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September 2019

The Hottest Hairstyles


SBH Cover Tamron Hall

Talking TV Chic Short Cuts!


Clip & Snip

Amazing and trend styles at your fingertips!


Natural Hair

Your Curly Coif Care Guide


Salon Talk

Our cosmetologist mini magazine


Featured Article

Chatting with Dear White People’s Ashley Blaine Featherson


Home Styling Guide

Step-by-step instructions to coif perfection!


   
SBH'S DAILY DOSE OF STYLE!
COIF COUTURE SUNDAY!
September 22, 2019

BOLD & BEAUTIFUL…

“Think bold and beautiful. The inspiration behind this collection was to create styles that clients can wear every day whilst making a statement,” shared hair pros William and Bianca Gray about their coif collection featuring stunning style profiles like this waved wonder. “We used a mix of classic and modern day techniques to achieve these fantastic looks.” We say mission accomplished.

Hair: William and Bianca Gray; Makeup: Norma Gray; Styling: Ebony Gray; Photographer: Jarred Photography.

“BALLERS” STAR LONDON BROWN
September 21, 2019

…His On-Screen Style Swag!

Los Angeles native London Brown does it all! You probably recognize the dancer, comedian and impressionist from his role as “Reggie” alongside Dwayne Johnson on HBO’s Ballers. “ ‘Reggie’ on the show is 24 and so we wanted to keep him young,” shared London. “It was almost a conflict between me and ‘Reggie’ because I have my choice on what I want him to wear but I have to remember that he’s 24. I’m a pretty well put together guy. I’m all for let’s get him some suits and let’s get them tailored, but ‘Reggie’ is 24, he’s not thinking about tailored suits.” So now that we got his on-screen alter ego’s look down, what’s London’s style like away from the cameras? Find out in the rest of our convo with the star in the Sept./Oct. ’19 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair (on sale now)!

Photo: Johnny Pena/courtesy Karyzma Agency.

Sunset Vibe
September 20, 2019

The combination of haircolor in this coif is something to admire. Shades of yellow, orange and red stand out against the dark espresso mane. Hairdresser DeJa, from The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney in Westland, MI, smoothed the hair straight to show off the feisty color.

Photo: Instagram.com/@westland_instyle.

SHAMPOO SMART…
September 19, 2019

When Is A Shampoo More Than A Shampoo?

Did you know your shampoo could be doing more for your? Keep these tips, courtesy of the hair pros from Mane ‘N Tail, in mind the next time you get ready to cleanse your coif:

TIP #1: Be gentle…Opt for a shampoo formula with a gentle pH balance and high-lathering agents to help deep clean and condition your scalp and hair—like the Original Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo. It gets all the dirt and debris out of your hair without stripping it of its precious natural oils; yet, it’s gentle enough for everyday use to help prevent breakage.

Tip #2: Really get in there… While you’re shampooing, remember to get down to the base of your scalp. Why? Your hair will, in turn, grow out healthier and rejuvenate much quicker when your scalp and hair follicles aren’t clogged up with excess styling product, etc.

Tip: #3: Don’t forget your hair tools. Use the shampoo not only to cleanse your tresses but your hair brushes, too (schedule a monthly cleaning to keep your tools fresh).

“BABY HAIR ALERT!”
September 18, 2019

Get Your Style Laid

It’s a look that’s making the rounds on red carpets, on the streets and in salons! “Baby hairs”—those wispy, short strands along the hairline—are having their moment on the tress trend scene when shaped into a myriad of pretty designs framing the face. Here braid pro, entrepreneur and educator Stasha Harris (pictured) fills us in on this stunning style detail…

HAUTE NOW: “It’s all about the edges and ‘baby hair’—that’s a big focus when they come into the salon,” observes style pro Stasha Harris the hair detail trend everyone seems to want. “Every style [salon clients] show, they want their ‘baby hairs.’”

PRODUCT WISE: “Obviously, you need to use a product that’s going to hold the ‘baby hairs’ down,” details Harris. In collaboration with Ampro, Harris worked with the hair care company to create the extra firm hold gel, Shine ‘n Jam Magic Fingers for Braiders. “It can be used on any hair texture, not just Natural hair,” details Harris, who owns braiding hot spots MagicFingersStudio 1 & 2.

SHAPELY MOVES: Shine ‘n Jam Magic Fingers for Braiders is an extra-firm hold gel that can also act as an edge control, making it ideal to craft the “baby hair” designs. And, since the gel doesn’t leave any product build-up, feel free to allow your creativity to soar when whipping “baby hairs” into soft swirls, free-flowing mini finger waves or cute curlicues. An added bonus: Harris tells us this clear, conditioning hair gel gives tresses a nice, natural sheen while helping to imbue it with moisture.

For some must-read tips for perfect plaits courtesy of hair pro Stasha Harris, check out the “Attention Braiders!” story in the September ’19 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair…on sale now!

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