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Allure March 2018

Allure, the first and only magazine devoted to beauty, is an insider's guide to a woman's total image. Allure investigates and celebrates beauty and fashion with objectivity and candor, and places appearance in a larger cultural context.

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United States
Conde Nast US
11 Issues

in this issue

2 min
lupita nyon g’o

Call it the cover conundrum (or, more appropriately, the Lupita Nyong’o Looks Good in Everything Law of Nature), but often the most difficult part of a shoot occurs long after wrap. For our March cover, we had Nyong’o in braids with dazzling jewels and Nyong’o heaped with voluminous curls. Two works of hair perfection, but only one cover. What’s an editor to do? This, it turns out, was exactly the kind of problem hairstylist Vernon François had in mind when Nyong’o, a close friend, gave him free rein at the shoot. “Lupita and I wanted to show that coil-y or kinky hair has many strengths and can be worn in lots of different ways, celebrating its beauty and versatility,” said François. “Loving your true texture is important.” In the end, the hair…

1 min
the all-star team

NEDJETTI HARVEY, “THE WINDING ROAD,” PAGE 92 Hometown: “Queens.” Three words that describe the hair culture you were born into: “African goddess coils.” Three words that describe the hair culture you live in today: “African, be you.” On-set playlist: “Sade, Erykah Badu, India.Arie.” Kit staple: “SoftSheen-Carson Hydra Steam conditioning spray.” (Harvey is an educator for the brand.) The most unexpected item in your kit: “Kitchen garbage bags for collecting used towels.” First job: “Burger King.” Hair icon: “My mother, Shirley Pettigrew Harvey, who taught me to braid and cornrow when I was seven.” DAVID COLVIN, “THE LONG OF IT,” PAGE 110 Hometown: “Atlanta.” Three words that describe the hair culture you were born into: “Blonde, big, fringy.” Three words that describe the hair culture you live in today: “Cool, easy, textured.” On-set playlist: “Nineties R&B, all day, every day.” Kit staple: “Alterna 48-Hour Sustainable…

2 min
celebrating our roots

Hair is powerful. It can define moments in our lives and help to shape our identity. It can boost confidence—or destroy it. Globally, we spend billions of dollars each year to wash it, smooth it, curl it, regrow it, deep-condition it, and balayage it. It’s a part of each of us that’s deeply personal yet can connect people on a larger level as well. When it comes to hair color, style, and texture, we’re all influenced by culture in more ways than we know. Last spring, I moderated a panel about skin color and diversity with six prominent women of color. The discussion eventually veered to the topic of hair, which struck a nerve for the whole group, particularly model Ebonee Davis. Her voice cracked. Tears pooled. She explained how she had…

1 min

200 The approximate number of women who appeared in Breck Gold Formula Shampoo ads between 1936 and 1976. $4 The price of a bottle of Finesse, Kendall Jenner’s go-to shampoo. $300 The price of Ten Voss, a limited-edition shampoo, conditioner, and water bottle trio released by Alterna and Voss Water in 2007. (In the companies’ defense: Proceeds helped fund a clean-drinking water initiative.) 1975 The year Donna Alexander became the first African- American woman to appear in a Breck Shampoo ad. At the time, she was a veterinary science student at the University of Pennsylvania. 1903 The first year you didn’t have to make your own shampoo. Schaumpon, a violet-scented powder created by Berlin chemist Hans Schwarzkopf, became available in German drugstores. 2017 Year hairstylist Eugene Souleiman sent models down the runway with shampoo suds…

1 min
women on top

In life, as in poker, they say you have to play the cards you’ve been dealt. And if that’s the case, we’re dealing ourselves a royal flush by way of Dolce & Gabbana. This hair comb, featuring the likes of Cleopatra and Joan of Arc, appropriately set off with ruby-red crystals, may be the most opulent accessory we’ve ever seen. You can’t slide it through your hair without feeling like things are going to swing in your favor. Call it stacking the deck. Keep a fancy comb in place without an updo by concealing a small horizontal French braid with loose hair above it, as hairstylist Mustafa Yanaz did here. Model: Inga Krohn.…

1 min
color play

Concealer is in the business of masking—perfect for obscuring a zit, but using it on a little bit of redness is like using a power hose to fill a water glass. Fine-tune with a tinted primer instead: a dot of seafoam to temper pinkness around the nose, a dollop of a pearly neutral to brighten all over, a swipe of rose to lift sallowness in the cheeks. They really work—and, like the best cover-ups, go unseen. SOFT SELL Next up in a beauty game we like to call Do I Need This?: new low-tech face-cleansing brushes that feel softer than a chinchilla’s belly. Can something so plush—and so unplugged—actually do anything for my skin? you might wonder. In short: yes. “When you use a cleansing brush, you’re getting everything off—makeup, oil, dirt,”…