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Birthday Beautiful!
January 17, 2017

In honor of beautiful Michelle Obama’s birthday today, we thought we’d take a closer look at The First Lady’s latest hairstyle: a sleek, shiny bob. The chic update to her signature cut features a streamlined silhouette, a precise middle part and endless shine! For a similar style stance, you’ll need to get the flawless bob in place first: blunt-cut edges with just a hint of length gradation towards the front for added movement. Then, once the center part is formed, opt for a flat ironing session to deliver the smooth texture. Check it out here…

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MINIMALIST MANE
January 16, 2017

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Just because you rock a minimalist mane doesn’t mean you can’t max out on style! To prove this point comes this chic, short coif from the creative vision of the Ken Picton Art Team. Skillful barbering techniques are employed to produce a modern, feminine version of a low Fade. Following the contours of the head, length is at a premium on this cut…all the better to show off the brilliant color work featuring dappled shades of scarlet and mahogany.

Hair: Ken Picton Art Team using L’Oreal Professional; Makeup: Naoko Scintu; Fashion Styling: Thea Lewis Yates; Photo: Andrew O’Toole.

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SHE’S SO ANIMATED!
January 15, 2017

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Looks like someone stole “Cookie’s” style—and her voice, too! Okay…we’re going to say it’s more like this animated beauty was “inspired” by the fashion fierceness of Empire’s queen. See what we mean when actress Taraji P. Henson voices her cartoon alter ego on the first one-hour special of The Simpsons which airs tonight on FOX (8-9PM ET/PT). The “Great Phatsby” episode, in addition to featuring Taraji, will also include Snoop Dogg, Common, RZA and Keegan-Michael Key as guest voices.

Taraji looking fierce as Empire’s “Cookie.”

Taraji looking fierce as Empire’s “Cookie.”

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BEAUTY HOT SPOT
January 14, 2017

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Award-winning hairstylist Shirley Gordon (pictured here) knows a thing or two about hair. After all, this trend creator is an 11-time nominee and 2008 winner of the prestigious North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). So when it comes to considering a new hairstyle she’s all about making sure stylist and client are on the same style page. “Consultations are really important, especially when you get into hair color,” she states. That’s why new clients at her salon, Strands Hair Studio in Wheaton, MD, never skip the getting-to-know-you consultation. For more about Gordon and her trendsetting salon, check out our “Beauty Hot Spot” story in the February 2017 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair…on sale now!

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Her Kitchen Is Stylin’
January 13, 2017

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With the premiere of the new cooking show “My Kitchen Rules“ last night, we saw brother/sister team Brandy and Ray J Norwood presenting dinner party dishes for celebrity judges and famous guests to enjoy. Though the judges may not have loved Brandy’s bacon wrapped shrimp appetizers, we have to say we did adore the mane moves Brandy was serving up last night. Brandy’s long twists looked fabulous—worn down and loose or fashioned into a variety of partial upsweeps (we show two looks below). Here’s to hoping team Norwood continues in the competition…just because we can’t get enough of Brandy’s mane moves on the small screen.

Twisted crown upsweep!
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Center-parted and twisted back on the sides.
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5 Of Queen Latifah’s Scene-Stealing “STAR” Styles
January 12, 2017

We admit it: We tune in to the new FOX-TV series “STAR” for the riveting plot, the new music…and Queen Latifah’s drop-the-mic hair. In the role of salon owner “Carlotta Brown,” the acclaimed singer/actress is really having a lot of fun with her mane moves on the show…and we are loving her for it! After all, not everyone can deliver a dramatic performance like Queen Latifah does on “STAR”—while sporting a green, feathered Mohawk (check it out below). Here, we bow down to the Queen with a quick recap of just some of her more colorful coifs seen on screen…

1 The asymmetric auburn bob
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2 The purple feathered crop
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3 The green feathered Mohawk
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4 The scarlet center-part wavy bob
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5 And coming next week (drum roll, please…): The ombre gray/lavender flipped “lob”
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