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America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift is gracing our February 2018 cover! We have all of the pop star’s best mane moves and beauty secrets right in this issue.

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Check out these glamourous before and after hair makeovers!

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Sophisticate’s got to chat with Fox-TV Star’s Brittany O’Grady!

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Bring in the holidays with hair inspirations from your favorite celebs!

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Win some free products from our Holiday Glamapalooza Big Beauty Giveaway! Give the gift of beauty swag this year.

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We have some of the top products you need to bring with you into the new year! Check them out!

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Take a look at this season’s hottest nail colors with CND’s Night Spell collection!


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We’ve been patiently waiting, we have, for the premiere of Life Of Kylie on E!. And now it’s here! We’re so excited, we can hardly wait to see Kylie Jenner and all her makeup mogul and fashionista moves. Buttering popcorn, taking selfies and tuning in tonight. In the meantime, grabbing our copy of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide with Kylie on the cover and a lookbook inside of her mane moves…

11+ Reasons To Buy Sophisticate’s!

Here are eleven great looks featured in our new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide’s Clip & Snip section…

There are of course hundreds more inspiring ideas in haircolor, haircut and hairstyling in our issue on newsstands now! What else? Lots of DIY styilng ideas, the best hair tools for you, free beauty products you can win, celebrity hairstyles and on and on. So what are you waiting for? Please pick us up today and keep it all going on! Drop us a line and let us know how much you like our new issue….we’re always excited to hear from you….here’s to all of us!

Bronze Beauty

Sometimes subtle can be very dramatic. Stylist Yvette from JCPenney Salon in Santa Rosa, CA, wove gorgeous highlights throughout a brunette base for a gently sun-kissed look that turns the whole head of hair into a sultry bronze. Third place? More like FIRST PLACE. #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle

We Love Kellie Pickler!

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Kellie Pickler’s docu-series on CMT is back with a new season! If haven’t been keeping up with Kellie, the show followers her and songwriter/producer husband Kyle Jacobs as they enjoy their country-loving life. Bonus! You get to see all of the country singer’s fab mane moves!

One Great Look – Dark & Decadent

Hair by Alisha McAlister
Cuttaway Salon, Joplin, MO

This deep, dark coif is exquisite. Rich, espresso strands are snipped into a chic lob that ends just above the shoulders. Subtle splashes of a taupe-blonde hue perfectly accentuate the color and hair is styled into big, bouncy curls throughout.

Zoe & YSL

Zoe Kravitz is the new Global Makeup Ambassaodr for YSL Beauty! “YSL Beauty has always been one of my favorite brands,” shares Zoe. “Their ability to combine the chicest of styles with a raw edge has always been to me one of the best ways to express yourself through fashion and beauty. Nothing is forced, nothing is fake but everything is bold, strong and unafraid. I’m very excited to work with this legendary and timeless company.”

The star will be seen shortly in the brand’s Tatouage Couture campaign.


Proving gorgeous waves are always in style when it comes to summer, Matrix Artistic Director & Celebrity Stylist Nick Stenson created a fab mane profile for actress Jaime King for Wandelust in Denver, CO. “When discussing Jamie’s look, we settled on something that would be movable and pliable all day long at the Wanderlust festival,” shares Stenson. “We embodied her personality and Bohemian vibe with simple textured waves, keeping the hair looking soft and beautiful.”

Here’s the step-by-step…

1. Apply Biolage R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk to damp hair for heat and color protection, then blow-dry.

2. Spray locks with Biologe R.A.W. Texturizing Styling Spray, then use a ¾ inch barrel curling iron to curl hair. Brush through resulting curls to create soft waves.

3. Spray Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Spray through the hair to maintain frizz and protect from humidity.

“The look of love 💕 When@nickstenson gives you the hairstyle of the summer! Thank you Nick, @matrix& @biolage for the amazing experience@wanderlustfest!” –Jaime King, via Instagram


Don’t you love this time of year? We sure do—but sometimes get bored wearing our hair the same old way. So we thought we’d showcase three great summer looks from our friends at All-Nutrient Professional! Embrace intensity and make a statement with a brilliant new haircolor look…it’s time!






Our new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide hit the newsstands this week and, wow, there is soooo much in it! Hundreds of new hairstyle and haircolor ideas, plus haircuts, celebrity profiles and looks, DIY styles you can create at home, tons of free products you can win and a very special hair trend report for 2018. So what are you waiting for? Head to your closest newsstand today and pick up your copy of the issue–and stay in our big hair and beauty circle! Thank you so much for your purchase and keeping it all going on!

Want. Need. Now.

