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Celebrity Hairstylist Rukey Styles

Actress Tika Sumpter and actor Parker Sawyers effortlessly transformed into Michelle and Barack Obama for the romantic film Southside With You. The movie followed the pair’s epic first date across Chicago’s South Side in the summer of 1989. Celebrity hairstylist, and the film’s Department Head of Hair, Rukey Styles was the tress professionals behind the movie’s late 80s ‘dos. We sat down with the hairdresser to talk all about how she made the mane magic happen on screen.

Picture Perfect Prep: “Tika has beautiful, naturally curly hair. After blow-drying, I applied a KeraCare cream press and flat ironed her hair, leaving some curl on the ends. I curled the hair tight in the crown area and then smoothed the back and sides into a tight ponytail. I further smoothed her edges using Hicks Edges and a firm, bristle brush. I sprayed the hair with a Vitale hairspray and then held the hair smooth as I blew warm air over it to dry. This move ‘locks’ the hair and is the best way to mold Natural hair.”

Big Screen Style: “Once I know that the hair is dry, I took Tika’s ponytail down, combed the ends out and began to put the back and sides into a French Twist…Once smooth and in the desired shape, I secured the French Twist with hairpins starting from the nape area to crown.”

On Location: “Working outdoors can present challenges, especially during the hot, humid summers of Chicago. I faced the challenge of preserving Tika’s hairstyle with hair product to help fight humidity and reversion and keeping product [usage] minimal without buildup.”

 
J1↑ Before they made history in the White House, the film Southside With You tells the story of the epic first date of Michelle and Barack Obama.

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↑ Falling in love! In a scene from Southside With You, Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers sport late 80s-era styles.

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