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'CHI-RAQ' New York Premiere

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As a hairstylist, I can tell you that most women feel unstoppable with great hair! And that’s exactly what the beautiful and talented, triple-threat Michelle Michener is … unstoppable. So who better than her to serve as your hair inspiration for your holiday looks!

In her break out role in Spike Lee’s newest film “Chi-raq” she plays “Indigo” and co-stars alongside talented actors such as Wesley Snipes, Lala Anthony and Teyonah Paris. But for me her biggest co-star is her fabulous hair, as her signature Bob is my favorite part of Indigo’s look in the film.

Michelle is no stranger to the spotlight as a dancer she’s shared the stage with some of today’s biggest artist like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Janelle Monae to name a few. So I wanted to provide her with a look that was as versatile as her talents are. A topknot with sleek bangs is the perfect mix of sexy and sophisticated. And it’s a perfect look for you to try this New Year’s Eve!

Michelle Mitchenor Hairstylist

Source: Courtesy Of Alicia Fajardo / http://www.aliciafajardo.com


Here’s how to achieve this look with some exclusive behind-the-scenes images from her red carpet prep.

'CHI-RAQ' New York Premiere

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To get this look for yourself, begin by creating a sleek high ponytail- it is important to get the ponytail to the right height and tame flyaways with product. I used one of my favorites Dr. Miracles “Edge Holding Gel”.

Next, it’s important to note that foundation is key, so wrap the edges of your hair with Sanik strips (or a scarf) to keep the hair smooth and laid while prepping your bangs and topknot.

Michelle Mitchenor

Source: Courtesy Of Alicia Fajardo / http://www.aliciafajardo.com


Then, tease the ponytail – it helps create volume and to add a little messiness to the top knot.

Note: you don’t even have to cut your hair for this look!-I added hair to create faux bangs so Michelle didn’t have to tamper with her real hair.

Michelle Mitchenor Hairstylist

Source: Courtesy Of Alicia Fajardo / http://www.aliciafajardo.com


Next, smooth the bangs by running them through a flat iron to create that sleek look. I used my Amika Titanium flat iron.

And finish up by setting the look. I achieved this with Motions “Hold & Shine” to set the look with a light hold and a nice shine.

'CHI-RAQ' New York Premiere

Source: Gilbert Carrasquillo / Getty


Alicia Fajardo is a licensed hair-stylist to the stars with 15 years of experience in the industry. Her clients count on her for sleek, unique and effortless looks that work on the red carpet and real life. You can follow her social media at @aliciafajardohair and find her contact info at http://www.aliciafajardo.com.

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