Skai Jackson just turned 18 this summer, but she has been serving up crush-worthy styles for years. We’re talking looks that we can rock at any age, with folks every taking notes to recreate at home. So, of course, we were thrilled to see her bring all of that hair drama to her newest gig on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
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Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen her rock a power ponytail, cascading waves, and a must-have bob and we needed deets! We caught up with her hairstylist Ray Christopher, who has served up hair magic for such stars as Saweetie, Teyana Taylor, Danielle Brooks, and Niecy Nash, to find out what goes into creating her looks, and he also shared how to beat frizz while on-the-move.
HYPE HAIR: We have been loving Skai’s hair on the show! How do you come up with her looks?
RAY CHRISTOPHER: Each week, we get the looks on Saturday [and] as far as wardrobe, I just go with the flow. Whether I am inspired by something in particular or whatever the outfit brings to mind, I typically go in that direction.
HH: Can you share some deets about this week’s “Princess & The Frog”?
RAY: This week was Disney week, so we had to do something a little bit more fun and something that would complement the outfit, so I decided to go with a fun, flirty bob. Since Skai wears her hair natural on a daily basis and doesn’t really put heat on it, we decided to go with a wig. After braiding down her hair, I used a full lace wig.
HH: Nice! Do you have any key elements you consider, so her hair stays on point even after the performance?
RAY: Since this is a high energy show and they’re dancing and sweating all night, I try to stay within the protective hairstyle scope of things. I still like to keep the integrity of her hair being natural and, at the same time, give her the look that she wants and will look the best on camera.
For styling, I fell in love with the Dove Style + Care Compressed Micro Mist Flexible Hold Hairspray. It really works wonders on locking in the curl and still keeping Skai’s hair playful and fun.
HH: Our hair, in real life, also needs to handle the craziness of the day. Can you share tips for maintaining our styles throughout the day? Any special products for frizz-free hair?
RAY: Maintaining your everyday hair is all about preparation. If you prepare your hair for the things to come throughout the day—whether you’re working out, dancing, working outside—your hair should last the whole day.
I recommend trying the Dove Amplified Textures collection…it provides you with all the tools you need to maintain healthy curls throughout the day and look amazing while doing it! My favorite product from the collection is the Shine & Moisture Finishing Gel since its perfect for styling edges, plus it does wonders for frizz control! Since it’s alcohol-free, it doesn’t dry the hair out, and instead locks in the moisture for a full day of shiny, hydrated natural curls.
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