Hype Hair: Do you ever wear extensions—and, if so, do you have any tips to share?
Desiree Ross: I do! Be sure to blend them into your natural hair so people can’t see where they start or end, and make sure they match your natural hair color. I like to use my extensions in cornrow braids and buns or ponytails to add a little thickness and length to my natural hair — those are easy styles that hide extensions well.
HH: What are your favorite go-to hairstyles?
DR: I love cornrows with a center part, because I don’t have to use heat on my hair and it lasts for days. Plus, it looks super cute. I also like a nice high or low pony with the edges laid, curly hair or pin-straight hair with a center part, or space buns on either side of my head using extensions.
HH: Are there any other celebrities whose hair you admire?
DR: Kim K. and Zendaya and Yara Shahidi, because her hair on Black-ish always slays.
HH: How would you describe your fashion sense?
DR: It’s more along the lines of tomboy with a little edge.
HH: When you’re short on time, how do you pull your look together?
DR: I’ll do a quick makeup look with foundation, brows, eyeliner, mascara, lashes and gloss— plus a high ponytail, because it’s easy and quick!