With hundreds of fans in front of Aretha Franklin to celebrate their funeral in Detroit, Carlton Northern, her longtime hair stylist, has his own memories of the Queen of Soul He called them all the last two times ̵
When the family asked him to do Franklin's hair one last time, he did not hesitate
"If you really love someone, you love them all the way," Northern, a teacher at the Paul Mitchell School, shared with people in an interview after the death of the singer. "All you need is the power to do it, God gives you the tools, I prayed for it."
Northern knew that Franklin's time was very limited when he was in her home three weeks before her death was called.
"She wanted me to brush her hair, she did not go out much," he explained. "I knew she was very ill for a while and we knew it was almost over, she looked at me and she asked," Do you have me? "I said," I got you, I got you all over Way. "
Franklin, the self-taught prodigy who led the charts in the late 1960s, died on 16 August of advanced neuroendocrine-type pancreatic cancer, confirms her publicist PEOPLE. She was 76.
"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are unable to find the words to express the pain in our hearts, we have lost the matriarch and the rock of our family. she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds, "the family said in a statement.
It was an emotional time for Northern, who has since said little about his experiences with Franklin She died, but he found some rest when he styled her hair last Friday at the Swanson Funeral Home, before public viewing in her hometown of Detroit , Michigan started.
"It was very reassuring, I talked to her as usual." Hey Aretha, I'm here. I am here to polish your crown. "I took my time," he said of the many hours he spent alone with her at the funeral home. "I said certain things she could say to me, like," Take care of my make-up Carlton. "And she said," Do I have to hold my ear? "When I wrapped myself around her ear, I was always careful with her."
Regarding her final hairstyle, Northern said the family let him decide what to do. "They showed the last album cover we made, the Divas [2014’s Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, her final studio album] and I just made a decision," he said, referring to the short cut with a "small spit on his forehead".
When asked what she looked like when he saw her for the first time last Friday, he said, "She looked fabulous."
Northern has received similar compliments from people who have since seen her: "People have sent me messages How amazing she looks."
For Northern, 64, from Detroit, this praise offers comfort in the knowledge that he did it right from the woman who gave him so much. The meeting with Franklin in 1983 changed his life. At the time, Northern was an apprentice in a Detroit salon where Franklin and her then husband Glynn Turman had their hair done. While his mentor made Franklin's hair, Northern Turmans did.
About a year later, Northern had his license and was alone.
"The next thing I know, she called [Franklin] She said," Carlton, this is Aretha. I wanted to know if you can make my hair blonde. "I was a beginner, I just got my license, I was excited and nervous at the same time," he said on the day she arrived. "I put the paint on her hair and I sat there for fifteen minutes, it did not do anything and it dawned on me that I had not put the developer in. I had to have a husband."