Hitting a record attendance of over half million attendees this year at the 20th Anniversary of the Essence Festival, it is no wonder this year was not only record breaking but a momentous one. A four day celebration held in New Orleans, the energy and excitement of the festival was instantaneously contagious. As a first time essence festival goer you can only imagine it felt a bit like being a kid in a candy store for the first time, making it that much harder to recap on only a handful of my favorite festival hair moments but here are my top 5 Festival Hair Moments of the 20th Anniversary of the Essence Festival.

 

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Prince

 

Seeing one of the most iconic artist of our day, rock a perfectly coiffed afro on the 4th of July at the Superdome as he hypnotized the crowd with his legendary music, was in a sense the perfect representation of 20 years of the Essence festival. A long time fan, it was the first time seeing this ground breaking artist perform live. Bucket list…check! 

 

 

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*Photos: NPG Records (more photos of Prince at Essencefest here)

 

 

Center Stage

 

“We are not having our conversation on THAT STAGE?” That was my immediate thought when Essence’s Senior Integrated Marketing Manager, Rondell Holder pointed to the humongous stage where I would be having my conversation with Hair/Beauty Editor, Deena Campbell on the new hair channel, as well as discussing hair tips on preserving your hairline,retaining length, Vitamin D, and protecting hair while swimming. After the initial shock of where we would be speaking wore off, I had a blast speaking to women of all hair types; natural, transitioning, relaxed or those wearing weaves, reiterating the uniqueness of finding a plethora of care tips no matter what stage you are in, at Essence’s new hair channel. Speaking through personal experience it was great to share my own journey and use my past failures to help others create a successful regimen.     

 

 

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Q & A with Hair Expert Dr Aletha Maybank 

 

In an up and close intimate setting I had the chance to join Hair Expert Dr Aletha Maybank on the core of healthy hair; what you put into your body. We discussed the importance of…to find out exactly what we discussed plus more of my top Essence Festival Hair Moments click here 

 

 

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As part of Essence’s newly enhanced and revamped hair channel that launched May 8th, I will have a weekly article on Essence.com, sharing tips, a bit of hairtherapy and my own personal journey.