Missy Elliot is an icon in every sense of the word. 

Not only is her resume of epic proportions, but she’s also a true visionary and pioneer; one of the many reasons ESSENCE honored her with the Music Visionary Award at this year’s Black Women in Music event.

In addition to her art, Missy is also a  beauty legend. And during her surprise performance at the 2018 ESSENCE Festival, she proved yet again why her hair and beauty always slays. During Queen Latifah’s Saturday night set Missy hit the stage to perform a few of her classic hits. 

She wore beautiful Fulani braids adorned with gold accessories which were then tied into a perfect top-knot. Of course, Missy brought the drama (as only she could!) with lots of volume and inches. 

In an Instagram post right before her epic performance, Missy let us know that she too was feeling her hair and fresh beat. 

We can’t wait to try to recreate this remixed protective style this summer. Let us know, are you feeling it as much as we are?