hot hairstyles at the 2018 billboard music awards
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Red Hot Hairstyles at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Who Slayed at The Billboard Music Awards?

The Billboard Music Awards are always an event celebrities, and fans look forward to.

We still get to see our favorite stars walking the red carpet in some of the flyest fashions. I have to be honest and say a lot of us also love seeing what hairstyles our favorites are rocking because most of us go straight to our hair beauty supply store the next day trying to replicate that same hairstyle.

Tell me who’s hair you loved most this year at the Billboard Music Awards? Who’s look will you try to duplicate this upcoming weekend? For me, there were so many that slayed the Billboard Music Awards red carpet that I honestly can’t choose just one.

Since I can’t, I am going to share with you some of the hottest hairstyles that were on the red carpet for this year’s Billboard Music Awards and let me know, in the comment section, what style you like best.

So you know what to do! Go ahead and press play on your Kelly Clarkson playlist and let’s get started.

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Kelly Clarkson

Can we talk about how amazing Kelly Clarkson was this year as the Billboard Music Awards host?

She was 100% real and did an excellent job to not be, in her own words, an actor or comedian. She has an impressive career up to this point and being an American Idol alum has placed her in American history forever.

This year she just kept it simple by keeping her roots dark while the rest of her hair was blonde. I want to share with you how to “smudge” or ombre your hair just like hers.

Let’s get started! This style can last you up to six to eight washes.

Supplies

The Steps

Step #1

Start with clean hair

Step #2

Comb through the hair to remove tangles

Step #3

Part hair in the center

Step #4

Open the color

Step #5

If you color the entire head start at the ends of your hair and move up toward roots

Step #6

Use vaseline or a moisturizer around the perimeter of your hairline

Step #7

Place towel around shoulders

Step #8

Put on your gloves

Step #9

Mix the color and apply the color to the roots

Step #10

Comb through the hair

Step #11

Apply color to the area (on each side) from the stopping point of your roots and down about an inch

Step #12

Comb through the hair and move the dye down about ½ inch to blend well

Step #13

Watch placement of color to make sure it doesn’t transfer to other area of hair

Step #14

Apply cap for about 20-30 minutes

Step #15

Rinse the color out

Step #16

Style hair as desired

This is one of the easiest ways to get the look you want without making it permanent.

kelly clarkson 2018 billboard music awards

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa is an English singer and model is a rising star in the music industry. Her hairstyle was clean and sleek with a little bit of edge at the Billboard Music Awards. Dua’s hair still has a slight edge to it but still is sophisticated. Her elegant bob is exquisite, and I want to help you get the same look.

Grab your supplies and get ready to create this look on yourself.

Quick Weave with Leave Out

Supplies

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Private Label Extensions
  • Weave molding gel
  • Wonder wrap
  • Blow-dryer
  • Flatiron
  • Edge control
  • Argan oil
  • Stocking cap
  • Scissors

The Steps

Step #1

Shampoo and condition your hair

Step #2

Leave hair damp

Step #3

Comb or brush through the hair to remove any tangles

Step #4

Part the hair where you want you natural part to be

Step #5

Braid your leave out to style later

Step #6

Apply Salon Pro 30-Second Weave Molding Gel to your hair (not the braided section)

Step #7

Comb through hair with a wide-tooth comb to smooth hair down

Step #8

Blow-dry hair

Step #9

Keep hair smooth as it dries to ensure it stays as flat as possible

Step #10

Apply a small amount of wonder wrap onto an applicator brush

Step #11

Apply the wrap to the entire head avoiding the braided section.

Step #12

Use the blow dryer or sit under a hooded dryer until the wrap is dry

Step #13

Put a stocking cap on, once the hair is dry, by pulling the edge past your hairline

Step #14

Use a white pencil to outline your leave out

Step #15

Measure your extension and apply your hair glue to the weft

Step #16

Pull the stocking cap down in the back and allow the thicker band to hang lower

Step #17

Apply the first extension at the nape of your head from edge to edge

Step #18

Smooth the weft down with your finger

Step #19

Grab your blow dryer and run it across the weft

Step #20

Continue applying your wefts as you go up the head

Step #21

Apply them from hairline to hairline, not at the edge of the stocking cap

Step #22

To show off your edges measure your extensions from the edge of the hairline and then slide them back about a ¼ inch

Step #23

At the top of your head, glue your tracks in from front to back

Step #24

Glue your wefts in by placing them along the white line on your cap.

