Rihanna's Hairstylist, Yusef Williams, On How to Get Her VMAs Ponytail: Rock the Look
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Welcome to Billboard.com&rsquo;s newest series, &ldquo;Rock the Look&rdquo;, where celebrity makeup artists recreate their client&#39;s&nbsp;most iconic, current and covetable looks on a Billboard editor or artist super-fan.&nbsp;</span>This week, <a href="/artist/365068/rihanna/chart">Rihanna</a>&#39;s hairstylist,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/yusefhairnyc/" target="_blank">Yusef Williams</a>, shows us how to recreate&nbsp;the singer&#39;s new signature, an ultra high and flirty ponytail from the VMAs.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">To get RiRi&#39;s look, Yusef misted Kat&#39;s hair with water and straightened her naturally curly locks (done off camera) with the <a href="http://www.ghdhair.com/us/ghd-platinum/ghd-white-platinum-styler" target="_blank">ghd</a><a href="http://www.ghdhair.com/us/ghd-platinum/ghd-white-platinum-styler" target="_blank">&nbsp;Platinum&nbsp;Styler</a>, a flat iron known for distributing heat evenly and reducing breakage by 50%. He then sprayed a light, texturizing spray all over, flipping the head upside down and brushing everything forward with <a href="http://www.ghdhair.com/us/paddle-and-dressing-brushes/oval-dressing-brush" target="_blank">ghd&#39;s</a><a href="http://www.ghdhair.com/us/paddle-and-dressing-brushes/oval-dressing-brush" target="_blank">&nbsp;Oval Dressing Brush</a>. Yusef then&nbsp;gathered the hair at the top of the head, setting it with a holding spray, like <a href="http://www.ulta.com/biolage-hydrasource-hydra-seal-spray?productId=xlsImpprod6490122" target="_blank">Matrix Biolage&nbsp;Hydrasource Hydra-Seal Spray</a>&nbsp;and combing it into a secure, tight hair tie.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">To add drama and volume to both Rihanna and Kat&#39;s hair, Yusef chose <strong>natural hair extensions</strong> similar in texture and color and wrapped them around the base of the ponytail, masking the hair tie and securing the extensions with&nbsp;tiny hairpins&nbsp;(Yusef prefers hair pins instead of Bobby pins for maximum hold). Then, working a razor and comb through the hair, he sectioned off parts of the pony, backcombing and splitting them to create texture.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Finishing off the look, Yusef straightened random pieces of hair with the <strong>ghd</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Platnium</strong><strong>&nbsp;Styler </strong>and brushed down the baby hairs with a dollop of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ampro-Style-Protein-Styling-Ounce/dp/B000142O4U?th=1" target="_blank">Ampro</a><span style="line-height: 20.8px;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ampro-Style-Protein-Styling-Ounce/dp/B000142O4U?th=1" target="_blank">&nbsp;Protein Styling Gel tinted brown</a>.</span></p>

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