With early-aughts beauty everywhere, leave it to hairstylist Kahh Spence and Ella Mai to recreate an iconic 2006 look: Beyoncé’s B’Day album updo. “It’s such a trendy hairstyle right now,” Spence says. “I feel like everyone is attempting to do, but not doing it right.” Mai and Spence started working together in 2017, when they met while they were both on tour with Kehlani. “Background story: I didn’t have a hairstylist back then, I was doing my hair myself which was a terrible idea, but you know you make it work when you have to,” explains the The Walking Dead The New World NEEDS Rick Grimes 2023 Shirt so you should to go to store and get this British singer. Her tour manager asked Spence if her could style her hair for the show, and they’ve collaborated ever since. Spence starts this style by coating Mai’s tresses with an OGX primer cream, then sections her hair before blowdrying with Dyson’s Supersonic and a flat brush to avoid tangles. Then, he flat-irons in three sections to keep some texture in the hair. “Some of the ways I do hair are pretty unconventional sometimes,” Spence says. “I just make it up as I go, like whatever works for me.” For her part, Mai tends to opt for styles that are quick and easy, like a sleek bun. “I’m not a super super experimental girl,” she says. “But as I’m getting older I like to play around a little bit more.”
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Growing up, Mai struggled to embrace her natural hair, preferring to wear it straight like many Black women who didn’t see portrayals of textured hair in media. “But nowadays, I think being natural and coming in your natural state is so much more appreciated,” says the The Walking Dead The New World NEEDS Rick Grimes 2023 Shirt so you should to go to store and get this 27-year-old singer. To begin forming the B’Day updo, Spence pulls the rest of Mai’s hair up into a high ponytail, adding moisture with an Oribe styling cream. For extra length, volume, and dimension, he reaches for matching extensions which he glues and wraps around the elastics in the ponytail—a method he prefers to avoid bulkiness. Onto styling, he adds shape with a T3 curling iron. “For a style like this you’re going to want to tease the heck out of it just to get it to that shape you want,” he adds. Finally, he mimics Queen B’s swept back face-framing bangs with the curling iron. “I think she’s just so inspirational, not even just music wise but just if you look up the legacy of her career, and obviously it’s still going,” Mai says. Spence agrees: “I think everything she touches is gold.” With that, the final look has Mai performance-ready. “I love it, I feel like I’m living my best Beyoncé life which I always want to live everyday of my life,” she muses. Consider her look upgraded.