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Fall In Love With A New Style

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Coif Moves From Music’s Style Queen

Weave Couture weave-home

Amber Waves Appeal

Hair Color Now color-home

Playing With Platinum !

Natural Hair braids-home

Naturalista Care Guide

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Celebrity hairstylist Philonese West is the mane maven behind some of the hottest films and television shows in Hollywood. The beauty has worked on the FOX-TV hit musical drama STAR, Netflix’s Step Sisters, the comedy film Game Night and Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong. Currently, this talented hairdresser is a Key Hairstylist on the FX popular series Atlanta starring Donald Glover. The Los Angeles-born stylist started her career working with singers like Ciara and Nivea before finding herself on the set of the 2011 Footloose remake and the rest is mane styling history. With over 20 years of experience under her belt, West is an expert in all things hair.

I’m growing out my relaxer to go Natural. I need advice on how to get through this process as smooth as possible?—Heaven

I’m sure you’re excited about your Natural hair transition and I hope this information helps. First, make sure you stay consistent with your hair care regimen. Use hydrating shampoos and conditioners to infuse moisture and add a leave-in conditioner to your hair care routine if you’re not already using one. Keep your hair Wrapped when you’re at home, as often as possible, as your new growth will easily revert back. Mental Note: When the hair is Wrapped remember hair has a “memory” and you’re training the Natural hair strands to relax.


I love to rock a sew-in hairstyle but I’m noticing my edges are becoming weak. What should I do to maintain their health.—Pam

Of course you have to appreciate a fabulous sew-in and I totally can relate to your concerns. First add a hair, skin and nail vitamin to your diet. The Biotin inside these vitamins will help give you a boost of protein to help strengthen your hair’s strands. Also, try adding a leave-in conditioner daily to your leave out, focusing on the perimeter of your head. This step can help add nourishment back into the hair. But, most of all, make sure your stylist isn’t braiding your hair too tightly and ask if he/she could rearrange your braid pattern to give those areas a rest. Giving your hair a rest from the weave (for a few months) is always a plus and gives you time to work on the health of your hair.

I keep putting oil on my scalp but it’s not helping with the itching. What am I doing wrong?—Lynnette

First, you need to make sure you don’t have any allergies. Some products have ingredients that may be causing an allergy flare. Be sure to have an allergy test done. Try using jojoba oil and add a few drops of lavender oil. Lavender helps with blood circulation and relaxation.

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