Celebrity stylist Ursula Stephen is the woman responsible for taking Rihanna's hair from demure to dashing. By lopping off Rihanna's long, straight hair, eventually taking it to an asymmetric razored cut, Stephen helped the singer become an international style icon. As you can imagine, Rihanna's ever-changing hairstyles require as much hair care as creativity. Find out how Stephen keeps her hair healthy — and what styles feel fresh now — when you keep reading.
Ever since Good Hair premiered at the end of last year, there's been much more open and positive dialogue about respecting and loving your natural hair texture. Lots of women were already going natural, but making the changeover has really gathered steam with the advent of the keratin controversy and a concomitant wave of support for natural hair's beauty, culminating in Sesame Street's adorable "I Love My Hair" song. While it seems that the number of women going natural, combined with the recession's ill effects, may be putting some African-American salons out of business, it's also heartening to see so many people embracing and celebrating the beautiful hair they were born with instead of trying to fit a narrow normative standard. Hair is still a hot-button issue for many women, regardless of their texture, but hopefully this is a signal of more self-acceptance to come.
Hey readers, thanks for being such expert commentators. Your thoughts on Emma Stone's new color, the art of hand modeling, and the decline of African-American salons were most entertaining. Check out what you had to say this week.
- "I definitely prefer red. Maybe partly because now people will stop telling me I look like her, but also because there aren't enough famous girls making red hair look sexy. I know so many guys that love gingers, but we're really underrepresented in the world of 'hot girl' celebrities. I love the bangs and the makeup in the blonde pic though!" — weffie
- "I voted for red, but she looks great as a blonde too. However, considering how many blondes there are in Hollywood, red hair makes her stick out more." — Faylinn
- "I love her with both hair colors! She's lucky she looks great with both colors. Not everyone does or they just choose poor shades/dimensions. I don't think she should stay red just to stand out or to represent redheads. She should just do her hair the way she wants to, or for a role she wants." — isahrangme
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Celebrity colorist Johnathan Gale, who counts stars like Jennifer Garner and Charlize Theron among his clientele, is an expert at taking those that sit in his chair from the ordinary to the extraordinary. And all this week, he's been sharing his tips on how we can revitalize our own hair color, from amping up your red to perking up your blond. Now, let's see what he has to say for those of us with dark hair. To find out more, just keep reading.
Supermodel Linda Evangelista once said, "No one is born with perfect eyebrows." But thanks to a profusion of eyebrow-enhancing products, achieving brow perfection is actually quite easy. The hard part often lies within choosing the correct shade, but I'm here to help.
Generally speaking, if you're blonde go one to two shades darker than your hair color; brunettes should go one to two shades lighter; and if you're a redhead, picking the right intensity and tone is key.
If you're blessed with raven-toned locks, however, a coordinating deep black eyebrow product can not only look too severe, but can add a starkness to the complexion as well. Instead, dark-haired beauties, smoke up. Think shades of charcoal, soft black, gray, almost black, and even mahogany, deep taupe, or dark brown. Better yet? Customize your shade with a multihued palette, like Brow Powder Duo in Ebony ($22).