Get the Look: Taraji P. Henson’s 2015 Met Gala Hair in 5 Simple Steps

Move over Oreo, Taraji P. Henson is America’s new favorite “Cookie!”

And while Taraji wasn’t channeling her popular “Empire” character at last night’s Met Gala, she still managed to turn heads with her flowing long locks.

Dressed in a gorgeous black-and-white Balenciaga  gown, Taraji looked stunning—but, her silky smooth ‘do hair took centerstage.

To show off Taraji’s eye-catching earrings, Balenciaga designer Alexander Wang served as the inspiration for the style. “He envisioned a sleek, clean and long look to showcase her amazing earrings,” said celebrity stylist Ursula Stephen who created the winning look. “I kept it modern by creating a short center part and tucked the hair behind her ears.”

Ursula used Motions products, which is one of my go-to hair care lines of late.

Photo by Getty

Photo by Getty

Check out these five simple steps to get Taraji’s show-stopping style:

*Start by prepping hair with the Motions Straight Finish Heat Styled System for a sleek look that won’t harm natural curls

*Create a severe center part and tame fly-aways with the Motions Radiating Hair Gloss then divide hair into small sections and flat iron from root to tip

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*Apply Motions Light Hold Working Spritz to the two front sections, then comb behind the ear and secure underneath with bobby pins

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*Add Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade to the edges and lengths for extra sheen

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*Finish with Motions Light Hold Working Spritz once more to secure the look

Did you like Tarji’s hair? Who had your favorite hairstyle at the 2015 Met Gala?

Event Recap: SELF Magazine’s Self Approved 2015 Beauty Awards

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Must-Read: Miss Jessie’s “Creating a Successful Business from Scratch—Naturally”

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When it comes to quality products for curly hair, Miss Jessie's is at the top of the list—period! Now the trailblazing textured hair care brand wants to share the heralding story about their rise to entrepreneurial success in the new book, "Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch—Naturally."  Written by Miss Jessie's co-founder and CEO Miko Branch with her beloved sister and business partner, Titi Branch whom passed away from suicide last December—the memoir/business guide is an awesome read for budding entrepreneurs and business owners of all kinds. Although you can't help but think about Titi's devastating death while reading the tome, her creative free-spirit is felt throughout the pages. Chock full of business advice told in the form of the sisters' personal … Keep Reading

Celebrate Earth Day: Recycle Old Pantyhose with No Nonsense

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Since spring has sprung, it's almost time to toss or store your tights and stockings for the season. If you're like me and have loads of hosiery that are holey, uncomfortable or just plain unsightly, you're in luck. Our friends at No nonsense has developed a recycling program that will take those unwanted pantyhose off your hands! The first of its kind, this eco-conscious program is the only recycling initiative dedicated to repurposing nylon/Spandex and other materials used in pantyhose and transforming them into various things. From park benches to playgrounds, your old pantyhose can now live beyond your legs and not in a stagnant landfill! So, in celebration of Earth Day, do your part in preserving and honoring our planet by gathering your old pantyhose and sending them to No … Keep Reading

CHARM IT! Event Recap & Design-A-Charm Contest

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If you have a little girl in your life between the ages of 5 and 14, chances are you're pretty familiar with CHARM IT! This past Saturday, the novelty jewelry brand in partnership with Crayola hosted a super girly event celebrating their 2015 Design-A-Charm Contest. Held at the uber trendy Dylan's Candy Bar on the Upper East Side,  my mini-me and her best gal pal were treated to tasty pastries, including Magnolia Bakery cupcakes and of course candy!   Throughout the event, those in attendance were given entry forms to create and submit their best drawings using Crayola (crayons, pencils & markers) for a chance to have them turned into actual charms. Having the girls look through the yearbook of whimsical creations, which included everything from a pair of headphones to palm trees … Keep Reading

6 Bath & Beauty Finds I’m Loving For Spring

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Now that spring is FINALLY in full swing, there are a few beauty products that will take me through the season and possibly beyond. Fresh blooms, new beginnings and my birthday? What's not to love? Spring is just an all-around winner on so many fronts, but especially when it comes to switching up your beauty routine. It's the perfect opportunity to embrace change by picking up a new lippie or trying out a look-at-me nail polish. From trusted toners to of-the-moment lip colors, these are some of the things I'm loving for spring. Check them out below: Dove go Fresh Revitalize Body Wash in "Mandarin & Tiare Flower," available here, $7.49. This tantalizing citrusy, yet sweet scent evokes the freshness and vitality of spring. I lather it on liberally to cleanse my skin and treat … Keep Reading

Exclusive Interview: Rapper Trina Talks Beauty, Food, Music and More!

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Hip-hop fans may know Trina as “The Baddest Chick,” but the popular rapper is expanding her résumé and  branching out into the beauty world. The thirty-something Miami native is currently serving as the brand ambassador for Body of Royalty. Tapped by the cosmetics company earlier this year, Trina will be the face of their mink eyelash line. Described as a brand for women who are confident, provocative, and create their own definition of beauty—Body of Royalty seems to have chosen the perfect “queen” for this campaign. Recognized for her curves, bold eyes and self-assurance, Trina exudes an independent attitude that the brand celebrates. I recently caught up with her to discuss this partnership, her sex symbol status, the products she can’t live without and … Keep Reading