France to attend! Prospect Park was a sea of diverse beauty where people of every shade, shape and size came together to celebrate what makes us naturally beautiful

Some of the biggest names in beauty supported CURLFEST this year, and they all brought their A-game! With everything from celebrity stylists and influencers, to live demonstrations and amazing giveaways, there were plenty of activities for attendees to enjoy throughout the day. Below are a few snapshots of the activities that made this year’s festival so much fun!

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SheaMoisture curated an amazing Braid Bar with complimentary braided styles by expert stylists, and consultations by Master Stylist Diane C. Bailey. Women lined up all day for a chance to experience Shea Moisture’s products and get their questions answered by experts in attendance.

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The Shea Moisture Body Bar was a hot spot all day as ladies lined up to for relaxing neck and hand massages with their natural oils and lotions (which smell like a little slice of heaven if you’ve never tried them!).

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ORS brought plenty of goodies for both little kids and big ones! The sno-cone station was a huge hit, providing much needed refreshment in the summer sun.

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As a special guest of ORS, Benny Harlem was turning heads the entire day with his eclectic style and amazing head of hair!




Tropic Isle Living returned for a second year with their signature Caribbean Cool Out, complete with tropical beverages, complimentary fans, and brand new products launched exclusively at CURLFEST!


Dove made their CURLFEST debut with an intimate chat with award-winning blogger Jenell Stewart, set in a beautiful garden setting. Ladies discussed why it’s so important to Love Your Hair, and received complimentary Dove samples for attending.




The CURLFEST Picnic Portraits, presented by Ouidad, were a hit as always. Guests lined up all day to have their photo taken on our country swing, with the entire family getting in on the fun!

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The CURLFEST Game Zone, presented by Cantu, kept guests busy with everything from hula hoops and cornhole to this massive Jenga tower! A few lucky game winners walked away with free Cantu products and summer goodies.

To see all of our sponsors in action check out our official CURLFEST recap video below! And be sure to sign up for our mailing list to hear when the RSVP list opens for 2017!




Want in on the CURLFEST RSVP before it actually opens? Grab your crew and SQUAD UP!

EARLY BIRD TICKETS include a separate check-in line, guaranteed giftbag and a 2016 CURLFEST tote bag. (1 package per ticket). Limited quantities available! RSVP at curlfest.splashthat.com

Please Note: CURLFEST is FREE. The early bird ticket is optional. Free general admission RSVPs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting June 13th.

Save The Date: Curlfest 2016

CURLFEST is back ladies! Pull out your calendar and block off  Sunday June 26, 2016 for the biggest, dopest natural hair celebration with some of the flyest women in New York City! (Fellas, tell your boys too.)

Join our mailing list to make sure you receive the official invitation, and RSVP immediately as the list fills up quickly.  We can’t wait to see all of you again! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter & Snapchat for updates!



Is your hair curly? Or kinky? Or both? What do you think about the terms used to describe our textures? Hear what ladies at CURLFEST had to say about the “Curl” conversation in the CURLFEST Confessional, sponsored by Kinky-Curly.

Video Production: SlamPow! Productions

CURLFEST 2015: Official Video & Photo Recap

It’s been a month our 2nd annual CURLFEST, and we are still on a high! After 6 months of planning, and having to postpone the event due to weather, we couldn’t wait to show everyone what we had in store this year. By the time August 29 finally arrived, the anticipation for this year’s CURLFEST was at an all-time high with unprecedented buzz on social media. And yet, we were still nervous.

Summer is almost over, will people still come? How can we compete with so many other events in 1 day? What if the weatherman is wrong and it rains AGAIN!

Lucky for us, the weather was beautiful, and CURLFEST 2015 was everything we could have imagined and more! The positive energy was tangible as Prospect Park slowly filled with a sea of natural beauties, and our partners and vendors provided plenty of activities to showcase the best in beauty, hair care, fashion and more. Check out our official video below, as well as a few highlights from the festival that for us truly was a dream come true.



Master Stylist Diane Bailey and the Shea Moisture team created cute braided and twisted styles for ladies in attendance. Their station also featured a t-shirt shredding station where you could remix your own Shea Moisture t-shirt with fringes and cutouts!

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The Dark & Lovely team treated ladies to complimentary illustrations by artist Sharee Miller of Coily & Cute! Stylists were also on hand demonstrating various styles with the Au Naturale collection.

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We got creative with our photo booth this year, and partnered with Kinky Curly to created a cute swing portrait station with fun props and prizes! The picnic portraits were a huge hit, with people lining up for photos throughout the entire event. We had so much fun with this feature, and hope to bring it back in 2016!

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To close out their famous #urappreciated campaign, Carol’s Daughter graciously offered complimentary massages by Grae Therapy, and surprised guests with “Tokens of Appreciation” that could be redeemed for prizes, including full-sized products and canvas totes. Since Curlfest we’ve been sharing the new #BornAndMade photos on our Instagram page (check out Melody & Tracey). Make sure to do your own at BornAndMade.com!

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The Curls Candy Shoppe was entirely too cute, with all types of candy for your summer sweet tooth, and plenty of product samples for people to try. Their Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly is currently the #1 top-selling new product at Target, so if you got it in your gift bag, post your style on Instagram and tag #CurlyGirlCollective so we can see it!



The EDEN Bodyworks team made sure we all stay fit and fabulous (despite all the dietary fails of summer) with healthy recipe cards, yoga mats, and all-natural products for adults and children. They also hosted demonstrations in the CURLFEST Pop-Up Salon (see far below for photos), showing some great tips on styling with the #EDENKids line.



