Celebrity fashion guru blasts top designers for ‘only working with white stylists’

Fashion star Jason Bolden has claimed some top designers only work with black celebrities if they have “a white stylist”.Earlier this week, a representative for French fashion house Celine, headed up by Hedi Slimane, uploaded a message on Instagram in …

Fashion star Jason Bolden has claimed some top designers only work with black celebrities if they have “a white stylist”.

Earlier this week, a representative for French fashion house Celine, headed up by Hedi Slimane, uploaded a message on Instagram in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 25 May.

“Celine stands against all forms of discrimination, oppression, and racism. Tomorrow’s world will not exist without equality for all,” they stated.

However, Bolden soon took issue with the post and wrote in the comments section: “Wait really, you guys dnt (sic) dress any black celebs unless they have a white stylist @celine. FACTS.”

The Styling Hollywood personality, who regularly works with the likes of Taraji P. Henson, Ava DuVernay, Cynthia Erivo, Janet Mock, Sasha Lane, and Yara Shahidi, didn’t expand any further. However, when moderators at fashion Instagram page Diet Prada picked up the story, Bolden also alleged the team at Saint Laurent, helmed by Anthony Vaccarello, and other leading fashion houses were behind the times with embracing diversity.

“@ysl is another one! I’m only supporting brands who support us,” he added. “NOT JUST THIS BRAND BUT TO ALL OF THEM, BE HONEST ABOUT HOW YOU’VE SUPPORTED THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT OF BLACK PEOPLE! WE SEE YOU AND WONT SUPPORT YOU UNTIL YOU SUPPORT US (sic).”

Bolden’s comments soon racked up thousands of likes, with model Adwoa Aboah replying: “Call them all out. This is the way we have been treated by so many brands for far too long.”

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Taraji P. Henson taught herself how to do gel nails

Taraji P. Henson isn’t worried about when she’ll next see a manicurist because she has learned how to do gel nails herself. While the vast majority of people are anxious for their next appointment with their hairstylist or beautician while in lockdown…

Taraji P. Henson isn’t worried about when she’ll next see a manicurist because she has learned how to do gel nails herself.

While the vast majority of people are anxious for their next appointment with their hairstylist or beautician while in lockdown, the Empire actress is coping just fine as she is an expert with hair, make-up, and nails, and is in the process of learning to do her own hair removal too.

“I had one friend of mine who said to me years ago, ‘If aliens came down and abducted all of the glam squads, Taraji would be the only celebrity still showing up at the carpet.’ Because I know how to do hair, I know how to do make-up, I know how to do my nails. I was almost a cosmetologist before God intervened,” she explained to Allure. “And I’ve taught myself how to do gel nails. I’m about to learn how to wax myself.”

The 49-year-old also discussed her life in quarantine and shared that she’s been keeping spirits up by doing spa days and getting her fiance Kelvin Hayden and adult son Marcell involved.

“I have an infrared sauna blanket, and my fiancé and son and I have been doing that, and that’s really good for your skin,” the star shared. “I’ll wrap everybody up in the infrared blanket like a burrito, and I put the headphones on their heads with this meditation app called Aura, and next thing you know they’re asleep, snoring, in the blanket.”

Infrared sauna blankets use infrared light to heat the body from within rather than the air from without, like a traditional sauna does. Taraji’s other go-to products during lockdown have been face masks, her facial steamer, Peter Thomas Roth undereye gels, and products from her TPH by Taraji haircare line.

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Halle Berry raves about Taraji P. Henson’s haircare line

Halle Berry is a big fan of the products in Taraji P. Henson’s new haircare line.The Empire actress launched TPH by Taraji earlier this year, with the 18-piece collection suitable for use on all hair types. And taking to Instagram over the weekend, Hal…

Halle Berry is a big fan of the products in Taraji P. Henson’s new haircare line.

The Empire actress launched TPH by Taraji earlier this year, with the 18-piece collection suitable for use on all hair types.

And taking to Instagram over the weekend, Halle shared that she has been trialling the range recently and is “obsessed” with the formulas.

“Settling in on this fine #SelfCareSaturday with a much needed #HairMask, courtesy of my girl @tarajiphenson’s new line of hair care products, @tphbytaraji,” she captioned a mirror selfie showing her using one of the hair masks. “I’ve known this woman since she started in the industry, and it’s been such a joy to watch her flourish and succeed. Obsessed with this line.”

