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For our 40th Anniversary issue it was unanimous between Sophisticate’s and our reader’s that social media’s favorite beauty icon, Kim Kardashian West, would be our cover girl!


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You guys voted for your favorite “Style Icons” and the results are in! See who made the cut in the issue.


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Take a peak at the “40 Best looks” that we’ve feature in this year’s issues of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide!


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Get inspired by our compilation of “40 Great Star Looks” just for you!


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FREE SWAG
For our 40th Anniversary we’re giving away over $7,000 worth of fabulous hair and beauty products in our “Big Beauty Giveaway”. Enter and get a chance to win some of the most coveted beauty merch in our November 2018 issue.


Beauty Beat Beauty-Blog-home

Sophisticate’s is always on the pulse on what’s hot in beauty right now. We’ve curated some of this month’s must-have products just for you!


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‘90s Supermodel, style icon and the queen of the short cut, Linda Evangelista influenced an entire generation before the Gigi & Bella Hadid’s of today. Get the issue to see some of Linda’s best mane transformations over the years!

   

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…

soft bob 2 soft bob 3THE CUT
“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!

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