Cantu celebrated all the natural beauties at CURLFEST with various statements from their new “Be Your Own Beautiful” campaign. With so many unique styles at the event , these signs were a great way for our guests to show that beauty comes in every color, shape, shade and texture! For more photos check their Instagram page, and share your own portraits at #BYOBeautiful.

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With a high of 86 degrees, we knew we needed a place for guests to cool down. So we partnered with Tropic Isle Living to create a Caribbean Cool out, with refreshing tropical themed drinks. They also brought these cute fans that came in handy for folks breaking it down in the soul train line!



The CURLFEST Pop Up Salon was the place to be for those who wanted learn more about the latest products and styling techniques. The team at the infamous Khamit Kinks Salon brought a full collection of products from the Anu Essentials line, and EDEN Bodyworks demonstrated how to create super cute twisted styles for young girls. Denman was the official styling tool for the salon, and provided full-size brushes for our official CURLFEST gift bags.

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Our official CURLFEST gift bags, provided by Carol’s Daughter, were filled with a wide range of products for the curly girls in attendance. Below are a few snapshots we found on Instagram. Tag #CurlyGirlCollective in your photos so we can see how your products turned out!



Our 2015 CURLFEST  Vendor Marketplace featured a carefully curated group of small businesses selling everything from fashion and accessories, to books and natural-haired dolls! We heard many of you racked up at the Marketplace this year. Tag #CurlyGirlCollective in your Instagram photos so we can show off your new items! Click here for the full list of vendors.

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Overall we couldn’t be happier with how CURLFEST turned out, and thank each and every one of you who attended this year’s festival! A special thanks to all of our event partners, music by Tiff McFierce, photographers Omar MckenzieColin Williams & Bikes & Bacon,  videographers Mandela Gregoire and  Slam Pow Productions, and our AMAZING event team that worked the event.

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter to find out what we’re up to next, and we hope to see you at CURLFEST 2016!

Click here for more photos from CURLFEST 2015

Curlfest 2015 Directory


CURLFEST 2015 would not have been possible without the support of our amazing partners. Click the logos for more info on their products, and be sure to follow them on social media for deals and specials!


Instagram: @sheamoisture4u I Twitter: @sheamoisture

Carol's Daughter Logo

Instagram: @carolsdaughter // Twitter: @carolsdaughter

Instagram: @official_darkandlovely // Twitter: @darkandlovely


Instagram: @officialkinkycurly // Twitter: @kinkycurlycrew


Instagram: @edenbodyworks // Twitter: @edenbodyworks


Instagram: @tropicisleliving // Twitter: @tropicislelivn


Instagram: @frizzfreecurls // Twitter: @frizzfreecurls


Instagram: @cantubeauty // Twitter: @cantubeauty



curlfest official styling tool

If you got a CURLFEST gift bag, show us how you use your #DenmanBrush
by tagging them in your next #washday photo!

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Our vendor marketplace featured a range of carefully curated small businesses in fashion, jewelry, accessories and more. If you missed Curlfest, you can still support these entrepreneurs by shopping in their online stores below!

2 Lite Creations

A Gypsys Junk

Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair

Akilah Itàn Handmade Jewelry and Accessories

Apple Butter Boutique

Char Ant Jewelry

Diaspora Africa

Haus of Swag

Henna Dready

Indigo Vintage

Kings Rule Together

Madd Fox


Pauline Asmah Designs

Spread LA

Style Haven

The Lip Bar

TracyChambers Vintage

UglyBettyBoyCrush by PlusisaPlus

Vêtu de Joy

Waist Beads By Sewra




You’ve been asking and it’s finally here! Join us in Brooklyn on August 29th for the ultimate celebration of natural beauty! CURLFEST 2015 will be a mecca of Afros, Twist-Outs, Curls (and Beards!) set to a soundtrack of chill music and positive energy. This year we’re taking things to the next level with new features, new vendors, special guests and more.

This year we are so honored to have the support of so many amazing partners. Curlfest 2015 is empowered by Dark & Lovely, Kinky CurlyCarol’s DaughterEden Bodyworks, CurlsTropic Isle Living, Cantu and many more! Follow them on Instagram to be eligible for Curlfest giveaways and prizes!

Join us in Prospect Park as we spread love the Brooklyn way in celebration of all things naturally beautiful, including you. See you there!

Spots fill up quickly so RSVP now at 

Follow us on social media share your experience with the #Curlfest hashtag!

CURLFEST New Date Announcement




You’ve been asking and we’re so excited to FINALLY be able to announce our new date! Curlfest 2015 will be held on Saturday August 29 from 1-6 in Prospect Park. RSVP


RSVP Details
Previous RSVP Holders
As a courtesy to those of you who already had a spot on our previous list, you will have the first chance to RSVP for the new date. On Monday August 10,you will receive an email with a link to RSVP for the new date on August 29th.

Wait List/General Public
On Tuesday August 11, the list will open to everyone on the wait list, as well as the general public.

Once the list is full we are unable to add additional names to the list, so RSVP as soon as you get the email from us! RSVP is required to attend.


Can I bring a plus one?
Your RSVP reserves a spot for one, so make sure all your friends RSVP individually!

Can I bring my children?
While Curlfest is geared towards adults, you are welcome to bring children at your own discretion.

What if it rains? Will the event be postponed again?
No, it won’t. The event will happen rain or shine on the 29th, so we are praying for a beautiful day! 82 and sunny! #DearUniverse. In the event of inclement weather we will release additional details about any modifications to the event.






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