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…Get Her Crowning Look!

Kára McCullough, Miss District Of Columbia USA 2017, is announced as the new Miss USA on stage at the conclusion of the two-hour special programming event on FOX from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sunday, May 14. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Photo courtesy of Miss Universe/Photographer Isaac Brekken.

New Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough‘s crowning look is all about amplifying her Natural hair texture, notes Farouk Systems Global Artist Albert Luiz, the man responsible for creating Kara’s pageant style. “The new Miss USA came to Las Vegas with a plan! She wanted to win under her terms by staying true to herself and her Natural hair texture,” notes Luiz. Here, Luiz shares the step-by-step moves he used to craft Kara’s winning look:

Prep: “Kára washed and conditioned her hair with CHI Deep Brilliance Olive & Monoi Oil Optimum Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner allowing her hair to air dry naturally.”

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Backstage styling…Farouk Systems Global Artist Albert Luiz crafting Kára McCullough‘s winning coif!

Step 1: “First, I backcombed her parietal area with a rattail comb and sprayed the area with CHI Magnified Volume Finishing Spray to help hold the backcombing in place. This helped to add volume while allowing her Natural texture to bounce freely as she walked.”

Step 2: “To enhance her Natural texture, I took 1/2″ sections on the surface of the hairstyle and hairline spraying CHI Magnified Volume Finishing Spray at the base of each section. Then laying the hair over the iron at the root area to quickly dry the spray while the hair was being held up, this created immediate volume at root area. Next, I pointed the iron in the direction I wanted the hair to go and wrapped each section around the small end of the CHI Air Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Wand.  I then alternated the direction of each section wrapping and pointing the iron to create curls that did not look or feel ‘done.’ This technique ensures a random curl pattern and direction so as not to completely change her hair’s curl pattern and not curling every strand of hair. It is important to note that I left most of her own texture as the foundation for her finished look and only curled the surface of her hair and the hair around her front hairline.”

Step 3: “After curling enough strands, I finger separated the curls and blended them with her own natural texture. To maintain the new curls’ direction and volume, additional finishing spray was used.”

Step 4: “To finish her crowning look, I sprayed the CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Spotlight Shine Spray throughout her finished hairstyle to not only enhance her curls and texture but to add additional shine and glisten from every angle on stage.”

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