I went to New Orleans with two missions in mind.
#1 – to thoroughly soak up and enjoy the splendor of my first ever Essence Music Festival! And
#2 – to capture the many stunning natural hairstyles I was bound to encounter during three amazing days of culture and music!
Together with Chuck Olu-Alabi (AKA @Chuckstr), I set out to discover the natural beauties of the Essence Music Festival weekend, all on behalf of Nothing But Hair Care. We present to you Nothing But Natural Beauty at EMF 2012!
I had to show props and love to Nothing But for the amazing opportunity to experience this fabulousness in person! We rolled up on their Fierce Fly and Fabulous booth (and @MasterBarberWMS) right in the middle of a sale frenzy. He was imparting knowledge and product was flying off the table! By the time we got there, my favorite Nothing But products, the Clarifying Shampoo and the Cleansing Conditioner were gone baby gone, into the hands of excited customers.
Of course there were naturalistas galore at Fierce Fly and Fabulous – that’s where I ran into one of my favorite natural hair bloggers!
Oh HEY Cassidy! I love her style so much! She keeps it short, funky and sassy. ADORE.
Across the street at the Convention Center, there were so many beautiful women! So many gorgeous textures and lengths of natural hair!
This young lady was rocking those Earwings by Erykah Badu – loved them on her and LOVED her hair! What a great cut, right?
On Friday afternoon literally as soon as I stepped foot into the convention center, these two women recognized me. I LOVE meeting my readers! Such sweethearts!
We watched this gorgeous bella get a Cover Girl Queen Collection makeover at the My Black is Beautiful booth – LOVE the look of both stylist and stylee!
How GORGEOUS is she?
We saw some beautiful natural hair in a variety of textures, and a LOT of fun COLOR! Blonde and red is definitely hot for summer!
You know who looks GOOD and is rocking her hair gorgeously natural? Tempestt Bledsoe! She’s doing a new show with Anthony Anderson on NBC, called Guys With Kids. Looks super cute and Anthony Anderson is a RIOT so I’m hoping it’s a hit!
Two generations of naturalistas – mother and daughter both looking GORGEOUS. So lovely to meet them!
Everywhere I went on Saturday, I met Afrobella readers who just wanted to say hello, show love, take a photo. As a blogger it’s SO incredible to meet the people who read what you do and appreciate your work. I really loved meeting everyone!
So many of my blogger besties were out there in NOLA looking fierce. Gotta show some love to my sistren!
Had Nothing But fun at Essence Fest, and I loved seeing so many beautiful natural bellas out there doing their thing. I’ve got at least one more recap in store, bellas. See any hair you LOVE up above?
If you’re a blogger in these photos, PLEASE leave your link in the comments! It was wonderful meeting you ALL!
My trip to Essence Music Festival was sponsored by Nothing But Hair Care but all experiences and opinions are mine, baby! All photos by Chuck Olu-Alabi.