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7 Ways STAR Is Serving Up Style
October 19, 2017

It’s A Hair Show (Really!)

Sure there’s drama…But if you’re a fan of the hit FOX-TV show STAR, then you also know this series serves up double-take mane moves—and last night’s episode didn’t disappoint, especially with the addition of guest star Keke Palmer. With the show set (and filmed) in the hair-loving town of Atlanta and one of its main characters (played by Queen Latifah) a salon owner/stylist plus one of our fave hair show friends Miss Lawrence as a series regular, well, STAR can’t help but be a real hair show. Scroll now for some of the hot hair looks from last night…

1 Guest star Keke Palmer flaunting dark lengths paired with blunt bangs.

2 Queen Latifah working sideswept bangs and a rich auburn hue.

3 Michael Michele in a wavy lob (long bob).

4 Keke Palmer now sporting ultra-long blonde lengths! Bonus: Here’s a profile view of Michael Michele’s curvy coif.

5 Wig change! Queen Latifah in a side-parted, wavy bob kissed with a hint of mint.

6 & 7 Double dose of style on screen: Brittany O’Grady in long, loose waves (left) and Ryan Destiny flaunting a sleek, asymmetric bob.

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SLAY ALL DAY!
October 18, 2017

Queen Bey’s Glam Style…

Beyoncé’s never fails to bring the glamour whenever she hits the red carpet. And for her look last night at the Tidal X: Brooklyn Charity Concert she did not disappoint. (The event benefitted victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the earthquake that struck Mexico.). For her turn under the spotlight, the star opted for a pretty partial upsweep featuring a smooth crown topped with a ponytail (notice how a piece of the hair’s length was wrapped around the base of the ponytail) and remaining lengths left free to fall into cascading waves. Try the style the next time it’s your turn in the spotlight.

Photo: Instagram. com/@beyonce

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SET VISIT!
October 17, 2017

How To Get Away With Murder Mane Secrets Revealed…

Actress Viola Davis (pictured) and company never fail to command attention on the ABC-TV series How To Get Away With Murder. Here Kemi Cooks, Department Head Hairstylist for the hit show, spills the details on what it’s like to work on the top-rated drama and what she does to craft some of the on-screen coifs…

TYPICAL HAIR DAY ON SET
A typical day for a hairstylist on set starts two hours before crew call. The actresses and actors go through “The Works,” as it’s commonly called, which is hair and makeup. Hair is usually styled according to the script. Once we are on set, each stylist is assigned an actor to watch throughout the day, which then ends in a 12 to 14-hour period.

TIPS TO ACHIEVE LONG-LASTING WAVES ON SET
If needed, I blow out the hair; I always start my blowouts with a leave-in protector. I then use different sized curling irons to create the waves using modest amounts of setting sprays and texture sprays for waves to last 12 hours.  A few of my favorites are R+Co Vicious Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray, ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray, and White Sands Liquid Texture Thermal Styling Sprays. For leave-ins, it is Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Protector and BioSilk Silk Therapy Original Serum.

TIPS TO ACHIEVE LONG-LASTING STRAIGHT STYLES ON SET
I typically start with a good blowout with a leave-in protector, using tension to create a smooth foundation. If I want it silky straight, then I section and use a flat iron. For this look, I like to use Alterna Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray and CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protecting Spray. I finish with Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil.

TIPS FOR STYLING HAIR FOR HD CAMERAS
Although HD television has a beautiful crisp picture, it can be a nightmare for hair and makeup stylists. So, you must create a solid foundation in your blow out and, if possible, try to stay away from “airy” hairstyles. Create stationary, smooth-based, styles and use light flexible hairsprays and serums to help combat those flyaways that HD unfortunately enhances.

Photo courtesy ABC-TV.

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3 WAYS TO SLAY
October 16, 2017

…The Terrific Topknot!

Look to these celebrity sisters for hair inspo on how to rock the terrific topknot. After all, it takes more than just sticking hairpins in your mane to make these updos cool.

↓ 1. Yara Shahidi keeps her “topknot” curly and accented with a scarf at the base.

Photo: Instagram. com/@grownish

↓ 2. Zonnique opts to braid lengths before piling them high and mighty at the crown.

Photo: Instagram. com/@zonniquejailee

↓ 3. Zendaya twists her lengths into a curvy configuration then pins them into place.

Photo: Instagram. com/@zendaya

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GORGEOUS GABBY
October 15, 2017

“Empire” Chic

With her role as “Becky” on the hit TV show “Empire” getting a more play, actress (and author!) Gabourey Sidibe is stepping up in the style department too! We’re feeling the smooth, sleek vibe of her mane move in this portrait, especially as lengths falls from an off-center part to cascade past her shoulders. No need for complicated coifs on this beauty…her talent and chic style esthetics are all that’s needed.

Photo courtesy FOX.

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STAR STYLIST SPOTLIGHT
October 14, 2017

Meet Mane Man Dayvid Wilson

He’s the talent behind the trendsetting coifs of singer and “All Eyez On Me” actress Kat Graham (as well as a roster of other celebrity beauties). “I feel like hair changes lives,” says North-Carolina native Dayvid Wilson. “I originally started doing hair because I grew up with three younger sisters and my mom taught me the basics of how to do hair to help out around the house.” Those skills eventually took him to Hollywood and now Wilson works regularly with Kat Graham on the star’s projects, including crafting the creative hair looks for her music album (pictured here). For more from our convo with this hot hair pro, check out the “Celebrity Stylist” column in the Oct./Nov. ’17 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair…on sale now!

Photo courtesy Dayvid Wilson.

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