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Spice up your mane moves with this chic coif!

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April 1, 2015

carmens coif

Loving the gorgeous curly hairstyle worn by “Selma” actress Carmen Ejogo to BET “Black Girls Rock?” Celebrity hairstylist Nelson Vercher crafted her coif and shares his inspiration for the style: “I wanted to do a look which really captured Carmen’s beauty, but pushed her sexiness, giving her a fresh, different and cool look.” Intrigued? Here are the how-tos for getting the style:

Step 1. After shampooing and conditioning, blow dry hair. You don’t have to blow super straight, just rough dry, directing air at roots of the hair to get maximum volume and just smooth hairline.

Step 2. Once hair is dry, Vercher used Kenra Platinum Silkening on dry hair for shine. Next, he used a hair spray to help hold curls all night.

Step 3. Now hair is ready to be set. This a two-step process uses two different size curling irons. First size should be a one-inch iron, doing a classic marcel curl from roots to ends. Second iron should be very small for a tight curl, whatever size you have will work, but this curl is different. You should take very small sections and just wrap around curl iron, just as if you were doing a “beach wave” the pin curl and leave until you’re ready brush out. The reason for the two different curl irons and different curl patterns: you get the foundation of a classic 40s set, as well as the sexiness of a “modern day curl”. Using a double iron double texture will also give the hair a cool new texture!

Step 4 After hair has set, take pin curls out and pull out curls. Tease a little throughout, but not too much. Finally, bring one side behind the ear, twist and pin to stay in place and on other side push the wave in on top should pop right in because of you set and pin wave into place. Finish with a little hair spray (one with a flexible hold).

March 31, 2015

Mixing gorgeous hairstyles, beautiful models and education is a cinch for Avlon Industries, makers of the Affirm, KeraCare and Texture Release hair care brands! And this was never more evident in the fun and trendy Avlon presentation at the recent America’s Beauty Show in Chicago. See what we mean here…

March 30, 2015

ponytail pretty

Leave it to celebrity hair genius Oscar James to give the classic ponytail a haute, new spin! “Tried something a ‘lil different last night in Paris,” posted the celebrity hair pro on Instagram about this photo. Here he flips the style script on none other than star client Nicki Minaj! The hairstylist crafts the standard sleek ponytail base for Nicki (which beautifully frames her face BTW). But the newness comes when lengths are marvelously crimped for a gorgeous texture change. Sometimes the smallest style moves deliver the biggest results don’t you think?  

March 29, 2015

Come with us and check out all the trendy style happenings at America’s Beauty Show! This big beauty biz event was held last weekend in Chicago and showcased all the latest, freshest and fiercest beauty trends for the upcoming season. From model runway shows featuring cool cuts, vibrant colors and creative designs to all things hot in the nail care, skin care and hair product categories—this is one show that’s got it all. See what we mean here…

March 28, 2015

mane attraction

Multi-talented (she sings, she raps, she dances, she acts) beauty Teyana Taylor is entertaining music fans with her debut CD, VII, and is inspiring hairistas with her gorgeous coif choices. “I’ve been doing clip-ins recently because they’re just so convenient,” she shares with Sophisticate’s Black Hair. “I do a lot of hair changes.” Sounds like a sister we can totally relate to! For more on our convo with this gorgeous talent, check out the May ’15 issue of SBH (on sale now!). Looking for your copy of our best-selling magazine? Click here to find the nearest location carrying SBH:

March 27, 2015

big hair do care

Whenever we see a big, gorgeous silhouette like this we can’t help but be inspired. For this Friday, our mane inspiration is none other than The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey who showcased this amazing mane on Instagram posting, “One of my favorite styles! Love a afro.” Whether you get a similar look Naturally (or with a little help from a wig or a weave) we say, it’s always good to go big or go home!

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