Regardless of whether it’s long, short, wavy, straight, black or “brrr” ice grey, Rihanna’s hair is always on point. The magician behind her ever-changing look, celebrity hair stylist Ursula Stephen, recently chatted with MadameNoire.com to share her tips, how she juggles her tasks, and where she finds inspiration for beauty trends.
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“It’s different for a hairstylist. We don’t have things like graduate school, so it’s really up to ourselves to keep up with trends,” Stephen said. “The best way to keep up with trends and stay on your toes is going to hair shows and taking continuing education courses on cuts, colors and even styling. Talking to peers is also great for staying up to date. And believe it or not — YouTube! You can learn so much on there.”
Stephen, who is serving as global ambassador and celeb stylist for the Motions Spring 2015 collection, also urged budding hair stylists to put in the time and energy it takes to hone their craft.
“Hairstylists should expect to sacrifice a lot of time and put in the necessary hard work,” she said. “With that work ethic, you’ll see how it can be a rewarding career. It’s fulfilling to have the ability to make people feel amazing about themselves.”
As for the benefits that come from working with Motions to expand her clout in the industry, Stephen said she’s grateful for the connections she's made with consumers.
“Motions has been an absolute blessing. They have helped mold my career. I am also able to interact with consumers via social media or events to learn about their hair-care needs. This allows me to be a stylist that promotes not only glamorous styles but healthy hair,” Stephen said.
To read her entire interview, click here.
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