Friday, January 10, 2014


Leave it to Erykah Badu to keep it funky fresh. Whether it’s her threads, her music or her hair you can always expect something new. Yesterday, the soul singer took to Facebook and Twitter to debut her latest do. It’s an oldie but goodie.
The FatBellyBella had her locks trimmed into a very impressive high top fade.
She posted the picture on her Twitter with caption: “Faded…High”
And then she showed the back …
…and captioned it “Pyramids and vortices.”
We’d be remiss if we didn’t note the flyness of the four full-fingered rings.
By now you know Erykah is one of those women who can pull off pretty much anything when it comes to hair styles. And this is no exception. Love this look on her.
What do you think? Are you digging it?

Thank you Madame Noire for sharing 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Braidstyle Inspiration

Thank you to Pretty Girl Rock blog for sharing this short tutorial on braid styles.  Braids are the perfect solution to winter hairstyles since they hold up perfectly under the dry conditions and still give you the versatility of rocking long locs.  Need bulk hair for braiding? Check out our popular selection of textures at

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Who Said Red? RUBY RUSH!

A Mohawk is taken to the next level with an all-over crimson hue. Created by Kachina C. Fleet of C’est Chic Concepts in Oxon Hill, MD, this look has tons of personality with its shaved sides and long layers at the crown. The deep scarlet shade is the perfect match for this saucy silhouette.

Create this style with the texture of your choice  and ask us about our custom coloring for the right shade for you. At 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hair Factory in the Press: Celeb Stylist Shunika Terry Spills The Deets On Hair Looks For VH1′S ‘CrazySexyCool’!!!

Hair factory is honored to be featured in the movie Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story.  Read more to learn more about the process of creating the hair looks with Celebrity Stylist Shunika Terry:

When celebrity stylist SHUNIKA TERRY received the call that she would be the department head of hair for VH1′s upcoming movie,CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, she instantly started gathering pictures of hairstyles worn during TLC’s successful music career, before even knowing who was cast to play members ROZONDA “CHILLI” THOMASTIONNE “T-BOZ” WATKINS, and the late LISA “LEFT EYE” LOPEZ.
Once she found out that KEKE PALMERDREW SIDORA, and LIL MAMA would be the talent behind portraying the popular 1990′s female group, she easily visualized them rocking the unique looks of the original TLC members, and couldn’t wait for her hair team to put their creativity to work.
Check out Terry as she takes Juicy behind the scenes of what it was like to re-create a decade of hairstyles into a month of filming:
Juicy: Hands down, the cast looks very identical to the original TLC members…
Shunika Terry: I lived in the era when TLC was really hot and I was a big fan. So when I got the opportunity to sit down with T-Boz and Chilli before taping the film, they took me through the process of what it was like getting their hair done during their early career. Hearing and imagining really helped me tap into my creative side.
Juicy: Which hair transformation was the hardest to pull off?
ST: Drew Sidora’s look definitely took the most time cutting and coloring.  I used 7 to 8 different wigs throughout taping to re-create T-Boz’s haircuts and different shades of blonde throughout the eras. Lil Mama on the other hand, was the most complicated, but the most fun.  There would be times when the entire team would be working on her head at one time.  Especially when we had to re-create Left-Eye’s unique Grammy and VMA looks with the long ponytails and balls.
Juicy: During TLC’s era Chilli’s look never really changed, so what was the focus for KeKe?
ST: To create Chilli’s look we used Hair Factory‘s Milano Curl on KeKe’s hair.  She wore a sew-in, and I texturized the curl pattern just a little bit to match her natural hair.  I want to make it clear she didn’t have on a lace wig. All the baby hair you see in the movie is her actual baby hair.
Juicy: Where there any trust issues when it came to altering the cast real hair to re-create the
original hair looks?
ST: I actually had to talk to Drew Sidora a few times to gain her trust when it came to coloring and tapering down the back of her real hair in order to pull off her character as believable as possible.  She has a very nice length of hair so it definitely took some trust on her part to let me transform her, but she was willing to make the sacrifice.
Juicy: As viewers we only get to see the final product, but what’s the most difficult thing about being responsible for the hair looks on a movie set?
ST:  The hardest challenge is timing because everything is shot so quickly and moves so fast.  There were days when we would do 3 to 4 hair changes because we were showcasing a decade of hairstyles into a movie that’s an hour and half.  I had to have a plan of attack for each girl and the style day in and day out.
Juicy: What’s next for you?
ST: I’ve definitely found a love for movies that portray real life stories, so that’s what I want to do more of in the future, whether I’m the department head or not it’s just something about true life stories that have a different heartbeat.
For more information on Shunika Terry, visit  Follow her at @Shunika_Terry.
-Chanel Robinson is both a writer and licensed cosmetologist residing in Chicago, Illinois. Her time at VIBE magazine allowed her to develop a hunger and passion for hair, beauty, and fashion. Currently a retail professional at ULTA Beauty, Robinson brings her first hand knowledge of trends and products. Follow her @Chanel_Robinson.

