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SBH'S DAILY DOSE OF STYLE!
HANDS-DOWN WINNER
April 20, 2014

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Since 2000 the Stars and Rising Stars Photo Competition, sponsored by Cosmetologists Chicago, has been embraced by established salon professionals as well as those just entering our exciting industry. The winners are judged on technical merit, execution and suitability of the styles of each category, as well as concept and overall approach…all attributes demonstrated by “International Nail Technician of the Year” winner Hillary Fry, of Scenario Hair Design in Shorewood, WI. Congrats on “nailing” this competition with these couture-worthy manis!

LET IT FLOW…
April 19, 2014

Music star Rihanna sports a loose upsweep that’s perfect for Spring season wearing (and for the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards). RiRi keeps the vibe pretty/casual by gathering waves into an “undone” chignon, adding a soft center part and leaving select strands to billow in the breeze.

THE COUTURE BOB
April 18, 2014

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London-based hair pro Desmond Murray snips away at the classic bob to produce this haute version of the silhouette. Asymmetric angles pique our interest while disconnected lines lead us away from the familiar into fashion-forward territory. Are you ready to shake things up? We thought so…

Hair: Desmond Murray; Wardrobe & Makeup: Tyron Mayes; Models: Stant International.

MARLON’S HOT/NOT LIST
April 17, 2014

A Haunted House 2 star Marlon Wayans gave SBH a rundown on what’s hot and what’s not from his very unique style perspective. Check out what the comedian has to say about style here, then make plans to see his funny/scary film…A Haunted House 2 opens tomorrow!

PRETTY IN PRINTS
April 16, 2014

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Taking the stage at the recent MTV Movie Awards, actress Lupita Nyong’o was the ultimate mix master from head to toe!  Colorful stilettos grounded the star’s colorful print (one of Spring’s hottest trends) dress while sexy specs worked as the perfect accessory to the star’s streamlined coif. Will you be taking a page from Lupita’s style/fashion playbook this season?

BIG, BIGGER…
April 15, 2014

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Be the boldest, most beautiful diva on the planet with this high-volume coif by mane pro Tracey Devine Smith. A first glance may register the lushness of a basically beautiful ‘Fro. But look closer…You’ll find this silhouette’s body is boosted by a multitude of mini crimps throughout working in tandem with mane’s Natural twists and curves. Don’t you love it?

Hair: Tracey Devine Smith @Angels; Makeup: Adam de Cruz; Fashion Styling: Clare Frith; Photo: Jack Eames.

CURVY CREATION
April 14, 2014

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Get swept away with this gorgeous cut’s lush layers and texture! Credit hair pro Nome Hayes for crafting a silhouette that looks amazing with every turn of the head. The key: Skillfully placed internal layered throughout the silhouette are directed forward to frame the face with feathery peaks at the sides and crown.

Hair: Nome Hayes/Lookz Salon, Capitol Heights, MD; Makeup: Maliki C; Photo: Jonathan Martin/www.mysalonstyle.com.

SO HAPPY TOGETHER
April 13, 2014

Oprah meets up with seven-time Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams, one of the most innovative and sought-after artists in music today, for a one-on-one convo in a fun edition of “Oprah Prime” which airs tonight at 9pm ET/PT on OWN.

What’s on the roster of topics? On the heels of his chart topping #1 hit “Happy,” which also received an Oscar nomination for “Despicable Me 2,” Oprah and Pharrell discuss his critically acclaimed album G I R L, his rise to fame and how his creative vision has propelled him to music superstardom. They also discuss his recent marriage to Helen Williams and fatherhood. Who’s tuning in?

Yes…Oprah tried on Pharrell’s famous hat. (Wouldn’t you if you had the chance?)

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