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8 Steps to Straight Hair Without A Straightener September 27 2013, 0 Comments

There is no greater temptation than wanting to straighten your hair with nice hot flatiron. Its quick, easy, long-lasting, and gets the job done well. Unfortunately, flatirons are the primary cause of breakage to hair. So, rather than picking up another 'hair-burner’, try for a nice blowout instead.  Blowouts take a bit more time but they are just as effective and way more courteous to your hair.

  1. Wash and condition hair in lukewarm to cool water with the smoothing shampoo of your choice.
  2.  Once you have rinsed your hair completely free from products, give it another rinse of cold water to smooth the hair cuticle and lock in the moisture. Make it as cold as you can stand!
  3. Towel blot your hair to ensure a little dampness to your hair. Add your favorite leave-in conditioner like Keratase’ Serum Oleo Relax, paying special attention to the ends of the hair. Then carefully comb through your entire head of hair with a wide-tooth comb.
  4. Part your hair and secure the top layers with clips on both sides. To straighten curls and remove all traces of frizz, you must tackle them while they're still damp. Begin by lightly misting on a straightening spray too each parted section of your hair. Try John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight ($10, at drugstores)
  5. Starting with the loose hair in the back, pull one-inch sections forward with a large, round, mixed-bristle brush as you dry from roots to ends. Unclip the top layers and continue drying the hair from root to tip.
  6. Blow dry hair on a warm air setting using the nozzle attachment on your dryer.
  7. Once all of the sections are dry, switch your blow dryer to a cool setting and give your hair another all over with the blow dryer and the brush. The cool air helps to set the style.
  8. Take your favorite smoothing or shine serum and apply a small amount to your hair from about mid-shaft to the tips. John Frieda Frizz-ease HAIR SERUM ORIGINAL FORMULA is a good product. 

Voila! Straight hair without the straightener!


Solange Knowles Debuts "Lover's In The Parking Lot" Video September 18 2013, 2 Comments

The beautiful, talented, and always stylish Solange Knowles unveiled the visual treatment for her latest soulful single, "Lover's In The Parking Lot". The single makes it way off of Solange's 2012 EP entitled, "True". The video captures the spirited artist performing improv dances around a lowly lit pawn shop. The eccentric video features cameo appearances from Bun B and Manny fresh.  Check out the video after the jump:


Hair 101: 5 Tips For Great Weaves September 18 2013, 0 Comments

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!
So I came across this article about tips for maintaining hair and I thought it might be great to share it with you guys.  New York's renowned hair expert Samuelle Lacombe, spoke with Fashion Bomb daily blogger, Claire Summer about the difficulties many women of color face when trying to maintain great looking hair. The two style experts touched on Choosing the best grade of hair for your style and maintaining the hair for a long period of time.
With over five years of experience in the hair care industry, Sammy knows a ton about coiffing all sorts/grades of hair. The hair stylist offered a few tips to those who want to get care free, glamorous weaves: how to maintain it, buy good hair, and more.
Hit the jump for a couple of tips she gave:
1. Invest in Top Notch Service
Sammy says, “Too many women [try to cut corners] by going to cheaper salons that could really care less about hair care. These salons are more about getting women in and out.” Though it can induce sticker shock, a good sew in will cost you anywhere from $350-$800.
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2. Get Good Hair, and make sure it matches your natural strands.

Sammy continues, “Your weave should be done by a professional hairstylist with a proper consultation. Don’t take the shortcut. GO somewhere where they’re going to give you 100%.” With the right stylist on your team, your weave can last up to three months.

 

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3. Just Say No to Glue.

“The chemicals in glue can lead to allergic reactions,” Sammy warns, “[And most people] ignore signs like inflammation and itching.”

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4. Wash your hair.

Despite A$AP Rocky’s assertion that dirt is good for black hair, the professionals say a good wash every 10-14 days is very necessary. Sammy says, “Your scalp needs to be exfoliated and cleansed properly. Make sure you shampoo thoroughly, and rinse out all residue. With conditioner, focus on the ends of the hair.” Also seek out shampoos specifically made for weaves at your local beauty supply store.

At night, tie your strands with a silk/satin scarf or sleep on a silk/satin pillowcase.

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5. Can’t afford a weave? Get a good wig or clip ins.

Sammy says, “If you’re looking for easy, quick, long hair, invest in a quality wig or clip ins. You can remove clip ins every night. A high grade wig will cost you $200-$400, but you have it much longer because it’s not on your head all day every day.”

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And there you have it!