Now this is the cool way to do balayage, with a bit of magenta fire going on. Hair by Francine Makshanoff of JCPenney Salon in Moreno Valley, CA. #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle



We don’t know which we like more in this photo posted by Katy Perry’s stylist Chris Appleton to Instagram: the short hair styling, the platinum color or the eye makeup (even the earrings are in the running). It’s all good. Very, very good.

One Great Look – Copper Plated

Hair by Laura Brasier
The Cuttaway Salon, Joplin, MO

It’s okay for people to stop and stare when your mane looks this good! Several shades of burnt orange and auburn are blended into a stunning and dimensional copper color. Hair spirals way past the shoulders in loose, beachy waves that highlight the brilliance of strands’ shade.

Summer Breeze

Want an easy hair ‘do for summer that still looks like you’ve got style game? Let Khloé Kardashian be your guide. The star posted this too-cute photo on Instagram, featuring front tresses pulled into a pony at the top of her crown, with hair flowing downward in waves. Even when summer winds catch you, the tousling of strands will only make the style that much better. #StealThisStyle

5 Steps To Better Nails (Break The Nail-Biting Habit!)

Ladies it’s time to put an end to nail-biting. This bad habit can weaken your nails and even damage their ability to grow. To help you kick this horrid habit, we teamed up celebrity and fashion manicurist Rachel Shim to give you the 5 best tips and tricks to keep your fingers pretty!

ONE: Get Up With Your Manicures. Sometimes nail-biting begins with the need to remove dry, hardened and/or calloused cuticles on the sides of the nail. Weekly manicures, at home or at a salon, will give you the chance to tame unmanageable cuticles quick and easy. Also, you’ll be less likely to bite off your fresh mani.

TWO: Use A Cuticle Oil. Once you’ve freshened up your cuticles, keep them healthy and moisturized with cuticle oil. This will keep the nails from flaking and peeling so there will be nothing to bite.

THREE: Try Out A Nail-Biting Inhibitor. Nail inhibitor discourage you from putting your fingers anywhere near your mouth by leaving an unpleasant, sour taste that’ll make you never want to bite your fingernails again. Dermelect’s new Resist Nail Bite Inhibitor + Restorative Treatment is a great option.

FOUR: Go Short. By maintaining short, trimmed nails you’ll leave little to nothing to bite off.

FIVE: Figure Out Why You’re Doing It. Do you bite your nails when you’re nervous? Anxious? Scared? Sad? Did you recently drop another bad habit like smoking? Just like with anything else figuring out why you’re do something will help you stop doing it.

Perfect Plait

Stylist Bridget Brager shared this gorgeous, super-long fishtail braid she did for actress Kate Bosworth. Pardon us while we do finger exercises–gonna take a bit of precise hand-work to recreate this look! #SoWorthIt


Going, Going…

Our new issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide goes on sale next week, so it’s your last chance to pick up a copy of our super-spectacular September issue, featuring Rachel Bilson on the cover. Loads of haircuts, colors and beauty ideas await you. Hurry, hurry!

It’s Good To Be Bad!

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Hold on to your wands because Disney’s anticipated original movie airs tonight! Dove Cameron (Mal, above), Sofia Carson (Evie), Cameron Boyce (Carlos), Booboo Stewart (Jay) and newcomer to the franchise China Anne McClain (Uma) are back and badder than ever for Descendants 2.

P.S. If you’ve ever thought of doing something very cool with your hair, this is the show to watch!

Bangin’ Balayage

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It’s time to transition your tresses for the summer! The perfect way to add a little light to your hair? Beachy, blonde ends, like this stunning summer-ready style by jcp salon pro @ayemandahair in Silverdale, WA. #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle


One Great Look – Rainbow Realness

Hair by Mary Baxley-Pierle
The Cutting Zone, Kailua, HI

How amazing is this half-up half-down ‘do? Dark blonde strands are tinted purple, pink, blue and green at the tips. A portion of hair on top is pulled back and styled into two voluminous braids that meet in the middle. Cascading curls finish off the style and highlight the cool color combination.

Blonde Rehab

Being blonde can be so much fun! But maintaining the hue can seriously stress out your tresses. We asked the pros at Viviscal what should blonde babes do if they’ve over bleached–and they should know, since the company specializes in formulas that give you beautiful, healthy hair, like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner. The experts recommend starting off with a fresh cut and seeking our a colorist who can give you a more natural and manageable hue that stills looks great as it grows out. This way the time between colorings are longer.