Would You Rock This? Hair Tatoos

Ever want to do something completely daring and unique to your mane? Hair tattoos are the next best thing to having artwork printed on your head. Created with a hair trimmer, these tattoos are simply designs etched into your buzzed-down hair with a hair clipper. If you have longer hair, you can always get an undercut at the base of your head to draw the design into, so you can hide it during work hours. Or if you love to make a statement, try color stamping to draw extra attention to your sculpted shape! "Anyone can create a hair tattoo," says Michigan-based hairstylist Dennis Joseph. "It takes a lot of practice to get it right and achieve the perfect result, but most of it relies on your own artistic technique."
Getting creative with your hair is becoming a lot more popular—and acceptable—these days. Undercuts (which were big in the ’90s) are now quite common, which leads to the next step—cutting a design into that short patch of hair—just like MC Hammer’s iconic hair tattoos. "It’s a lot like getting a regular tattoo," says Dennis. "There’s an initial consultation, and you can either decide which design you want, or leave it to your hairdresser to decide. Either way, it's a very organic process that depends on the artist's skills and vision. I wouldn’t recommend doing it yourself, but if you trust your friend’s skill with a hair clipper and artistic talent, then they could certainly do it for you!" And can any hair type or hair texture get a hair tattoo? "It doesn't matter what your hair type or texture is," says Dennis, "but it does affect the design you can create. Thinner hair tends to suit wider, more organic shapes rather than sharp, abstract ones." Women also request flowing, whimsical designs and shapes such as waves, whereas men prefer more abstract, angular designs like the name of their favorite sports team or graphic lines. "I've had women with an undercut get a star or heart cut into their hair, and also ladies with longer hair have designs cut into the hair near their ear as a statement look. You can have anything cut, because in the end, it's only hair!" His only no-no? “Never cross lines in your design. It makes it much easier to mess up.”
As for taking care of your new ’do? "If you want to keep the design in great shape you'll need to get it re-cut every two weeks," says Dennis. "You can use a gel or pomade to give it extra shine, but other than that, no extra care is necessary! The important thing is to use the right tools, as different blade lengths will create different dimensions. This also allows you to add a shadowing effect.”

It’s certainly a trend that’s growing in popularity—especially on the streets and among sports stars!
-Thank you to Beautylish for sharing this post 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Perfect Beach Waves

MIMI'S MANE looks mah-velous don't you think? In this photo singer Mariah Carey Tweeted, she's rocking gorgeous summer-worthy waves in Italy (sigh...).if you'll be making waves your look this summer too, but need a little help with the know-how, read the tutorial below for the secret to classic beachy waves.

Today we're excited to share a hair tutorial for curly hair - the secret to getting loose bohemian curls, just like Mariah Carey's in the photo above. Keep in mind that if you need to add length for this look, Hair Factory has many textures and colors that could work perfectly to rock this look. Check them out at  We recommend PURE Natural Remi Parisian Wave or Milano Curl for the best results.

Here's how it's done:

1. First, you want to take different-sized sections of hair, so your curls won't be too uniform. Take these partings of hair in varying sizes and wrap around the barrel of your curling iron. Leave the last couple of inches of hair out to not curl them because they would end up absorbing too much curl—which would end up looking too girly, like Shirley Temple. We also like to curl away from the face (going back, instead of forward) since it makes the curls flow away from your face, opening up your face more.

2. Once you pull your hair out of the curling iron, pull it straight for a few seconds, until the hair has cooled.

3-4. Repeat on the other side.

5. Finally, shake out the curls to loosen them up and make them look natural.

Overall, adding heat does wonders for this look, since it smoothes it and makes it shinier. This technique makes your curls look more controlled and graceful—and less crazy. 

Ready for the beach?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Let's Rock This! Zoe Saldana's Casual Waves

Are you loving Zoe Saldona's casual waved hair look? This gorgeous natural style was created by celebrity stylist Mara Roszak for Moroccanoil: “I decided to go with an easy, low maintenance hair style to give Zoe’s entire look a more effortless feel,” said the mane pro.

Here's how to get the look:

STEP 1: “I started by applying Moroccanoil Treatment Light to Zoe’s wet hair and blow-dried it using a round brush,” notes Roszak.

STEP 2: “Next, for volume..., I set the top of the head in pin curls and then sprayed her whole head lightly with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium to add texture and hold,” says the hair pro.

STEP 3: “After I removed the pin curls, I took random sections of hair and wrapped them around a 1 ¼” curling iron, starting half way down from the roots,” notes Roszak. “Once all of her hair was waved, I broke the sections up and loosened the wave with my fingers. To finish, I sprayed the entire look with strong-hold hairspray for a natural-looking, long-lasting hold with shine.”

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Courtesy Morroccanoil.

for the hair to rock this style use New York Remi Straight or Wavy, from Hair Factory's New York Remi Collection.

Thanks Sophisticates!