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Pop star and actress Selena Gomez graces our April/May 2018 cover this issue! Grab a copy to get more info on Selena’s favorite makeup and hair tips.

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Get inspired by your favorite celebs mane transformations!

Hot Hair Hot-Hair-home

Pastels are the hottest hues for this season!

Star Hairstyles Star Style

Check out what the stars are doing with their stunning hair!

Free Swag Free Swag!

We’re giving away over $4,000 in free beauty products this issue! Check out our Big Beauty Giveaway in the April/May 2018 issue for a chance to win.

Beauty Beat Beauty-Blog-home

Looking for the latest must have beauty products? We’ve got them right here!

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How to play with platinum just in time for spring.


Val Gal Look — Pinned!

Starting to collect looks for your Valentine’s Day date? Then you must add this one of Margot Robbie. Tresses are gathered at the nape in a braided bun, while front layers are left out to frame the face in loose, pretty waves. Romance galore!


Think Pink!

Superbowl Sunday! Yes, we’re excited to see the game, but we’re even more excited for what’s going down even before the coin toss. Pink is performing! The star will be singing The Star-Spangled Banner, and we’re sure she’s going to be phenomenal. And then there’s Justin Timberlake at halftime. So. EXCITED!!!!


Hurry, hurry, hurry! This is the last weekend you scan scoop up the April 2018 issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide with Hayden Panettiere on the cover. You don’t want to miss all your favorite stars (Taylor, Carrie, Selena, Cara, Lucy, Demi, Lauren, Kelsea, Kristen, Jennifer, Kendall, Karlie, Lily, Julie, Michelle, and so on and so on), plus giveaways with blow-dryers, flat irons, hair products, lipglosses and more. And don’t even get us started on the hundreds of cuts, colors and styles you can get inspired by. Phew! So whatcha waitin for? Go! Now! Get!



Friday Cuteness

Jessie J! Looking oh-so-cute with her baby bob curled and twirled into pretty spirals that are fluffed out and tousled to absolute perfection. We love how a few more curls are making their way into styling (as opposed to just loose waves, which we also adore, but…). Hoping to see more of it! Happy Friday!



If you’re New Years resolution involved growing the best hair of your life then the experts at Viviscal are here to help. These five steps with help your achieve thicker-looking hair in 10 days or less!

  1. Choose The Right Shampoo and Conditioner

Opt for a shampoo and conditioner formulated for thinning hair. You want something that cleanses without weighing hair down.

  1. Blow-Dry Better

For a voluminous blow-out try adding a dime size amount of mousse to damp hair, mist a heat protectant and then blow-dry upside down.

  1. Switch-Up Your Snip

Achieving a fuller-looking hair is as easy as an haute new hair cut. If your tresses are fine try a shoulder length or shorter cut. Without the length to weight hair down strands will appear thicker.

  1. Roll It Out

Get long-lasting volume and texture with rollers. With so many types and sizes of rollers there is something for every hair type and length.

  1. Play With Your Part

Changing the side of your part will instantly lift your hair. Strands can become “trained” to fall one way loose a bit of liveliness in the process.

Better Off Red

Fergie took full advantage of being surrounded by awesome hairdressers during the Matrix Destination event, amping up her mane game with scarlet tress enhancements. And can we talk about those waves and that pomp volume. Love. Love. WANT.

Pictured here with Matrix artists George Papanikolas and Nick Stenson.


Grammy Glamour

There were a lot of great looks on last night’s Grammy Awards red carpet, and one of the trends we loved were all the gorgeous glamour waves. Take a look….



Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is in beautiful Orlando with all the talented beauty pros from Matrix! We’re covering days filled with education, celebrities and amazing haircolor! Eight-time Grammy winner, TV show host and beauty and fashion icon Fergie will help open the event tonight.

Fergie has been named SOCOLOR Cult Icon and wll join fellow artists to celebrate all that is creative artistry. And if that isn’t enough, DJ Brandi Cyrus (yes, that Cyrus!), aka DJ Confetti, will be spinning at Sunday night’s gathering show/party! We will be posting on our Instagram and Facebook so stay in touch for the live-action fun….Yes!

Must-Have Winter Curls!

Winter. The outdoor weather and hot indoor air really takes it’s toll on our manes. But now, thanks to Aunt Jackie’s Curls And Coils, those with curly hair can get some great hydrating moisture! “The key is moisture,” says Crystal Styles, Assistant Director of Marketing at Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils and a Certified Trichologist. “When your hair is drier it will be more likely to attract static. Using moisture-replenishing products like Aunt Jackie’s Coconut Crème Recipes Coco Wash Coconut Milk Conditioning Cleanser along with Coco Repair Coconut Crème Deep Conditioner will help greatly reduce static.”

