“Afro: as in, born of African spirit and heritage; see also black (not always”>, see also rhythm and color, see also other, see also underdog. Punk: as in, rebel, opposing the simple route, imbued with a DIY ethic, looking forward with simplicity, rawness and open curiosity; see also other, see also underdog.”

This weekend in Brooklyn, the Afropunk Festival created a safe space for self-described cultural rebels where creativity and freedom were expressed through hair, outfits, and everything in between. The celebration of the culture gave people a way to show pride through their coily and curly hair in extravagant headpieces and gorgeous gear. These are some the pictures we saw that exuded light, love, and liberation of all shapes and sizes.

Our Favorite Curly Hairstyles from AfroPunk

In a subtle and sexy combination of summertime denim and traditional African kente, the pink curls on @evita_loca come together with glitter accessories to rock the festival grounds.

Our Favorite Curly Hairstyles from AfroPunk

@Brunita_alvs gives a classic look that shows a strong and confident femininity topped off with natural curls.

Our Favorite Curly Hairstyles from AfroPunk

In a thankful display, @alexis.braswell and her friends, jbellzz_ and tinajohn55, show gratitude and fierceness.

Our Favorite Curly Hairstyles from AfroPunk

No costume necessary. @23piecesofrose rocks a classic look with an unmatched smile.

Our Favorite Curly Hairstyles from AfroPunk

In a cute half up, half down hairdo @yemkotheunicorn & her joy can be felt through the screen.

Our Favorite Curly Hairstyles from AfroPunk

@sailor.brooke captures our attention with bright eyes and butterflies floating through her curly afro.

Our Favorite Curly Hairstyles from AfroPunk

@innerg_b came dressed to take life by the reins with a headpiece that lets the world know she did not come to play.

Our Favorite Curly Hairstyles from AfroPunk

These curl-friends show us the versatility of hair with genuinely inviting smiles @lexlucid.

Our Favorite Curly Hairstyles from AfroPunk

In an ode to the African goddess Osun, @pierr_e gives us life as the goddess of sexuality and fertility with sun beams intertwined in her hair.

Our Favorite Curly Hairstyles from AfroPunk

@Michathebrand and the girls give us curls to die for in a picture that screams life and liberation.

 

Afropunk happens once a year in Brooklyn, Paris, London, Atlanta, and Johannesburg, South Africa, and we look forward to seeing the ways people resist at every single one. 

Which is your favorite look? Let us know in the comments!

May Amoyaw

May Amoyaw is a natural hair enthusiast from Ghana, West Africa, by way of Prince George's County, Maryland. She writes for all the naturalistas who are scared to try new styles but always end up loving them. May loves doing what she likes to call "science projects" in her hair and is always happy to share tips and tricks.

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