Step #25

Make sure your tracks are dry

Step #26

Cut off the excess part of the stocking cap from around your head and leave out

Step #27

Apply oil to the hair

Step #28

Use your flat iron to smooth your natural hair

Step #29

Fleek your edges with edge control

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Quick weave without leave-out and invisible part

Supplies

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Private Label Extensions
  • Weave molding gel
  • Wonder wrap
  • Blow-dryer
  • Flatiron
  • Edge control
  • Argan oil
  • Stocking cap
  • Scissors
  • Gorilla Snot

The Steps

Step #1

After you shampoo and condition your hair leave it damp

Step #2

Comb through your hair with a comb and keep it smooth

Step #3

Apply molding gel to your entire head

Step #4

Mold down your hair parting your hair where you want your invisible part

Step #5

Blow dry your hair with a blow dryer or use strips to keep your hair smooth

Step #6

To make sure your part is clean mold down your hair parting your hair where you want your invisible part

Step #7

Apply wonder wrap to an applicator brush

Step #8

Apply it all over your head

Step #9

Sit under the dryer or use a blow dryer to dry your hair

Step #10

Once your hair is dry put on a stocking cap by pulling the thicker edge of the stocking cap past your hairline

Step #11

Use a white pencil to mark the place where your part will be

Step #12

Apply gorilla snot to the left side o your hairline

Step #13

Pull your stocking cap to the edge of your hairline and press gently to secure it in place

Step #14

Use your blow dryer to dry the area

Step #15

Repeat this step on the opposite side

Step #16

Do not cut the band off the front of the stocking cap until your hair is completely dry

Step #17

Apply the first extension at the nape of your head from edge to edge

Step #18

Smooth the weft down with your finger

Step #19

Grab your blow dryer and run it across the weft

Step #20

Continue applying your wefts as you go up the head

Step #21

Apply them from hairline to hairline not at the edge of the stocking cap

Step #22

Once you get to the top of the head cut off the excess stocking cap

Step #23

Cut small tic-tac size wefts to start creating your invisible parts

Step #24

Start at the edge of your hairline and glue the remaining part of your stocking cap down alongside your part

Step #25

Move up the part with your small wefts and make your sizes a bit bigger to cover the weft below it

Step #26

Stop midway and apply your closure to make it look realistic as possible

Step #27

Complete the look by finishing applying small wefts

Step #28

Use your flat iron to smooth your natural hair

Step #29

Fleek your edges with edge control

wavy quick weave

Quick Weave with A Braided Foundation

Neat and flat foundation braids are crucial to having a perfect bob! Here’s how to create one with the steps below:

The Steps

Step #1

Cornrow your hair straight back

Step #2

Separate hair into three sections

Step #3

Add synthetic hair to each braid to make your braids last longer

Step #4

Continue braiding your hair neatly and make your braids small

Step #5

Put your stocking cap on

Step #6

Glue your extensions at the nap the same way as you would with a quick weave

Step #7

At the midsection of your head and crown glue your extensions in a circular motion

Step #8

Leave enough space to install your closure

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DIY Closure

The Steps

Step #1

Cut a weft about an inch long

Step #2

Apply glue to your track and allow it to dry about 10 seconds

Step #3

Roll the weft and create a tight roll

Step #4

Attach a clip or t-pin through the wefts to keep them together

Step #5

All it to dry for about five to ten minutes

Step #6

Once the closure is dry, fan the hair out around the wefts

Step #7

Use your flat iron (on low temperature) and press the roll between it

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Lace-Closure-Installed

Janet Jackson

Ms. Jackson is a legend and an icon! There is just no denying! What’s your favorite song by her? My favorites are “If” and “Pleasure Principle.”

While she graces us on the Billboard Music Awards red carpet and during her performance with the fly
half- up /half- down look.

Let’s get started!

janet jackson 2018 billboard music awards

Half-up/Half-down with a ponytail

Supplies

The Steps

Step #1

Start with clean hair

Step #2

Blow dry your hair

Step #3

Part your hair from ear to ear

Step #4

Apply eco-style gel to your hair to help it stay smooth

Step #5

Pull this portion up to keep it out of the way

Step #6

Pull the back portion up and apply eco-style gel to it

Step #7

Brush it smooth and create your ponytail right under the top one

Step #8

Take your extensions and pin the end of the weft in place on the top ponytail

Step #9

Wrap the extensions around the base of the ponytail

Step #10

Pin the extensions in place, so they don’t slide

Step #11

Wrap your extensions into a neat bun and use an elastic to keep it neat

Step #12

Repeat this step on the bottom ponytail

Step #13

To help the look seem seamless take a small section of hair from the bottom ponytail and wrap it around the base of your top ponytail

Step #14

Grab your hair and put it into a ponytail using one of your elastics. Now, you can braid the ponytail and leave it out.

janet jackson 2018 billboard music awards

Demi Lovato

Demi keeps getting it right! Her hair is gorgeous and when she pulls her hair back slick it’s amazing! She’s not sorry and neither am I.

