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picured: Headwraps by @fanmdjanm, whose headwrap style is featured below

The NaturallyCurly team is packing our bags, planning our looks, and loading up on humidity-fighting products as we head to Essence Fest 2022 in New Orleans! Come get your photo taken at the NaturallyCurly booth at Beauty Carnival, where we'll be hosting stylist demos, product giveaways, and community Q&A's. We'd love to see you there!

And if, like us, you're looking for your next hairstyle for the summer and festival season, we've got you covered. Here are the creative looks we're loving right now whether you're booking time with a stylist, have a DIY spirit, love to go bold or prefer to go minimal - there's something here for everyone.

1. Heart Part

 
 
 
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If you're looking for a creative way to dress up your braids this summer, consider the heart part! Braider @pearlthestylist__ created this heart part with large boho knotless braids ❤️.

 

2. Heart Knotless Braids

Giving hearts a little extra love, we're amazed by @braidbarldn's attention to detail with these long knotless braids. 

 

3. Long Ponytail Braid

 
 
 
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A long ponytail braid like Jorja Smith's may be just the accessory you need to complete your Festival look. 

4. Double Ponytail Braids

 
 
 
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Why stop at one when you can have two? Double the drama with two long ponytail braids.

 

5. Marley Twists

If you have the patience to do it yourself, check out Priscilla's Marley Twist tutorial. But don't let the short and snappy edit fool you, this admittedly takes her about 7 hours so set the time aside before your trip.

And if you love Marley Twists, you can also play with color by going blonde.

 

6. Bubble Braid

 
 
 
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If you're short on time or patience, here's a less time-intensive styling option: consider a bubble braid!

 

7. 2 Bubble Braids

 
 
 
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Another simple bubble braid look you can create at home. Watch Jasmine Brown aka @jasmeannnn's tutorial for how to get the look here. 

 

8. Elastic Bands with Fulani Braids

 
 
 
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We love this intricate pattern that transitions into Fulani braids, which you can get with or without extensions.

 

9. Rainbow Box Braids

 
 
 
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Packing your suitcase full of color? This look is for you.

 

10. Half Up Half Down with Flat Twists

 
 
 
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Here's a festive style for the minimalists at heart - @curlbellaa's silver hoops give just the right glint to her curls.

 

11. Bantu Knots with a Metallic Twist

If jewelry is your statement-maker, here's another creative way to twist metals into your look. 

 

12. 90's Nostalgia

 
 
 
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We're feeling all the butterfly clip 90's nostalgia with this simple style by @hermela. This is an easy way to show off your juicy curls while keeping your hair out of your face in the NOLA heat. 

 

13. Layered Headwraps

Looking for a way to give your headwrap more height and volume? Try layering one on top of the other like this.

We'll see you at Essence Fest 2022! And even if you won't be in attendance, you can join us virtually on Instagram by following @naturallycurly where we'll be going live from the event.