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Spending almost an entire week surrounded by beautiful people and gorgeous manes will leave just about anyone with a bit of a curl complex! From the moment I stepped into the first Fro Fashion Week event, I was oohing and ahhing over the sheer variety of curls, coils and locs. From vibrant colors, stylish updos and big bold hair, nothing was off limits!

It was clear that people were not afraid of color, and I even managed to get in on it a little bit too! I had always been nervous about coloring my hair, but I learned during the event that as long as you continue to take care of your hair, color can be a wonderful compliment. Brilliant colors spanning the color charts were featured everywher, both on loose hair and locs. There was even a company that makes clip-in color accents for curly kinky hair — Kinky Curl Accents — a great option for those who want to experiment with color, but may be scared of coloring their own hair.

MORE: Fro Fashion Week Fall 2012 Recap

It was hard to ignore the unique updo styles that were spotted during Fro Fashion Week. With the seasons changing, it’s no wonder so many opted to rock chic protective styles. Whether created from braids or twists, locs or loose hair, updo styles stood out during events and on the runway. Most of the looks seem pretty easy to recreate, but some seemed quite intricate!

One of my favorite natural styles are the big fluffy ones, and there was no end of big lush hair! Even some of the kids got in on the big hair action with cute pie puffs. I had to stop myself on several occasions from reaching out and touching without permission!

I met so many real life hair crushes it was almost overwhelming, but I came back with so many ideas I can’t wait to try on my own hair. It’s amazing to see the versatility and creativity we have with our natural hair! I’m excited to be part of this incredible community, and love the inspiration we’re able to gather from each other!

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