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Dancing With The Star’s Julianne Hough graces the cover of our August 2018 issue! The professional dancer is one of our favorite blondes and now redheads to look to for hair inspiration.

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Check out our special 10-page mini magazine to see which celebs made our “40 Fierce Star Styles” list!.

Hot Hair Hot-Hair-home

Standout with vivid pastel haircolor this fall with these stunning styles by Rocky Vitelli.

Star Hairstyles Star Style

Take a look at the hottest hairstyles the stars are wearing this season!

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This issue Sophisticate’s is giving away over $4,000 of the latest and greatest beauty products and tools in our August 2018 issue. Enter the Big Beauty Giveaway for a chance to win!

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Get to know the hottest beauty products and tools out right now. Run out and grab yours today!

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Sophisticate’s got to talk to Grammy-nominated country singer Kelsea Ballerini. Check out our interview to find out Kelsea’s favorite hairstyles and what products and tools she swears by.


Sophisticate's Daily Dose Of Style
Wet Look, Without The Wet
May 22, 2018

Judging by the red carpets we’ve been seeing lately, the wet look appears to be trending. If you’re not sure you can get into it, here’s a gorgeous alternative, worn by Kristen Bell and designed by hairstylist Dimitri Giannetos. The style still has that “slicked-back” vibe, but with tons of crown volume and not so much of the “wet” finish. It’s gorgeous, right? Right!


How To: Demi’s Billboard Awards Look
May 21, 2018

Demi Lovato stunned on the red carpet at last night’s Billboard Music Awards, with a slicked-back wet look that showed off the singer’s easy texture. Here’s the step by step, straight from stylist Cesar Ramierz, who styled up Demi’s mane look for the night…

1. On towel-dried hair, I evenly applied BioSilk Silk Therapy Beach Texture Spray for body and texture.

2. With a flat brush and blow-drier, I directed all the hair back and away from the face for controlled volume and to create a tousled slick-back look.

3. Once hair was dried, I layered BioSilk Glazing Gel in small sections from the bottom to the top of the head and brushed each section back. While applying the gel,  I set the hair with its natural texture in clips to create the ultimate wave.

4. To set the look, I attached the diffuser to my dryer and dried on low heat.

5. Once dried and set, I removed the clips and finished the look with BioSilk Silk Therapy Finishing Spray.

Billboard Music Awards!
May 20, 2018

Tonight! Tonight! Tonight! We’re so excited, we can hardly stand it! Kelly Clarkson is hosting, and there are a ton of performers, including Camila Cabello, a duet with Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Kesha, Jennifer Lopez and more. And the red carpet! Ooooh, the red carpet. We are so watching every minute, looking for all the hot hair trends and beauty moves.

Tune in tonight! We know we are….

May 19, 2018

…plays around with extensions, always? “I’ve tried a few different kinds, but I love the cold fusion hair extensions right now,” the recording artist reveals in the new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide, on sale now. Why? “They seem to be the most gentle on my natural hair,” she explains. Find out more about Kelsea’s beauty secrets and other stars in our magazine.

More? Hundreds of the best new hairstyles, haircolor moves and haircuts ever.

More? How about fab how-to info for you to use to style your mane at home.

More? Enter to win some free beauty products!

So hurry to your newsstand today and pick up a copy. Thank you soooo much!

Good Color Is Hard To Find–NOT!
May 18, 2018

Good color comes from a good haircolorist–and we can help you find one! The American Board Of Certified Colorists is filled with professionals who pass a comprehensive exam in the art of haircoloring, and are ready and willing to help you find your dream hue. Just head to and click on “Find A Haircolorist” to locate a board certified color pro in your area. Yes, good haircolor can be that easy!

Yes. Please.
May 17, 2018

In case you were wondering if you still thought the beachy-wave bob was something you were interested in, let us give you a subtle reminder that you are, indeed, still interested:

Stylist Kristin Ess once again knocks it out of the park on her client Lauren Conrad, who is one of  the original wave bob girls. It still looks stunning, right? You still want it, right?


