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Cover Girl cover-girl-home

Highest-paid model Kendall Jenner is no stranger to the beauty world! Check out our cover girl’s best looks, hottest hairstyles and her makeup musts.

MINI MAGAZINE Mini-Magazine-home

See top-celebrities coifs in our Celebrity Glamour Hair Guide!

Hot Hair Hot-Hair-home

Get inspired to go bold with some serious color inspiration!

Star Hairstyles Star Style

The stars have definitely turned up the style notch!

Free Swag Free Swag!

This might be our most epic beauty giveaway yet! Check out our big beauty giveaway, on stands now in the February 2019 issue.

Beauty Beat Beauty-Blog-home

Wondering which products to test out? We’ve got what you need to start your new beauty routine off right!

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This holiday season, the right hair accessory can mean the difference between a look that’s naughty or nice—pick which one you want to be in our latest issue!



must have hair

We love this look by Bree Harbour at Caramel—A Michael Levin Salon. Beautifully rich red hues start at bit deeper at crown. Off-center part and slight tease at top make this style one that is perfect for anytime, anyplace.

Beauty Advice: March 31

If you have limited time, choose a wet/dry flat iron, which allows you to straighten hair while it’s damp. This way, you save some time by not having to blow-dry first.


hairshow fabulous

We can’t believe one week has passed since America’s Beauty Show! Time sure flies. Had to share this photo of JCPenney Salon Artistic Creative Director Nick Stenson (also MATRIX Artistic Director) posing with some fabulous models at the MATRIX exhibit space.

Love the looks and the fashions!

Beauty Advice: March 30

When haircoloring at home, have a damp washcloth to help blot off any excess color on skin and a disposable shower cap to slip over hair to let it set for the recommended amount of time.


Ahhh you weren’t there? No worries, we have you covered! Enjoy this walk through, with Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide, of one of the top beauty shows in the country.  Check out the amazing hair, beautiful makeup, fabulous fashions and beauty artists doing what they do best!

Video by Jordan Chollette.

Beauty Advice: March 29

Highlighting and lowlighting can be done with any hairstyle because it adds fun, flair and dimension.


the very best hair trends

Have you seen it? We’re talking about our brand new issue on sale now at newsstands everywhere! In our special June edition we feature some of this season’s hottest new trends you’ll for sure want to check out! What else? Hundreds of fab cuts, color, style and product ideas—plus celebrity style moves! More? How about over $10,000 in free products. So run to your newsstand today 🙂  To find a retailer near year check out our magazines locator at Easy breezy!

Beauty Advice: March 28

For an at-home deep conditioning mask, take a quarter-size amount of shea butter and mix it in with your favorite conditioner; then, put on hair and wrap it up in a warm towel for five to 10 minutes.


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beauty friends 1Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide peeps were out in full force at America’s Beauty Show (one of the leading shows in the world), and we got to catch up with so many friends. Shown here are Atlanta’s Fred Codner (left)  and Jamison Codner from the Jamison Shaw Salon in Atlanta. Fred, proud husband of colorist Candy Shaw, is displaying our feature on her beautiful work! XXXXX!

Beauty Advice: March 27

Mist damp tresses with a texturizing spritz prior to blow-drying with a round brush to achieve smooth strands with a slight flip.


backstreet boys

The Backstreet Boys were in town this past weekend for the annual America’s Beauty Show (the amazing trade show that spotlights all that is beauty)! The BSB are investors in the Chicago-based mascara company that brought them to town to help launch Lash Now lash-extensions (under the Nicole Milan brand).  How did the relationship come about? Co-founder of Lash Now, David Strauss, and his business partner Eric Glasson sent samples of the mascara to the band. The Boys shared the product with their wives and they loved it. The rest? Beauty history!

Shown in this image with a few of the BSB are (left to right) Sophisticate’s Assistant Editors Cicely Haire and Ashley White, Editor-in-Chief Bonnie L. Krueger and Assistant Editor Leslie Bryan. Hard work 🙂

Beauty Advice: March 26

Women of all hair textures, types and colors can opt for a shine enhancing treatment or gloss to give hair extra longevity.



