Ciara lit up the front row at H&M Studio’s fall 2016 runway show in Paris this week with a stunning crowned braid. Normally the singer wears her hair down with loose waves, but opted to wear a braid for the fashionable event. Her hairstylist, Cesar Ramirez who is Mizani’s Global Artistic Director, wanted a style that played off the fun patterns in her colorful dress. “I usually always attend Ciara’s fittings,” says Ramirez. “It helps me get inspired and prepare for the looks we will be doing. When I saw the look at the H&M showroom, I wanted to play off the fun patterns in the dress. I immediately thought something tribal, twisted, dreaded and maybe frizzy would complete her look.”
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To start, Ramirez parted the hair down the center from front hairline to the crown. Then from the crown down to the neck, he zigzag parted to create an invisible part in the back. Next, Ramirez started braiding down each side off the part using MIZANI Defyne Wax to really detail the braids. Once he started braiding off the head, he switched to a fishtail braid.
Next, Ramirez then took a separate bundle of loose hair (custom blended) to match her color and made a long separate fishtail braid. Next, he crossed and hair pinned the two loose ends in the back to sit right above the neck, then pinned in the separate fishtail like a headband behind the previous braid. Next, Ramirez then pulled on each strand of each braid and lightly sprayed MIZANI SHYNE Bodifying Sheen Spray for slip—this created all the loose frizzy texture. Finally, Ramirez finished the look with MIZANI HRM Humidity Resistant Mist for hold.
What do you think of Ciara’s braid? Would you try it?