One Great Look—Accessorized
May 16, 2018

Hair by Holly Moretti
Leidan Mitchell Salon & Spa, Phoenix, AZ

A loose, stylized fishtail braid looks elegant and feisty adorned with several gold hair accessories to really make this mane something special.

Great Idea!
May 15, 2018

Who doesn’t love a good ponytail? And we love it even more when brilliant hairstylists come up with clever and easy ways to bring one to the next level. Enter Bridget Brager, who amped up Stella Maxwell’s ponytail by tying little ribbon bows every few inches to create a ruffly effect. And the sectioning of hair around the crown before leading to the tail are not only functional, but add detail elements we’re drawn to. If this isn’t #hairinspo, we don’t know what is!


May 14, 2018


Kimberly Caldwell shows just how she gets her tresses just right–and how to really work those scissors!

May 13, 2018

’Tis the season for weddings and special nights out on the town…the weather is warming and the hairdressing stunning! Here, Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is proud to present five of this season’s beautiful hairstyle ideas that you will definitely want to keep for your next big event. From upweeps to braids, there is something for everyone in these gorgeous looks from our friends at Saint Algue in Paris, France.

1  AFRICAN BRAID Simple, yet intricate. The perfect day-to-night vibe.

2  ETHNIC GLAM ROCK that takes your look up a notch for exotic evenings.

3  A LITTLE GLITTER and you! Classic waves pour onto crown for feminine allure.

4  MULTI-TRESSES braided through crown and cascading into a loose bun. Stunning!

5  BOHEME! Passionate Paris reimagined in a graceful upsweep.

May 12, 2018

Our new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide featuring Julianne Hough on the cover just went on sale and, wow! do we have the amazing hairstyle looks! You must check out our big The Best of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide’s Makeovers section—loaded with so many ideas and updates…we know you’ll find inspiration on these pages.

We also have lots of fab beauty products we’re giving away, the best in haircolor looks, hundreds of cuts and styles, product news, celebrity features and much, much more. So hurry to your local newsstand today—hope you love! Thank you for your continued support!

Amber Is L’Oréal
May 11, 2018

Today, Amber Heard was announced as the newest L’Oréal Paris Global Spokesperson!

I have always loved the fun of beauty and the power of transformation,” says Amber. “To become a spokesperson for this dynamic, world-loved beauty brand that’s been telling women we’re worth it since before I was born, and to join the L’Oréal Paris family of changemakers is such an honor. I feel like these women–my fellow ambassadors–represent a voice, a power, a movement, an opinion.”

One of a new generation of actresses rewriting the script when it comes to having a voice in the world, the energy Amber Heard brings to her philanthropy, to her advocacy and to her performances make her a powerful ambassador for L’Oréal Paris as we take ‘Because I’m Worth It’ beauty into 2018,” says Pierre-Emmanuel Angeloglou, L’Oréal Paris Global President.

Over the years I’ve always thought to not just be an actor, but to use my voice as a platform for good to make the world a slightly, slightly better place and empower women the best that I can,” says the star.

Katy’s Angel Hair
May 10, 2018

Katy Perry was an absolute angel at the Met Gala this week, and Nine Zero One Salon’s Rick Henry, expert color pro and stylist, matched her blonde hair hue to her white and gold wings and beaded gold skirt using Joico Blonde Life. Here’s how he did it…


  • Color came first. In this case, Blonde Life Lightening Powder with 20 Vol LumiShine Developer on the roots. Rick let that process for 35 minutes.
  • Next was a mix of Blonde Life Lightening Powder with 10 Vol LumiShine Developer to bring up the intensity of Katy’s ends. That was applied and processed for the final ten minutes.
  • The finish was a toner of 1Ž2 10SB and Clear.
  • Now it was onto the styling: After towel-drying Katy’s short pixie cut, Rick applied Heat Set Blowout Perfecting Crème to safeguard hair from heat damage.
  • Once hair was dry, it was on to Joico Beach Shake, which provided glam texture, satiny hydration, and that perfectly “imperfect” separation to create the piece-y “rock angel” mega hit.

