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Take your twist game up a notch



s ’ t a h w e d i s n FRESHER’S WEEK

W h e t h e r y o u’r e 18 o r 3 5 y e a r s old, gearing up to go back to s c h o o l o r w o r k i s i m m i n e n t . To t a ke y o u r l o o k u p t o t h e n e x t l e v e l – a n d t o d a z z l e f r ie n d s a n d c o l l e a g u e s y o u h a v e n’t s e e n f o r months on end – over on page 16 , w e’v e l i n e d u p t h e e s s e n t i a l f a s h io n i t e m s y o u n e e d t o c a r r y you through this season.

Th e S pe l l Te a m x


10 Is your skincare making you breakout?

Plus, if you need to freshen up y o u r s k i n c a r e r o u t i n e , gi v e y o u r n a il s a m i n i m a ke o v e r o r l a n d a n e w p r o t e c t i v e s t y l e , w e’v e g ot y o u c o v e r e d . O n p a g e 6 s w ot u p on how to buy hair for crochet s t y l i n g a n d f l i p t o p a g e 10 t o s e e h o w n o n- c o m e d o g e n i c p r o d u c t s c a n s t o p b r e a ko u t s dead in its tracks.

Breaking beauty news and hair happenings


All you need to know


Post lockdown nails sorted


Find out what non-comedogenic skincare can do for you


Meet the Spell Beauty recruits serving looks



Back to work fashion




Conversations worth plugging in to


EDITOR Jemima Cousins


SUB EDITORS Gemma Rusiecki, Julie Vuong

Zoom chat with hairdresser Jennifer Covington-Bowers

WRITERS Jennifer Meredith, Keysha Davis,



Julie Vuong


The latest news and offers from spellbeauty.com © 2020 Feme Ltd. Reproduction of the contents of Spell Magazine in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. The views and opinions expressed in this magazine are the author’s own, and may not reflect the views and opinions of Feme Ltd.


" The a ve rage make-up wea r e r doesn’t clean th eir brushes…"

us h e in d t l l a h i n w it B u l le t




Utilising precious knowledge to create beauty innovations


For most of my career, I had been promoting other people’s products - whether it was on a make-up counter or teaching other make-up artists. But during that time, I also made my own skincare products at home, so I already had the skills and the knowledge. It was the encouragement from my friends and other make-up artists that pushed me to launch my own brand.

s spe ll m ee t

EMMA MCRAE Combining her make-up skills and aromatherapy expertise, the founder of EMel talks us through her brand’s allnatural approach to brush cleansing

EMel Makeup Brush Soap, £10

Read the full interview at spellmagazine.com




I started my career as a make-up artist, but I took a break and trained as an aromatherapist as a way to work while being a single mum. When I went back to make-up artistry, I didn’t want to waste the knowledge of aromatherapy and holistic therapy that I had gained. Essential oils have physical and

emotional benefits, so that’s why I wanted to include them in my Make-up Brush & Sponge Cleansing Soap. It's made with a base of coconut oil infused with may chang and tea tree essential oils. A lot of my customers are fellow beauty professionals, but then there are a few enthusiasts – people who like make-up and who follow artists who may be using the product. What I’ve found is that the average make-up wearer doesn’t clean their brushes as often as they should, or at all. So, when they see an artist cleaning their brushes, they might purchase the product and do the same. I’ve been working a lot on my product and i can't wait for everyone to see the new launches.






Tired of fake OTT lashes? Then cast your eyes over a new cruelty-free lash line ByJoy. The debut collection, Flower Power, consists of light fluffy strip lashes that give an au naturel finish - even in pictures. Price £14.95.

A recent study has found that a fifth of Brits have had their self-esteem knocked after being looked down on by a stranger. The research, commissioned by Skin Proud, also found that 53 per cent wished they felt more confident in their natural skin. Nora Zukauskaite, global head of marketing at Skin Proud, says: “With social media opening the world up, perfect strangers’ with seemingly perfect physiques are now adding to a general feeling of not being good enough. At Skin Proud we want to help everyone embrace their inner beauty.”