Harry Boocock does it again with a beautiful short cut that strikes an amazing profile. Long-fringed bangs add the drama, whie the close cropped nape brings a touch of order. The makeup? Brilliant of course!

Beauty Advice: March 25

If your natural color is blonde, go for lowlights that are one or two levels darker than your natural color to bring out dimension and increase shininess.


dramatic hairstyling

Extensions? Why Not? A bit of a braid? Sure! Hairstylist Colin Knight of Seanhanna in the United Kingdom creates high-drama hair by adding length (if you need!), creating a slick center part and mixing in a of-the-moment braid! Now let those spring breezes begin…you’re ready!

Beauty Advice: March 24

Know how to toss your hair in a chignon or chic ponytail when you have only a few moments to get ready.

Paris Is 10!

Parlux Fragrances LLC - Paris Hilton Limited Anniversary Edition

Can you believe Paris Hilton has been making fragrances for 10 years? To celebrate, the star has released Paris Hilton Limited Anniversary Edition for Women, a special fragrance that embodies Paris’s original essence with an intensified, more concentrated version of her signature scent, Paris Hilton for Women, which continues to be a favorite and best-seller around the world.

“I’m thrilled to celebrate 10 years,” Paris says. “I keep getting requests all over the world for more fragrances and so I’m happy to keep creating them. Paris Hilton for Women was an obvious choice for the Limited Anniversary Edition as it was my first fragrance when I was 23 and will always be very special to me.”

Beauty Advice: March 23

Try a dry shampoo—it creates a really great texture in the hair.

America’s Beauty Show

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Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is on the scene at America’s Beauty Show this weekend, covering all that is hot in hair and beauty, and checking out what new trends are on the horizon. We promise we’ll share…

Beauty Advice: March 22

Choose a blow-dryer with cool, medium and hot settings to help control the temps. Stick to medium heat to prevent burning or damaging hair.



This is your last weekend to purchase our April/May issue on sale now! Next week our new edition hits the newsstands. If you haven’t picked up Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide--now’s your chance. Thank you so much for your continued support! Here’s to hair

Beauty Advice: March 21

When getting ready to make a haircolor switch, start with a strand test. Color just one strand of hair—in an inconspicuous place—to help determine if you like the new color.

The Power Of Hair

L'Oreal Paris Karlie KlossToday marks the launch of the new L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare #POWERON campaign. “#POWERON revolves around the profound insight that when a woman experiences her most beautiful hair, she can harness a very special kind of power that’s truly extraordinary,” says L’Oreal Paris Senior Vice President of Marketing, Malena Higuera.

To kick-off the campaign, L’Oreal Paris spokesmodels and celebrity brand hair experts will take to social media to share their own powerful hair moments. All women can take part in the conversation by uploading photos, quotes or images to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and if you tag @LOrealParisUSA, #POWERON and #POWERONCONTEST, you will be entered to win a trip to New York City to spend “Power Time” with Karlie Kloss.

“There’s no doubt that my hair plays a specific role in my life, and I feel an unrivalled type of inner confidence when I’m having great hair day” says Karlie. “I’m proud to partner with L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare on the #POWERON campaign, as we encourage women everywhere to share what that distinct feeling of having ‘powered on’ hair feels like to them–and in turn, inspire one another.”

Beauty Advice: March 20

If you roll pieces of hair in opposite directions, alternating the way you roll it, it gives the hair loose curls, which will bounce off each other.

Hair Employed

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Kim Kardashian may look fierce with her new platinum tresses, but all that blonde on top of naturally raven-hued hair does require upkeep. As the star posted to her Instagram account, “Being blonde is a full time job!”

Beauty Advice: March 19

Mousses, styling lotions and pomades are all good products for short hair. If you’re looking for volume, use a little bit of sculpture lotion at the crown for lift.