One Great Look—Bob Takeover
May 9, 2018

Hair by Jeaneane Moreno
Jeaneane Moreno Salon, Dublin, CA

An on-trend shape, sultry shade and perfect texture—this brilliant bob is #HairGoals. Light, hickory-brown hair is highlighted with a hazelnut hue throughout. Locks are snipped into an asymmetrical bob and curved under on the ends.

JLo’s Met Gala Look: How-To!
May 8, 2018

Celebrity stylist Lorenzo Martin created a bold, slicked-back look for Jennifer Lopez’s red-carpet moment at last night’s Met Gala. “The Met Gala theme was ‘Heavenly Bodies.’ In keeping with that theme, we decided to give Jennifer’s hair ‘Heavenly Body’ using Matrix.” Recreate the look following the steps below!

1.       Strengthen, revitalize and smooth hair with Matrix Total Results 3-step system: Matrix Total Results Re-Bond Shampoo, Matrix Total Results Re-Bond Pre-Conditioner and Matrix Total Results Re-Bond Conditioner

2.       To give hair a wet but voluminous look, use Matrix Style Link Volume Builder Mousse, applying it roots to end while hair is damp.

3.       Blow-dry hair and use a flat iron hair for a sleek look. Use a tail comb to create a severe side part.

4.       Using Matrix Style Link Super Fixer Strong Hold Hair Gel, tuck hair back behind the ears and apply gel throughout the top of head for added shine.

5.       For a final touch, spray Matrix Style Link Style Fixer Finishing Hair Spray for lasting hold and shine with an ultra-dry finish, staying fabulous all night!

Photo: courtesy Matrix.

May 8, 2018

Gigi Hadid looked amazing at last night’s Met Gala, with her angel-feather gown and her gorgeous, gorgeous hair, styled by Laura Polko. A pumped crown and gently tousled waves are accompanied by a double dose of hair pins…proving a well-placed accessory is always a good idea.


Volume? Yes, Please
May 7, 2018

If there’s one trend that seems to be making its way to the forefront that we’re totally on board for, it’s volume. Hailee Steinfeld posted this pic to Instagram and we’re digging on all aspects of, especially that reaching-for-the-sky swoop on top and the fluffier-than-a-unicorn sides. If this is the “wave” of the future, we’re totally on board, flipping our heads upside down and grabbing the hairspray.

Braided Accent
May 6, 2018

Whether for a special occasion or just a Friday night with friends, here’s a gorgeous (and a bit edgy!) look by  Anna Peters, Sam Villa ArTeam. The stylist shares how to create the loose textured braid…

1.      Create tons of volume and control with the Sam Villa Signature Series Textur Professional Texturizing Iron. Start at the nape and work up taking thin slices of hair.  Spray each section with a heat protectant spray and gently squeeze the iron down the strands, throughout the entire head. A gentle squeeze keeps the texture subtle, while providing volume and control.

2.      Brush through hair to soften texture. Working off a center part, drop out a 2” section in the front hairline to the top of ear and isolate with clips.

3.      With a finishing brush, gently smooth the surface of hair back into a low ponytail at the nape of neck; pinch and pull to create full volume through crown. Secure with elastic.

4.      Smooth back the front two drop out sections and flatten along the head toward the back ponytail; wrap around elastic and pin to secure.

5.      Gently pull out face-framing strands and curl loosely. Create large, loose curls in ponytail as well.

6.      Take a 2” wide section from ponytail and prep with Redken Braid Aid 03. Create a loose fishtail braid and secure with elastic. Pull either side of braid gently to blouse.

Hair: Sam Villa ArTeam; Photo: Katie Parker; Wardrobe: Brittany Hart; Makeup: Nicole Schimel.

May 5, 2018

Wow—it seems like our new issue just went on sale and then bingo! It will be gone. Have you checked us out? If not, you’ll want to stop by your newsstand this weekend and get the latest edition of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide featuring the beautiful Margot Robbie on the cover. Don’t miss out…we’re waiting for you! Here’s to the best in hair!

