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Blackhair Sneek Peek: In Living Colour Beauty Editiorial

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As if I haven’t reminded you enough, but the June/July issue of Blackhair magazine is out now folks! One of my favourite layouts is this flawless beauty editorial entitled ‘In Living Colour’.Credits are as follows:

Photography: Richard Barr, makeup: Joy Adenuga, hair: Lorraine Dublin 

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Alesha’s Got Afro

ImageHave you been watching Britain’s Got Talent this year? I haven’t. I had every intention of watching following the announcement of Alesha Dixon being added to the judging panel, but my subsequent lack of interest has come about due to two words: The Voice. The talent on that show is immense. It overshadows anything that BGT is likely to produce and for that reason I’ve found it difficult to get into this series. But Alesha is proving to be a hit on the show if reports are to be believed. The singer is the cover star of the current issue of Fabulous magazine. Sporting a gorgeous ‘80s style crimped Afro, Alesha spoke candidly about her new boss, Simon Cowell, ex hubby Harvey’s rumoured relationship with Cheryl Cole (in which she was ever diplomatic as usual) and her swift, unexpected exit from Strictly Come Dancing. See the full article here.

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Women & Sports: Will The Gloss Wear Off?

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Perri Shakes-Drayton for Nike

With just over two months until London 2012,  it’s been exciting to witness the build up to the games unfold in the media. At the start of the year there was a gorgeous photoshoot and interview with Philip Idowu in ES magazine. In April, The Sunday Telegraph published a  DPS entitled ‘East Side Stories’ profiling the young talent who they predicted would shine at the games including 23-year-old 400M hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton, 800M runner Marilyn Okoru, 17-year-old weightlifter Zoe Smith and 16-year-old judo player, Hayley Willis. It’s been particularly refreshing to see sport covered in the women’s consumer mag market, a sector that has traditionally ignored women in sport.

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Hot Hair As Seen in Blackhair June/July Issue

Blackhair comes out tomorrow gang – woo hoo! I’ll be posting some of my favourite hair and beauty images from the issue so stay tuned. 

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Hair: Avos Hair

Photography: Karl Lake

Make up Artist- KemiKings 

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Why Hello There, It’s Misha!

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It’s ironic that the X Factor threw Misha B under a bus during the controversial ‘bully-gate’ debacle last season,  because she just might be the one able to salvage the show’s ever decreasing credibility. The 20 year old Mancunian recently released a mixtape called ‘Why Hello World’ and is said to be gearing up to release an album under a Sony imprint. I had a quick listen a few days ago and loved it. It’s everything Misha was when she appeared on the show: fresh, unique, bold and multi-faceted. Some of the songs are just rehashes of the stuff we heard on the show, such as her bass-heavy, hip-hop inspired cover of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep. Elsewhere we’re presented with new tracks that blend seamlessly through the star in the making’s key musical influences such as dancehall, R&B, hip hop, electro and pop. If you’ve yet to listen check it out here. Misha’s the first artist in a while who I’ve actually felt excited about. If she is afforded true artistic freedom to explore, create and do what she does best, she’ll hopefully breathe some much needed fuel into the black British music scene. As you can probably tell – I heart this girl. Wishing her the best of luck. She certainly deserves it.

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Cocoa Read: The Wah Nails Book of Nail Art

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Sharmadean Reid

I wish I was one of those women who always had immaculate nails. You know the type who lives by the ‘hair done, nails done, everything did’ ethos and treats her talons like works of art. Painted nails epitomise femininity to me, and although I am a regular and enthusiastic buyer of nail polish, nine out of ten times my fingers are stubbly and bare. But the streets of London paint a different picture. Presently, we’re witnessing an explosion of  nail art where zany patterns, prints and symbols are painted onto the fingernails of style conscious females with regularity. And right at the centre of this style storm is a 27 year old Londoner named Sharmadean Reid.

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Blackhair Magazine’s Summer 2012 Issue

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This afternoon we unveiled the cover of our June/July summer issue and the response was phenomenal. The cover was conceptualised by Dionne Smith founder of BDM, shot by photographer Agata Preyes and features Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Ufuoma Itoje, dressed in a daisy yellow trouser suit perfectly placed in front of some matching yellow flowers. We instantly fell in love with the image once we saw it, so we’re delighted by the positive response so far. It’s quite a light-hearted issue this month, with the main focus on gearing up for summer (when it decides to arrive). Journalist Ese Odetah delves into a subject that I’ve always been curious about and that’s black women who use tanning beds (yes, we use them too apparently). Elsewhere we interview Alexandra Burke about her hair and beauty regime, and like her or loathe her, you know Ms Burke’s glam is always on point. We also welcome the return of the badass Santigold, and chat it up with the outspoken Tami Roman from Basketball Wives who ‘keeps it one hundred’ in her inimitable style. And of course in addition to these features we have hair inspiration. Lot’s of it. So do yourself (and us) a favour and pick up a copy on May 8th from WH Smith and all good newsagents. And you can follow our movements on Twitter @Blackhairmags

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