Ciara arrived at the TXT L8TER event in Hollywood the other night looking like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn. I've always been in awe of her long, super-shiny hair, but I'm really coveting this new cut, which is actually — scoop! — a perfectly shaped hair piece (no worries, you can do this with your own hair, too).
To find out how it's done, I talked with Warren-Tricomi Los Angeles salon stylist Kiyah Wright, the Emmy-winning makeover guru who just transformed Ciara. (She's also been responsible for the amazing hair of Tyra Banks , Gabrielle Union , Iman, Mary J. Blige, and more.) She had some great tips and a ton of excellent advice. Want to know how to get this gorgeous hairstyle on your own or with a little help from the beauty supply store? Just keep reading.
Ciara’s known for having amazingly long, voluminous hair. This is a big change for her.
Yeah, of course it’s partially extensions, but her hair is long anyway. She’s in LA for the Summer and wanted something lighter, something different.
Her new style is a hair piece, right?
Yes, it’s a hair piece. She still has really long hair — this look is just for the Summer.
How did you come up with it?
Ciara has such a little, petite, cute face, and she told me that she wanted to go short. She wanted to do the Halle Berry , but I thought “We need a little sexy, we need a little swagger in front, so let’s just give it a little bit of lift.” But I didn’t want it to look like Rihanna ’s cut, either, so I cut all of it with thinning sheers and kept it tight on the sides, then added a swoop bang and gave her a reddish-auburn highlight in the front, just to break up the black a little bit.
If people want this haircut, what would you tell them to ask their stylist for?
My inspiration for the cut was classic Vidal Sassoon. They have the most European, edgy cut. The stylist should start out longer, then tailor the layers to the shape of that person’s face and head. I just gave her a little pixie cut at the top and then graduated it longer to the front.
Is there any face shape you wouldn't recommend her haircut for?
Some short cuts bring out heavier jaws, fuller cheeks, or longer faces, and for those I wouldn’t recommend this. The most important thing, really, is to make sure you go to a stylist who can cut. Cuts are everything. And make sure that your hair is full enough in the front to balance your face. If you don’t have enough hair, be sure to put some extensions or a of couple hair pieces in. If your face is round, you’re definitely going to need some hair pieces in the front to break up the shape a bit.