In her Instagram Stories, the Monster’s Ball star explained that she has been using TPH by Taraji’s Mint Condition, a tingling scalp conditioner, and the Mother Earth moisturising clay mask. Items are priced from $8.99 – $14.99 (£7 – £12).

In response, Taraji reposted Halle’s message on her social media platforms and thanked her friend for her ongoing support.

“This QUEEN @halleberry has always been by my side MY ENTIRE career!!! When I was nominated for an Oscar, Halle threw me the BIGGEST Hollywood party!!! I didn’t know many ppl in the industry at the time and she introduced me to soooo many incredible super stars and heavy hitters I was so overwhelmed but grateful (sic)!!! STILL, HANDS DOWN, ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF MY CAREER!!! A true Queen lifts other women ALL THE WAY UP!!! I love you Halle for ever!!!” the 49-year-old added. “I did NOT ask her to post this!!! I NEVER ask ppl to post. I feel weird doing that. So this was TRULY from her heart and. SHE SAID WHAT SHE SAID @tphbytaraji is good for your hair!(sic)”

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Sarah Michelle Gellar dyes hair pink to ’embarrass her children’

Sarah Michelle Gellar has temporarily dyed her hair pink so she can “embarrass her children”.The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal her latest hair transformation, having spontaneously decided to swap her signature …

Sarah Michelle Gellar has temporarily dyed her hair pink so she can “embarrass her children”.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal her latest hair transformation, having spontaneously decided to swap her signature blonde locks for a rose-pink shade during the coronavirus lockdown.

“Well, because we are still in quarantine, I had to think of a new and creative way to embarrass my children: ‘Quarancolour,'” the 43-year-old told her fans in the short clip, referring to her daughter Charlotte, 10, and seven-year-old son Rocky, whom she shares with husband Freddie Prinze Jr.

In the accompanying caption, Sarah noted that she had used a temporary colour product and would be rocking the pastel hue until it begins to “fade out”.

Her post quickly racked up over 900,000 views and attracted comments from many of her 3.1 million followers.

Celebrity make-up artist Daniel Martin praised, “So gorgeous honey! I love how it warms up your skin too!” while another fan posted, “Pretty in Pink – I love it.”

And others noted that Sarah’s fun makeover had inspired them to consider a bold new look too.

“Yessss!! I’ve been so tempted to do something like this too! My kids would be mortified (especially the 19-year-old). You look awesome!!” a fan added.

The actress isn’t the only Hollywood star to experiment with their hair colour while staying at home and practicing social distancing during the lockdown.

Jennifer Love Hewitt unveiled new pink locks earlier this month after trying out the Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Color Conditioner, while Elle Fanning, Dua Lipa, and Ireland Baldwin have also tried out pink tresses.

Elsewhere, Hilary Duff has opted for a bold blue shade and Taraji P. Henson has been rocking a dark red hue.

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Dua Lipa debuts pink hair

Dua Lipa has unveiled a new pastel pink hair colour.The New Rules hitmaker is currently living with her boyfriend Anwar Hadid in London, with the pair staying in a rented Airbnb and practicing social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Dua took to I…

Dua Lipa has unveiled a new pastel pink hair colour.

The New Rules hitmaker is currently living with her boyfriend Anwar Hadid in London, with the pair staying in a rented Airbnb and practicing social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dua took to Instagram on Thursday to share that she had decided to use her free time to dye her platinum blonde locks at the front of her head a pale pink shade.

“Quarantine diaries – this week’s experiment… pink hair. That’s kind of it really…” she wrote alongside a series of selfies and snapshots, including one image that showed Anwar applying the dye to her naturally brunette strands.

Dua didn’t detail whether the pink colour is a temporary or permanent dye.

But she isn’t the only celebrity to switch-up their usual hair colour during the coronavirus lockdown. A number of stars have displayed their transformations on Instagram lately, with Hilary Duff trying out a bold blue shade, Elle Fanning opting for a pretty pastel pink look, and Taraji P. Henson rocking a dark red hue.

Elsewhere in her post, Dua revealed that she has been spending her free time playing World of Warcraft, participating in virtual workouts, and speaking to reporters over the phone about her latest album Future Nostalgia, which was released in March.

