Crowning Glory: Recreate Miss USA’s winning look!


Kára McCullough looked stunning as she was crowned Miss USA 2017 back in mid-May. We were fortunate enough to speak with the man responsible for creating McCullough’s winning look, Farouk Systems Global Artist Albert Luiz.

“The new Miss USA came to Las Vegas with a plan! She wanted to win under her terms by staying true to herself and her natural hair texture.”

This look is perfect for a summer wedding or a night out with the girls. Here’s how’s it was created:

Step 1 – McCullough washed and conditioned her hair with CHI Deep Brilliance Olive & Monoi Oil Optimum Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner allowing her hair to air dry naturally.

Step 2 – Luiz backcombed her parietal area with a rattail comb and sprayed the area with CHI Magnified Volume Finishing Spray to help hold the backcombing in place. This helped to add volume while allowing her natural texture to bounce freely as she walked.

Step 3 – To enhance her natural texture, Luiz took 1/2″ sections on the surface of the hairstyle and hairline spraying CHI Magnified Volume Finishing Spray at the base of each section. Then laying the hair over the iron at the root area to quickly dry the spray while the hair was being held up, this created immediate volume at root area.

Step 4 – Next, Luiz pointed the iron in the direction he wanted the hair to go and wrapped each section around the small end of the CHI Air® Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Wand. He then alternated the direction of each section wrapping and pointing the iron to create curls that did not look or feel “done.” (Stylist tip: 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.)

It is important to note that Luiz left most McCullough’s own texture as the foundation for her finished look and only curled the surface of her hair and the hair around her front hairline.

Step 5 – After curling enough strands, Luiz finger separated the curls and blended them with McCullough’s own natural texture. To maintain the new curls’ direction and volume, additional CHI Magnified Volume Finishing Spray was used.

Step 6 – To finish the crowning look, Luiz sprayed the CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Spotlight Shine Spray throughout her finished hairstyle to not only enhance her curls and texture but to add additional shine and glisten from every angle on stage.

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