Ciara’s Hairstylist Shares Secrets Behind BET Awards Glam

César Ramirez shares how you can cop her style at home.

One of the biggest highlights from BET Awards 2015 was the star-studded musical tribute to Janet Jackson. After walking the red carpet in a sleek gown and straightened tresses earlier in the evening, Ciara transformed herself into the pop icon for her performance of Jackson’s hits “If” and "Rhythm Nation." Loved both looks? Her hairstylist, César Ramirez, gives you the rundown so you can cop her style at home.


“We for sure wanted to capture the essence of Janet, but still remain true to Ciara and her brand. We wanted to try a beautifully natural curly hair look for the stage, but for the red carpet we wanted a softer understated look to feature her Wes Gordon dress,” he says.

For the red carpet look, Ci Ci wore her mid-back length mane straight and pulled away from her face. For her transformation into Miss Jackson, Ramirez styled Ciara’s hair in loose natural waves, clipping in Indique bounce curl highlights in golden brown for a pop of color.

“For rehearsals prior to the show, I styled Ciara's hair in a full naturally diffused curl look to test out our stage look. The challenge was to smooth out the look for the [red carpet]  and then get the hair back to curly for the stage. With such contrasting styles and little time between looks, I needed reliable products to ease the challenge.”

Ramirez, who is a celebrity stylist with Mizani, used a range of products from the brand’s hair-care line. He explains with step-by-step instructions below:

Get the Curly Look

Start on damp freshly washed hair

  • Next, spray generously all throughout the hair with MIZANI’s 25 Miracle Milk to de-tangle and as leave-in conditioner

  • To hydrate the curls, I use MIZANI’s True Texture Perfect Curl. It controls frizz and defines curls

  • To finish, use diffuser attachment and carefully dry the hair in sections, creating volume and definition

    Get the Red Carpet Look

    Start off by spraying the hair with a small amount of MIZANI’s 25 Miracle Milk and blow-dry the hair in sections until smooth

  • Then, in smaller sections, lightly press out the hair using a flat iron like the ENZO Milano GIO 2 Pro (make sure not to make hair too straight or too flat)

  • Next, using MIZANI’s Defyne Wax, mold the hair back off the face and hold the sides in place; For the ends, I used MIZANI’s Supreme Oil to add shine and control frizz

  • To finish, use MIZANI’s HRM Humidity Resistant Mist

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