The final countdown has begun! ESSENCE Fest launches this Thursday (July 5), and after months of prepping, it’s hard to believe the three-day festival is only days away.
While we’re certain you’re already packed and have your makeup looks planned out, we’ve got a checklist to ensure you don’t forget the essentials (think: sunscreen and braid spray). Ahead, check out a few essentials you shouldn’t leave home without.
The last thing you want to happen are dry itchy braids. This amazing braid spray is perfect for nourishing your braids on the go.
African Pride, Olive Miracle Braid Sheen Spray
No matter how tired you after a long night of jamming and hanging with your girlfriends, you'll still have to wash your face. And this cleanser from Aveeno makes it super easy.
Aveeno, Clear Complexion Foaming Facial Cleanser
In the Nola heat, hair will thirst for lots of moisture and this spray delivers.
Carol's Daughter, Hair Milk Refresher Spray
SPF is a must, so make sure to keep this one on hand.
Palmer's, Eventone Suncare Moisturizing Sunscreen 30 SPF
Mousse is great because it can work on a variety of hairstyles including braids, cornrows and even wash-and-gos.
Creme of Nature, Style & Shine Foaming Mousse
This oil spray is weightless which means it delivers all the moisture you need without weighing your hair down or making it greasy.
Maui Moisture, Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Weightless Oil Mist
The last thing you want at ESSENCE Fest are dry cracked lips. Thankfully this one is packed with shea butter and sunflower oil.
Shea Moisture, Coconut & Hibiscus Shea Butter Lip Balm
In heat and humidity, a powder will literally be your best friend. And this one from CoverGirl is great.
CoverGirl, Clean Professional Loose Powder
To avoid chipping (or to mask it), a quick coat of this clear formula will do the trick.
Sally Hansen, Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthening Treatment
What's the best way to relax and unwind after each day? A face mask of course. So be sure to bring a few options.
SheaMoisture, African Black Soap Face Mud Mask
If you plan on rocking sleek straight tresses at ESSENCE Festival, this serum is an absolute must.
Pantene, Smooth and Sleek Frizz Fixing Serum
If you'll be rocking a wash-and-go at Festival, be sure not to forget your curl cream.
Cantu, Shea Butter Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream
This body wash is super hydrating and also smells divine.
Aveeno, Positively Nourishing Moisturizing Calming Body Wash
The key to maintaining silky hydrated skin in the sweltering heat can be found in the ingredients of this velvety-textured cream.
Carol's Daughter, Karite Coco Velvet Body Cream
When the temperatures heat up, waterproof mascara is an absolute must in the Big Easy. LashBlast is the perfect quick-fix to looking pulled together without a full beat.
CoverGirl, LashBlast Volume Mascara