Sure, I miss Xtina on The Voice, but I’m also really excited for Shakira’s debut as a coach tonight. I just know she’s going to kick all the boys’ butts, including that of her fellow new coach Usher. In honor of her first night–and because I’ve loved Shak’s hair texture through all its different color incarnations (gypsy black, rockstar red, bombshell blond)–I called on Luis Alvarez, co-founder and the creative force behind the awesome Aquage haircare line, to teach us how to get the new mama’s signature waves. If there’s one thing Luis knows, it’s curly hair.
Here’s his guide to transforming natural curls into sexy Shakira waves in 4 easy steps:
1. Prime hair with Aquage SeaExtend Silkening Shampoo – “This is my favorite for curly hair, because it’s infused with a blend of sea botanicals that seal the cuticle and help restore hair’s flexibility, pliability and shine,” Luis says. Follow with Aquage Silkening Power Infusion. “It’s my OMG! go-to product, because the results are instant. It’s a 60-second rinse-out treatment that repairs and silkens naturally curly and color-treated hair.”
2. To style, I recommend Aquage SeaExtend Silkening Oil Treatment. “This styling treatment is infused with ultra-light argan oil and sweet almond oil to smooth, silken and add brilliant shine,” Luis says. “The key to fabulous curly hairstyles is making sure to use enough product to evenly saturate hair from roots to ends. After applying to clean, wet hair, blow-dry using a cup diffuser with the dryer set on high heat and high air flow.”
3. When your hair is dry, grab random sections no wider than 2 or 3 inches across. Right before curling, lightly spray each section with Aquage Beyond Body Thermal Spray. “It’s a medium-hold, body-building, heat-activated thermal setting spray with fortifying proteins that seal and protect hair’s outer layer,” Luis says. His curling technique: Loosely wrap each section around the barrel of a conical curling iron. If you don’t have one, use a regular curling iron without using the clamp, to avoid flattening the hair. Instead, just wind the hair around the iron for a few seconds and gently slide the iron away. “This technique unites random, organic natural curls into a thicker, looser, undulating curl pattern,” Luis explains.
4. “Last, but certainly not least, apply a pearl-sized amount of Aquage Detailing Creme to the palm of your hand and thoroughly emulsify, especially in between the fingers,” Luis says. “Lightly, gently and delicately run fingers through the hair with the goal of creating strand definition and separation without overly disturbing the newly created open-ended curl pattern.”
¡Y listo! You’ve got sexy Shakira hair in no time flat!
This story was originally posted on GlamLatina.com.