“I haven’t acquired a new skill but I have joined world of warcraft and I have two pets on it called mintsaws and little sheena (one’s a dragonhawk and one’s a tiger). I’ve attempted a few morning facetime workouts with my friends and because ive still been doing bits of promo from home – a massive shout out is due to all the journalists who have been so patient with me while im on my quest to becoming a true tech wiz (sic),” the 24-year-old added.

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Taraji P. Henson desperate to work with Adam Sandler

Taraji P. Henson is desperate to work on a comedy movie with Adam Sandler.The actress, 49, opened up about the comedians she wants to star alongside on the big screen, and shared that The Wedding Singer star is right at the top. “He, for a long, long…

Taraji P. Henson is desperate to work on a comedy movie with Adam Sandler.

The actress, 49, opened up about the comedians she wants to star alongside on the big screen, and shared that The Wedding Singer star is right at the top.

“He, for a long, long time, was my huge crush. He did something, it was his humour,” Taraji told U.S. entertainment show Extra TV. “I was just enamoured by his humour… Wish I could work with him.”

And she also confessed that the way to her heart is via her funny bone, as she revealed she has a crush on The Hangover star Ed Helms, who she stars alongside in the new Netflix comedy, Coffee & Kareem.

“It’s his humour. Any man who can make me laugh has my heart,” she quipped.

In the comedy, Taraji plays Vanessa Manning, whose foul-mouthed son Kareem Manning, portrayed by 12-year-old actor Terrence Little Gardenhigh, tries to scare her inept cop boyfriend James Coffee, played by Helms.

However, the plan backfires, and the unlikely duo go up against Detroit’s most dangerous drug dealers after they uncover a criminal conspiracy.

And she had to reassure young Terrence while filming the buddy cop movie, as he was concerned about his bad character’s language.

“He is a consummate professional. That kid doesn’t even talk like that. He kept apologising. I was like, ‘Baby, you are a professional actor right now, this is just a character. Nobody is going to hold this against you,’” she laughed.

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Taraji P. Henson learning to do her own nails

Taraji P. Henson is learning to do her own nails while staying at home during the coronavirus crisis.The Empire star is doing her best to keep herself busy during the lockdown period, and told U.S. TV show Extra via video chat app Zoom that she’s even …

Taraji P. Henson is learning to do her own nails while staying at home during the coronavirus crisis.

The Empire star is doing her best to keep herself busy during the lockdown period, and told U.S. TV show Extra via video chat app Zoom that she’s even lost five pounds (2.2 kilograms) since she started social distancing. In addition, Taraji has picked up a few new hobbies.

“I have aligned all of my chakras more than once, meditating a lot. I find myself praying, reflecting a lot, doing a lot of things I have said I wanted to do around the house that I don’t have time to do… Keeping busy, I learned how to do gel nails. I am a nail tech now,” she quipped.

Elsewhere in the interview, Taraji revealed she and fiance Kelvin Hayden have postponed their nuptials for the second time, due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Earlier this year, the actress moved her April wedding to June, after becoming concerned about the weather, but now that weddings have been cancelled all around the world due to the pandemic, Taraji conceded she and Kelvin will have to wait a little longer before they finally wed.

“It’s probably going to be more like July,” the 49-year-old explained. “We have to see what this will be like at the other end.”

Taraji added that both she and Kelvin have elderly relatives to take into consideration when thinking about when to reschedule their wedding for.

“Our grandparents, my grandmother is about to turn 96, his is 86, how do we get them to the wedding now? Now, we are concerned, just trying to figure out the safest and best way,” she noted.

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Taraji P. Henson had to fight for stylists who understood her hair

Taraji P. Henson had to fight for stylists who understood her hair at the start of her career.The Empire star struggled to get the right people to manage her textured waves when she first started out in Hollywood so she used to do her own hair to make …

Taraji P. Henson had to fight for stylists who understood her hair at the start of her career.

The Empire star struggled to get the right people to manage her textured waves when she first started out in Hollywood so she used to do her own hair to make sure it wouldn’t get ruined.

“When nobody knew who I was, I had to take whatever (hairstylist) they gave me,” Taraji candidly shared to Allure. “I remember one time the stylist decided to put a root booster in my pressed hair. My roots looked like they were rising from the dead, honey.”

