By Jonathan Borge
Updated: Feb 11, 2016 @ 1:58 pm
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Cyndi Lauper was onto something when she penned “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” in the early ‘80s. Just ask Ciara, who, in addition to slipping in and out of Zuhair Murad and Reem Acra designs frequently, turns to her hair for a jolt of excitement. In fact, the 30-year-old R&B crooner hit the salon earlier this week for a blonde transformation.

“I felt like it was something different. It’s Fashion Week, so I wanted to have some fun, you know? You get inspired to kind of do something different at this time of year,” she told InStyle Wednesday night inside the Keds 100-year celebration event, where the “Goodies” singer took the stage to perform her hits and thank the brand for tapping her as its global shoe collaborator. “I’ve been doing dark for so long, and I’m like, ‘OK, let’s have some fun! Let’s spice it up!’ So that’s what I was feeling and we went for it.”

Speaking of going for it, the star considers her new project with the sneaker brand a “combination of how dreams come true,” explaining how Keds (and Nike Air Jordans) were among the first shoes she ever rocked. “I would go into the stores and want to wear the shoes, and now I’m in the campaign,” she noted.

As for women who inspire her to keep working hard, Michelle Obama is at the top of her list: “She’s a woman that’s so confident and knows what she wants, and you can feel it when you’re in the room with her. She’s just a true example of the quintessential woman that you’d want to be.”

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Impressing the First Lady, however, won’t stop her from continuing her bold, always-changing hair game. Would she return to the cropped ‘do she sported in her “Body Party” video? “Absolutely,” she quipped. “They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but in my book, shoes are a girl’s best friend; then also the hairstyle is another one of our best friends. If our hair ain’t right, we don’t feel right,” she said. “Something about getting your hair done changes—you can have on sweats and have the flyest hair style and you’ll feel so good. Hair is everything to us women. I think every women would tell you that.”