For more on keeping those waves, curls and spirals in perfect condition, pick up our new issue and read all about it!


Fergie, the 8x Grammy winner, TV show host, beauty and fashion icon, just inked a partnership with Matrix as the new SOCOLOR Cult Icon and will join fellow artists to celebrate self-expression, craft and creative innovation at the Matrix Destination 2018, and educational event for hairdressers.

Join the Matrix SOCOLOR Cult team for a chance to assist with Matrix celebrity stylists to color and style Fergie and her dancers’ hair at a concert in New York City! 

Fergie will kick-off the highly anticipated #FERGIExMATRIX social media hair color photo contest @Matrix Destination 2018.

Inspired by #SOCOLORCULT looks from the Matrix Instagram page, entrants can submit a vibrant fashion shade (back of head shot) with a personal message to Fergie on why they should be selected to create a SOCOLOR CULT and other Matrix/Biolage look(s) during the concert.

Entrants must:
Include the words “contest entry” in their photo and caption
Tag @matrix @biolage, and submit with #SOCOLORCULT, #FERGIExMATRIX and #(insert your salon name)

Grand prize:  Two (2) potential winners will each receive a trip to New York City to assist Matrix celebrity stylist(s) using Matrix SOCOLOR CULT to create Pure, Progressive, Uncensored look(s) on Fergie and attend the concert.

First prize:  Eight (8) potential winners will each receive a trip to New York City to create Pure, Progressive, Uncensored look(s) on her dancers and/or beauty editors/consumer influencers and attend a Fergie concert.

Head to to enter!

Fergie! Fergie! Fergie!

Fergalicious, indeed. Matrix announced that Ms. Fergie herself is their new SOCOLOR Cult Icon. “We are so excited to be collaborating with Fergie,” shares Paul Schiraldi, VP and General Manager, Matrix. “She loves taking risks with beauty and fashion trends and is always looking for inspirational, edgy ways to  express herself.”

Fergie will be hosting the opening celebration at Matrix Destination 2018 this weekend, a four-day event for hairdressers with best-in-class education with Matrix artists and educators like Tabatha Coffey, George Papanikolas and Nicholas French.

Ginger Goodness

According to the mane masters at Viviscal, ginger root is considered a superfood—meaning it’s rich in nutrients. While it is not a cure for hair loss, ginger can help boost your haircare routine to benefit your coifs overall health. Try massaging a combination of fresh, grated ginger root and coconut oil gently into the scalp.

One Great Look—Blueberry Bliss

Hair by Julie Mueller
Stay Gold Salon, Fullerton, CA

Vivid shades indigo, cobalt and violet shades are perfectly blended for this head-turning coif. Locks tumble past the shoulders in relaxed curls for a glam finished look.

Details, Details

How do you turn a sort-of fishtail braid into something a little more spectacular? It’s in the details! In this case, hairstylist Adir Abergel twisted silver thread around strands in Saiorse Ronan’s hair for a little sparkle power. He also wrapped a length of hair around the base of the braid to cover the elastic holding it. The result is chic and pretty and all-around fabulous.



Last night’s SAG awards brought the stars to the red carpet, and with them, all sorts of gorgeous styles. Here are five of our favorite looks from the night…

1.  Olivia Munn
Sleek and chic.


2.  Reese Witherspoon
Such pretty curls!


3.  Mandy Moore
All lush and volume.


4.  Kate Hudson
Short and precise.


5.  Millie Bobby Brown
Twin buns tied with pretty ribbons.

3 Ways To Wear Short

There are so many ways to style your hair short, it’s hard to choose. Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide shares just three hip ways to rock a cropped cut, with these stunning looks from Pivot Point.

1 Piecey Profile
2 Pixie Perfection
3 Textured Tresses


It’s a new year, just filled with possibilities. Can you feel the excitement in the air? Catch the spirit and jump into a new cut or color. You’ll find tons of great looks (like these from Coiff & Co in France!) in, on sale new at a newsstand near you. Just look for the red cover with Hayden Panettiere on it, and inside you’ll find short snips, long tresses, golden haircolor, blondes, reds, brunettes and so much more. Plus, giveaways, salon information and tips and plenty of celebrity styles. Grab your copy today! Thank you!

Katy Gloss

Looking for something red and shiny? Katy Perry to the rescue. Showing of the Ninth Life color of her Katy Kat Lipgloss from CoverGirl, it’s so very cherry. Perfect for the weekend. Meow!

Healthy Hair Eating Habits

Getting healthier, stronger and longer hair never tasted so good! The experts at Viviscal suggest trying these eight yummy foods to boost your tresses glam power!

