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August 25, 2019

Her “The Sketchbook Tour” Is Coming Soon…

Music star Fantasia makes quite the return as she announces a stellar 29-city, North American tour she headlines with Robin Thicke, Tank and The Bonfyre. Supporting acts may vary based on location. Fans will hear their favorite Fantasia hits along with a first-live-listen of songs from her soon-to-be-released 7th studio album, Sketchbook—set for an October release via Rock Soul/BMG. Fantasia had this to say about the upcoming tour and what fans can eagerly expect: “I’ve been blessed to perform all over the world and have never been as excited and hungry to hit the stage as I am for this tour! The stage is my sacred place and where I feel most connected with people through my music.” Here’s where you can catch the tour:

MISS USA 2019…
August 24, 2019

Caring For Her Curls Is All In The Family!

We’re sure we weren’t the only ones excited to see Naturalista and Miss North Carolina USA Cheslie Kryst win the title of Miss USA 2019. The attorney made headlines embracing the beauty of her Natural curls—and winning the crown! So when it came to maintaining her crowning curls, it’s no surprise Cheslie turned to family for guidance. “My sister has her own Natural hair salon, Page Veronica Salon in Charlotte, NC,” shares Cheslie. “She was the one who supported me and made sure that I was happy using Natural hair products. She would recommend Natural hair products for me, anytime that I needed advice about styles that I could wear, if I needed a cut or a trim or a treatment, she was the one to do that. So, I love and appreciated that about her; it’s very convenient to have her as family!” For more from our conversation with Miss USA 2019, check out the July/Aug. 2019 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair (on sale now!).

Photo: Benjamin Askinas/courtesy The Miss Universe Organization.

Texture Play
August 23, 2019

This coif is too fun not to admire. Thank The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney Creative Director Michelle O’Conner for this enchanting hair inspiration. Braided sections are separated by smooth sections with circular accessories. Hair is pulled into a low ponytail with the ends left loose.


August 18, 2019

…Basket Weave Beauty

Sleek strands serve as the perfect backdrop for a basket-weave braid detail that is sure to turn heads! Concentrated at the crown, texture takes flight when thinking out the box is enlisted. Gloss spray, a dab of pomade and skillful hands are part of the formula on this striking style.

Hair: Biba.

August 17, 2019

Celebrity Hairstylists Larry Sims’ Hat Collection!

Star stylist Larry Sims

If you’ve ever wondered who the designer is behind those chic hats worn by stars like singer Tweet and Gabrielle Union-Wade, we’ve got the answer for you: celebrity hair pro Larry Sims!

Though he’s known for his amazing hairstyling skills shown off by his A-list clients on the red carpet, Sims also is a very talented hat designer. So what inspired him to stretch his creativity to the realm of fashion—specifically hats? We’ll let him tell us:

Singer Tweet models a cool hat from The Larry Sims Collection by Central Avenue.

“I was always inspired to do a hat line. I started off talking about the hat line, which is called The Larry Sims Collection by Central Avenue, probably eleven months ago with a good friend of mine, Monica Payne, and she introduced me to Brooklyn Jones and he’s the owner and the creator of Central Avenue. He’s a fly, fly brother and [connected me to] the hat king of LA, his name is Sal, and we all got together. They believed in my vision and that’s how we came up with The Larry Sims Collection by Central Avenue. The hats are beautiful, they’re quality, they’re for the people and what’s great about the hats is they’re super versatile. The ones that are online now, you can rock them in 20 different ways. If you go onto the website ( and click on Look Book, you have an instructional video by my boys, The Hat Doctors, and they show you how to really break the hats down and freak them in your own personal style. So we’re really excited about the versatility and the quality of the product.”

For more from our talk with the celebrity hair pro, check out the July/Aug. 2019 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair (on sale now!).

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