Never one to shy away from artistic expression and evolution, Solange Knowles is continuously debuting new hair transformations that make us all take note. The singer has rocked everything from voluminous curls to long braids to buzz cuts, and her hairstyles never seem to fail or inspire her millions of fans. This time the songstress debuted not only a new style, but a strikingly new hair color as well. Swapping out her signature brunette color for platinum blonde has only upped the ante on the musician's new short natural curly afro—just after she debuted her beach blonde braided look during New York Fashion Week. With the sudden back-to-back hair metamorphosis, we had the opportunity to catch up with Knowles's hairstylist, Chuck Amos, and find out what inspired the drastic switch-up and what hairstyle does she plan to pull off next.
How did you begin working with Solange?
I started working with Solange just after we met at a photo shoot in 2009. I did one of the hairstyles on her for that shoot and the rest is history.
What inspired Solange to go blonde?
She wanted to do something that was totally left of what she's been doing lately. Something with natural hair, but that still pops!
Solange’s hair is always next level and she’s known for her voluminous curly afro. Why did she decide to go for the big chop?
She's a true artist and change is a part of Life. She understands that and changing her hair is the statement, like her songs. And as we know, she is not a stranger to cutting her hair off, as we have seen in the past with her. Going short doesn't bother Solange.
How do you maintain the color with her natural curls?
Since it's more of a hair lightening process and not a direct color application, there is no need to worry about fading or having to use color safe products. With lightened hair, you have to maintain the brassiness of the color with toners and silver rinses to keep the color at a nice appealing light blonde color.
What products are you using on her hair?
I used Pantene Gold Series Moistures Boost Shampoo and Conditioner, the hydrating butter creme and the intense hydrating oil. I wanted to use products that were going to moisturizer her hair from the core, because when natural hair is lightened so much, it is compromised of its inner strength.
What natural hair techniques do you use for Solange’s new short afro?
While her hair was still damp, I used the butter cream and hydrating oil to moisten her hair from the core, then I wrapped small sections of her natural curls around a pencil to distort her natural curl to create an artistic shape to them. After that, I used a diffuser, switching from medium to hot, and then cool when fully dried. I've then separated her curls and with a cold blow dryer blew her hair in a circular motion around her head to lift her curls from the root to create a "coral reef" effect to her hair.
What advice would you give to those who want to go blonde with or without natural hair?
Going blonde is a hard process on your hair, whether it's natural or not. It compromises your hair's moisture the properties of what your hair is originally about. So you must always have moisture in your hair, especially to the core, and make sure that you do a strand test somewhere in the back of your head to make sure that your hair can withstand the strength of the bleaching process. Once you achieve your bleaching color, make sure you keep hair moisturized to withstand any post bleaching breakage that could occur.
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