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April 23, 2014

Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o just earned another honor: People magazine’s Most Beautiful person—where she graces the cover of the annual issue. About this latest accolade, the star said, “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen.” Other sisters who made the magazine’s list: Kerry Washington, Beyoncé, Halle Berry and Michelle Obama.


April 22, 2014

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Check out La La Anthony flaunting a fierce new cut! The star debuted the hip snip on Instagram and we’ve got to say that we’re feeling the low part and piecey flip details on this silhouette. Gold-dipped ends add just the right amount of edge to this sharp style. Do you love it?

April 21, 2014

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Add flavor to an already gorgeous bob with perfectly placed scarlet highlights. Hair pro Hector Obeng did just that to this curvy, softly curled silhouette featuring rounded bangs and ribbons of red swirled throughout. Deft work with a curling wand creates the texture while an artist’s eye delivers the colorful effect. Would you make this look a part of your style portfolio?

Hair: Hector Obeng/Hectors Global Hair With Zeal, London, England; Makeup: Mary Osho; Photos:

April 20, 2014


Since 2000 the Stars and Rising Stars Photo Competition, sponsored by Cosmetologists Chicago, has been embraced by established salon professionals as well as those just entering our exciting industry. The winners are judged on technical merit, execution and suitability of the styles of each category, as well as concept and overall approach…all attributes demonstrated by “International Nail Technician of the Year” winner Hillary Fry, of Scenario Hair Design in Shorewood, WI. Congrats on “nailing” this competition with these couture-worthy manis!

April 19, 2014

Music star Rihanna sports a loose upsweep that’s perfect for Spring season wearing (and for the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards). RiRi keeps the vibe pretty/casual by gathering waves into an “undone” chignon, adding a soft center part and leaving select strands to billow in the breeze.

April 18, 2014


London-based hair pro Desmond Murray snips away at the classic bob to produce this haute version of the silhouette. Asymmetric angles pique our interest while disconnected lines lead us away from the familiar into fashion-forward territory. Are you ready to shake things up? We thought so…

Hair: Desmond Murray; Wardrobe & Makeup: Tyron Mayes; Models: Stant International.

April 17, 2014

A Haunted House 2 star Marlon Wayans gave SBH a rundown on what’s hot and what’s not from his very unique style perspective. Check out what the comedian has to say about style here, then make plans to see his funny/scary film…A Haunted House 2 opens tomorrow!

April 16, 2014

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Taking the stage at the recent MTV Movie Awards, actress Lupita Nyong’o was the ultimate mix master from head to toe!  Colorful stilettos grounded the star’s colorful print (one of Spring’s hottest trends) dress while sexy specs worked as the perfect accessory to the star’s streamlined coif. Will you be taking a page from Lupita’s style/fashion playbook this season?


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