You may not be familiar with the name Ursula Stephen, but if you've seen Rihanna lately, you're quite familiar with her work. Ursula is a notable celebrity hair stylist who helped give Rihanna a cutting-edge coif that she's popular for today. Hailing from Brooklyn, Ursula is definitely a force to be reckoned with when it comes to hair!
I had a chance to catch up with the busy stylist.
Check out our Q&A:
BGG: Did you always know that styling hair is what you wanted to do as a career?
US: Wow, Career, that's a big word. Well at least at that age it was, too young to anticipate it as a career. I just knew that I had a passion for it. It made me happy- it just felt right.
BGG: We all know that you’re most known for giving Rihanna her new signature short hairdo. What inspired you to do that style? US: Well, I wanted to give her something that was edgy and classy at the same time. The bob just seemed perfect!!
Rihanna last week.
Rihanna in March.
Rihanna last September.
BGG: What products do you use on Rihanna's hair?
US: I use lots of conditioning products. As her lifestyle requires lots of styling. So its all about protection and moisturizing. I use the Bed Head Ego Boost leave-in conditioner and the FHI hot sauce, which restores moisture to the hair.
BGG: What do you think will be the next big hair trend for the summer?
US: I think the next trend is heavy bangs. Heavy bangs combined with all lengths of hair. Its all abouts bangs!
BGG: I know that you’re all about the short-dos, but what styles do you recommend for women who are afraid to cut it all off, but still want an edgy, stylish look?
US: That's a misconception. I definitely have a passion for a great cut - I do great weaves and work with real hair as well, let me tell you! (laughing) But mostly I love great looking healthy hair whether short or long. I just want sisters to let go of the weave. Especially when its not a confident weave or its not doing anything for you. If you want to try a new look but are afraid, try on some wigs, or if you have a weave cut that short; if you don't like it you can always take it out!
BGG: What other celebrities' hair have you styled?
US: Along with Rihanna, I also work with Michelle Williams, Saleisha Stowes(former winner of America's Next Top Model). I'm always doing makeovers and fashions stories with Essence magazine too.
BGG: What’s the most glamorous part of being a celebrity hairstylist?
US: One of the glamorous parts of being a celebrity stylist is the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world. However, the reality is you probably won't get to experience the country. You only get to sight-see on the way to the hotel and then its straight to work!
BGG: What are the 3 main tips you can give BGs in regards to maintaining healthy locks?
US: CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION!
BGG: Tell me a bit about your upcoming hair seminars that you’re planning for the summer. What can attendees expect?
US: I intend on offering so much more than the fact that I'm a "celebrity stylist" or providing hair tips. I want to talk
about everything in the business. The good the bad and the ugly! (laughing)
Visit Ursula's site at www.ursulastephen.com
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