Slicked Back Wet Look

Supplies

Spray bottle filled with water

The Steps

Step #1

Start with wet hair or saturate dry hair with water

Step #2

Brush hair back

Step #3

Apply Aveda styling foam

Step #4

Apply oil to lock in the shine

Step #5

Apply a pomade to keep the hair in place

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En Vogue

En Vogue is a crown jewel of the music industry. They have been on the scene for over 20 years and still look amazing. Check out my take on their hairstyles they wore as they walked the Billboard Music Awards red carpet.

Rhonna killed it with her bob. Check out how to recreate her look by scrolling up to the top of the article.

Terri Ellis wore a bomb ponytail to the Billboard Music Awards. She makes it look so easy, and I’m helping you create it for yourself.

Salt n Peppa en Vouge

How to Create the Sleek Ponytail

The sleek ponytail is quick to create but can be switched up to make it more modern and still look effortless. It’s a great style when you don’t have a lot of time to get ready, but you want to look put together.

To make sure you style your ponytail correctly, I am going to break down the styling options based on your hair type. So, let’s get to styling!

You can add in clip-in extensions to add volume and length if desired.

Fine hair or thin hair can look cute in a ponytail! I’m going to share with you tips on how to make them look sleek and fuller!

Supplies

  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Elastic
  • Bristle brush
  • Spray gel

To put your fine hair in a ponytail follow these simple instructions:

Step #1

Shampoo and condition your hair

Step #2

Blow dry, or air dry your hair (make sure you use a heat protectant)

Step #3

Wet the hair around the perimeter to help smooth hair

Step #4

Use your brush to brush out the hair around the edge of the hairline

Step #5

Use an ouchless elastic to gather all the hair into a high ponytail to give the illusion of more fullness

ponytail

Here are some great hacks to try to take your ponytail to the next level if you have thin/fine hair:

  • Use eyeshadow, around your hairline, that matches your roots and shade in the areas that look thin
  • Try a curling wand to add waves to your hair. Using a wand adds volume to the style.
  • Switch up the side of the part. It gives the appearance of more fullness because of the switch up.

If your hair is relaxed, your technique will be slightly different.

Supplies

  • Organix argan oil
  • PLE Edge control
  • Boar’s hairbrush
  • Wide-toothed combs

Here’s how to style a sleek and smooth ponytail:

The Steps

Step #1

Apply a quarter-sized amount of argan oil to your scalp

Step #2

Comb through the hair to remove tangles and distribute oil

Step #3

Apply some eco-style gel

Step #4

Use edge control to smooth your edges

Step #5

Brush hair with a boar’s hair

Step #6

Brush the edges smooth to spread the product evenly

Your hair is good to go! Keep those stray hairs down with a few bobby pins or apply a small amount of hair gel.

kelly rowland ponytail

Natural hair is not hard to get smooth. It takes some preparation, but I must admit, I love the look of natural hair styled into ponytails.

Supplies

Organix coconut shampoo and conditioner
Leave-in conditioner
Wide-toothed comb
Hair clips
Spray bottle with water
Elastic
Boar’s brush
Eco-style gel
Scarf
Clip-ins
Faux ponytail

The Steps

If your hair is natural here’s how to get your ponytail smooth and sleek:

Step #1

Shampoo your hair

Step #2

Apply a leave-in conditioner

Step #3

Part hair into four sections

Step #4

Detangle hair with a wide-toothed comb

Step #5

Spray hair with water to make it easier to style

Step #6

Brush through each section and clip up

Step #7

Remove clips and create a part (if desired) for your ponytail

Step #8

Brush your hair smooth around the parted area or your hairline

Step #9

Use eco-style gel to help you get the final smooth look by applying to hairline and crown of hair

Step #10

Brush your hair smooth until it looks how you want it to look

Step #11

Use a fabric covered elastic to secure the ponytail

Step #12

Tie down the hair with a scarf (I like to leave mine on overnight but leave on for at least an hour)

Step #13

Remove your scarf and use your edge control to smooth down your edges

Step #14

Remove your elastic band and tighten up your ponytail

Step #15

Spray a little bit of water to the ends to revive your natural curls

Note: You can also add a faux ponytail or clip-ins if you want a fuller or longer ponytail

I suggest you style it the night before to make sure it stays sleek.

