Sophisticate's Black Hair Styles The Black Woman's Beauty Expert
Subscribe Now! Where to find our magazine

What's Inside

April/May 2019

35 Years Of Glam!


SBH Cover Rihanna

Singer/Actress/Beauty Star Rihanna and the Best Styled Women of 2019


Weave Couture

Length Matters!


Hair Color Now

Bombshell Blondes


Natural Hair

Your Curly Coif Style & Care Guide


Talk To Us!

Speak out! Tell us what’s on your mind via SBH’s online beauty network.


   

Celebrity Stylist

Celebrity Hairstylist Nai’vasha

Pro hairdresser to the stars Nai’vasha, a.k.a. “The Curl Queen,” is famous for her amazing work with Natural hair and celebrity Naturalistas including Yara Shahidi, Kiki Layne, Logan Browning and Sasha Lane. We chatted with the curl-loving stylist about her must-know tips and tricks for Natural tresses.

BE REALISTIC “I’m not against relaxers and depending on your lifestyle and what you have going on, some people need a relaxer because it’s more convenient. They’re busy, they don’t have time to maintain and babysit Natural hair—because Natural hair, to maintain, is not only expensive but it’s hard and really time consuming. Not everyone has time to two-strand [twist] at night, they don’t have time to co-wash and hope it turns out right in the morning.”

GET A ROUTINE “If you didn’t have healthy hair from the start, it’s never too late to jump in there and get it going. I recommend seeing a stylist; I recommend getting your hair trimmed really well. It might be devastating because you have to take quite a bit of length off at first but once you get in there and get into the routine of things, being able to keep up that regimen won’t be so hard.”

↑ For Yara’s hairstyle for the Grown-ish season two promo shoot Nai’vasha tells us, “I wanted to play up her hairline so I did a little bit of baby hair but I also did tiny curls around her hairline.”

↑ At the premiere of her animated film Smallfoot Yara rocks a girly upsweep. “That one her hair was really wet,” details the star’s stylist. “I saturated it with the foaming pomade and went through each curl with my paddle brush and once I got it dry I delicately pulled it up into a top knot and pinned it tight and left out a faux bang in the front.”

↑ For Yara’s volume packed mane Nai’vasha explains, “I just made a really clean part in the middle and used my edge control to smooth it and brush it into the two little ponytails and played with her baby hair.”

SBH Blog

Sign Me Up!

Beauty Changes Lives

Black Hair Tip of the Day

Survey