America’s Beauty Show – On The Scene
May 4, 2018

America’s Beauty Show took place this past week, and Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide was on the scene, taking in all the sights and sounds. The hottest haircare companies and big-name stylists were on hand to share what the trends are for hair and beauty, and we captured it all right here…


Caramel Macchiato
May 4, 2018

Breathe life back into your look with this yummy brunette coif. Shades of hazelnut, French vanilla, mocha and milk chocolate are seamlessly melted together from a shadowed root. Stylist Jailen Funyak of JCPenney Salon in Clarksville, TN, spun hair into loose curls to finish.

May 3, 2018

Today is a good day. Christina Aguilera announced her new album, Liberation, will drop on June 15, and she dropped a new single with video to start things off. “Accelerate” shows Christina rocking a choppy bob cut and wearing little to no makeup. It seems the natural look is going to be a trend for Xtina, based on this publicity shot for the album. Hmmmm……

One Great Look—Horizon Hues
May 2, 2018

Hair by Shantelle Horn
Posh Salon & Spa, Lexington, KY

How flirty is the combination of colors on this coif? Mocha hair seamlessly transforms into a deep purple and then a sorbet pink with hints of red. A cute, French braid, half-up half-down design shows off the look’s haute hues.

Ice Is Nice
May 1, 2018

Icy silver is our new #hairgoal, thanks to colorist Jack Martin, of Jack Martin Salon in Tustin, CA. The color expert started by taking the hair a pale blonde, then adding the silver color (a combination using blue) over the top in a complicated process that’s best left to your salon pro. We think the resulting color is amazing. Ice is very nice indeed.


America’s Beauty Show
April 30, 2018

We had SO MUCH FUN this weekend, attending America’s Beauty Show. Lots of beauty going on, and Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide was on hand to witness all of it. Stay tuned for more images (both here and in an upcoming issue!), and enjoy this hot sneak peek right now from our friends at Matrix, who put on a fabulous runway show filled with amazing hair.

3 Fab Braided Styles
April 29, 2018

Pick one, any one. They’re all cute! And thanks to Matrix, you’ve got the how-to right here…

1: The Braided Headband

Get the look:

  1. Determine natural fall of hair or the direction you want the braid to go in (left to right or right to left). Create a vertical ear-to-ear parting about 2 inches away from your hairline across the top of head. Secure the remaining hair out of the way with a clip.
  2. Take a one-inch section directly above the ear and divide into three strand. Begin French braid technique by adding a small amount of hair from in front of section each time you cross the strands.
  3. Travel across the top of the head until reaching opposite ear, braid 2 inches down and secure with an elastic. This will create a braid that will lie flat to the head. Pin any shorter pieces with a bobby pin.

You can leave the braid loose behind your ear— maybe even throw a “hair ring” or two in! If your work environment is not hair jewelry friendly, pin the braid under the hair by crossing two bobby pins like a “X”.  For smooth and shiny hair, finish with a few spritzes of Raw Replenishing Oil Mist or for tousled and beachy hair, reach for Style Link Rough Me Up Sea-Salt Spray and mist through the ends.

2: Low-Loose Side Braid

Get the look:

  1. Prep hair with two pumps of Style Link Mineral Booster and a golf ball sized amount of Style Link Airy Builder on dry or damp hair, comb through. Create a diagonal section off a natural parting from temporal area to nape of neck. Don’t stress too much with this one— the messier the sexier.
  2. Start a traditional French braiding technique near hairline without using too much tension. As you work your way down, begin to raise your arms slightly higher if you can, this will create softness and may cause a few pieces to fall out around the nape. Alternate the middle pieces over and under to create inconsistency. Secure with an elastic.