Sa ve VS Splurge

Clap Baq Queen and sexpert Simply Oloni has officially become Lovehoney’s ambassador. She told us: “I can’t wait to work with the UK’s most popular online shop for adult toys and lingerie."


COVERS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED During lockdown we temporarily rebranded Spell to Spell@home digital magazine. Moving forward, we'll publish each of our issues in both print and digital formats via issuu.com/ SpellMagazine. That way, we’ll never miss each other again!

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Crochet hairstyles continue to dominate our social media feeds this season and show no sign of waning. So if you’re new to this protective style method or are simply seeking some fresh style tips, read on‌

The definiti ve guide to buying crochet h a ir SPELL



URBAN TWIST - PASSION TWIST Model is wearing length 18 inches colour T1B/27. Head over to Spellbeauty.com to shop the look

If you ask us, crochet hair is like a gift from the beauty gods. Convenient and purse-friendly, these extensions are also super fast to install in comparison to other methods and protective styles. For the uninitiated, application is achieved as follows: pre-styled extensions are sewn into cornrowed hair with a crochet needle - creating a brand new popping style in no time. A routine visit to any beauty supplier or online store will present a minefield of choice, so it can be difficult to know where to start. If you’re a crochet newbie or just want to know how to make an informed choice when selecting protective style extensions, read on for our comprehensive guide to buying crochet hair...

3. How long do you want to wear your extensions? Another benefit of crochet hair is that the results can last for pretty much the same time as individually installed styles such as braids and double-stranded twists - and still look immaculately fresh. One of our favourite hacks is to install a crochet style such as long double-stranded twists and unravel them after two to three weeks. You can then wear the hair loosely so it resembles a big curly

Box Braids @Kiitana

Afro. But if style longevity is your thing and you like to switch up your look, opt for crochet extensions that allow for this kind of flexibility. 4. Size matters (and that includes length, too) Crochet hair extensions are available in a mind-blowing range of style options. From pencil thin twists and jumbo double-twisted options to short coily braids – the choices are limitless. And although it may not seem like an important consideration, we definitely recommend taking a moment to think about length and volume as this will impact your finished look. For instance, jumbo braids add a lot of volume so if you’re not a fan of big statement-making hair it may feel a bit overwhelming. Likewise, if you’re after a short bob there’s no need to buy 18 inches of hair extensions as most of it will be cut off during the styling process. We suggest creating a mood board of your favourite looks prior to purchasing your extensions so you can achieve your desired style with ease. 5. It’s all in the finish Lastly, take the time to consider what finished look and texture you’d like when wearing crochet hair. The double-twisted styles are the trend of the moment and tend to be available in a silky smooth finish, as well as, a more rugged texture that gives the hair a more natural, worn-in look. But your choices don't stop at double stranded twists: you can also opt for faux locs or box braids that mimic the look of individually installed braids. You can also replicate natural textured styles like a kinky 'fro or blown out 4c curls using hair made of quality Syn Kanekalon Fibre. The options are truly limitless when it comes to crochet. SPELL



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2. How many packs do you need for a full head? There’s nothing worse than getting to the middle of a fresh install to find you don't have enough hair: #BigFail! Our crochet extensions philosophy is that it’s better to have extra hair left over that you can use for quick touch-ups than have to make a rapid trip midapplication to your local beauty supply store. In terms of how much hair you should purchase, it’s all dependent on the thickness of your natural hair and the style you wish to achieve. However, we’d suggest buying around seven to eight packs for a crochet protective style, roughly speaking.

Now you've got the know-how it's time to glow now.

X-Pression Wavy Faux Locs, £4.29

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1. Human or synthetic hair? The first thing you will need to decide is whether to purchase human or synthetic crochet extensions. Human hair tends to be more expensive for obvious reasons and, due to its smoother texture, it can be a bit trickier to install. Synthetic crochet extensions are a more popular choice as they are cost effective, varied in style and shade, and tend to have a secure grip on the hair during the installation process. Shop for prelooped and pre-twisted or braided hair for easier installation and to cut down on style time.