Aly Wave How-To

For the 2017 ESPYs, Olympian Aly Raisman walked the red carpet looking stunning in sun-kissed beautiful waves created by Matrix Celebrity Stylist George Papanikolas. The mane pro shares how he did it…

“We wanted a soft natural movement for Aly’s waves.  I started with Matrix Style Link Blowout Curvy Queen Curl Creating Blowout Cream on damp hair to help protect her mane and enhance the waves.  I used a round brush to smooth and add volume, then used a large 1.5″ curling iron to give the hair a soft bend. Once cooled, I brushed out the waves and sprayed her hair with Biolage R.A.W. Texturizing Styling Spray to lock in the waves and texture. For the final touch, I sprayed Biolage R.A.W. Replenish Oil-Mist through the ends.”

Get Selena’s Look In 3 Easy Steps!

By now we’re sure you’ve seen the audio/visual for Selena Gomez’s seductive new single, “Fetish.” The video shows a seemingly bare-faced Selena, focusing mostly on her glossy pout. Want to know how to re-create the “Bad Liar” singer’s look? Thankfully her makeup artist, Hung Vanngo, has revealed exactly what he used for Selena’s no-makeup, makeup look using all Marc Jacobs Beauty products…

  1. The brand’s Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter was mixed in with moisturizer for the songstress’ glowing base.
  2. Cute faux freckles were created using the Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in (Earth)quake.
  3. To finish the look, Vanngo applied the Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in a soft, shimmering peach shade called French Tickler.

Curly World

Got curls? Lucky girl! And now you’re even luckier, because Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide has a great article in the current issue with 5 curly stars, 5 must-know curl tips and 5 gotta-have curl products. Check it out at a newsstand near you!

Brunette Bombshell

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We love how Sandra Velasquez of jcp salon in Santa Rosa, CA, brilliantly balayaged these mocha tresses to add dimension and attitude. Very cool! #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle


Gigi Rich – Exclusive Interview!

You may remember up and coming singer Gigi Rich from her Team Gwen days on The Voice. Now the former season 7 contestant is back with her first EP, “All In My Head“, and ready to take on the world. Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide got the chance to talk to Gigi about her music, her killer red mane, and her beauty faves!

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Snack Smart


Let’s be honest for a second–all our favorite snack foods are packed with salt. But now we have a good reason to cut back on the sodium. According to the experts at Viviscal (they make awesome products that help with hair growth), an overly salty diet can wreck havoc of the health of your tresses. Too much salt can cause poor circulation in your hair’s follicles preventing your strands from getting the nourishment they need. Opt for low-sodium versions of your fave foods to help reduce salt intake if you think your diet includes too much.

NAHA! Congratulations, Winners!

Winners for the Professional Beauty Association’s 2017 North American Hairstyling Awards were announced in a grand ceremony held this past weekend in Las Vegas. And the winners are…

Congratulations to all!

Summer Cute

STILL loving the short cut Carly Rae Jepsen has been sporting. The blonde, the layer, the tousle–it’s all good. So very, very good.

3 Great Looks


Everyone loves a makeover, especially when you can do so much with the new cut! Here are three great looks that were created with one fab cut by the style pros at Goertz Hair in Braunschweig, Germany….

LOOK 1: Romantic Curves


LOOK 2: Layered Attitudes


LOOK 3: Chic Upsweep

Photos by Tom Carson.


Yes, we’re still on sale for a little bit before our new issue hits the newsstands! Have you picked up our last edition of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide featuring 100s of new hairstyle and haircolor ideas? This issue, also includes products you can win and celebrity interviews and lots of do-it-yourself info….so don’t wait! Hit your newsstand up this weekend and pickup a copy. Let us know how you like! Thank you for keeping it all going on!

Plait Perfection

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It’s special-event season and we know we’re not the only ones needing a hairstyle muse. Thankfully we have jcp salon experts, like Blake Benson of Rockaway, NJ, to inspire us with elegant and effortless updos. #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle


Keeping Up With Kylie

LIFE OF KYLIE -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Kylie Jenner -- (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/E! Entertainment)

Tonight is the season premiere of Kylie Jenner’s new solo show, Life Of Kylie. Set to air of E! at 10/9c, the show is a inside look at the life of one the dominating faces of beauty and social media. And, no doubt, we’ll get to see a whole lot of Kylie’s mane moves and beauty stances!

The Reese Way

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Baby, You’re A Star!


Seeing as how it’s the 4th Of July, we thought it only fitting to show a little patriotic beauty, courtesy of Nina Dobrev and the red carpet. Her bob is on-point, with a little bit of gorgeous texture thrown in. And the fabulous finishing touch? A cluster of sparkly stars….

One Great Look: Emerald City

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Hair by Amber Kelley
Blu Bird Spa, Overland Park, KS

Whether you’re off to see the wizard, or you’re living it up in your house (there’s no place like home, right?), you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous emerald hue with hide-away panels of royal purple. It’s a statement style that even Glinda would approve of.

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