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February 2019 cover-home

Celebrating Black Beauty!

SBH Cover MICHELLE OBAMA cover-gabrielle

Exclusive Interview With The Former First Lady

Weave Couture weave-home

Bold & Bangin’

Hair Color Now color-home

Vivid Coif Color

Natural Hair braids-home

The Naturalista Handbook

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February 14, 2019

…Our Valentine’s Day Gift To You!

Courtesy of the always stylish Braxtons, we gift this portrait of amazing mane moves on this day celebrating love—including our passion for gorgeous hair—to you! This array of braided mane ideas has us seeing double-heart eyes (and we think anyone who adores the artistry of perfect plaits will feel the same way).

Photo: Instagram. com/@tamarbraxton

February 13, 2019

…Texture Is Queen!

This crown is made all the more regal thanks to its plush and pretty texture. Curls spiral away from the head, formed into soft peaks, to mimic a radiant tiara. Thank British hair pro Kelly Angel for this marvelous mane worthy of a queen (that’s you!).

Photo: Hair by Kelly Angel/Craig Chapman Salon; Makeup: Elizabetyh Rita; Stylist: Magdalena Jacobs; Photo: Barry Jeffery.

February 12, 2019

…How To Score Her Grammy Mani Bling

Not only did music star Andra Day slay with her performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards but she also stunned on the red carpet—right down to her nails! Here, nail pro Kait Mosh shares the details on how she crafted Andra’s “Lady Leopard” mani:

STEP 1: Prep nail with OPI GelColor Base Coat.

STEP 2: Next, polish the nails with two coats of OPI GelColor Let me Bayou a Drink.

STEP 3: Follow by creating a cheetah print pattern down the nail with OPI GelColor Lavendare To Find Courage and OPI GelColor Tinker, Thinker, Winker?

STEP 4: Apply OPI GelColor Top Coat.

STEP 5: Finish the look with dazzling gemstone accents to add more dimension to the look!

Let’s come in for a close-up of that “Lady Leopard” mani, shall we?

Photos: Instagram. com/@kaitmosh

February 11, 2019

…Style Recap From Music’s Biggest Night

Last night’s 61st Annual Grammy Awards saw some of our fave music stars flaunting chic coifs, new looks and picking up hardware to place on their awards shelf (we’re looking at you Cardi B, Ella Mai and H.E.R. just to name a few…). Here, check out just some of stunning styles spotted on the Grammy red carpet:

Ella Mai’s low-parted bob

Alicia Keys’ plush curls

Cardi B’s wet-look mane

H.E.R. and her blinged-out part

Chloe x Halle loc lusciousness

Jada Pinkett Smith’s chic short cut

February 10, 2019

…Coif Couture Pretty

This haute take on the classic upsweep delivers for trendsetting chic attitude—and a pretty profile. A sleek crown is adorned with a low part with lengths fashioned into a side ponytail twirled into a low side bun. Look closely and you’ll notice how length is split into two, twisted then crafted into the chignon. Gorgeous!

Hair: Nicky Oliver Team/Nicky Oliver Hairdressing, UK. Makeup: Sylvia Oliver.

Empire’s Newest Beauty…
February 9, 2019

Meet Actress Rhyon Nicole Brown!

Does she look familiar? Actress Rhyon Nicole Brown made everyone take notice in her role as R&B singer Michel’le in the 2016 Lifetime biopic Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, & Michel’le. But it’s her role as “Maya” on the hit TV show Empire that mesmerizes. As for her gorgeous mane, here’s how this beauty takes care of her curls: “When I want the natural look, I wash and condition my hair and add a little curl crème,” details Rhyon.

For more from our convo with Rhyon, check out the February 2019 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair on sale now!

Hair: Tre Major; Makeup: Anthony Merante; Styling: Scot Louie; Photo: Jessica Castro.

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