When it comes to switching up a short crop, leave it to singer Jennifer Hudson to inspire us. Ever since she made the Big Chop last year, we’ve watched the star convert her crop in a number of ways. A fave recent style move: this slicked-back silhouette she’s flaunting for her single “Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel).” Make a similar mane move on short strands by working in a light pomade through the crown and using a wide-tooth comb to direct hair off the face. “Push” the crown section forward a bit to build in height and you’re good to go!
With the weekend ahead, we’re always on the prowl for a fresh, fly take on style! Our inspiration for a Friday night mane move: actress/singer KeKe Palmer! Raven lengths kissed with gorgeous texture (waves!) are allowed to cascade past the shoulders. Craft a similar style stance by using a barreled curling wand to create loose ringlets then comb through to blend. Add a low side part and you’re good to go.
She’s R&B/soul royalty, he’s an “American Idol.” Together they’re hitting the road and making beautiful music together on “The Meant To Be” Tour. Based on popular demand, the duo has added seven new concert dates. Catch them at the tour dates below. Who’s going?
APRIL 5 DETROIT, MI The Garden Theatre
APRIL 6-8 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Dakota Jazz Club
APRIL 10-13 SEATTLE, WA Jazz Alley
APRIL 18 AUSTIN, TX One World Theatre
APRIL 19 HOUSTON , TX Houston Arena Theare
APRIL 24 MEMPHIS, TN Cannon Center
APRIL 25 CHATTANOOGA, TN Tivoli Theatre
JUNE 12 WASHINGTON DC The Howard Theatre
JUNE 13 NEW YORK CITY B.B. Kings
JUNE 14 NEW HAVEN, CT
New Have Green/Int’l Festival of Arts & Ideas
We already knew that singer Janelle Monàe has soul…So it was no surprise that she’s included in the phenomenal performance roster for a special White House concert celebrating women of soul! Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Jill Scott are just some of Janelle’s fellow performers lined-up for the Thursday’s concert dubbed “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House.” A live stream of the performance will be available on the White House website with broadcast on April 7th on PBS stations.
It was a magical evening for Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o when she won the “Best Supporting Actress” category. But we knew she was a winner the minute she stepped onto that red carpet—thanks to her fabulous glam squad! One member of that talented crew is Larry Sims, the celebrity hair pro who created Lupita’s coif for her big night! Here, he reveals to Sophisticate’s Black Hair exclusive behind-the-scenes details about the star’s gorgeous style silhouette…
The Sophisticate’s Black Hair booth was style fun central during the Winter 2014 Bronner Bros. International Hair Show! Show attendees scored big with fabulous raffle prizes (courtesy of the top hair /beauty companies who teamed up with us!), walked away with free SBH magazines and SBH tote bags and met up with fave celebrities. Check out the action here…
Academy Award Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o not only took home the coveted golden statue last night for her role in Best Picture “12 Years A Slave,” but we think she’s at the forefront of one of Spring’s hottest mane trends. Yes, her short Natural was epic—modern, shapely and flattering—but it was the slim, 18K yellow gold and diamond-studded Fred Leighton headband that added the perfect finishing touch to the star’s signature crop. Talk about taking the old-school “tiara” to a chic (and very fierce) new level! We’re thinking “hair jewelry” —proven to be especially flattering on short hair—will be making a mane statement this spring…just in time for prom and wedding season. Don’t you agree?