In conclusion, make sure your hair matches your personality and your lifestyle. Sammy says, “If you’re a singer or a model, long, waist length hair works for you. Only entertainers can pull off the pounds and pounds of hair on their head…let’s keep it real ladies! Let’s stay true to ourselves and keep it sleek, chic, and again, realistic!”
She adds, “Just because your weave isn’t growing out of your scalp, does not mean it should look fake. A bad weave is one that does not match your natural hair texture, hair color, personality, or lifestyle.” So keep it classy!
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Searching for a good hairstylist in your state? Just look around. If you spy someone with great hair, and can’t tell if it’s real or fake, ask them! If it’s indeed a natural looking weave, get the details on their stylist.
And if you’re in New York, see Sammy! Take a look at her work at SammyLacombe.com.
Do you guys have anything to add? Suggestions on where you buy your hair or get your hair done?
Leave a comment and let us know.
*Need tips on where to buy your hair online? Visit this post.
cited: fashionbombdaily.com

Sleek Hair & Red Dresses | Who Owned The Look: Angela Simmons vs. Karrueche vs. Po Johnson September 12 2013, 0 Comments

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Stars continue to make their way trough ever inch of New York as Fashion Week begins to wind down. Many stars headed over to the STYLE360 Pavilion to take in some last minute fashion week fun. Among those in attendance were Angela Simmons and Karrueche Tran. Both ladies sported similar looks with sleek up'dos and fierce red outfits.

Angela looked glamorous in a long red gown, accented with a cut-out back and beautiful embellishments. Meanwhile, Karruche opted for a more toned down look and chose to wear a red hot suit. Which lady rocked the red the best?

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Po Johnson also hit the red carpet in a red. The "Lala: Full Court Life" star experimented with a bold grey hair color.

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Tyra Banks Makes Some Stunning Transformations September 12 2013, 0 Comments

Tyra Banks presents 15

Tyra Banks is a natural born chameleon. Her ability to physically transform has skyrocketed her to the rank of 'Top Models'.

In effort to pay homage to all her fellow top models and her inspirational predecessors, Tyra conducted a 15 spread shoot in which she channels some of the modeling industries most renowned models. The spread was held as part of a photography exhibition entitled "15". With help from an illustrious style team an photographer Udo Spreitzenbarth, Tyra is able to righteously portray various new and experienced models including Cindy Crawford, L Jerry Hall, Iman, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Brooke Shields, Grace Jones, Kate Upton, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne. Check out the fun shoot below.

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Tyra as Carmen Dell’Orefice

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Tyra as 15-year-old Tyra

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Kim Kardashian x Karl Lagerfeld For CR Fashion Book Issue 3 September 12 2013, 0 Comments

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Kim Kardashian teamed up with renowned fashion guru Karl Lagerfeld for a unconventional photoshoot for CR's issue 3 fashion book. Lagerfeld captures Kim in moments uncommon to her usual persona.

 

The fashion book showcases the new mom embracing her bare belly during the time of her pregnancy with new daughter North West. While typical pregnancy photo opts tend to be light, joyous, and fun, Kim decided to ditch the norm for a more enigmatic outcome. The reality star is seen on the cover donning a blinged-out Maison Martin Margiela mask, infamously sported by very own beau Kanye West. Other unorthodox moments include Kim gazing into the camera with jam smeared around her mouth, while holding the jar. You can checked an exclusive look at Kim Shoot with K. Lagerfeld below.3-kim-kardashian-for-cr-fashion-book-issue-3-13-kim-kardashian-for-cr-fashion-book-issue-36-kim-kardashian-for-cr-fashion-book-issue-35-kim-kardashian-for-cr-fashion-book-issue-3-15-kim-kardashian-for-cr-fashion-book-issue-3


Solange Hits The Stage For The Boston Calling Music Festival September 11 2013, 0 Comments

Solange let her full head of natural curls hang free, as  she performed at the Boston Calling Festival. The spirited singer looked vibrant in a Noon by Noor Spring 2014 Floral Print Crop Top and short combo paired with Nasty Gal x Le Specs Half Moon Sunglasses. What do you think about Solange eccentric look?

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Viola Davis Cover Essence Magazine & Expresses Her Desire To Embrace Her Truth September 06 2013, 2 Comments

"Be Beautiful, Inside and Out" - Who better to embody that message than the sublime and all-around beauty, Viola Davis? The 48-year old actress looks absolutely radiant on the October cover of Essence Magazine.

Throughout the course of her career, Viola has grown to become the face of confidence and grace. While the "Prisoner" star had many gushing over her natural curls at the Oscars, Viola encourages people to not give hair too much power.

