Miss USA winner Kára McCullough is still trending high after her crowning moment this past weekend — including her choice to rock her natural curls! We caught up with Farouk Systems global artist Albert Luiz, the man behind her gorgeous crown of hair, to get all the details on her winning look.
“The new Miss USA came to Las Vegas with a plan!,” shared Albert. “She wanted to win under her terms by staying true to herself.” Albert helped the beauty stay true by taking her curls to the next level. Read on to see step-by-step how Albert crafted the flawless look.
To prep, Kára first washed and conditioned her hair with CHI Deep Brilliance Olive & Monoi Oil Optimum Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. After naturally drying her hair, Albert backcombed the back crown of her hair with a rattail comb, spraying with CHI Magnified Volume Finishing Spray. “This helped to add volume while allowing her natural texture to bounce freely as she walked,” explained Albert.
To add even extra volume at the root, he took half-inch sections along her hairline, sprayed the base of each section with the finishing spray and laid hair over the iron at the root area to quickly dry the spray while the hair was being held up.
He then went through to add extra curl definition with the CHI Air® Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Wand, alternating the direction of each curl, finger separating and blending so it did “not look or feel done.”
“This technique ensures a random curl pattern and direction as not to completely change her hair’s curl pattern and not curling every strand of hair,” said Albert. “I left most 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.”
He finished off with CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Spotlight Shine Spray.