CurlFest you have exceeded my expectations!
This was my first ever CurlFest and it definitely will not be my last. It was LIT! I don’t mean to brag but you’re totally missing out on one of the best hair related events of all time!
As Manny, Kai and myself made our way to the entrance of the park my jaw dropped! It looked like a sea of beautiful, black women wearing their crowns proudly. From curly up-do’s, picked-out fro’s to a variety of protective hairstyles, there were people of different backgrounds, races, hairstyles and curl patterns who showed up at Prospect Park just for CURLFEST.
As we made our way from the entrance and through the thick crowd to get to the Tropic Isle Living booth, I remember thinking to myself…wow, this must be what Coachella is like!? Fierce fashion, yummy food, blazing hot temperatures, good music but most importantly and what sets it apart is the focus on HAIR and Black Beauty! A festival where black women are celebrated in every way, shape, and form. You’re in an environment where you are able to look around and admire others in their likeness. Unlike the very popular Coachella, CURLFEST is the only festival where beauty conscious women gather together in 90+ degree weather and still manage to share big smiles and genuine happiness.
By the time we (Manny, Kai & myself) made it to the Tropic Isle Living booth where we were having our meet and greet, they had already sold out half of their famous Jamaican Black Castor Oil. The Tropic Isle Living booth was impressive to say the least (& no I’m not being biased). They went all out! I mean, they pretty much brought Jamaica to CURLFEST! Ice cold jelly coconuts, freshly peeled sugar cane, ‘tropic like it’s hot’ pineapple lemonade, a product stall set up just like the market scene back home in JA and branded fans to help us cool down in the intense heat. Sing it with me, Jamaica Jamaica!
Speaking of intense heat, the day was HOT! And coming from a gal who lives in Jamaica where its Summer all year long, then you know it was ‘hella hot!’ But despite my sweat-stache and slight fear that my makeup was going to melt away, once the day was underway I completely stopped caring about it. Instead I was focused on the incredible women I was meeting. From girls who follow me online to my fellow influencer pals who I only know from their online pages. It was lovely being able to catch up with many familiar faces and meeting new inspirational and encouraging people full of love and light. We were all in such great spirits and seeing old friends and meeting new ones truly left me on such a high!
It’s a wonderful feeling when YOU, my readers and followers come and say hi! It’s crazy how the internet has it’s negatives but also shares several positives. One being able to connect with YOU! It is always a humbling experience when I’m recognized by anyone and as always I spread my wings open and give big hugs to anyone who stops to talk or take pics. So thank you for stopping by to say hello. You helped make my day even more amazing and special.
There is something very special when you’re able to bond with several women who can relate to your natural hair journey in person and not just online. Thanks to Tropic Isle Living, I was able to attend CURLFEST and make several connections with women on the same journey as I am. To be in an environment where black women are working together, while supporting and loving each other, truly is a powerful thing.
Oh and of course I can’t forget to spill the details on my outfit! I knew it was going to be blazing hot so I opted for something light and airy. I paired my lace, off-the-shoulder playsuit from Sabo Skirt with some cute sandals from Steve Madden. Lastly, I layered on a few gold necklaces, threw on my fave aviators from Quay Australia and popped on a bright pink lipstick from Too Faced for that cool, festival vibe.
Keep scrolling for more photos. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥
Hair by girlfriend Germina from Alter Ego Beauty Bar in Fort Myers, Florida.
[she travels too, wink wink]