Get the look

African Collection Faux Locs, £5.49



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From natural nails to customised acrylics, it’s time to whip those talons into shape. Take this page along to your newly reopened salon and get yourself a killer post-lockdown manicure. Tag @spellmagazine for a repost!


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From stress and diet to periods and beauty products, breakouts can occur for many reasons. Thankfully, you can eliminate the latter by switching to non-comedogenic skincare, specifically designed to keep skin balanced and beautiful 10


Non-comedogenic skincare refers to products that don't contain pore-blocking ingredients. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Nobody buys skincare with the intention of breaking out. But unless you know what these ingredients are, you could be harming the condition of your skin without knowing the cause. So, if you feel like you've tried everything and still have bumpy skin and blackheads, it's probably time to make the switch to non-comedogenic skincare. Here's everything you need to know...

The comedogenicity scale The phrase ‘non-comedogenic’ comes from the word ‘comedo’, which refers to a blocked pore. Comedones can manifest as blackheads or whiteheads and occur with or without acne. Non-comedogenic skincare helps to prevent the production of comedones by avoiding ingredients that are known to cause them. Researchers know which ingredients cause comedones through testing; they give each a rating on a scale from zero to five. A score of zero means that the ingredient is unlikely to cause comedones, while a score of five means that the ingredient has a very high chance of being comedogenic. Everybody’s skin is different, which means that there’s no guarantee that non-comedogenic ingredients won’t cause breakouts. However, if you’re prone to bumpy skin there’s a possibility that switching to this type of skincare will lead to positive results. Make the break to flawless skin It's essential for anyone with spot prone skin to avoid these heavier ingredients, instead focusing on a non-comedogenic skincare routine that will treat your concerns without causing blocked pores and breakouts. So, where do you start? This concept might be new to many people, but the beauty industry moves quickly. Many brands will have either launched new products with the words ‘noncomedogenic’ or ‘non-acnegenic’ marked on the packaging, or re-released products were already non-comedogenic with new clearer labelling. But remember, just like some of our favourite junk foods that happen to be vegan (Oreos, Biscoff spread and BBQ Pringles), just because the bottle doesn’t state the product is non-comedogenic doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn't. You can get a better idea of what to avoid by asking in-store or checking the ingredients list out for yourself.

Skincare checklist: the goodies vs. the baddies

THERE ARE DOZENS OF PORE-CLOGGING INGREDIENTS, BUT HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON ONES: ☒ Lanolin ☒ Carrageenan ☒ Sodium Laureth Sulfate ☒ Palm oil ☒ Coconut oil ☒ Wheat germ

THESE ARE THE INGREDIENTS THAT ARE LESS LIKELY TO CLOG YOUR PORES: ☑ Benzoyl peroxide ☑ Salicylic acid ☑ Retinol ☑ Resorcinol ☑ Hempseed oil ☑ Grapeseed oil

THE FACTS ABOUT ADULT ACNE Caused by bacteria Adult acne is acne found in anyone over the age of 18 and is caused by bacteria that builds up in the skin.

Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, medical director at West London's Adonia Medical Clinic, lays down the facts you need to know about adult acne

or menopause. Genetics play a part Some people will have a genetic predisposition that is more likely to create an environment in which the bacteria of acne will be happy to grow and appear on the skin's surface.

It's more common than teenage acne Adult acne can happen to anyone at any point in time. For some, it can be triggered by using a product with poreclogging ingredients or if they are going through pregnancy


Both inflammation and bacteria need addressing Acne is caused by a bacteria



that grows in the thickness of the skin. However, for that bacteria to turn into acne, it must spark an inflammation. This inflammation is the body's response to the presence of the bacteria. It sends cells to get rid of the bacteria, which causes the skin to become inflamed with redness, pain and puss. For this reason, the inflammation as well as the bacteria must be addressed.



