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    Top 5 Must Haves for an Amazing Curlfest Experience!

    This past Saturday I attended Curlfest for the first time! It was amazing! I loved being in the presence of so much good vibes, fun music, amazing vendors and of course the #blackgirlmagic was on 1000! Since it was my first time I really had no idea what to expect and I can’t lie I was super unprepared. Nonetheless, I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to go back next year, but imma make sure I have my life together before I go! Hence, this post! I’m about to tell you all the things you need/need to do to make sure you have an amazing Curlfest experience! 

    1. Register/RSVP early & get the Early Bird ticket. 

    I missed out on all the swag cause I’m slow LOL. Even though I knew about the event super far in advance I had no idea when the tickets went on sale and when I did go to look.. sold out! Whomp whomp! You can stay up to date by following Curly Girl Collective on their website and social media. TRUUUUUUUST me it’s worth it!

    2. Get there EARLY! 

    I’m pretty sure this was the most crowded I’ve ever seen Prospect Park EVER! There were TONS of vendors out this weekend and the line was LONG for every one! A lot of vendors were giving out samples of products and if you wanna grab some then you gotta be there early to get it! Some vendors even ran out of products they were selling! 

    3. Come picnic ready! 

    I think this may have been the thing I regretted the most. While it was fun being close to the stage, there actually came a point where I was just ready to SIT and I was jealous of all the people that knew to bring blankets. Plus it was HOT and people were out there with their coolers and drinks and I was shelling out money every hour to stay cool and hydrated. I had the baby with me too and I’m sure he would’ve appreciated an umbrella or being able to lay out without being in the car seat. Next year I’m going to definitely be ready on that front! 

    4. Have a lot of cash! 

    Between vendors and food/drink/icees, you’re going to need the money. I know we live in the age of technology but cash is so much easier especially when dealing with money in these types of situations. Plus, some vendors were accepting cash only so if you didn’t have it, then you missed out on purchasing products. You’re in the middle of the park so its not exactly atm equipped! 

    5. Bring your #blackgirlmagic and come ready to TURN UP!

    The music and the vibes were great all day! I didn’t know what to expect but I had so much fun just dancing and laughing with everyone before I even checked out the vendors. You definitely have to come ready to enjoy yourself. It was such a great time and I can’t wait for next year! 

     I have no idea how he slept through the music LOL. Newborn life... he wasn't ready for the turn up.

    I have no idea how he slept through the music LOL. Newborn life… he wasn’t ready for the turn up.

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    From Natural… To relaxed?

    So I spent almost a year of transitioning to natural hair before I went and did the “big chop”. And I loved it. There were days my hair looked CRAY… And I embraced it all. But now being the crazy lady I am… I thinking about going back to a relaxer.

    Myth: Natural hair is easy to maintain.
    Fact: Being natural is a lot of effin work! Lol. With my natural hair texture.. There are no days where I can just go.. I have to do work EVERY SINGLE DAY.. And ummm I’m having a baby y’all (in case you missed it lmao).. Ain’t nobody got time for that! 
    Myth: Natural hair saves money.
    Fact: Have you ever walked down the natural hair aisle at your local pharmacy/department store? Yea no… It’s not cheap at all. Even if you don’t fall victim to becoming a product junkie… You still have to try out products to figure out what your hair loves… Which I have yet to find out cause again… It takes alot of work lol. “healthy hair” is expensive no matter how you look at it.

    Myth: Natural hair grows “better” than relaxed hair.
    Fact: I’ve never had a problem with my hair growing.. I had really long relaxed hair. My scalp was unhealthy in general and that might be due to prolonged protective styling (weaves) because even natural I still have the same scalp issue if I wear a weave. My hair just needs to be washed frequently… No matter what state it’s in.

    All in all I’m still undecided. 

    Will I be “copping out” if I go back to relaxing? Would people even notice?! Lmao. It’s not like I went hard in the natural hair community.. And for that reason. My mind when it comes to my hair changes on a whim and I didn’t want to deal with the “backlash”. Anyone who’s natural knows the natural hair community can be ruthless LOL. I might be exiled to a deserted island. 

    Did I then just waste a year for nothing? Ehhhh… I don’t think so. Like I said before I liked transitioning. Even the hard days weren’t TERRIBLE. And hair experimenting was fun. 
    Will I regret relaxing? Maybe. Lol. I actually had natural hair before but I kept my hair in box braids for like… 2 years straight (I mean, not the same braids but y’all get it) and the whole time I was transitioning I kept saying… Well I’d HAVE natural hair if I never relaxed it when I stopped braiding it. But I was a lot younger then (16 I think) and wouldn’t have invested the time in my natural hair. I barely took care of my relaxed hair back then. 
    Will it really be easier to have relaxed hair? Lol I honestly think it will. Right now I’m tryna think of what will make my life as easy as possible. Newborn (soon), trying to perfect a twistout, AND working.. doesn’t seem realistic to me. Are there even enough hours in the day?! I’d like to sleep some (which everyone says I won’t do anyway LOL).
    At the end of the day… It’s my hair lol. If I want a baldy tomorrow then I’ll shave my head “cause I feel like it” and I’ll be fine with that! Haha. My main goal right now is to not make impulse decisions but… I think that’s in my genetic make up. 😉
    xoxo,
    Tanay
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