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Celebrating Black Beauty!

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Bold & Bangin’

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The stunning Lupita Nyong’o’s red carpet coif for the recent Academy Awards deserves a closer look. And we do just that with help from the star’s hairstylist, Larry Sims. “We went for a classic, more rounded look that played off the pearls and texture of her dress, avoiding asymmetric, angular lines and edges,” he shares about his vision for Lupita’s look. Curious about the styling moves? Here you go:

Step 1: Hair was dampened with a warm towel to soften the texture. Then Sims applied Smooth ‘N Shine Smooth Olive & Tea Tree RevivOil Wrap & Set Mousse  paired with Smooth ‘N Shine Argan Power 10 Styling Gel. He then created tiny ringlets with a small rattail comb throughout the whole head, starting at the nape of neck and moving to the front

Step 2: Sims then set hair under an attached hooded dryer for 30 minutes (or until hair is dry).

Step 3: Once completely dry, he used a large-tooth, bone comb and lifted the ringlets to break up the texture for added volume. Sims then liberally sprayed hair polish for added shine and to help smooth out any fly-aways and frizzies.

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