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Sultry Summer Styling

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This Gorgeous Gal’s Style Profile

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Golden Glam

Hair Color Now color-home

Blonde Ambition

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A Naturalista’s Beauty Guide

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Backed-up by 16 years of training and experience in the fields of beauty, fashion and branding, Monaé Everett is an American Board Certified Hair colorist with a diverse educational background. A true advocate for beauty, her passion is making women look and feel beautiful. Everett’s professional work has been featured in the world of film, television, print and theater. Likewise, her amazing work has been displayed on such celebs as Mariah Carey, Dre Davis, Serena Williams, Naomie Harris, Taraji P. Henson to name a few. Driven by her love of beauty, she recently released her first book, Stunning Braids, which showcases and provided step-by-step tutorials on achieving braided hairstyles from the workplace to the runway.

What are ways to ensure my lace-front wig looks as natural as possible? —Riley

If possible leave a little of your hairline out to disguise the lace front. Apply the lace front with a bit of tension for it to lay flush with the scalp.


I just cut my hair into a pixie. Now I regret it. Any advice on how to live with the short cut until it grows out?—Janet

I’m so sorry that you don’t care for your shorter cut! My first suggestion would be to talk with your hairstylist about changing the cut’s shape. Not only might you like the cut better once re-shaped, but a change in shape is helpful toward growing out the length as well. If you really don’t like the short cut try a few protective styles—such as braids, cornrows or sewn-in weaves. And, be sure to schedule regular salon visits for routine treatments to optimize the health of your hair. This will help your hair to grow out faster!

I want to try braids but my edges are very delicate. Should I try it or pass on plaits?—Zoe

I love all braids and plaits. It’s awesome that you are taking your hair and scalp health into account before getting your hair plaited. I would recommend cornrows that follow the perimeter of the hairline instead of braids. Make sure they are not very tight. Your goal is to avoid traction alopecia (hair pulled too tight that ends up falling out) at all cost.


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