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The legendary Chaka Khan is looking as vibrant and youthful as ever. Is it her luminous, line-free skin? Or that wildly wonderful hair of hers? Chaka Khan has also lost a lot of weight too, which is probably another reason for her inner and outer glow. In any case, the Queen of Funk knows how to rock trendy hair even on the cusp of 60! If you have dark skin like Chaka's, you too can be fresh and funky in vibrant red hair. Here's how:
Chaka Khan has chosen a glossy bold red. Tell your hairstylist that you want a deep cherry wine shade as the final result, to avoid getting an orangey Rihanna-style red. For the application, follow Khan's lead and go for a half head of highlights. For a blended look, tell your stylist for very thin highlights. To get bolder streaks like Chaka Khan, ask for thicker highlight sections. It's best to get a half head rather than a full head of highlights to keep your natural black hair underneath as a good base.
These hot red locks have only subtle layers cut around the edges which enhances the bounce and volume of the natural curls. This big voluptuous hairdo is perfect for those with naturally thick hair wanting a look with plenty of shape and width to compliment a long face. Regular trims will help prevent split ends.
Now that you have Chaka's hair, try out her eye-grabbing style and add some funk through your outfits and jewelry. And remember to invest in a great berry-shade of lip gloss like Khan is wearing here.
Under 21, 21 - 30, 31 - 40, 41 - 50, and 51 - 60
Use your smoothing shine to add a small amount of gloss and to reduce fly-aways.
Wax, Smoothing Shine, Hair Spray, and Moisturizer
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Apply a small amount of hair moisturizer to the palm of your hand and distribute it evenly through the mid-lengths and the ends. Moisturizer will help your hair to maintain good condition and protect your strands from heat as you style.
2. Flip Head and Use a Diffuser and Fingers
Tip your head upside down and move the diffuser up to the ends, motioning the diffuser to the scalp in circular movements. Make sure the blow-dryer speed is on low and try not to completely dry the hair off. Leaving a little bit of moisture will allow the hair to dry naturally.
3. Use a Medium Curling Iron
A medium curling iron is used to create medium sized curls.
4. Use a Curling Iron to Curl the Back
Starting from the back, take a small section of hair and place the ends at the base of your curling iron barrel and then wrap the hair up around the barrel until you reach your roots. Hold the hair for 5 to 10 seconds and then release the hair by unwinding the strands backwards. Continue this step until the entire back section of your hair is completed.
5. Use a Curling Iron on the Front and Sides
Starting at the front, take a small section of hair and place the ends at the base of your curling iron barrel and then wrap the hair up around the barrel until you reach your roots. Hold the hair for 5 to 10 seconds and then release the hair by unwinding the strands backwards. Continue this step until all of the hair through your front and sides has been curled.
6. Piece the Ends Using Wax
Apply a small amount of wax to your fingertips and then lightly piece and pinch the ends of your hair.
Apply a very small amount of smoothing shine to the palms of your hands and then run it through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Be careful not to add any to the roots or a large amount to any section of the hair as smoothing shine can be very heavy on the hair, weighing it down and making it appear oily.
To finish, apply a minimal amount of hairspray from an arms length distance to the top, sides and back. Take care not to use too much or you will end up with a white, flaky residue which looks like dandruff.