Cleansing Oil

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask, £30

Epara Natural Cleansing Oil, £45



Glossier Super Glow, £24




SkinCeuticals Equalizing Toner, £30



Avène Cleanance Comedomed, £18.50

FROM BREAKING BAD TO BREAKING GOOD: NONCOMEDOGENIC SKIN HEROES Generally, non-comedogenic products will be water-based and oil-free, so typically natural cleansers, lightweight creams and serums will be your go-to for everyday skincare. Work in a toner to balance the skin's pH levels and avoid anything that feels over-drying or gives the skin an uncomfortable tightness. It's also worth investing in a purifying face mask which can be used once a week. Search for detoxing ingredients like charcoal which will draw out deep dwelling impurities. Finally, every skincare routine requires a SPF. Yes, some can be overbearing on the skin and cause pores to be blocked quickly, but mineral sunscreens are less likely to exacerbate acne. Without further ado, here are some noncomedogenic approved heroes that you can add to your routine to replenish your skin without clogging the pores.



Ren Clear Screen Mineral SPF 30, £32




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L L E P #S MEET THE NEW RECRUITS To celebrate beauty and inspire your crowning glory, SpellBeauty.com has joined forces with the UK’s leading hair influencers to promote cuttingedge trends and exciting product launches. The search to create a squad started last month. And if you head over to @SpellBeautyUK, you can see how each member has taken a style – from box braids, spring twists to bubble ponytails – and made it their own. Spell Magazine editor Jemima Cousins says: "The Spell squad goals are all about promoting individuality and being your best self, which our newly formed squad is all about."

kick-starts a SpellBeauty.com r programme new hair influence hair game! set to raise your

d a u sq Beulah

crackrehab Instagram: @creamy vina Full name : Beulah Da Age: 27

What’s the best thing about being a natural hair influencer? Hearing that my content has inspired someone else to start their natural hair journey. What was your last Instagram post? My first Instagram Reel – I was removing my braids and thought why not have fun with it. I definitely plan to do more now I've had a taste. Who’s your hair crush? Anyone with healthy hair to be honest, but the first person that comes to mind is Cipriana Quann. Her waist-length 4c curls are some serious hair goals!





Instagram: @ericafmstyle Full name: Erica Matthews Age: 32

In your opinion what makes good social media content? I love content that inspires me to create or become my best self. It's all about having fun and not taking social media too seriously. What hair and beauty product do you wish you could invent? For hair I would create a product that makes wash-day take less than one hour. When it comes to beauty, I need a product that takes off my make-up and leaves it feeling like I've just done a sheet mask. Go-to hairstyle? Protective styling is everything! But I’m rethinking my big chop again.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED? Let’s squad up! Fancying being featured on Spell Beauty socials? It’s so easy to join in on the fun. Simply snap a pic of you wearing your Spell Beauty purchase and tag @SpellBeautyUK for a repost #simples.


Instagram: @CurltureUK Full name : Jay-Ann Lopez Age: 29

What’s your go-to protective style? I'm at a stage where I'm discovering so many different fun ways to rock protective styles. I love crochet because it's not too damaging on my natural hair. What's your curl-saving item? Conditioner. It's my go-to for detangling, moisturising and even making a spritz. A good conditioner with good slip is a multi-use product. What’s the longest hairstyle you’ve sat in the salon chair for? Knotless box braids! I had to blow-dry my hair first and, whew, that took a while. Then I had to have the braids done which were quite small.


Instagram: @CurltureUK Full name : Trina Charles Age: 28

Why do you love crochet styles? It saves so much time and is super easy to install. You still get the same bomb look and protection of your natural hair. What product would you take to a desert island? A moisturising deep conditioner. My hair feels so revitalised and soft after using it and I can't imagine not having it on wash-day. Any hair dramas you can share? When I had faux locs installed I was in the chair for hours and almost missed the last train home. I had no idea of the wrapping technique involved, but nevertheless loved the end result.




Work wear essentials Stay chic and comfy whether in the office or at home with these workwear must-haves

Photography by Chika Amogu, @whereischika. Hair by Aisha’s Angelz, @aishasangelz

YALA SIAYA Horn Nugget Hoop Earrings, £50

MARC CAIN Jumpsuit in Jersey, £289

TOPSHOP Camel Suit Blazer, £59

THE MEETING There’s a fine balance between looking

confidence of familiarity when you want

professional, comfortable and stylish.

to try something new.

