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Melanie Fiona

Sophisticate’s Black Hair caught up with celebrity hair pro Brian Perry for the inside scoop on scoring songstress Melanie Fiona’s red-carpet look…

Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona
Melanie Fiona
Melanie Fiona


Brian Perry’s celebrity styling began in Detroit, where he made a name for himself among local celebrities and eventually decided to move to Los Angeles.. “I thought, If I want to do it big, I have to move to where everything is happening,” reveals Perry, whose A-list clients include Keyshia Cole, Niecy Nash, Mo’Nique and Melanie Fiona.

Perry has styled Melanie Fiona for everything from Grammy Week to the NAACP Image Awards, where the singer/songwriter showed off a lush, lengthy braid. “I wanted to do something that did not require a lot of heat to keep the longevity of her natural hair,” affirms the mane pro. “Since Melanie’s music is very eclectic and very fashion-forward, I wanted to do something for the red carpet that symbolizes her music.”

The fab style starts with a finger wave at the crown that cascades down into a long braid. “I formed the wave using a CHI curling iron,” details Perry. “I clipped [the wave] in place and sprayed it with CHI Infra Texture, which gives a soft hold, yet high shine. I [then] intertwined the wave with the braid and removed the clips.” Voila! The starlet is ready to conquer the carpet with her beautiful braid.

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