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.
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.
In the Nola heat, hair will thirst for lots of moisture and this spray delivers.
SPF is a must, so make sure to keep this one on hand.
Mousse is great because it can work on a variety of hairstyles including braids, cornrows and even wash-and-gos.
This oil spray is weightless which means it delivers all the moisture you need without weighing your hair down or making it greasy.
The last thing you want at ESSENCE Fest are dry cracked lips. Thankfully this one is packed with shea butter and sunflower oil.
In heat and humidity, a powder will literally be your best friend. And this one from CoverGirl is great.
To avoid chipping (or to mask it), a quick coat of this clear formula will do the trick.
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.
If you plan on rocking sleek straight tresses at ESSENCE Festival, this serum is an absolute must.
If you’ll be rocking a wash-and-go at Festival, be sure not to forget your curl cream.
This body wash is super hydrating and also smells divine.
The key to maintaining silky hydrated skin in the sweltering heat can be found in the ingredients of this velvety-textured 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.