Our 11 Favorite ESSENCE Fest Naturalistas

Over the years, naturalistas such as Ledisi and Angie Stone have garnered standing ovations on the Superdome stage during the ESSENCE Festival. This year's lineup includes curly girls Erykah Badu and Floetry. Here's a flashback of our fave natural 'dos.

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Flaunting incense and an afro, Erykah Badu had her fourth ESSENCE Music Festival performance in 2003.

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At the 2010 ESSENCE Music Festival, Ledisi took the stage in her signature crimson locs.

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Songstress Heather Headley graced the 2003 ESSENCE Music Festival stage wearing micro-braids with loose, curled ends.

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Vocal powerhouse Stephanie Mills thrilled audiences at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival with her old school hits and long, flowing curls.

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At the 2005 ESSENCE Music Festival, we spotted Alicia Keys rocking out in chic shades and her trademark cornrows.

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Jada Pinkett Smith visited New Orleans for the 2010 ESSENCE Music Festival in an intricate braided up-do.

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Lalah Hathaway delivered her 2010 ESSENCE Music Festival performance wearing freshly twisted locs with honey highlights.

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Neo-soul star Angie Stone serenaded the ESSENCE Music Festival crowd for the first time in 2000 in a big, burgundy afro.

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At the 2010 ESSENCE Music Festival, Jill Scott dazzled onstage with her soul-stirring vocals and eye catching afro.

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At the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival, Macy Gray sang her old and new jams in a textured halo of golden curls.

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Ledisi belted her heart out at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival wearing her crave-worthy crimson locs.


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