"There's not one woman in America who does not care about her hair. But we give it way too much value. We deprive ourselves of things, we use it to destroy each other, we'll look at a child and judge a mother and her sense of motherhood by the way the child's hair looks," Davis told Essence. "I am not going to traumatize my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair."

Davis, herself, admits to knowing that self-esteem does not come easy 

"My image of myself [as a youth] was in the mouths of young White kids calling me ugly and then going home to a mother who did not fully embrace her own beauty," Davis said.

Fortunately, Viola was able to overcome the negative and embrace her own inner and outer beauty. Viola also admits to gaining a boost of confidence from her 2-year old daughter, Genesis, as well.

Davis told Essence that she feels most beautiful when she is at home and her daughter says "You're the best mommy! You're amazing! You're exquisite!"

 


Kerry Washington Takes The Cover on Glamour & Dishes On Her Secret Marriage and Newfound Style September 05 2013, 1 Comment

As the lead character of the top primetime network television series, Sandal, Kerry Washington possesses elegance, wits, and a high fashion sense. Accompanied with pure talent, its no wonder why Glamour Magazine chose the graceful beauty to be the cover star of their October 2013 issue. Just weeks ahead of facing-off against fellow leading actresses at this year's Emmy Awards, Kerry opened up to the Glamour squad to unveil why she is so reluctant on discussing her recent marriage to NFL cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha. She also admitted to being novice to the fashion world. In fact, her newfound interest in fashion was simply an effort to compliment her image as an actress and improve her career.

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The editorial shows Kerry rocking pretty red and pink shade dresses for the fall and a shoulder-length haircut with subtle brown highlights.

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Check out a few excerpts from the interview below:

On Keeping Her Personal Life Private

I learned through experience that it doesn’t work for me to talk about my personal life. I’ve had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it. I was on the cover of a bridal magazine [InStyle Weddings, in 2005, when Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow]. But I couldn’t just turn around and say, “I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.” So I just thought, “OK, no more.”

You even managed to get married in June without anyone knowing.

Absolutely! I’m walking around in the world with my ring. And when people say congratulations, I say thank you. But I’m going to continue to not talk about it and just let it unfold.

It must have been satisfying to pull off a wedding with no press around.

[Laughs.] I don’t want to sound smug about it…but the point is to do what’s best for me. I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me.

On If Her Parents Approve Of Her Career Choice

When I said that this is what I wanted to do, my mother literally cried. She didn’t want me to experience all that rejection. They both would have preferred me to have been a lawyer.… [After college] I gave myself a year to make it in acting and was living in my parents’ house teaching beginner’s yoga when I got my first part, in Our Song. Then I got Save the Last Dance.… Now they’re really behind me. And I’m always working. My cousins call me the longshoreman of actors.

On Fashion Being Important to Her Career

OK, I’m going to admit this: There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand careerwise—because they knew how to work that red carpet. I was like, “I’m missing a really important tool. If I am the CEO of the Kerry Washington Corporation, my marketing department is really lax.” So I sort of developed a new character: Red-Carpet Kerry.[...]And I researched her like any other character. I actually called Tracee Ellis Ross [the actress and Diana Ross’s daughter], who’s a good friend, and literally asked, “How do you pronounce Hermès?” Red-Carpet Kerry needed to know.[...]The professor’s daughter kicked in. I was doing library hours on fashion. And then it happened—I was in love.

On Her All White Fashion in “Scandal”

From me and the costume designer Lyn Paolo. And the pants—that Olivia wears pants—that was mine, because I really wanted her to wear the pants in that relationship.


Sheryl Underwood Sparks Controversy Over "Afro Hair" Comment & Issues an Apology September 05 2013, 4 Comments

The Talk co-host, Sheryl Underwood, talked her way right into some controversy.

The comedian found herself in a very uncomfortable position following a recent rerun of her daytime talk show. During an episode, which originally aired in June, Sheryl chimed in on a round-table discussion which addressed Heidi Klum's decision to preserve the remains of her bi-racial children's hair. Heidi admittedly saves their hair for keep-sake purposes as well as art projects.

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In attempt to express her disgust towards Heidi's unusual ritual in a humorous manner, Sheryl questioned why anyone would want to keep "afro hair". She continued by making it a point to note that people don't ask for weaves with “curly, nappy beads.” The conversation got even more awkward when fellow co-host, Sara Gilbert, revealed that she saved her son’s hair from his first haircut. In response, Sheryl stated that it would make more sense since Sara’s son’s hair is "beautiful, long, and silky."

