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October 24, 2014


We’re really feelin’ music star Ciara’s deep, dark tresses (as shown in this Instagram portrait posted by the star recently).  Worn long—sometimes sleek, sometimes wavy—the singer details the coif with a precise middle part. The result: a coif that frames her gorgeous face beautifully. How about you? Do you like the singer with her ebony tresses just as much as we do?

October 23, 2014


You know you want to sing it…We’re all familiar with the musical score to “Annie,”—and such iconic songs as “Tomorrow,” “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” and “Maybe.” Now, as a new vision for the classic show is set to hit movie theaters on December 19, we can also look forward to the Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (to be released on November 17). The soundtrack features newly recorded versions of the film’s signature songs plus new tunes performed by Sia, Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz and more.The first single from the soundtrack is the 2014 film version of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,” performed and co-written by Sia. The single is currently available at all digital music providers.

October 22, 2014


Just because summer is over doesn’t mean we should go into fitness hibernation! Take inspiration from rap diva/actress Eve in both the style and workout departments with this fun Instagram shot she posted recently. The star gets her workout in while keeping her style in check with a fun headwrap—just the coif accessory to keep her tresses in place while enjoying the gorgeous scenery during her bike ride.

October 21, 2014


Sometimes, the right hairstyle can look equally stunning from all angles—making your exit just as exciting as your entrance. And this beautiful coif, by hair pro Maria Thompson of Twists & Curves salon in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is an exquisite example that fact. Fabulous flat twists, intertwined to create volume, adorn the back of this silhouette “When a girl walks into a room, you want it to be ‘wow.’ When she walks out, you’re still going to get, ‘Oh, wow did you see the back?,’” says the stylist about why she added the stunning rear details. Curious about what this design looks like from the front? Pick up a copy of the November ’14 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair (on sale now!) and turn to the “Our Roots” column for all the exciting style details about this look.

October 20, 2014


It’s official. Since Beyoncé is wearing brow-revealing bangs, we can now all wear brow-revealing bangs. But before you grab those scissors, keep in mind that proportion is key to pulling off this bold style statement. This means fringes should work well with the rest of your hairstyle–whether worn long and cascading (like Bey in this Instagram shot she posted) or short and chic. You’ll also want to be sure bangs are snipped level and blunt. And, for the trendiest touch, use a small round brush to gently curve ends under for a “rounded” finish.  Oh, and don’t forget: Those brows need to be flawless.

October 19, 2014


As one of our favorite celebrity Naturalistas, we can’t wait to see what music star Goapele will do next with her fabulous mane. Lately, we’ve been loving how the singer has been flaunting a gorgeous, golden TWA! The hip snip not only puts the spotlight on Goapele’s beautiful face, but also serves as the perfect silhouette for her bold gold hair hue.  For sisters considering undergoing “The Big Chop” on their road to Natural tresses, we can’t think of a better style inspiration…with our without the brave color move!

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