  • Carrots—contains a multitude of hair-helping vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Phosphorous and Potassium.
  • Oysters—are rich in Zinc. A lack in Zinc can cause hair loss and excessive dandruff.
  • Salmon—and other oily fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help moisturize and add shine.
  • Greek Yogurt—is a good source of protein, which helps strands stay strong.
  • Oranges—and other citrus fruits like grapefruits and tangerines are an amazing source of vitamin C, which aids in hair structure and elasticity.

One Great Look: Bronze Beauty

Hair by Amy Lynn Hemeyer
Regeneration Salon & Spa, Columbia, MO

Nothing says sass like a stylish cut. Metallic bronze locks glisten in the light for a stunning, dimensional hue. Strands are styled into a chic, layered lob. A slight curl adds texture as the hair falls.

Pixie Perfect

Did you catch Halsey on Saturday Night Live this weekend. If not, you missed a great performance, and some seriously cute pixie hair.

Just shy of being a baby bob, we love this cut on her (especially the fringe!), and the blonde is totally hot!


Beauty Changes Lives

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation announced that the 2018 Legacy Award will posthumously honor Horst Rechelbacher (above), founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients, on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at The Beauty Changes Lives Experience co-hosted by America’s Beauty Show and Pivot Point International.

With a mission to elevate, educate and empower, Beauty Changes Lives is uniting the industry and building awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities in the beauty, wellness and massage therapy industries. Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is a media sponsor for this very worthwhile cause.

The event at the iconic Art Institute of Chicago will include an intimate Legacy Award dinner followed by a Runway Fashion Show that showcases sponsored NextGen teams and their mentors. Rechelbacher’s partner in life and business, Kiran Stordalen, and his daughter, Nicole Thomas-Rechelbacher, will accept the award honoring his contributions to the industry.

All proceeds benefit The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, which has raised more than $5M in scholarships for aspiring beauty and wellness professionals.  “Our fund-raising Beauty Changes Lives Experience allows us all to pay forward by supporting the next generations in beauty,” notes Lynelle Lynch, president of the non-profit Beauty Changes Lives Foundation. “Honoring Horst is a privilege for the Foundation and in doing so we also honor the thousands of industry members who were touched by Horst, by his life’s work and his talent for encouraging success in others.”

Pictured left to right: Robert Passage, Chairman and CEO, Pivot Point International; Nicole Thomas-Rechelbacher, daughter of Horst Rechelbacher; Kiran Stordalen, Horst Rechelbacher’s partner in business and life; and Lynelle Lynch, President of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation.

Giuliana’s Hot Ponytail How-To

E! Entertainment host Giuliana Rancic looked gorgeous on the red carpet with her extravagant long ponytail, which was created by Matrix Artistic Director and Celebrity Stylist Nick Stenson, using Matrix Style Link and Biolage R.A.W. “We wanted to do something that showed off the lines of her dress and didn’t compete with it,” shares Stenson. “The shape of the pony complimented the back of her dress perfectly.”

Here’s the step-by-step…

♦♦ On damp hair, apply Matrix Style Link Blowout Skinny Queen Smoothing Blowout Cream and blow-dry using a boar bristle round brush. Spray scalp area with Style Link Play Back Dry Shampoo to build volume and texture.

♦♦ Create a section at the top/front of the head and backcomb for volume. Gently gather hair at the crown and secure with pins to reinforce height. Spray with Style Link Style Fixer Finishing Hairspray to hold in place.

♦♦ Gather remaining hair into a ponytail and secure with a clear elastic. Take a strand from the ponytail, loop it around the elastic, and secure with pins. Knot the top half of the ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.

♦♦ Loosen strands from the knots to create a deconstructed, loose effect.

♦♦ Finish the look by spraying hair with Style Link Style Fixer Finishing Hairspray.

Photo: Courtesy Matrix.


We’re a few weeks into 2018 and it’s time to start thinking about a new haircut and haircolor! No worries—we’re here to help. Our new issue is on sale at newsstands now, featuring 100s of fabulous looks for you to choose from. The good thing about having Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is you can stop, think and plan your new look. No clicking in and out—just thinking about what you’d look great in!

Stop by your local newsstand today and pick up your copy before we sell out. We hope you love it. Let us know what hairstyle color you wound up with! Thank you soooo much 🙂

Pure Glamour

Jessica Biel stunned in a Veronica-Lake, old-Hollywood glam hair look at last night’s Critics Choice Awards. It’s all thanks to her glam team (below). The beauty pros always know what they’re doing. Trust them. Book a salon appointment!


