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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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Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

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“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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"I think the reason why—no I know the reason why—I've been doing this for such a long time is that I fight," Fox said. "When we did Two Can Play That Game, I fought for the way we talked, walked, the way we loved each other." The Set It Off actress continued to state that she consistently declined Two Can Play That Game before signing on to play the lead role. "Because the script, when I first got it, I turned it down three times because it just wasn't a good representation of African-Americans, so I fought them on everything," she noted. "I want to make sure that the images of African-Americans are as positive and as true as they can possibly be."

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BET To Unveil Edible Billboard For 'Being Mary Jane' Wedding Finale

As Being Mary Jane comes to an end, BET is willing to offer fans a taste of what's to come in the series finale.

The network has enlisted the help of Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and cookbook author, to create an edible billboard that also doubles as a wedding cake. The sweet treat will commemorate Mary Jane's (played by Gabrielle Union) nuptials in the two-hour series finale.

On April 20 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal in New York, fans will be presented with the edible billboard. At the intersection of Ashland Place and Hanson Place, the closer Being Mary Jane enthusiasts get to the billboard the quicker they'll notice that the four-tiered wedding cake is created from individual boxes, each containing a slice of Curry's prized wedding cake.

All fans have to do is pull a box from the billboard, snap a picture for the 'Gram, take a bite and enjoy. Although lovers of the show won't be able to celebrate with Mary Jane herself, biting into a slice of her wedding cake, for free, is the next best thing.

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