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Celebrate Carnival with Five Iconic Brazilian Looks

Celebrate Carnival with Five Iconic Brazilian Looks

Posted by Team John Paul Mitchell Systems on Feb 23rd 2017

Carnival╌South America’s Mardi Gras╌is kicking off in Rio de Janeiro later this month. Considered the world’s largest pre-Easter party, this six-day event gathers locals and tourists for sexy style and non-stop revelry. Costumes adorn the city, parade floats line the streets, marching bands turn up the tunes, and samba dancers shake their tail feathers. To celebrate the country’s historical sense of culture and flair, we’re highlighting five famous Brazilians from different decades who’ve rocked some legendary looks.


Carmen Miranda

The iconic samba singer, dancer and actress influenced the 1940s with her decorative turbans, inspired by the clothing Afro-Brazilian street vendors wore in colonial times. In her stylized version, Carmen added flowers, sequins and synthetic fruit baskets made of lamé fabric.

Carmen Miranda (1)


To create a smooth, pulled-back look: Apply a dollop of Straight Works®, set a middle part and blow-dry your hair. After it’s dry, apply Foaming Pommade® for shine and spray Stay Strong® for a firm hold.


Sonia Braga

Sonia Braga is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee who has been acting since 1968, but most of us probably know her as Samantha’s girlfriend Maria in Sex and the City (2001). Throughout her career, Sônia has often been photographed with her long, naturally curly hair. Romantically untamed, her signature style perfectly reflects her ageless attitude: confident and carefree.

Sônia Braga

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To care for curls: Use Spring Loaded® Frizz-Fighting Shampoo and Conditioner to keep your hair hydrated. Apply Twirl Around® for crunch-free definition in any weather.


Gisele Bundchen

Everyone knows and has probably attempted Gisele’s beachy waves and sun-kissed streaks. In 2000 it became╌and today it remains╌one of the most popular hairstyles in the U.S. Curling irons are selling more than ever as women learn to curl their hair and brush it out, and new products are popping up to make hair look undone (see Texturizing Sea Spray®). Because this summertime hair continues to rule the red carpets, coast down the catwalks and flood the front rows, we think it’s safe to say it will never go out of season.

  Gisele Bündchen

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To create tousled waves: Apply Texturizing Sea Spray® to damp hair and blow-dry it with your fingers. After it’s dry, twist your hair around the Neuro® Unclipped Styling Cone for 10 seconds to create loose waves. Alternate directions as you move from the front to the back. Use a pump of Styling Treatment Oil® to shape the waves, then spray Finishing Spray to lock in your style.