Eva Marcille Looks Radiant With Her Golden Waves

The Real Housewives Of Atlanta’s Eva Marcille looks phenomenal with her golden nutmeg curls. Eva’s gorgeous mane is parted on the side and curled into defined waves over her shoulders. The entire look is finished with a subtle glam eye and mauve lip. Style Tip: Get a similar look by wrapping blown-out hair around a curling wand. Once the entire head is curled, set the look with a light mist of hairspray.

5 Hair Resolutions…

… To Keep This Year For Healthier Hair!

Achieve your best hair ever this year by following these easy “resolutions” created by the haircare experts at Viviscal…

1. Skip A Few Shampoos
Washing hair everyday can cause dry, brittle and breakage prone tresses.

2. Sleep On Silk
Cotton pillowcases cause friction that can seriously stress out your coif.

3. Embrace What You Have
Give your blow dryers, curling irons and flat iron a break and just rock your natural texture.

4. Minimal Damage
Try and vow to never heat style without applying some sort of heat protectant.

5. Take Your Vitamins
A healthy body is more likely to produce healthy hair. Vitamins and/or supplements can really make a difference.

One Great Look: Sugar Cookie Coif

Hair by Jianni Meyer
Hermosa, CA

Give Elsa a run for her style money with this elegant hairstyle. Brilliant, ivory-white tresses tumble past the shoulder in chic curls. The silken shade is a real showstopper.

Time to Smize!

“I’m back. I’m coming for you. And your Smize better be on point while you watch.”

Tyra Banks returns to America’s Next Top Model tonight on VH1. And. We. Can. Not. Wait.

Golden Globes–Short Rules!

Lots of great hair last night at the Golden Globes–including some seriously cute short crops! Here’s a few of our favorites…






Hmmm…thinking about a new look? We’re here to help! Here are five fun styles to consider!

1  LET’S PLAY! Hair by Fabien Provost and Alexandrine Piel/Fabio Salsa, France, inspires us to get a little flirty with our new cut!

2  LESS IS MORE! Hair by Shampoo Expert, France. Keep it short, simple and with fab haircolor. Agree?

3  LENGTH MATTERS! Hair by Erroll Douglas MBE for Balmain Paris Hair Couture. Sun-kissed long manes never ever go out of style.

4  SHORT, YET MIGHTY! Hair by Intermede, France. Details are what matter in this milk-chocolate cut that is perfectly and beautifully simple.

5  CONFIDENT RICH! Hair by Camille Albane, Paris, France. Strawberry-blonde sass with a fab feathery finish says it all!


OK…it’s officially the new year and it’s that time again for change! While you’re thinking about your new haircut and haircolor—pick up our new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide this weekend (on sale now!) and get some fabulous ideas. We’ve included hundreds of fab ideas especially for you. So with the chilly weather outside you can cuddle up with us and start planning your hair move! Here are just three featured that we love…all from our friends at Italy’s James Hair Fashion Club!





Feeling yourself? Then you need a mane style to match. Perhaps this lioness look worn by Khloe Kardashian is just the ticket. Tons of tight waves, with front tresses pulled to the top of the crown in a seriously high pony banded in gold. Waterfall effect in full glory. Rawr!

Recognize & Repair

It’s 2018 and time to make your mane the most beautiful it’s ever looked. According to Viviscal, the main signs of damaged hair include split ends, hair breakage and dullness. In contrast, healthy hair is shinier, thicker and less prone to breakage. Normally, we lose between 50 and 100 hairs every day. However, if your hair breaks easily and you are losing more than 100 hairs in your hairbrush or shower drain, your hair could be damaged.

Hair shedding and damaged hair can be caused by overstyling, too-harsh chemical hair products, hair color treatments, heat-styling such as blow-drying and straightening, shampoos with parabens and sulfates, and environmental factors. Damaged hair can also be caused by internal factors such as poor diet, stress, aging, medication, post-pregnancy, menopause and smoking.

As a damaged hair treatment for damage due to overstyling, harsh chemicals and heat-styling, reduce your use of heat styling tools and cut down on overstyling with tight braids and other elaborate hairstyles that cause damage and breakage to hair. To help repair damaged hair and reduce hair shedding, try a hair growth supplement to nourish hair follicles from within with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. (Viviscal makes a good one: Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Growth Supplement!)

One Great Look: Triple Threat

Hair by Sonya Amber
Pure Lavi Salon, Luzerne, PA

This decadent, triple layered look is exactly the coif you’ve been dreaming of. Dark espresso tresses transforms into a rich chocolate before turning into bright vanilla tips. Locks are turned into blended waves with a knotted detail.

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