Depending on the uniform rules in your workplace, it’s easy to become stressed

A good blazer can be thrown on over a

over your workwear looks, which is why

dress, jumpsuit or shirt and trousers,

it’s vital to create a set of essentials that

while a pair of nude heels (we love

you can turn to whenever the going gets

Kahmune’s diverse range of tones) will

tough (AKA when you accidentally hit

go with everything. Don’t forget a go-to

dismiss instead of snooze and oversleep

bag for your tech accessories, notepad

by half an hour). These wardrobe staples

and emergency snack, as well as an

should be able to pair with almost

elegant watch or jewellery piece to tie

any workwear outfit and give you the

the look together.




KAHMUNE Becky Pump in Gaborone, £251

THOMAS SABO Garden Spirit Tiger‘s Eye Gold, £339

PRIMARK Red Croc Detail Handbag, £6

THE DAY OFF For casual chic, you can’t go wrong with mom jeans, white tee & an oversized neutral toned blazer

THE OFFICE A monochrome trouser suit will always be a classic. Make it less stuffy by going for oversized tailoring

BACK TO UNI Study in style

ROMAN White T-Shirt, £30


Whether you’re starting or going back to uni, prepping your wardrobe is just as important as planning your timetable. Here’s our edit for going to lectures or studing from home...

NEW LOOK Tori Mom Jeans, £28.99

PRIMARK Sunglasses, £2 SUPERGA trainers at Shoeaholics, £59


FITBIT Inspire Tracker, £69.99

DEICHMANN Backpack, £19.99





The best podcasts on work

Plug into these conversations and let these excellent women navigate you through the messy world of work.

by brilliant Black women

Podcasts are getting diverse, finally. More than ever, we’re seeing brilliant Black women taking to our airwaves and talking about issues affecting them, whether that’s dating via Zoom and parenting in a pandemic, to the best books by Black authors or need-to-know beauty advice. For the career-minded, we’re constantly turning to a number of incredible and inspirational women to lean on for regular audio advice. These Black women are breaking ground with their take on modern working life, entrepreneurship, getting that pay rise or sticking it to your dodgy boss – all through excellent weekly episode drops. These are the wise women we are here for…




Host: Otegha Uwagba Average episode length: approx. 1 hour

Host: Nicaila Matthews Okome Average episode length: 1 hour

Hosts: Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené Average episode length: 30 minutes

For those among us who are committed fans of Women Who, a network and accompanying newsletter called The Roundup designed for working women, you’ll already know and love Otegha Uwagba. In Good Company is an extension of the brand where she talks to other successful women who are carving out their own career paths. If you’re interested in the beauty industry and wondering how one of the few Black editors managed to rise to the top, then tune in to her chat with Fenmi Futto. Wondering how to negotiate that pay rise? Take some tips from her insightful convo with publishing queen Sharmaine Lovegrove who’s behind Dialogue Books and one of the best voices around on diversifying our bookshelves.

As a former digital marketer for NPR in the US by day, Nicaila was a self confessed side hustler by night. She took a gutsy leap and quit her nine to five job in 2017 to go full-time with Side Hustle Pro, a podcast she dubs as the first and only podcast to cast the spotlight on bold Black women entrepreneurs who have ‘scaled from side hustle to profitable business’. There’s so much great content to dig into here: listen to Monique Rodriguez reveal how she took her organic beauty brand Mielle Organics from her garage to the most glamorous retail shelves, and find out how Brittani Allen built her professional home organisation business from scratch. Marie Kondo eat your heart out.

