Queen Sugar Actress Dawn-Lyen Gardner Undergoes a Naturally Curly Big Chop by New York Stylist Monaè Everett

New York’s hottest on-set stylist, Monaè Everett, gave Dawn-Lyen Gardner of Queen Sugar a  stunning transformation to enhance and show off her natural curls! Chopping off over six inches of hair and adding bangs might seem like a daring transition, but Monaè’s extensive A-list clientele which includes big names like Lilimar Hernandez, H.E.R.Lizzy Greene, Skylar Diggins, and Taraji P. Henson meant that Dawn-Lyen was in perfect hands for her big chop.

Dawn-Lyen before

Sporting her new cut on her Instagram, Dawn-Lyen traded in her longer than shoulder length hair for bob-length curls that were defined with the use of the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control System.

Dawn-Lyen after

Before styling, Monaè used the Advanced Climate Control Detangling Spray to protect against damage and prevent frizz. Creating small sections, Monae used the “shake and rake” curl technique using the VitaCurl Define & Shine Styling Gel Cream and the Heat and Humidity Gel to provide control and definition without heavy product buildup. Afterward, Monaè defused Dawn-Lyen’s hair with her BabylissPro SteelFX blowdryer, finishing everything off with a few spritzes of Ouidad’s Mongongo Oil to ensure that Dawn-Lyen’s hair stayed frizz free and hydrated as she loosened and piced-out curls to add volume.


Also an acclaimed author, Monaè is most noted for her braided styles as showcased in
the release of her book “Stunning Braids,” featuring in-demand,fashion-forward braid styles. She is also hailed as a maven of textured hair styling as she loves to style all textures of hair from straight to wavy to curly to coily/kinky.  For this reason, Monaè has even started her own online academy (Monae Life Academy) to teach  other stylists how to tackle diverse hair textures. Monaè’s objective is   to ensure that this generation of stylists feel confident in their ability to make any woman who sits in their chair look and feel beautiful, regardless of their hair texture. Additionally, Monaè’s is currently working toward becoming a product spokesperson for an inclusive haircare or tool brand.

Monae EverretTo learn more about Monaè, visit www.TheMonaeLife.com and check her out on Instagram @monaeartistry.

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