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Black women showed up and showed out at the fifth annual Curly Girl Collective’s Curlfest! All of the shiny kinks, coconut oil coated coils, and freshly untwisted strands were on display in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Saturday, but they weren’t alone. Sisters sported box braids and cornrows to the event reminding us that the natural hair movement is about much more than curl patterns and flexirods. We asked everyday women to share with Madame Noire what exactly they loved about their braided hairstyles. See what they had to say below.

Denequa Williams @litbklyn 


“I love my braids because I love the versatility of being a Black woman and just switching shit up whenever I need to.”

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