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December 16, 2018

Makeup As Art…

Makeup artist David Maderich, a finalist in the North American Hair Styling Awards “Makeup Artist Of The Year” category re-defines the traditional concept of makeup with this stunning editorial image. Bold colors and brave techniques merge in this mixed-media portrait which has us ready to color outside of the beauty lines.

Photo: courtesy NAHA.

December 15, 2018

Backstage Hair Hacks To Try!

Gocha Hawkins is an Atlanta-based hairstylist who was also a featured cast member on season 4 of WEtv’s reality show L.A. Hair. The star hair pro counts music/reality TV star Kandi Burruss, Basketball Wives beauty Malaysia Pargo and superstar Nicki Minaj among the celebs who’ve sat in her style chair. So when we asked her to reveal a no-fail hair hack she uses, the talented pro was more than happy to oblige with this tip: “Attach a quick ponytail extension—and double it for thickness. It’s the best go-to style that can make your day go from bad to better. Plus, this volumizing trick makes your hair more full of life.” For more clever hair hacks from some of today’s top mane pros, check out the “Glam Squad Hair Secrets” story in the Dec/Jan ’19 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair…on sale now!

Photo: Drexina Nelson Photography

December 14, 2018

A New View…

A cool cut needs to be interesting—from all angles! That’s just what hair pro Lori Zabel delivered with this sharp silhouette. The look, a finalist in the “Haircutting” category for the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), is all about playing with proportions. From its angled sides and bi-level bangs the sheared nape, this mane never fails to stun from any vantage point.

Photo: courtesy NAHA.

December 11, 2018

Who Says The Guys Can’t Be Haute…

Taking inspiration from the classic High-Top Fade, this finalist look from the 2018 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), in the “Mens Hairstylist of the Year” category, is all about playing with shape and proportion. Hair pro Jamie DiGrazia takes sharp lines and clean angles to new heights on this cut crafted for the high-fashion male.

Photo: courtesy NAHA.

December 10, 2018

Double The Chic With A Different World Stars…

Before Grown-ish showed us what went down for Black brothers and sisters on campus, there was A Different World. The hit sitcom gave primetime a fun look at college life and starred a talented cast, including Jasmine Guy in the role of sorority Southern belle “Whitley Gilbert” and Cree Summer Francks as free-spirit student “Winifred ‘Freddie’ Brooks.” Here, the two stars meet up once again and we’ve got to say their glam game is fire with Jasmine (left) sporting off-the-face waves and Cree flaunting twin plaits topped off with a cool hat. Looking good ladies!

Photo: Instagram. com/@iamjasmineguy

December 9, 2018


The Actress/Singer Scores Another Award…

Among the honorees for Urban One’s inaugural Urban One Honors Awards Show is singer/actress Brandy Norwood. The award was developed to acknowledge and honor individuals or organizations that have made an extraordinary impact on society and culture. Set to be held today at The Anthem in Washington, DC, the show will be hosted by comedian DL Hughley. Brandy is set to receive the Excellence Award along with Urban One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes.

Other honorees this year include: rapper/producer, Jermaine Dupri, Living Legend Award; fashion stylist, June Ambrose, Fashion Icon Award; singer, Teyana Taylor, R&B Impact Award; media mogul, Tom Joyner, Lifetime Achievement Award; gospel artist, Marvin Sapp, Inspirational Impact Award; former NFL player, Doc Walker, Sports Legend Award; activist/columnist Shaun King, Social Change Agent Award; music executive, Benny Pough, Record Executive of the Year Award; Congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Public Servant Award; singer, Jade Novah, Viral Sensation; principal, Dr. Nadia Lopez, Education Maven; and actor, Rotimi, Generation Next Award.

Marvin Sapp and K-Ci of Jodeci are set to perform, with LA Reid, Da Brat, Bryan Michael Cox, Ray J, Roland Martin and Q Parker among the presenters. Congratulations to all the deserving honorees!

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