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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!

September 17, 2019

Aunt Jackie’s Grapevine Sip & Shine Event!

Curlfriends gathered in honor of Aunt Jackie’s new Grapeseed Collection.
Pictured (L-R): Kayla Madonna, Brittany Davis, Kimberly White, Tahirah Carter, Rey Mamadoul, Tiffany Renee, Rita Davis, Brittany Mayti, Shaniqua Garcia and Kirby Wright.

A group of women from various professional backgrounds were invited to spend a day with Aunt Jackie’s because they rock their Natural hair fearlessly and confidently. The women took a trip to Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA, where they were greeted by the Aunt Jackie’s team with a day of relaxation and celebration in honor of Aunt Jackie’s New Grapeseed Collection.

Erika Pope, Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils Global Brand and Product Development Manager, served as the host of the “Aunt Jackie’s Grapevine Sip & Shine Event.” At the event, Pope conducted women empowerment and collaboration activities that fostered ways to shine individually and collectively. Pope believes in collaboration over competition amongst women and hopes to instill those values in all women she has the opportunity to meet.

At the gathering, guests learned about benefits of the grapeseed ingredient story from Aunt Jackie’s Head of Education Crystal Styles. The new line is formulated with grapeseed oil—an ingredient known for its healthy hair benefits including long-lasting moisture, conditioning, anti-oxidants that reduce hair loss and intense shine. Each product is free of sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, parabens, drying alcohols and silicones.

A festive lunch, info gleamed about new ways to nurture our Naturals, fine wine sipped, a hayride through the vineyard and time spent in good company and conversation was what this special day was all about…

Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils Global Brand and Product Development Manager Erika Pope served as the host of the “Aunt Jackie’s Grapevine Sip & Shine Event.”


It’s a curlbration every time we link up! Smiling pretty are Kayla Madonna (left) and McKenzie Renae.


A seat at the table…


Great curl-care products await!


After lunch, the guests explored the vineyard on a hayride! Enjoying the day are Tiffany Renee (left) and Tahirah Carter.

September 15, 2019

Texture Time…

Just a reminder to celebrate the beauty of your mane’s texture…No matter the style, the beauty of our hair will always take center stage. Truth.

Hair: Junior Green

September 14, 2019

Yes, The Singer’s Really Into Braids…

Braid pro Gina Myles at work giving singer Macy Gray some chic cornrows.

Music star Macy Gray has always had a love for hair—in particular braids—which could explain why she decided to open up her namesake beauty hotspot! Macy Gray’s Braid Bar, located in Tarzana, CA is collaboration with business partner Charyn Harris and salon manager/braid expert Gina Myles. “People are coming up with new things to do; it’s that whole culture of hair [changes] everyday and I see different kinds of twists and designs all the time now. I want to be the best braid bar in the world,” Macy tells SBH. For more info about the star’s braiding haven, check out the “Beauty Hot Spot” feature in the Sept. 2019 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair (on sale now)!

Sultry & Glam
September 13, 2019

You better work, honey! Pro @shannonshayb, of JCPenney Salon in Jackson, MS, snipped tresses into a plush lob that has the perfect amount of movement and volume. The ebony layers are given a smooth, blown-out texture to finish.


September 9, 2019

Mrs. Joan B. Johnson pictured with her husband, George E. Johnson, Sr.

Joan B. Johnson, Co-Founder of Johnson Products Company
(Oct. 16, 1929 – Sept. 6, 2019)

It’s with great sadness Sophisticate’s Black Hair reports on the passing of Mrs. Joan Betty Henderson Johnson, Co-Founder of Johnson Products Company. Mrs. Johnson transitioned peacefully at her home surrounded by family on September 6, 2019. Mrs. Johnson was 89.

Born in Chicago Mrs. Johnson was married to her high school sweetheart, George E. Johnson, Sr., for 69 years and was mother to four children. Together they started Johnson Products Company in 1954 and turned a $250 investment into a company that became the first Black-owned company to be publically traded on the American Stock Exchange. Johnson Products was a pioneer in the establishment of modern Black hair care. Among the popular brands the company manufactured were Ultra Sheen, Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen Cosmetics. Johnson Products also provided unwavering support during the early years of Sophisticate’s Black Hair’s magazine publishing history. “Mr. George E. Johnson, Sr., and business partner/wife Mrs. Joan B.  Johnson were one of the first supporters of Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine—the first African-American hair/beauty publication dedicated to the positive imagery and empowerment of the Black woman that celebrated and provided a platform for all the talent/voices in the Black hair/beauty community,” said Sophisticate’s Black Hair Publishing, Editorial Services Director Bonnie L. Krueger. “Through the years Joan B. Johnson remained a friend of the magazine…She walked in beauty, dignity and strength. You know many people throw the word  ‘icon’ around so much today, but trust me—this woman was a true ICON in the meaning and spirit of the word. She will never be forgotten.”

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, through their company, transformed music show Soul Train into a historic nationally syndicated program that brought the iconic dance program to a national audience. Joan and George Johnson were the recipients of many awards including the highest entrepreneurial honor given by Black Enterprise Magazine, The A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award.

Joan Johnson was an advocate for strong and powerful women and she set an example of being one.  She was proud to be a trustee of Spelman College, a historically Black liberal arts college for women located in Atlanta, Georgia. The family continues with her legacy and supports the college with an annual scholarship.

“I have lost a lifelong friend and partner and the love of my life. Joan will be greatly missed by her family and all of those who have come to know her.” said her husband George E. Johnson, Sr.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband George E. Johnson, Sr.; her sister Gwendolyn Ford; her children: Eric G. Johnson, John E. Johnson, George E. Johnson, Jr, Joan M. Johnson; her grandchildren: Lecretia Capista (Larry), Erin M. Tolefree (Truman), Cara J. Hughes (Tim), John Johnson, Eric Johnson (Tatiana), Katja Galli, David Johnson, George E. Johnson III, Olivia Galli, Taddeo Galli; and 7 great grandchildren: Jordan Lewis, Brandon Jones, Morgan Hughes, Sophia Hughes, Eric Tolefree, Alex Tolefree and Claire Tolefree.

Services will be on Friday (September 13, 2019) at Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 West 95th Street in Chicago, IL. 60628. Visitation begins at 4 pm; services start promptly at 5 pm.

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