On Saturday, July 21st I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Curl Festival formerly known as #CurlFest in Brooklyn, New York at Prospect Park with my best friend Rosa. Rosa and I drove from New Jersey to New York, which by the way was only a half-hour drive and then parked our car about 20 minutes from the event and took a Lyft to Prospect Park.
Both of us purchased a Silver (Swag Pass), which I believe was about twenty-five dollars. The pass granted us access into the park and allowed us to be gifted with a Curlfest bag, which is the bag that I have on my shoulder in the picture above, along with an orange curlfest blanket and a curlfest mason jar.
Prior to the event, Rosa and I recorded a video of our expectations of the event, but when we got there we were completely surprised mostly because of the turnout. I said this a million times, but I’ll say it a million more there were at least a million people there. Hundreds of men, women, and children of all nationalities flooded Prospect Park for the fifth anniversary of Curlfest, but it was the most beautiful thing to see. I wish I knew in advance that the park would be open to the public because due to the vast amount of people some people probably didn’t have tickets.
Since there was a ton of people there I didn’t get the chance to check out all of the vendors, but I was able to snag a $30 Shea Moisture box that was filled with eight different products. The box was actually $25, but since I didn’t have any change a woman working the booth offered to give an extra product if I was willing to pay $30. (Of course, I was!)
I was also lucky to get some shampoo samples from Design Essentials which can be used on all curl types. The shampoo is called Design Essentials Natural Almond and Avocado Moisturizing and Detangling Sulfate-Free Shampoo.
Although I didn’t get to visit all of the vendors, other booths such as Carol’s Daughter, Mielle Organics, As I am and Deva Curl (just to name a few) were some of the sponsors that were also on the lawn at the festival.
I was honestly too distracted by all of the beautiful people to grab something to eat, but I did enjoy a blueberry and strawberry snow cone. I wish I had the opportunity to try out a pineapple drink from a Caribbean Restaurant called Island Spice Grill, but I’ll definitely try their drinks as well as their food in the future.
Sadly, I missed one of my favorite couple’s Shelah Marie and Ace Hood during the Empowerment Chat, because like I said there was a lot of people and it was kind of hard to maneuver around everything that was going on. But meeting so many beautiful, curly-haired men and women definitely made up for it.
The Peak And Pit Of #Curlfest
Following the event, Rosa and I spoke about our peak and pits of the event. Like everything, there’s always good and bad. The highlight of my day was definitely meeting several different people and putting myself and my blog out there. It was amazing to connect with so many people and to watch everyone embrace one another without there being any problems or drama. I also enjoyed seeing the different textures of hair and curl types. It definitely made me feel more comfortable with my hair and also made me want to experiment with it as well.
However, if there was one thing I would change it would be to make the event more exclusive to those that paid for tickets. For example, anyone that purchased the platinum, silver and gold tickets should have been allowed to experience the event for a certain period of time, maybe from 12PM-4PM and then open it to the public from 4PM-7PM. So if curlygirlcollective happens to read this post, please consider putting your girl on the strategic planning team. I would love to assist in any way that I can!
Overall I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to experience Curlfest and I am so happy I was able to make so many curl friends. I am already looking forward to next year! I will be posting more photos from the event soon. Please subscribe for updates so that you won’t miss any of my posts!