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Vixen Chat: Ursula Stephen Discusses 2012’s Top Hair Moments

Celebrity hairstylist and Motions spokeswoman Ursula Stephen rattles off her top five best hair moments of 2012. From Rihanna's new super short cut to Miley Cyrus' shocking new style, Stephen lets us know what hair-raising moments made her list.

Also, the hair guru weighs in on which Motions products can help you achieve that trendy high bun and bang look. --Niki McGloster

VIBE Vixen: What are the top 5 hair moments from that celebs executed perfectly.
Ursula Stephen: Viola Davis when she went natural at the Oscars. I think it was amazing what she did and she's looks 100% better with her natural hair. I just thought she looked amazing and she looked even younger too.

Definitely. I think it shocked a lot of people that she just went with a TWA.
Yeah, it was cute. Also, Miley Cyrus. I like when she did the cut. But on a personal level, just as someone from the outside looking in, I felt like it grew her up a little bit too fast. Even though the cut is a dope haircut, it's not saying Miley Cyrus.

Think she jumped from young adult to super mature with that cut?
I don't know if it's her, but it looks so good. It's hot—the cut, the color. Everything is amazing about it. She plays it off so well. Let's see, who else? Alicia Keys.

Oh, when she did the big chop!
I call it "Finally."

So you were waiting for that cut on her.
I was just waiting for her to do something that shows a growth in her. She’s a mom now and her music is really different. She needed that, and I think that was 100% good for her to do. For a long time, I think she was identified by that hair that she always wore, so I think that was dope that she let everyone know, 'This is me.'

And it worked perfectly for her coming out with a new album and everything. Who else?
RiRi. I like the fact that Ri finally went back to her short look, thanks to me. [Laughs]

Of course! Was that mostly your decision or hers?

Rihanna Short Hair VMAs

VV: Of course! Was that mostly your decision or hers?
It was both of us actually. She was getting annoyed with the weave and I was tired of looking at it. She was just ready. When you take that plunge to a short haircut or any new look, the most important thing about it is that you feel it from the inside out. That's when you showcase it so well because you're not doing it just because it's the trend. I said, ‘Let's just cut it now.' She was running around the house like, ‘Are you sure? Are you really, really sure?’ And we just did it. That was the VMA look.

That spur of the moment is always the best. Now for the last one...
Keke Palmer took the plunge and went blonde. That was nice. I thought that was cute of her. She was always known as this child star, really safe but still beautiful, but that whole change finally made you see “I'm not that Keke anymore." I like that about her.

That was a super bold move. Ciara went blonde for a little while too.
I feel like Ciara killed it when she did that! It was fucking amazing. At one point it was so amazing like, Oh, my God.

Motions Hair products

VV: Now, let’s move onto the Motions products. Which product helps best achieve the bun and bang look, a la Beyoncé?
Oh, I love that! [Use] the Light Hold Working Spritz because it’s something you can put on after you put the bun up and it’s something to keep it in place. It’s not too stiff, but it’ll hold it for the whole day. And also the Shine Enhancing Pomade because you want it to be really slick.

Let’s go into the waves look because a lot of the women are trying to achieve a messy or beach wave style.
Usually I would style with the Light Hold Working Spritz, but maybe after I’m done with everything, I would finish off with the Hold & Shine Styling Spray. Spritz is something I would use to set the style.

Cool. Now for color, what would you say is best for that?
I think the Lavish Conditioning Shampoo and because it’s a moisturizing. You know, when you’re doing color, you want to keep it soft and supple. If you want to do a deep conditioner, the Deep Conditioning Masque would be a good treatment for it.

Since you style RiRi’s hair, for people who are going short, what daily products should they use?
That’s easy. You just really use the Foaming Wrap Lotion, then I would use the Spritz to curl and style it.

Any hairstyle predictions for 2013?
I think that short hair is still gonna be big. You’ll just see an evolution of it. Basically, everybody’s just trying to make it their own now. I think straight hair will come back too.

Super sleek?
Bone straight will definitely come back in. Not flat, but bone straight with volume. And people are still going to have fun with color, the ombre. People are still excited about it.

It kind of went away.
I think a lot of girls didn’t understand how they could get it right for the winter season.

And is there any hairstyle you just wish would die in 2012?
I hate to say it, so I’m not going to. [Laughs]

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