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Once a year, thousands of natural hair enthusiasts gather to celebrate their roots—quite literally—for Curl Fest, only the most major festival that celebrates natural tresses. The Curly Girl Collective began their annual Curl Fest back in 2010, and with rapid growth & support the event had to move from a park to an island to compensate for a large number of attendees. The natural hair festival encourages self-confidence and full conspicuousness. And honestly, with the politics surrounding natural hair, spaces as lively and as inspiring as these are more than necessary. One look at previous Curl Fest-hashtagged photos, and you know the festival promises a good time and some good festival style. This year’s Curl Fest was no disappointment. From African-inspired prints to flowy fabrics the kings & queen at Curl Fest 2019 had every intention to slay.

Check out our round-up of the best festival-style moments from Curl Fest below.

All images by Whitney Sylvain