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May 2015 cover-home

Turn up your style game this summer!

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Celebrate Our 31st Anniversary With Us!

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Spice up your mane moves with this chic coif!

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Rock lustrous jet-black tresses.

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Show off your fab Naturalista style.

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April 20, 2015

rocking red lips

Make a bold makeup statement this Monday morning—and let Tia Mowry inspire you! Here the star opts for a glossy scarlet pout that’s just as glamorous as she is! Bonus: a sexy red lipcolor is one of Spring’s hottest makeup trends! Get all the intel on this flattering makeup move in SBH’s “Rock Red Lips” story in the May ’15 issue. To find the nearest location carrying our best-selling magazine (our fabulous 31st anniversary May edition is on sale now) click here:


April 19, 2015

inspired by the queen

Music superstar Beyoncé’s trendsetting reach is far indeed…Here, Australian hair pro Joan Dellavalle crafts a look inspired by none other than Queen Bey’s amazing waves and stunning haircolor moves. For this look, Dellavalle custom colored hair extensions in a light brown/auburn hue then added honey blonde lowlights for dimension. Lengths were then shaped with a barrel curling wand to fashion large spirals. Texture was then brushed out to blend to craft this stunning look. We think “Sasha Fierce” would approve. Don’t you?

Hair & Fashion Styling: Joan Dellavalle/Ebony and Ivory and Beauty/Perth, Australia; Makeup: Lila; Photo: Kelyse Skinner.

April 18, 2015

braided swirls

London-based hair pro Hector Obeng re-imagines how perfect plaits can be with this designer coif–just one of the many amazing styles from his “Urban Chic” collection. Here, braids are arranged into beautiful, circular formations to craft one stunning style. For more on braids, locs, twists and other Natural style designs, look to SBH’s “Braids & Natural” mini magazine found in each issue of SBH. To find the nearest location carrying our best-selling magazine (our fabulous 31st anniversary May edition is on sale now) click here:

April 17, 2015

let the sunshine in

Check out singer Jordin Sparks new Spring-tastic haircolor move! The former American Idol winner, usually known for her signature dark tresses, debuted this golden mane move recently. Panels of burnished gold blending with light streaks of blonde give Jordin’s coif an overall sun-kissed effect. Are you inspired to go lighter with your mane this Spring/Summer season? Then take a page from Jordin’s style playbook and give your tresses some sparkle with this brilliant hue!


April 16, 2015

save the date

You’ve just scored an invite to one of the hottest weddings of the season. The lucky bride and groom?  “Love & Hip Hop: New York” faves Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris will tie the knot in VH1’s first-ever live wedding special. But of course, there will be drama…From the over-the-top event details to the occasional “bridezilla” outbursts to heartwarming moments between the couple—you’ll see it all. And though you won’t be able to catch the bouquet, you can catch the two-hour episode special airing on May 25 at 8PM ET/PT.

April 15, 2015

pretty combo

When a Naturalista is in doubt about which she loves more—curls, twists or braids—the smart style sister will always select all the options! This lovely upsweep merges these fave Natural mane moves into one gorgeous design.

Mini braids detail the sides with precise partings while curls are coaxed forward into a stylized “pompadour.” Leave some ringlets free up front and twist others for a more defined effect. Inspired yet? We thought so.

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