October 21, 2014
Sometimes, the right hairstyle can look equally stunning from all angles—making your exit just as exciting as your entrance. And this beautiful coif, by hair pro Maria Thompson of Twists & Curves salon in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is an exquisite example that fact. Fabulous flat twists, intertwined to create volume, adorn the back of this silhouette “When a girl walks into a room, you want it to be ‘wow.’ When she walks out, you’re still going to get, ‘Oh, wow did you see the back?,’” says the stylist about why she added the stunning rear details. Curious about what this design looks like from the front? Pick up a copy of the November ’14 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair (on sale now!) and turn to the “Our Roots” column for all the exciting style details about this look.
October 20, 2014
It’s official. Since Beyoncé is wearing brow-revealing bangs, we can now all wear brow-revealing bangs. But before you grab those scissors, keep in mind that proportion is key to pulling off this bold style statement. This means fringes should work well with the rest of your hairstyle–whether worn long and cascading (like Bey in this Instagram shot she posted) or short and chic. You’ll also want to be sure bangs are snipped level and blunt. And, for the trendiest touch, use a small round brush to gently curve ends under for a “rounded” finish. Oh, and don’t forget: Those brows need to be flawless.
October 19, 2014
As one of our favorite celebrity Naturalistas, we can’t wait to see what music star Goapele will do next with her fabulous mane. Lately, we’ve been loving how the singer has been flaunting a gorgeous, golden TWA! The hip snip not only puts the spotlight on Goapele’s beautiful face, but also serves as the perfect silhouette for her bold gold hair hue. For sisters considering undergoing “The Big Chop” on their road to Natural tresses, we can’t think of a better style inspiration…with our without the brave color move!
PEACE, LOVE & SOUL
October 18, 2014
Media mogul Wendy Williams will be hosting the hippest trip in America when she steps out as the host for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Scheduled to tape on November 7, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, performers will take the stage to celebrate and honor R&B legends and soul music’s brightest new stars. Word is that the format of the show will feel more like a dance party than a traditional awards show. The stage set will be crafted to resemble a modern interpretation of the Soul Train set we all know and love—complete with the dancers, scramble board and the legendary Soul Train line. Plus, the audience will b made up of Soul Train dancers, truly making it an interactive experience. And, from time to time, the infamous Soul Train line will make an appearance as the audience dancers take their turn showing off their moves! The show will air Nov. 30 at 8PM ET/PT.
October 17, 2014
Unleash the weekend and let actress/singer Zendaya inspire your Friday night (or Saturday morning) style profile with this tousled, sexy coif. The star posted this fierce mane move on Instagram with the simple caption: “Lioness.” What else–besides gorgeous hair—does Zendaya have cause to “roar” about? The teen star’s spy comedy for the Disney Channel, K.C. Undercover, was just picked up for a full season. Slated to premiere early 2015, the show revolves around K.C. Cooper (Zendaya), a high school math whiz training to be a super spy–following in the footsteps of her parents. Oh, and one more thing: Zendaya is co-producer of the series. Rrrrrroar!
October 16, 2014
Proof positive about the transformative power of hair: this striking Instagram post by Teyana Taylor featuring the music star flaunting super-sleek lengths. A definite departure from her usually voluminous coifs, the 23-year-old reveals burnished lengths detailed with a low part. Get a similar effect with the help of a flat iron. Mist a heat protectant spray on mane then work with small sections to guarantee the proper attention to each hair segment. Once lengths are smooth, use a rattail comb to add the low part.