Tuesday, February 10, 2009

STYLESTAR: URSULA STEPHEN

The word "tastemaker" is overused and cliched, but alas, there is no better word to describe Ursula Stephen.
The descriptor is quite apt in her case, as she literally precipitated the craze surrounding the little black bob.

Her handiwork is most prominently featured on Rihanna, but this celebrity hairstylist also counts Michelle Williams, Keyshia Cole and America's Next Top Model winner, Saleisha, amongst her clientele.
I tried to catch up with Ursula, and not-so-secretly tried to score a salon session with her, but this busy style maven is not available to work with hoi polloi the likes of me. Just kidding, she has not yet opened a salon, but intends to do so in the future. She found some time to graciously answer my questions. Keep reading for more of my interview with Ursula!
StyleChile: When did you become interested in doing hair?
Ursula: I've always been interested in hair. When I was a little girl I would always play in my moms hair- no matter how much she yelled at me. The best was when she went to the salon. Because she would need me to put the rollers in that night- Heaven lol.
StyleChile: Who were your influences?
Ursula: At that time, every salon stylist was an influence on me. I grew up going to the salon. Either to get my hair done or whenever my mom went to get her hair done. So I would always admire the stylist. I wanted to be just like them. Even at that age I could admire their craft.
StyleChile: How do you manage to stay fashionable?
Ursula: Staying fashionable? -ha! I don't know. I've always had a love for fashion. And I feel the two-hair and fashion, go hand in hand. I'm always flipping through fashion magazines. They give me inspiration, and keep me in the know!
StyleChile: Do you have any tips or words of advice on hair care for today's fun, fashionable, females?
Ursula: Love your hair!, baby it! Its not as strong as you think. Although you wanna keep up with all the trends be sure to incorporate a HAIRCARE routine.
StyleChile: How do you stay inspired?
Ursula: My inspiration comes from so many things. Fashion mags, old movies, old hair mags, sometimes just walking around the city. My imagination is wild!
StyleChile: Tell us how to best obtain your services?
Ursula: Well at this point in my career its definitely not easy-smile. I'm moving around so much. However a salon is definitely in my future plans!
StyleChile: Of what achievement at you most proud?
Ursula: Wow!, well my Gucci ad is definitely one of them. I just became a spokesperson for Motions- definitely proud of that! But most of all I'm just happy that my work is out there for the world to see and appreciate- it's a blessing!
StyleChile: What are some of your favorite hair trends this season?
Ursula: Besides short hair. Lol. I'm loving the mid-length mushroom haircut with round bangs. And I like the snatch backs. Either sleek or a little messy.
StyleChile:What's your favorite hair care product?
Ursula: I love leave-in conditioners, right now L'anza is one of my favorites.

P.S. - my thoughts and prayers are with Rihanna as she deals with the unfortunate pre-Grammy incident involving boyfriend, Chris Brown.

1 comment:

renae said...

great interview, stylechile! i've always respected ursula's work and love to hear what inspires women who are out here doing their thing!

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