First Lady Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama

DALLAS, Feb 3, 2009 / FW/ — With 40% of consumers saying that haircuts and hair colors are something they could not live without, it’s time to look at style-setting hair so that we can all attend our mane events.

Tippi Shorter, Celebrity Colorist for Clairol Professional Beautiful Collection offers some tips for the season’s red hot looks based on high profile women.

Michelle Obama: Tried, Trendsetting and True

For the inauguration ball, “Michelle stayed true to her signature look,” say Tippi Shorter. “Her hair remained flawless, as well as her skin and barely there makeup.”

To get the First Lady Michelle Obama’s look at home or in a salon:

To get Mrs. Obama’s great healthy shine, you’ll need to give your hair color a boost. Choose Clairol Professional’s Beautiful Collection Medium Brown.

Because the look is all about shine and health, moisturizing is ultra important. The next step is to shampoo and condition with products formulated specially for women of color, such as Pantene Relaxed and Natural.

Use a light leave-in conditioner to detangle and blow dry.

Flatiron large sections of hair and part on your favorite side. For maximum body, use the flatiron like a curling iron to give roundness instead of super straight. To finish, a light spray keeps it all together.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys: Shining On with Sleek Chic

For Alicia Key’s sleek, simple and worn hair, she wets her hair often to revitalize the natural curls. So that she will not lose a lot of natural shine and luster, Alicia Key’s hair was colored with Clairol Professional Beautiful Collection in dark brown. It helps restore her moisture but, most importantly, her shine.”

Mary J. Blige: Sophisticated Chameleon

Mary J loves change, from the cut to the color; she approaches her hair like an accessory. For her staple short-and-sassy style, she had multi-dimensional color which looks radiant against her skin tone. If there is anyone that can go from black to red to blonde and look great doing it, it is MJB.

Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige

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