“The rest of my head was bone-straight with a curl at the end, like a helmet head, and I had to do a whole photo shoot like that. I tried to explain it to him, and he tried to fix it, but he just didn’t know how to,” she added, noting that she had already done her hair before the shoot in order to avoid her natural locks being damaged by a stylist who didn’t know how to treat them properly.

“Once I figured out (the hair thing) was an issue and I started rising in my career, I realised that I was just going to have to start fighting for the stylists I want,” the Oscar-nominated star explained. “And that’s what I started doing. The bigger my name got, the more people were like, ‘Just give her what she wants.'”

And now, the 49-year-old, who recently launched her own haircare line, TPH by Taraji, no longer worries about having to do her own hair to avoid dealing with an inexperienced hairstylist.

“At this point in my career, I don’t have to always show up to set with my hair already done,” Taraji stated.

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Taraji P. Henson’s friends turn to her for haircare advice

Taraji. P. Henson knew there was a market for her haircare products because her friends were always turning to her for advice. Earlier this year, the Empire actress launched her haircare line TPH by Taraji, which features formulas she created herself …

Taraji. P. Henson knew there was a market for her haircare products because her friends were always turning to her for advice.

Earlier this year, the Empire actress launched her haircare line TPH by Taraji, which features formulas she created herself to help women with dense hair or weaves clean all of their natural hair as well as their scalp.

She knew there was a market for her products and her applicator design because her friends would ask for her haircare advice and she received a positive response when they tested out her formulas.

“Often you have so many products and you just don’t know how to use them. But because I formulated these myself, I can tell you exactly what to do, how to use them, when to use them and what I do for my hair, because that’s what I was finding-people started taking to my hair,” she told Essence magazine. “When I would take the weaves out and show my hair, they were like, ‘Oh, my God. How did you do it? How did you do it?’ It would have been so hard for me to try to explain. I went on vacation with girlfriends and they had protective styles and were complaining about their scalps itching. I said, ‘Try this.’ I put the apparatus all together. They were like, ‘Oh, my God. I’ve never felt this.’ I was like, ‘I’m onto something.'”

Elsewhere in the interview, the 49-year-old candidly shared her thoughts on ageing, and said that while she enjoys looking youthful, she doesn’t always feel it.

“I know we all are enamoured and we’re in love with how ‘black don’t crack’, and we all love the youthfulness, and yes, I’m pushing 50 and we that b**ch and all of that,” she continued. “Yes, that’s great, but let’s be real. There are things that happen to us physically and we get so caught up in the aesthetics that we really never talk about peri-menopause, menopause. And how that directly affects you mentally. Depression, lows and you not knowing where this s**t is coming from.”

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Taraji P. Henson considered career in beauty before becoming an actress

Taraji P. Henson would have had a career in the beauty industry had she not become an actress.The Empire star is currently gearing up for the launch of her debut haircare line, TPH by Taraji, and in a new interview with People, revealed that if she had…

Taraji P. Henson would have had a career in the beauty industry had she not become an actress.

The Empire star is currently gearing up for the launch of her debut haircare line, TPH by Taraji, and in a new interview with People, revealed that if she hadn’t headed to Hollywood, she would be caring for people’s hair, skin, and nails instead.

“I know that if I didn’t go into acting, I would have been a cosmetologist,” she told the publication, adding that she has always taken her haircare seriously, so her followers on social media value her opinion. “My fans trust me.”

TPH by Taraji will be launching in Target stores across the U.S. at the end of January, and the Golden Globe-winning actress still can’t believe that her products will be on the shelves for customers to buy.

“It’s challenging when you have a dream, because you’ve got to sell it to the world,” the 49-year-old explained. “It’s so close, but so far away. And the buildup of having the nerve to say, ‘I’m going to do this one day,’ then making it happen is just like…wow.”

The 18-piece haircare line comes after 10 years of hard work from the mother-of-one, who started creating the products in her own kitchen.

And Taraji is particularly thrilled with the two scalp cleansers in her debut collection – the Never Salty scalp scrub and the Master Cleanse scalp wash – and she hopes that her products will help educate women with textured hair.

“Women think that just because you have your hair braided up under a weave or wig that you don’t have to (do anything else). But you have to take care of it,” she urged.

TPH by Taraji, priced from $5 to $15 (£4 – £12), is available in Target stores in the U.S. and online, from 29 January.

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