Entries Tagged as 'African-American hairstyles'

Victoria’s Secret Model Selita Ebanks Debuts Edgy New Haircut


Gorgeous model Selita Ebanks showed off her new two tone hair cut!

Frederic Fekkai Soho’s Jamie Sanchez and Marshall Lin were responsible Ebanks’ new look.

The look is “chic with strong definition” says stylist Marshall Lin.

How to Get the Look: First, cut the hair prior to applying any dye.  “Most people make the mistake of getting their color done before they receive their haircut,” says colorist Jamie Sanchez, “as a result the color gets cut out and impacts the appearance of both the color and the haircut.”  Section your hair into top and bottom layers. Keep the under layer dark for definition, and with a tone-on-tone approach to coloring, with the top blonde section leaning beige. The effect is edgy, but still chic.

All products by Fekkai: Fekkai Salon Color Hair Color in 10W Very Light Golden Blonde and 3N Darkest Brown ($30 each). Available at Fekkai.com and Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.


Creme of Nature is Taking Shine to the Next Level With New Relaxer With Argan Oil


Creme of Nature® today announced that the Creme of Nature with Argan Oil No-Lye Relaxer has been added to the lineup of the brand’s new line of Argan Oil hair care products. Available at mass retailers and beauty supply stores in the U.S. in October, this is an innovative relaxer system infused with nutrient-rich, Certified Organic Argan Oil from Morocco with advanced straightening performance. It will join the five Creme of Nature with Argan Oil moisture-enriched shine products that debuted earlier this summer. It is the latest addition to the mega brand’s existing family of shampoos, conditioners and treatments with Certified Organic Ingredients.

“The Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Relaxer incorporates the healing, moisturizing and conditioning properties of Argan Oil to offer a relaxer to consumers that is one-of-a-kind yet affordable,” said Colomer USA Multicultural Vice President of Marketing Shawn Tollerson. “We have received a great response from consumers with the launch of the Argan Oil shine hair care products. So now, women who relax their hair can enjoy the benefits of Argan Oil during this process, from start to finish.”

Packaged in new, Moroccan-themed kits, the Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Relaxer will be available in regular and super strengths to meet the needs of varying hair textures. With an advanced formula, the relaxer is designed to help consumers achieve the shiny, silky straight hair they desire.

“Argan Oil is rich in Vitamin E, Omega-6 and essential fatty acids, and antioxidants to give it great restorative properties,” said Dr. Fran Cook-Bolden, Creme of Nature dermatologist. “These benefits address many of the concerns people have about relaxers, so I’m excited to see it added to Creme of Nature relaxers. When used correctly, relaxers can yield beautiful results.”

The relaxer’s creamy emollient formula is easy to mix and apply, and the kit includes the Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment and the Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Gloss & Shine Polisher, making it a complete hair care regimen. In addition to these two products, the kit will also include a neutralizing shampoo and step-by-step directions for application.

For more than three decades, Creme of Nature has offered a variety of great products to help women achieve and maintain gorgeous, healthy hair. For more information about Creme of Nature, please visit www.cremeofnature.com, or follow the brand on Twitter (@cremeofnature), Facebook for consumers (facebook.com/cremeofnature), Facebook for salon professionals (facebook.com/cremeofnaturepro) or via the blog (cremeofnature.typepad.com/blog/).

ESSENCE First-Time Special Issue Dedicated to Hair: Hot Hair Featuring R&B Songstress Monica


In its first issue dedicated to hair, ESSENCE highlights the unique relationship between African-American women and their hair with the launch of HOT HAIR, an interactive experience covering all things hair — from root to tip — for African-American women.  This special issue covers all of the beauty needs, questions, concerns and triumphs of African-American hair care and style.

Further enhance your HOT HAIR experience on ESSENCE.com which features look books, hair tips and interactive tools that allow you to “try on” different hair styles and makeup donned by some of your favorite celebrities. Take a look: http://www.essence.com/makeovermagic/.

Cover Story: HEAD STRONG

“…The haircut was a part of my introduction , and it was a subliminal way for me to tell the people that I was taking the music back…” — Monica

This fly girl has not only entertained the world for more than a decade with her beautiful soulful voice; but the R&B princess is also known for her “dare to be different” hairstyles. Monica has gone from long to short hair and black to blonde hair and back. She opens up to ESSENCE about her career, motherhood and — of course — her hair. (Page 80) Check out scenes from her ESSENCE photo shoot here:



According to the Real Housewives of Atlanta star Dwight Eubanks, the proper code of conduct at the salon is simple: “The things you would not want others to do at your house, you should not do at the salon.” From treating your first appointment like a first date to separating business from pleasure, Mr. Eubanks gives some surefire lessons on how to act right in the salon. (Page 24)


The secret to creating a style that flatters, not falters, begins with a look in the mirror to determine your face shape.  So whether you’re round, oval, heart shaped or square, let ESSENCE experts guide you to your most becoming styles in FACE OFF. (Page 62) In THE TRANSFORMERS, three women discover what a difference a cut makes when ESSENCE revamps their style. (Page 57)


“Embracing my natural hair is a form of self-exploration. I don’t desire to straighten my hair because it doesn’t speak to who I am” Esperanza Spalding

For Esperanza Spalding and other rock and soul singers from around the globe, virgin locks are simply divine. (Page 90)

ESSENCE’S SPECIAL HOT HAIR issue hits newsstands October 12th!


  • EDITORS PICK: 130 HOT SALON STYLES: ESSENCE made it their mission to scour the country to find the stylists who are creating the looks you’ll want to wear next. Check out the choices that made the cut. (Page 73)
  • IT’S A VIBRANT THING: Dynamic hues give life to the dullest strands. Dare to go bolder, brighter or even richer and become an unforgettable object of desire. (Page 82)
  • HEALTHY HAIR AND HOW TO GET THERE: Every woman wants healthy hair and ESSENCE gives you fabulous tips on how to achieve it. Learn tips on growing long and lush locks in GREAT LENGTHS. (Page 100) Bounce back from your toughest hair dilemmas after reading THE COMEBACK. (Page 104)
  • WELCOME TO BEAUTY SCHOOL: Learn techniques that will have you blow-drying like a pro — maybe even better — in BLOW BY BLOW. (Page 30) Get schooled on how and where to buy the hair of your dreams in THE MANE INVESTMENT. (Page 44) In DON’T SWEAT IT, ESSENCE coaches you on all the best styles and products that will have you gym ready.  (Page 54)

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