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September 2018 cover-home

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 Larry Sims
Sophisticate’s Black Hair got the opportunity to speak with iconic hairstylist Larry Sims. The hot hairdresser’s clients includes singer/dancer/actress Zendaya , X-Men: Dark Phoenix’s Alexandra Shipp and singer SZA—just to name a few. Here, the stylist breaks down what it’s like to work with one of his hottest clients: Being Mary Jane’s Gabrielle Union!
WHAT IS GABRIELLE UNION LIKE AS A CLIENT?
“Because it’s a unique situation, because we are so close…I know her head. I know her head of hair. I know her vibe. I know her energy. She really, really, really trusts me. She trusts my vision. She’s definitely opinionated in terms of wanting to have [style inspiration] reference.”

IS SHE RELAXED OR NATURAL?
“She’s definitely Natural; she’s been Natural since I started working with her to be honest. We only press her hair when we’re doing straighter styles. We do a lot of heat-protectant styles on her. For many years she was known for the middle, or side part, body wave hair [and] that always was a sew-in to preserve to integrity of her Natural hair.”

IS THERE A “SIGNATURE” GABRIELLE UNION HAIRSTYLE?
“Back then, it definitely was super-easy, Cali-girl beach waves—loose waves with straight ends that’s “messy.” Now we’ve gone into a really big, curly tight texture, brush-outs [styles] that are really fabulous.”


↑“[Usually to create volume] we definitely use pieces. We use the Flawless by Gabrielle Union Edge Control Get to sleek her hair down. Usually I get custom [hair] pieces made.”

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