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Prospect Park turned into the land of curls, afros, locks, and braids on Sunday for the third annual CurlFest, where black women (and some men) all over New York City meet-up to celebrate natural hair.

Host Curly Girl Collective was created in 2014 by Charisse Higgins, Melody Henderson, Tracey Coleman, Simone Mair, and Gia Lowe and aims to connect with beauty brands by throwing events where women of color can celebrate their beauty. Not only is the event a celebratory space for natural curls of all different textures and lengths, it also celebrates black-owned beauty brands with sponsors like Shea Moisture, which recently released their first commercial with a narrative about how it feels to shop for haircare products as a black woman.


While both black women and natural hair continue to be more visible in the mainstream, there are still instances like Allure's white woman with an afro or a TMZ staffer's logic that black people who wear dreads must smell. So the need for safe spaces like CurlFest persists. We gathered some of our favorite Instagram photos from brightly colored pink, red, and blue afros to bantu knots and shaved sides.

Tahirah Hairston is a style writer from Detroit who likes Susan Miller, Rihanna's friend's Instagram accounts, ramen and ugly-but cute shoes.