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Janet Jackson was a style icon for decades, and for good reason: She rocks hard. It’s not only that, though. She also rocks her look hard. Janet’s charisma, charm, confidence and no-holds-barred embrace of her heritage won over many fans across cultural borders. One of the most inspiring aesthetic aspects is her natural hair, which she has worn a thousand ways throughout the years. Arguably none, though, is as beautiful as long, loose, natural hair, an accessory she has remolded and perfected again and again. If you’re looking for an 80s icon after which to model your own ‘do, she’s the one. Here’s how to achieve Janet Jackson’s hair.
1. Cut Your Hair in Layers
No one likes the triangle effect, which is what voluminous hair tends toward if it isn’t trimmed right. Ask your stylist to create a full look at the crown, tapering inward as they continue farther down. Your Janet Jackson layers should be more dramatic the shorter your hair is. If it’s past your breastbone, you can save those layers for the bottom 6 inches or so.
2. Style Your Janet Jackson Hair Naturally
As soon as you step out of the shower, finger-comb your hair. Run a brush through it to define different strands. Make sure you start right from the roots to give your scalp definition, or else it will look frizzy. Let it air dry or use a diffuser, then run your fingers through it again and use a pick to pluck it up. Give it a final scrunch.
3. Side Part Fearlessly
A classic feature of Janet Jackson’s hair over the years has been the side part and swoop. Draw a line along one side of your scalp, then turn the hair up and over the crown of your head. Resist the urge to actually brush it the other way, which will make it lie flat against your scalp. Use your fingers to create an effortless flyaway look instead.
3. Blow Dry Carefully
Whether you’re looking to diffuse those curls a titch or achieve a fully straight hairstyle, use the blow-drier carefully. Natural hair is sensitive and can get crispy fast, especially if you’re using product. It’s best to speak with a stylist so you can learn how to achieve the look you want gently, with a minimum use of heat tools. They can also help you figure out the right products to protect rather than wreck your hair.
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