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July/August 2019

The Hottest Hairstyles

SBH Cover Zendaya

Style Secrets From A Haute Actress

Clip & Snip

Lots of amazing looks at your fingertips!

Natural Hair

Devoted to all Naturalistas!

Salon Talk

Our special beauty industry mini magazine

Featured Article

Laurieann Gibson’s stunning style secrets

Home Styling Guide

All the step-by-step mane moves


Ask A Stylist

Celebrity hairstylist Sabrina Porsche is an expert in her field. The pro’s resume includes working with stunning stars like Meagan Good, Solange, Tia Mowry, Kandi Burruss and Taraji. P Henson—and that’s not all of them! The beauty’s work has appeared in numerous publications and on the set of music videos, like Nicki Minaj’s “Barbie Tingz” and Jason Derulo’s “Goodbye.” If that’s not impressive enough, Porsche has even worked with Beyoncé, for her On The Run II content. Needless to say when it comes to slaying, Porsche knows how to do it!

What are the best ways to straighten and heat style Natural hair? Which tools and products should I try? —Kingsley
Always use a heat protectant spray or a leave-in conditioner to help protect and nourish the hair. I would suggest CHI Silk Infusion Silk Reconstructing Complex. I also like It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-in. Some of my favorite are ones by FHI, HIS, Babyliss and GHD—all are great for Black hair!

I love to style my human hair extensions into big, bombshell curls. The problem is they seem to fall and look less defined quickly. Can you give me some tips for maintaining my curls all day long? —Melissa
When you condition, use only use small amounts of conditioner on the hair; some conditioners can weigh down extensions. Before you style your extensions, I would wash them then and blow them out with a round brush. I find that doing this allows for longer wear of the style. If you find your hair getting greasy, or stringy, try using a non-powder dry shampoo.

I love braids but my hair is a bit thin. I’m afraid the braids will emphasize my hair’s thinness or make it worse. Can I wear braids with thin, delicate hair? —Sahara
Honestly, you shouldn’t wear braids if you feel your hair is thin or thinning, especially if you are adding hair and product to your plaits. Adding hair will only weigh your natural hair down. This is especially true if the braids are heavy—because the additional weight can cause breakage.

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