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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!.

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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!

Free Swag Free Swag!

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!

Beauty Beat Beauty-Blog-home

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.


For Ever Charli XCX

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You’ve bounced around your living room to her music (she wrote Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love,” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” as well as her own hit, “Boom Clap”), now get ready to bounce around wearing Make Up For Ever looks inspired by the singer. The makeup company has announced a worldwide artistic collaboration with the singer/songwriter!

“I love the creative energy of Make Up Forever. They create products that allow me to experiment and be free. When I wear makeup I can feel sexy, demure, classic, futuristic… so many different things. Make Up For Ever is vibrant, energetic and diverse. I can play with the products to suit my mood. That’s what I love the most,” shares Charli.

Can’t wait to see what new beauty moves Charli will bring!


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Condition, condition, condition.

Empire Of Style

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Empire is on tonight! Hooray! We’re big fans, and we’re super-excited that CoverGirl has a cool collaboration going with the hit TV show. The beauty pros created a glamourous look for Rhonda, played by Kaitlin Doubleday. Here’s the breakdown for her fab facade shown here–and take note of that mascara! It’s a limited-edition Empire product!

The Rhonda Look: Smokey Eye, Nude Lip
Glossy lips and larger than life lashes.

ON THE EYES: Eye Shadow Quads in Stunning Smokeys, Queen Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Midnight and Empire Lash Blast Volume Mascara in Very Black

ON THE FACE: Queen Collection Lasting Matte Pressed Powder 405 in Golden Light, Cheekers Blush in Classic Pink

ON THE LIPS: Outlast Longwear Lipstick in 900 Phantom Pink, Colorlicious Lipstick in 235 Champagne


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Apply mousse to straight lengths before styling to set your style and create long-lasting hold.


color trends

What’s hot in haircolor around the USA? Better pick up the new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide to find out! We’re on sale everywhere as of today, and we’ve got a round-up of salons from across the states who have shared with us which mane shades are hot and happening in their neck of the woods–and which celebrity haircolors everyone is asking for. The one star all corners mentioned? Khloé Kardashian and her hot blonde!


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For finished curls, blow dry hair 80% of the way with a diffuser. Then, let hair air-dry and apply a light holding cream to set the style.

Shailene’s Waves


While we may have finally gotten used to Shailene Woodley’s short snip and blonde hair (a change from our initial introduction to The Secret Life Of The American Teenager long, light-brunette mane), there’s a new version of the actress’s mane in town. For her recent premiere of Allegiant, Shailene hit the red carpet with a shoulder-length, wavy bob in a deep, dark shade. Shares hairstylist Keith Carpenter, who styled her for the event, “Shailene really wanted her look to be very natural and undone with slight direction.”

Here’s how the mane pro achieved her look…

>>“Getting Shailene ready for her red carpet premiere for Allegiant, I used the Matrix Total Results Rock it Texture Sea Salt Spray and allowed her hair to dry naturally.”

>>“Once roughly dried, I applied the Matrix StyleLink Texture Builder, and used a 1-1/2 inch flat iron to curl hair in a criss-cross style, to achieve a more natural wave and movement.”

>>“To finish the look and achieve a casual, tousled effect, I used the Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose Finishing Spray.”


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If you’re anxious to try a new style, but don’t want to lose your length, balayage is perfect for the most fashion-forward stylistas.


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Brightness, light, color! Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is riding the Mermaid Wave with the new Joico Color Intensity Mermaid Blue, Fiery Coral and Black Pearl! Haircolor rock star Sue Pemberton did the beautiful work for Joico; Hama Sanders did the photography. The good news is these colors aren’t just for the brave, since more and more people are trying beautiful new looks that expresses their inner artist! Amp up your look with the new Joico K-PAK Color Intensity….perfect for the warm months ahead!


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Want to punch up your style with a rainbow hue? Avoid the damaging bleaching process by incorporating a few extensions in your color of choice.



Ohhh…it’s that time again! Our current issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is almost gone, with our new June/July issue coming right up, on sale next week. Now, don’t get us wrong—our new one is fabulous, -but if you’ve not checked out our April issue Jennifer Lopez on the cover, you may feel terrible 🙂

Thank you so much for your continued support—we know you’ll love the hundreds of terrific styles, haircolor ideas, product news, celebrity interviews and more. Woo hoo! (P.S. Only kidding about the terrible part!)


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For quick curls with minimal heat, try hot rollers. They heat up quickly—and you can finish your makeup while your curls set.

Red And Ready

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Whether you were born brunette, blonde or other, if you’re ready to take the plunge, now is a great time to go red! This scarlet number is a gorgeous shade, and the style pros at jcp salon have styled it beautifully, taking a basic long look into bombshell territory with giant waves and a fabulously  unique center part with braided detail. Now you’re ultra-contemporary!


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Considering bangs? One of the easiest ways to see if you can work a fierce fringe is to put your hand over your forehead. Like what you see? Break out the scissors!

Sophisticate’s At America’s Beauty Show-VIDEO, PART II

Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide was on the scene at America’s Beauty Show to experience all the beauty happenings, and shared our first video yesterday. And now, here’s our second video!


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Use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners to help prevent hair color from prematurely fading.

Sophisticate’s At America’s Beauty Show–VIDEO PLAY!

