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HOW-TO: Ciara’s Essence Festival Waves by Cesar Ramirez

Ciara lit up the stage her with performance for the last night of Essence’s 22nd Annual Festival in New Orleans, showing off her killer dance moves while flaunting her sexy loose waves.

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Keeping the “I Bet” singer’s strands super sultry was none other than her go-to hairstylist and MIZANI Global Artistic Director Cesar Ramirez. According to the hair guru, stage time is play time, so he definitely doesn’t hold back when it comes to fierce color and voluminous texture.

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“Ciara’s stage show is my time to play with texture and length,” Ramirez explained. “For Essence Fest, we went lighter. I added some bright balayage blonde highlights. I also added a little length for some stage drama and sexiness!”



  1. “To start, apply a small amount of MIZANI Iron Curl throughout all mid-shaft and ends. This protects the hair from heat, adds shine and helps define the texture.
  2. Using a ONE Styling flatiron, take small sections and create a wave to resemble a beachy texture
    *Tip: Remember to wave every piece in a different direction to get a very natural finish
  3. Finish by spraying every section with MIZANI HRM to hold shape and resist humidity (this helped Ciara’s mane maintain its freshness throughout the show.)”


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