Here is a video from the show, just to get a better idea of how the conversation went:

The intended joke didn't go over so well with viewers. Rather, many viewers took offense to the comedian's remarks. Sheryl faced tremendous backlash after viewers caught wind of her unflattering comment. To onlookers it seemed as though Sheryl was inferring that the naturally course and kinky hair of most individuals of African decent was of lesser quality than the silky straight texture associated with people of European descent. Various people made an effort to confront Sheryl (via social media) and advice her to apologize. Sheryl soon issued an apology and statement explaining her comment. 

I want to apologize at my recent attempt at humor that missed the target and hit my people squarely in the heart...My choice of words was wrong and inappropriate. I hope that in time you can forgive me...We make mistakes all the time, and I will use this as a learning experience to reflect on the power of words and how I personally use them. - Interview with Steve Harvey Morning Show

The discussion was about cutting and saving hair. I didn’t speak about Heidi Klum or her children’s hair. I stated that the act of saving hair was ‘nasty’. Cutting and saving what I consider as dead… it’s like saving fingernails. -Interview with Curly Nikki. 

Unfortunately, many still believe her comment to be ignorant an unforgivable. What are your thoughts on the issue? Do you think Sheryl's remarks are totally unacceptable or is the audience being a bit too over dramatic and sensitive? 


Alicia Keys Debuts New Bowl Cut August 31 2013, 3 Comments

It's a 'New Day' for Alicia Keys. The grammy-award winning singer stopped by ABC'S Good Morning America to discuss her upcoming projects, just before hitting the Rumsey Playfield stage in NYC with Maxwell to perform her latest R&B hit "Fire We Make". A. Keys belted out a few old hits as she debuted a brand new haircut. Having already faced the big chop, the singer bravely took her bold look to new heights with an even more edgy bowl cut. Alicia rocked her new look in a black keyhole midriff paired with hot pink high-waisted pants. She certainly seems to be refreshed and enjoying her new look. What about you? Are you feeling A. Key's new haircut?

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Seen On the Scene: Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Keri Hilson, & Madonna (With a Grill?!?) August 29 2013, 1 Comment

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Rihanna's hair may be ever-changing, but her desirable fashion sense is always consistent. The darling fashionista stepped out on the streets of LA wearing a pink Stella McCartney Blazer, white button-down blouse, slim-fit jeans, a pair of sleek black Manolo Blahnik Chaos sandals.

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Lady Gaga stepped out of her London Hotel in a body hugging Atelier Versace Fall 2013 Black Pantsuit. The daring fashion maven complimented her high fashion suit with a peek-a-boo lace bra and psychedelic round frame glasses. 

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Keri Hilson is one of the many stars taking on the undisputed look of the summer. Box braids and twists made their way across almost every head this summer, including mine (I'm unashamedly guilty). The singer ditched her usual cropped 'do for some lengthy black braids as she hit the red carpet for the premiere of her star role in the new film, “Riddick”. I must say, Keri is definitely looking fierce and those edges are laid to the max. 

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Madonna surely knows how to keep the heads turning. As usual, the infamous singer did not shy away from making a questionable fashion statement. Madonna let the world get a peek of her gold-studded grill as she visited her Hard Candy Fitness Club in Rome. What do you think of the 55-year-olds diva's oral bling? Yes! or Yikes!?

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BTW, the 'vogue' vanguard wasn't the only star rocking the bold look, Katy Perry showed off her shiny grill at this year MTV Video Music Awards, and Rihanna took her Instagram to shed some more light on her luminary mouth-piece. What do you think about this upcoming trend?

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Ciara and Jennifer Lopez Opt for Voluminous Curls August 27 2013, 1 Comment

When it comes to hair, "Bigger is Better" may just be the motto this season. At least, that may be the case for stars like Ciara and Jennifer Lopez, who grace this season's most coveted magazine covers with a head full of big voluminous curls.

Following her appearance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, Ciara shows off her toned physique on the August 2013 cover of Paper Magazine. In the editorial shot by Danielle Levitt, the "Body Party" songstress conveys old hollywood glamour with full body hair, defined by loose curls.

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The gorgeous singer wasn't the only star rocking the revamped vintage look. Former American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez, donned a similar bouncy 'do on the cover of W Magazine. Lopez complimented her lush tresses with bold red lips and a feather-accented mesh gown by Gucci. Are you a fan of the voluminous mane? Let us know what you think.

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Images courtesy of: W Magazine, Paper Magazine