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CHIC STYLE VIBES
October 22, 2017

…Courtesy Of Music Star Monica

Looking chic seems to be in her DNA. Check out the fabulous flow of music star Monica’s sleek bob and you’ll see what we mean. An off-center part is all that’s needed to detail the smooth coif—all the better to put the bold gold color in the style spotlight. Make a similar style move on a precision cut silkened with the help of a flat-ironing session. Then, brush lengths smooth for a flawless finish.

Photo: Instagram. com/@monicabrown

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CELEBRITY MAKEUP
October 21, 2017

Beauty Tips From Star Makeup Pro Terrell Mullin

Celebrity makeup artist Terrell Mullin has worked with top glamouristas like Angela Bassett, Deborah Cox and Eva Marcille (pictured here with Terrell). His attention to detail makes him a highly sought-after glam guru. So what’s the key to actress/model Eva’s gorgeous, glowy look here? “Eva Marcille is really into the effortless Bohemian vibe so I wanted to make her look chic and natural,” details the makeup man. “For glow, I used the Halo Strobing Palette in Medium.” For more info on Eva’s look (as well as Mullin’s other celebrity clients), check out the “Star Makeup” column in the Oct./Nov. ’17 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair…on sale now!

Photo: Instagram. com/@terrellmullin

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CALL IN THE PROS
October 20, 2017

…Ring Up Beauty

Stuck in a style rut? Need a coif color tune-up or want to hit refresh on your cut? The fix is as easy as calling the salon and scheduling an appointment. Though we’re not throwing any shade on “kitchen beauticians” (hey, we’ve all got a budget, don’t we?), the skill and expertise of professional hairstylists can’t be beat. And you may not need to look far. The Salon by INSTYLE (JCP) in your area is the place where trends happen and where your mane can become even more beautiful. #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle

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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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