Americas’ Beauty Show is a big deal, with hundreds of hair, nail and beauty companies showing off their latest products and all sorts of fabulous hairstylists giving us a taste of today’s hottest trends, and the trends of tomorrow. Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide was on the scene to witness every detail, and created TWO amazing videos for you. Here’s one of them now…stay tuned for the second video tomorrow!



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Avoid sleeping on damp hair as this may result in severe tangling.


look what matrix is up to

We were so excited this morning to open a special product-filled box containing the wonderful new Matrix Biolage Sugar Shine System. This is the product line that all the celebrity stylists are talking about—and you should be asking your salon about as well! Beautiful packaging, too (so shiny!).


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To cut down on heat damage, blow-dry hair using a cool or medium heat setting whenever possible.


hairschools giving back

Paul Mitchell Schools is kicking off their 13th annual FUNraising campaign, with a goal of raising $2.5 million for nine major charities and dozens of local nonprofits. Students and team members from the 100-plus cosmetology schools will sepnd 11 weeks riasing money for this year’ supported organizations:

→ Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, represented by Donny and Marie Osmond
→ Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Foundation
→ Magic Johnson Foundation, represented by Earvin “Magic” Johnson
→ Gary Sinise Foundation, represented by Gary Sinise
→ No Limits, represented by comedian/motivational speaker Kathy Buckley
→ Food 4 Africa, represented by John Paul DeJoria
→ Thirst Project, represented by Eden Sassoon and Seth Maxwell
→ CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), represented by Dolph Lundgren
→ Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation

Last year, Paul Mitchell Schools raised $1.7 million, bringing their 12-year total to over $15.2 million—and spending less than 4% on overhead, an amazingly low amount compared to the national average of 25%.

The annual FUNraising Gala, the highlight of the annual campaign, takes place on May 15, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

We LOVE this big giveback!


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Thinking about going short? Test out the style with a wig or extensions that are snipped into a short cut.

Dusk To Dawn Hairstyling!

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Hair team Sam Villa does it again with this maginificent detached shaped cut that reflects
a fundamental element of current short  hair trends.  The fab cut has a tier of short detachment through the crown area, and a collapsed neckline created by draping another area of hidden detachment through the nape area. The Sam Villa Light Professional Ionic Blow Dryer was used to dry the shape, using hands to create the appeal of a bit of imperfection! Redken products were used for the polished shine.


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To help strengthen strands before bleaching them, give your hair a protein treatment and amp up the moisture.

Become A Blow-Dry Rock Star!

become a blow-dry rock star

Ever wonder how the pros at your salon do it? You know, create that fab look you love that you usually have a tough time recreating at home? We went to the pros at Andis to find out what the tips and tricks really are! Want to know? You’ll have to pick up our April/May edition on sale now at newsstands everywhere. What else is in the issue? Hundreds of beautiful styles, haircolor ideas, the latest product news,  giveaways and much, much more! So hurry before we sell out—you’ll for sure want this edition!


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Ask your stylist to apply a gloss on top of your haircolor to help seal, protect and preserve your color.

Turn It Upside Down

turn it upside down

Love the bob but looking for something with a little more edge? Turn it upside down with an inverted bob–shorter in the back and longer in the front–like this chic profile by the style pros at jcp salon. Take it up another notch with an ombre that goes from soft black to cinnamon red. Now we’re talking. #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle


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For a fuller mane, play up the volume with curl creams instead of gels.

Doing A Bob Right

doing a bob right

Khloe´Kardashian is looking fabulous these days with her fab figure and her bobbed tresses. She even went a few inches shorter! Love! This is definitely one to take to your hairstylist, ladies, for the “I-want-it” factor.


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To eliminate frizz, use a quality blow-dryer with comb attachment and direct the airflow of the dryer down the hair shaft.

America’s Beauty Show Photo Album

What a weekend! America’s Beauty Show took place in Chicago this past weekend, and Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide (along with thousands of hairdressers and beauty companies!) was there to see, meet and absorb all things pretty and wonderful. Here’s a look at some of the photos we snapped during the festivities–and stay tuned for our video coming up soon!

A New Hue

a new hue

It’s amazing how much a new haircut or haircolor can give you a boost of confidence! Normally brunette Ariel Winter (Modern Family‘s Alex) debuted a bold red hair hue last week and is loving life as a strawberry girl. Maybe it’s time book that appointment for yourself?


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Here we are at Chicago’s beautiful McCormick Place covering the fabulous America’s Beauty Show! We will be shooting videos, photos—and blasting all the is hair and beauty on all our platforms. So join in the the fun and keep Checking our Facebook and Instagram…yes yes!


country music style

Hair and beauty is big with country’s gorgeous stars…from Carrie to Taylor (originally country)! To Miranda and now meet Cam! Country’s curly breakout star takes time out and spills her best beauty secrets in our May issue on sale at newsstands everywhere! Of course we have the very best hairstyles, haircolor ideas, how-tos, product giveaways and new product news—plus many more gab surprises. So pickup a copy today…we know you’ll love!

Medium Wow

medium wow

The perfect balance between long and short, medium-length hair is super flattering on almost everyone. This long-layered cut, by the style pros at jcp salon, beautifully frames the face in a rich, red hue with hints of deep burgundy and wine. The layers give you lots of styling options, shifting into bangs and flips without a ton of styling work. #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle

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