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Inspiration comes in all sorts of forms. Recently, Yusef created a stunning sleek ponytail with a braid woven through it for singer Rihanna to receive her NAACP award. Allure sat down with Yusef to discuss the look and how to achieve it.
"The inspiration for the look was a mixture between hard and soft," says Williams, who worked closely with Rihanna's makeup and fashion teams to create a collaborative vision. "After seeing the wardrobe, I was inspired to do something sleek with a little bit of texture — meaning the braid that I incorporated into the ponytail."
After Yusef prepped Rihanna's hair with Suave Professionals for Natural Hair Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Natural Hair Moisturizing Curl Conditioner, he used the new GHD Helios Hair Dryer and his own The Y by Yusef Medium Round Brush to give her a sleek blowout. After her hair was dry, he moved onto the GHD Platinum+ Styler to smooth away frizz and boost shine.
Get your inspiration on!