How Ciara’s Stylist Defied Humidity for her Sports Illustrated Cover

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by Ben Watts for Sports Illustrated

Ciara's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is finally here, and the Barbados heat didn't stand a chance against her hair.

In the humid climate, salty water and hot sun, Ciara's hair remained flawless.

Celebrity hairstylist Cesar DeLeon Ramirez created the various looks using UNITE Hair products.

"Working with Ciara on the Sports Illustrated shoot in Barbados was pretty amazing considering we were working in paradise. Styling and maintaining hair to look good on the beach is a bit of a struggle, but I felt confident going in knowing that I had my kit fully stocked with UNITE products," says Ramirez.

Ramirez shares his pro tips behind the humidity-defying hairstyles, plus how to re-create the looks:

"I knew I was battling humidity so to start, I applied UNITE's LAZER Straight Relaxing Fluid on damp hair and blew out Ciara's hair with body and bounce."

"Once Ciara's hair was all dry with beautiful movement, I went in with my flat iron and created soft bends to give the hair a lived-in texture. I then applied UNITE's TEXTURIZA Finishing Foam [...] for a tousled texture look."

"Throughout the shoot I had to shape and reshape to create subtle changes in the hair, so I used my trusted and true GO365 Hairspray by UNITE. It has a brushable hold, allowing me to quickly transition from one look to another without damaging the hair."

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