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6 Holiday Hairstyle Cues and Winter Hair Care Tips from Celebrity Stylist, Ursula Stephen

Ursula Stephen gets to play in the hair of many of our favorite celebrities like Keyshia Cole, Michelle Williams and Rihanna. In fact, for those of us who’ve been inspired by the famous “Rihanna Cut” can credit Ursula for creating it, as well as many of Ri Ri’s other hot looks, incuding the fiery red ones.

Ursula was able to scribble some time into her busy agenda to offer us her top tips for turning heads this holiday season, and what she does to combat winter hair dryness.

VIBE Vixen: When opting for a different look for the holidays, what’s the most important thing Vixens should consider?
Ursula Stepen: They should definitely consider what message their trying to put out this holiday season. Are they trying to be that sexy girl, or that classy girl, or that sophisticated girl? Figure out what you’re wearing as well. Your hair and your outfit should complement each other. That’s a big thing. You don’t want to pick a big earring while your hair is too long. [The earring] won’t show.

VV: Speaking of accessories, what are some of your favs that we can use to glam things up a bit?
US: I think a dazzling headband is amazing. I love headbands! I also love the little Diamante Pins with pearls that you can put in your hair. Those always spruce up something like a side chignon or a top knot. A wide, jeweled headband can make your hair look like WOW!

VV: Which hairstyles can we bank on being hot in 2012?
US: I think in 2012 you should watch out for brushed out curs. It’s a about big, bouncy hair. If you remember over the last couple years, girls have been wearing a lot of wavy, wiry curls. But now they’re going to brush them out and for that fluffy, sexy big hair.

VV: With winter fast approaching, what are your top tips for beating dryness?
SS: One of the best is to just increase hair conditioning because cold weather wears on your hair as much as warm weather or a curling iron. So you definitely want to increase your conditioning treatments, and use a conditioner that’s a little more supple and heavy. Our Motions Deep Penetrating Treatment is amazing for that. Also try wearing your hair up a little bit because the different fabrics that we wear during the winter cause problems for the ends of our hair. If you wear turtlenecks and wool coats and your ends are rubbing against them, it causes dryness and a lot of split ends. So opt for wearing your hair up. You don’t have to everyday, but it’s an alternative style to keep your hair safe.

VV: Are there any easy winter hair care cocktails that we can whip up at home?
US: You could add olive oil to your deep conditioner. Your hair needs a lot more oil in the winter, and that’s what I do. Just mix a capful of olive oil with your conditioner, and sit under the dryer for 10 to 15 minutes.

VV: Other than perfecting your skills, what can current and future stylists do to begin building celebrity clientele like you?
US: You definitely have to position yourself to be in the right areas. I hate to hear of people that want to be a hairstylist or a celebrity hairstylist and they work at McDonalds. If you really want to be a hairstylist everything that you do should be hair-based. You should be assisting in a salon. If you know of a salon where a great stylist works, you should want to work there amongst them. You never know what opportunities you can get by just working amongst them. Put yourself in the right place and just make everything all about hair.

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