The Soft Bob

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Francois Fortin, Education Director, at New York City’s Salon Ziba has teamed with colorist Colin Christopher to create a fresh, updated take on the iconic bob, dubbing it The Soft Bob. It’s a modern, breezy look for Spring and Summer. The details…

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“As clients come in for shorter summer looks, variations of the bob rule,” explains Fortin. “Now, though, the style is influenced by the airiness of lobs and texturized elements of tousled looks. For fine-haired clients especially, this remains the most flattering, freshest and most wearable look–and the easiest to style and grow out over time.”

An accomplished master of European cutting techniques and subtle, sexy styles, French-born Fortin created the hybrid Soft-Bob to combine the linear impact of a graphic bob, loosened with subtle layers and softened ends. “It looks and feels as breezy and light as summer itself,” says Fortin. “It combines styling versatility, texture, volume, and sensual movement.”

soft bob 5 soft bob 4THE COLOR
“Natural-looking, buttery pastel blondes are especially right this summer,” shares Christopher. “I created the Ray of Sun Balayage technique to accent a wide range of bobs and lobs, inspired by the soft textural accents that Francois cut into the Soft Bob. This  technique makes the color look even richer and more luminous, especially in the summer sun.”

To create Ray of Sun Balayage, he takes large, triangular sections of hair, then paints highlights of corresponding lightener on each one. He uses a signature paintbrush from his local hardware store, which allows him to penetrate color more deeply on the surface of each panel, for a soft, diffuse result. The shimmering look is designed to blend more naturally as it grows out, takes less time to do than traditional full-balayage techniques and can be quickly created–even during your lunch break!

Beauty Advice: March 18

To battle dry, brittle ends, have a stylist snip off about an inch of the hair’s length before adding a few additional layers throughout for definition.


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polished braid 2Think about at this past season’s red carpet and you may remember one thing—the braided look was making a comeback. Some styles had a bit of a braid while others were full out fresh. The art of weaving as showcased in this look is demonstrated by the French masters at Jean Louis David. If you’re looking to make a hair-fashion statement this season and rock your own red carpet; find a braiding pro in your area and go for it–because basic never turned heads!

Beauty Advice: March 17

Protein is a must for hair health and growth. Eat foods like salmon, yogurt and lean meats like turkey or chicken breasts for your protein intake.

Ponytail Perfection

The ponytail: quite possibly beauty’s easiest hairstyle to perfect–and the one you can wear almost anywhere with just a little variation. Here are four beautiful ponies to put in your style portfolio for future use!


Your hair is your crown, so celebrate how royal it is with a truly glamourous silhouette. Emphasizing the length of your  mane, tresses are teased to chic heights at the crown and throughout the ponytail. Sheer perfection!


Don’t waste your beauty time spending hours on your hair–this simple updo will have you looking sleek in no time. Add a curled-out end to create a fresh look, while leaving your hair over your ear to add to the already unique style.


Put a twist on the classic side pony with a tucked-under and charistmaitc curl. Walk out of your door knowing you have a tailored hairstyle that will make everyone want to know your secret. Psssst! You’re not telling!


Bring back the bow when you want to add a fresh pop to your hair. Soft curls make this style the perfect romantic look for any date night.

Beauty Advice: March 16

Preserve the vibrancy and shine of your haircolor by doing a conditioning treatment once a week. Set a day for that little extra TLC for healthy hair.


wild child hairstyling

Wild Life Hair in Sydney, Australia, does an edgy braided look combined with a high-on-the-crown ponytail. Length drops over forehead ,making a provocative profile that works perfectly with blazing color, in-your-face fashions. Hair by Sienna Prince-Rankin, photography by Cara O’Dowd.

Beauty Advice: March 15

For added shine, volume and shape, try using a half-boar bristle, half-plastic round brush when blow-drying tresses.


st patricks day

Sure it’s not St. Patty’s day yet, but everyone is celebrating this weekend—especially here in our hometown of Chicago! Our current issue, featuring Rita Ora on the cover, salutes the wearing of the green with this look from the Douglas Carroll Salon in Raleigh, North Carolina. Of course we have tons more fabulous style ideas (not all with green hair). So pick us up at your local newsstand today…before we go off sale! Time for your spring makeover!

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