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Celeb Hairstylist Ursula Stephen Is Creating Magic in Brooklyn, NY, With a Brand That Won’t Bust Your Budget Celeb Hairstylist Ursula Stephen Is Creating Magic in Brooklyn, NY, With a Brand That Won’t Bust Your Budget

“Some people have hair that listens,” celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen tells me as I settle into the chair at her eponymous shop in the heart of the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Pop Your Melanin, Protect Your Edges and Perfect Yourself With These Tips From a Great Skin Doc  Pop Your Melanin, Protect Your Edges and Perfect Yourself With These Tips From a Great Skin Doc 

What would you ask Dr. Michelle Henry, a Harvard-trained, board-certified dermatologist, if you were just sitting around kicking it over lunch? The Glow Up caught up with the good doctor you can easily ask anything of, since she’s so approachable, and judging by her smooth-as-glass complexion—you’ll like the outcome…

Beautycon Sisters Claim Theirs Loud and Proud  Beautycon Sisters Claim Theirs Loud and Proud 

This weekend, New York City hosted Beautycon, a two-day festival where fans can interact with beauty brands and celebrities for seminars and photo ops. The Glow Up was on hand looking for the latest in black-owned beauty businesses and getting the word on self-care, which seems to be the one thing, besides lipstick,…

Calling All Black Designers! Harlem Fashion Week Auditions Are Open 

Harlem Fashion Week auditions are open for fashion designers who want to show their Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collections at the biannual event this September, covered by top-tier fashion journalists from around the world—including The Glow Up.

Closet Case: Fashion Psychologist Dawnn Karen Styles From the Inside Out 

On Saturday I woke up to find out, over coffee and the New York Times, that “fashion psychology” is now a thing. Dawnn Karen—a Columbia grad who, in 2012, made history as the first black female psychology professor (and also one of the youngest) at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology—is an academic and…

Always on Point: Fashion Stylist Dione Davis Always on Point: Fashion Stylist Dione Davis

Dione Davis is a woman of many talents. Her day job is as the in-house stylist at Tibi, an über-chic, under-the-radar designer collection that’s favored by fashion insiders and C-suite executives. Davis is like many of the brand’s core customers, who tend to be successful women in creative fields: She pivoted into…

Missing Your Edges? Razor Chic Salon in Atlanta Has a Solution

The New York Times recently reported on Razor Chic, an Atlanta hair salon owned by stylist Jasmine Collins that specializes in hairstyles to camouflage hair loss. This is good news for wig- and weave-dependent African-American women who suffer from thinning hair or baldness.

Curl Hunting: Nai’vasha Johnson Is Young Hollywood’s Go-to Hairdresser  Curl Hunting: Nai’vasha Johnson Is Young Hollywood’s Go-to Hairdresser 

OK—did you die over Yara Shahidi’s hairstyle when she walked down the red carpet at this year’s SAG Awards? I died. Did you die over her “Weekend In Wakanda”-perfect bejeweled ’fro-cornrow extravaganza on Essence’s latest cover? I died. Hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson is the one slaying the trendsetting actress’s…

Liberté, Egalité, Lingerie: Model Amber Tolliver Is Leveling the Field of Luxury Lingerie With Liberté Liberté, Egalité, Lingerie: Model Amber Tolliver Is Leveling the Field of Luxury Lingerie With Liberté

“If you build it, they will come.” So says conventional logic—and the 1989 film Field of Dreams. According to a 2013 survey, the average American woman now wears a 34DD bra. So, what’s the lingerie industry’s excuse for not regularly building bras that are both accessible and attractive to women above a C cup? This is…

This Is Why We Can Have Nice Things: Wine Educator Larissa Dubose Raises a Glass to the Good Life This Is Why We Can Have Nice Things: Wine Educator Larissa Dubose Raises a Glass to the Good Life

Want to sound like a genius while getting your drink on at a cocktail party? Wine educator Larissa Dubose is here to teach us everything we need to know about the art of ordering, buying and drinking wine. You can log on to this certified wine steward’s YouTube channel or visit her blog, the Lotus & the Vines, to…

Designer Agnes Baddoo Has It in the Bag  Designer Agnes Baddoo Has It in the Bag 

What’s the handbag that would give you life—if only you could find it? Agnes Baddoo answered that question for herself, and it became a business.

