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July 23, 2014

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Chicago-based Naturalistas, consider this your personal “SBH Daily Dose of Style”—in advance! Join Luster’s You Be-Natural for a special Naturalista Beauty Night on Monday, July 28th at The Shrine in Chicago. Check out the activities: mini makeovers, goodie bags, chair massages and the opportunity to experience new products for your Natural coif courtesy of You Be-Natural. For the details and to RSVP, click on the button on the upper right-hand column on this page—the “Be A Part of Luster’s You Be-Natural 2014 Naturalista Nights!”

Oh, and did we mention this event was free? See you there!

July 22, 2014


Temperatures are soaring so what better way to keep your style cool than the classic ponytail? But we’ll do you one better by having music star Nicki Minaj as our muse today (check out the haute ponytail look she posted on Instagram recently here)! Get a similar posh ponytail look by keeping these tips in mind: keep crown and hairline sleek with edge control product, always use a covered elastic band to secure your ponytail and brush your ponytail’s length smooth with a boar-bristle brush. No length? No problem! Opt for a clip-on hairpiece to score the look instantly!

July 21, 2014


Leave it to singer/actress Kelly Rowland to be our Monday morning style inspiration in this selfie she posted on Instagram. We don’t know which we love better: the accessories (that watch, those sunglasses), the cool attitude or the lush, gorgeous curls. We’re gonna go with the curls! Beautifully defined, these ringlets frame the face perfectly with wonderful texture and body. Inspired to put that flat iron down? We thought so!

July 20, 2014
(Pictured left to right): April Parker-Jones, Amanda Clayton, Zulay Henao, Heather Hemmens & Edwina Findley from Tyler Perry's "If Loving You is Wrong."

(Pictured left to right): April Parker-Jones, Amanda Clayton, Zulay Henao, Heather Hemmens & Edwina Findley from Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You is Wrong.”

With a diverse cast and storylines ranging from heartfelt to scandalous, the new sexy, sleek drama from Tyler Perry, “If Loving You Is Wrong,” takes viewers into the lives of a group of husbands, wives and friends that live and love in the same middle class neighborhood.  On the surface they are true-to-life, relatable people—raising children, working jobs, finding and maintaining romance—but just below the veneer of happiness, their lives are entangled by heartbreak, deceit and lies that threaten to destroy everything. “If Loving You is Wrong,” premieres on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Tuesday, September 9 with two back-to-back, one-hour episodes from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT. Are you tuning in?

Photo by Jeremy Cowart/courtesy of OWN.

July 19, 2014


Who knew Summer’s go-to hairstyle could look so sophisticated? Actress Tia Mowry certainly knew how hip and haute a ponytail can be when she posted this slicked-back version on Instagram just before heading out to an event. Worn smooth at the crown, this ponytail affords the star the movement of lengthy hair while still keeping her cool on a summer evening.

July 18, 2014


First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address at The Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon recently at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Six-time Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe was presented with the Jane Ortner Artist Award by Neil Portnow, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President. Building on the museum’s successful education programs and initiatives, the Jane Ortner Artist Award recognizes an artist who embodies the GRAMMY Museum’s educational mission and shows passion and dedication to education through the arts. The singer was selected to receive the Artist Award based on her continued commitment to Grammy Museum educational programming. Congrats Janelle!



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