Cindy, of En Vogue, kept her style slicked back and classic. To create her look scroll back up to the how-to for Demi Lovato.

bobby pins natural curls ponytail

Ciara

Mrs. Wilson if you didn’t know, showed up and showed out at the Billboard Music Awards. She is showing us how to rock motherhood, career, marriage, and philanthropy without losing yourself in the process.

Check out how to get full and gorgeous curls like hers below:

Sew-in techniques to get Ciara’s look are below:

Supplies

  • A rat tail comb to create neat parts
  • A wide tooth comb to comb hair neatly
  • Oil for scalp
  • Black Nylon Thread
  • Small Rubber Bands
  • Hook Needle
  • Duckbill Clips
  • Weaving Net
  • Three bundles of hair (shampooed, deep-conditioned, and dried)
  • 1 Pack of Synthetic Braid Hair (optional)

You should never install a sew-in without prepping your hair first. Just think about it! Your hair is going to be under an install for an extended period. Could you imagine the smell or damage your hair and scalp will have if you don’t prepare it properly

Shampoo and condition your hair with a product line that has Argan Oil. I am absolutely in love with the Organix line of hair care products because the company has a variety of products perfect for your specific hair type and needs.

I also like Kim Kimble’s hair care line because it’s ideal for relaxed hair as well as naturalistas.

ciara 2018 billboard music awards

Partial Sew-in

A partial sew-in is perfect if you want flexibility in styling your hair in different ways. You can get a lot of wear out of your partial sew-in.

Refer to the Prep Your Hair section above before beginning your install. You want to make sure you protect your natural hair to prevent damage.

The Steps

Step #1

Leave some hair out around the entire perimeter of your head

Step #2

Braid this hair, so it doesn’t get mixed in with your foundation braids

Step #3

Braid your leave out

Step #4

Braid the very back braid across the back of your nape area. This braid will make sure your back braids are secure.

Step #5

Take the ends of your braids and lay them in between the parts

Step #6

Sew each braid in the same as you would for the full sew-in

Once you finish the braiding the rest of your hair in either a beehive pattern or straight back (this is your choice), prepare your weaving net.

While keeping your net flat and neat, make sure you cover the entire head with the net. Begin sewing your net on the side of your deep part. Stitch the top of the net, next will be the sides, and the back is last. While you’re sewing your net to the braided foundation making sure you avoid braiding it to your perimeter and center braids because this is your leave out.

At the back, stretch your weaving net first and then sew the net to your braid to reduce buckling.

The Steps

Step #1

Trim the excess net off

Step #2

Begin sewing your bundles in until you get to the top using the fold-over method

Step #3

Braid leave out to keep out of way as you style the rest of your hair

Step #4

Brush hair to remove tangles

Step #5

Section hair into four sections and clip them up

Step #6

Remove the clip of one section

Step #7

Put wand curler to 450 degrees

Step #8

Wand curl small sections backward

Step #9

Hold on wand for about 5 seconds to get a tight curl

Step #10

Repeat the above steps for the back and midsection

Step #11

Curl the crown and front tighter

Step #12

Decrease the temperature on your curling wand (your natural hair cannot stand that heat)

Step #13

Unbraid the leave out

Step #14

Curl it in small sections

Step #15

Take a wide-toothed comb and comb your curls out to give them volume

Step #16

Take your edge control and sleek your edges

You are ready to kill it no matter what room you walk in!

Weave

Blair Imani

Blair Imani showed everyone at the Billboard Music Awards that you don’t have to have a full head of hair to give us hair goals! As an activist and founder of Equality for Her, she celebrates diversity and inclusion. If you are thinking about the big chop, she shows you how to rock your look with confidence.

Reasons women rock a bald look can vary. A few reasons may be the following:

  • Patchiness/hair loss
  • Damage/breakage
  • Desire for a change
  • Thinning hair
  • Encourage growth

If you are wondering what products to use for your hair, I suggest the following products:

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You’re A Star

The stars showed up for the Billboard Music Awards this year.

Most of us will sit and wish we could look as great as they look and be on the red carpet just like them. The truth is, tons of social media influencers made it on the red carpet as well. I mention this because you need to know that you are only three bundles from looking just like them!

You are one more idea away from being on that red carpet. Don’t worry about trying to “look” like your favorite celebrity. Focus on recreating their look to make your shine in your way!

Let me know what your favorite style is by commenting below. Don’t forget to tag Private Label Extensions in your post. You may see yourself on our social media feed.

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