Wild and free curls like Whitney Houston's will always be in style

Dana Oliver
Beauty Director

Whitney Houston was in a category of her own. She blessed us with pop hits like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” performed the greatest version of the national anthem, and dominated as a multi-hyphenate star in the 1992 film The Bodyguard.

While Houston‘s tragic death in 2012 is a part of her troubled legacy, we will fondly remember The Voice through her timeless music and iconic style.

In tribute to the late singer, we asked hairstylist Jeelan Aleem for Glamsquad to recreate Houston’s signature curly ’do. According to Aleem, the original look was likely achieved with a roller set. This is an alternative that works best on blow-dried or natural hair textures. Keep reading below for five simple steps and product recommendations to nail the style yourself.

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Use fingers to section hair and separate before curling for an effortless finish.

2. Spritz strands with Kérastase Laque Couture Hairspray to minimize frizz.

3. Curl hair in opposite directions for free-flowing ringlets.

Pro Tip: Brush through strands with a boar bristle brush to create smooth curl.

4. Pin to set curls. Let curls cool before removing hair pins.

5. Loosely separate curls and tease into shape.

Makeup details: Tedrick LaMar of the Butterfly Studio Salon gave model Ashley Chew a modern Whitney Houston makeup look, opting for a softer smoky eye than the dramatic shadow Whitney wore on her 1987 album cover. 

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