Beauty Alert: Indulge, America! Score $50 Treatments During Spa Week!   Beauty Alert: Indulge, America! Score $50 Treatments During Spa Week!  

Dying to try a cannabinoid-based beauty treatment or a rose-gold pedicure? How about a chemical peel or acupuncture without blowing your budget? Spa Week is April 16-22, and select spas nationwide will be offering a wide variety of treatments at $50.

No Glitter, No Glory, Part Deux: Sparkle, Glitter and Glow! It’s Beauty’s Time to Shine  No Glitter, No Glory, Part Deux: Sparkle, Glitter and Glow! It’s Beauty’s Time to Shine 

My personal motto is, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.” Right now, much to my delight, the trend in makeup is glittering and glowing with holographic iridescence: Shining pots of straight-up golden glitter tinted in every color of the rainbow call out to makeup lovers like me from every counter and drugstore…

Shop Until You Make Poverty Drop: This International Women’s Day, Support Brands That Globally Support Women 

Here at The Glow Up, we’ve made it our mission to empower and inspire all iterations of black women. But admittedly, we can sometimes get a bit myopic and materialistic when covering fashion shows and the latest looks on the red carpet. That’s why we’re grateful that International Women’s Day exists, to pull us out of…

Entrepreneurial Ingenue Ariana Pierce Is a Superstar—and Wants to Make You One, Too Entrepreneurial Ingenue Ariana Pierce Is a Superstar—and Wants to Make You One, Too

Twenty-five-year-old CEO Ariana Pierce is going places in style. Since the age of 13, her love of beauty, business entrepreneurship, wanderlust and a hustle that just won’t quit have made her one to watch. The Glow Up girl caught up with the avid traveler and founder of Superstar Nail Lacquer to find out what inspires…

The Great Motivator: Tonya Lewis Lee Is One Multifaceted Mama The Great Motivator: Tonya Lewis Lee Is One Multifaceted Mama

Tonya Lewis Lee wants me to take my vitamins. Specifically, she wants me to take her vitamins, which is why a month’s supply of multivitamins from her company, Movita Organics, sits on my desk. The glass bottle boasts that they are made with organic fruit, vegetables and herbs, whole-food vitamins and minerals, and…

Jackie Aina: YouTube Style Warrior 

Beauty vlogger Jackie Aina, 30, is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and has 2 million YouTube subscribers and counting. Averaging around 600,000 views per post, her funny and frank videos, like “Bougie and Bad on a Budget” and “Edges Slaughtered,” bring the real on the makeup tip, touching on issues of race and…

Stephanie Horton Soars as a Fashion Executive, but She Doesn’t Want to Be the Only One at the Top Stephanie Horton Soars as a Fashion Executive, but She Doesn’t Want to Be the Only One at the Top

Stephanie Horton, chief strategy officer for the luxury fashion brand Alexander Wang, will never have it all. Why would a woman as talented and ambitious as Horton settle for that?

BNYFW: According to Harlem’s Fashion Row, the Future of Black Fashion Is in Your Hands  BNYFW: According to Harlem’s Fashion Row, the Future of Black Fashion Is in Your Hands 

Fashion may be fleeting in the eyes of some, but not for Brandice Henderson, the founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row, a comprehensive fashion incubator for black fashion-design professionals. If she has her way, the power and impact of African-American contribution to fashion design will be eternal.

#BNYFW: Inside Fashion Designer Samantha Black’s Bey-Line to Success  #BNYFW: Inside Fashion Designer Samantha Black’s Bey-Line to Success 

What happens when a young designer wakes up to find Beyoncé wearing her clothes? Samantha Black, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based designer of ready-to-wear line Sammy B., can tell you: “My phone was blowing up.”

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