3: Boxer Braids

Get the look:

  1. Apply a dollop of Air Dry Chill BOHO through damp hair. Create a part down the center of your hair using the end of a comb. Clip one side out of the way.
  2. Take a small triangular section at the front of the hairline about 1 inch wide. A crucial point to remember when creating boxer braids is to weave each piece under, rather than over (just the opposite of a traditional French braid) to give it the visible “pop-out” effect.
  3. Repeat the pattern of crossing right section under middle strand, and then the left section under the middle strand. Keep adding more hair (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch) from the section every time you weave a new section.
  4. Continue the pattern down the back of the head, remembering to keep tension so the braid is tight. Secure at the bottom with an elastic and repeat on opposite side. Smooth flyaway hairs.
April 28, 2018

Have you had a chance to pick up our new issue yet? Hope you don’t miss out! We depend on your purchase at the newsstand and want to stay in touch. Our big, beautiful Spring issue features 100s of hairstyles, haircolor ideas and hair cuts for you to choose from. What else? Lots of beautiful celebrity looks you’ll want to steal (yes, you will) and how-to info for at-home styling.

We also have free beauty products if you enter to win and the latest news on hair products available to you. So pick up our new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide—thank you sooo much!

Edgy Detail
April 27, 2018

Slip into a new style with a little sass. Here, hairdresser Jamie Challender, of JCPenney Salon in Okemos, MI, styled a short cut with shorter sides and back. Hair on top is waved and accompanied by a medium-sized braid on one side. Super chic!

Spring Chic
April 26, 2018

Saoirse Ronan looked fresh and chic on the red carpet this week, wearing her blonde bob neatly tucked behind the ears. Stylist Adir Abergel created a smooth surface on the star’s blunt cut style, while still maintaining a respectable amount of volume. The whole look reminds us that simple can be fabulous, too.


One Great Look—Ivory Falls
April 25, 2018

Hair by Dusti Rocker
Wanderlust Hair Art Studio, Joplin, MO

Thick, alabaster tresses tumble from a shadowed root way past the shoulders in lightweight layers. The dimensional, bright-blonde shade is perfect for summertime!

Stayin’ Alive
April 24, 2018

’70s glam never seems to disappear completely, and why should it, when it looks this good? Celebrity hairstylist Danielle Priano created this gorgeous mane look on Martha Hunt, and was inspired by the Disco era. The side volume is awesome, as is the texture. This is one trend we hope stays alive!


Cute Bob Alert!
April 23, 2018

Singer Dua Lipa showed off her too-cute bob cut on Instagram and we heart, adore and are coveting it. Not quite blunt, the few subtle layers thrown in there give it a little flick of texture and make it totally swoon-worthy. We can see dressing this up, sleeking it out, adding curls and doing oh-so-many pretty profiles with this cut.


April 22, 2018

It’s spring so let’s have some fun! We love these three looks from our friends at Metropolis Hairdressing, in the United Kingdom, making our weekend even more fierce! “I wanted to create a collection that was universally appealing,” says Ceri Cushen, Colour Director. “The aim was to craft styles that would excite clients while still inspiring our hairdressing peers. The feel for the shoot came from George Michael’s iconic “Fast Love” video and the way it combined dark gothic elements with an edge of fantasy, while still being utterly beautiful to watch. I loved his use of colour and wanted to recreate that in my collection.” That she did!

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1  BLONDE WITH DARK BROWN PEEK-A-BOO Love this choppy, layered look that fringes over the forehead—don’t you?

2  GREEN GREEN! Chop, chop—creative sparks are flying with this Emerald-City vibe.

3  IT’S ABOUT THE HAIRCOLOR Precision cutting makes this edgy look one for our daring fashion-forward sisters!

April 21, 2018

OK—you’ve got the cut and color, but you want to style your mane in some fab ways at home. Right? Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide to the rescue! Our new issue, on newsstands now, features a wonderful section with great how-to info that is quick and easy to follow. Already a home styling pro? Well, then you’ll want to check out our hundreds of looks you can recreate yourself, or have your favorite salon pro do. Easy breezy. Check us out today—hope you love, love, love!

April 20, 2018

Caramel. Toffee. Milk chocolate. So many delicious colors are woven into this pretty mane by salon pro Scott at JCPenney Salon in Burton, MI. We love the blend of shades that blend so perfectly together. It’s beyond sweet!

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