Relatively new to the podcasting scene come the award-winning authors behind the guide Slay in your Lane: The Black Girl Bible. With the same title and same brilliant ethos, each episode explores topical news and pop culture from a young Black British female perspective, while also expanding on the issues tackled in the book including navigating the workplace and keeping your finances in check. If you’re a budding writer, then this will resonate with you even more. The dynamic duo dedicates entire episodes to how they wrote their best-seller featuring commentary from dozens of successful Black women – from putting together a stand out proposal for publishers to how they first got inspired to put pen to paper.




Experiencing micro-aggression backstage at Paris Fashion Week, Hairstory ambassador Jennifer Covington-Bowers shares her tale with Spell’s editor via a Zoom video call

“It’s assumed that black hairstylists are only around for afro hair




If you’re not familiar with the name, Jennifer Covington-Bowers is a New York-based hairstylist who first came on my radar when she partnered with the brand Hairstory, best known for its detergent-free alternative to shampoo. Via a private Zoom meeting set up for journos last month, I got to see Jennifer in her element where she gave some A-star hair advice during her Curl Collective Masterclass. Keen to find out more about her experiences as one of the industry's leading all-round hairstylists, I scheduled a one-to-one chat for the full lowdown. Jemima (JC): Hey Jen, hope you can see me OK? I’m pretty new to Zoom. Jennifer (JCB): I can see you crystal clear hun. What special times we live in. JC: Do you feel that travelling for work will ever be the same after COVID-19? JCB: I don’t think it will ever be the exact same and it feels like the new enforced health and safety measures pre and post travelling are the new normal. I can’t wait to be allowed to travel internationally again. JC: What was your first photo shoot after lockdown like? JCB: In the US we experienced different degrees of lockdown depending on the state. So for instance, I had the chance to assist for a celebrity client. This meant taking an express COVID-19 test before I could

be cleared for the set and there were naturally a lot of sanitation guidelines. But once I started working, I realised how much I’d missed it. JC: You have a very varied portfolio from European hair to Afro hair, men’s grooming and wigs. As a black stylist, do you feel that there are preconceptions about the kind of hair that you work with? JCB: Most definitely! I had the huge opportunity to work on the Chanel 2020 haute couture fittings and shows under French hairstylist Damien Boissinot. I was one of just two black hairstylists at the atelier and during the show, one non-black stylist commented; “Oh, you took my spot because they had to have a black person for the black models”. Even though I’m trained and experienced in working with all hair textures, it’s assumed that black hairstylists are only around for afro hair. The reality is that the majority black stylists – myself included – have worked even harder to perfect our skill level on all hair textures. JC: So, do you feel like having black stylists on a job is reassuring to black models? JCB: Yes. I remember my first time working at a show in Paris. The black Parisian models told me that having a hairstylist of colour was a rarity. They were so happy and relieved I was there because they knew I’d bring products that work for all hair textures. A bit of home from home. JC: Speaking of texture, how often

Get th e co ve r l ook We know our cover girl looks cute! So if you want to recreate her iconic sunkissed glow and wet-look curls, here's everything you need...

Hairstory New Wash Rich & Deep, £44 each

should natural hair be washed and conditioned? JCB: Wash weekly with Hairstory’s New Wash (Rich) and then, if desired, every two weeks with New Wash (Deep). This is formulated with apple cider vinegar and argan oil for a deeper cleanse that won't strip the hair of moisture. JC: Besides hair, what are your passions? JCB: I love interior design and this passion has only grown since I've been spending more time at home. I’ve managed to complete a lot of interiors projects including refreshing the décor. My husband is never quite sure if he’s walked into the right apartment! JC: I know what you mean. I change my hair so much my partner doesn’t know who he’ll be meeting next week. (Both end the video call in stitches of laughter). Follow Jennifer's Instagram @pincurlsandpaint

Marc Jacobs Eye-conic Multi-Finish Eye Palette, £40

Iconic London Sheer Blush in Cheeky Coral, £18

Nars Powerchrome Eye Pigment in Shock 'em, £10.99 Gosh Copenhagen Eye Dentity Palette, £10.99

Hairstory Hair Balm, £39 SPELL



THE SPELL-OMETER What’s hot and what’s not in the world of Spell


@alicia keys



Launches, promos and discounts you don’t want to miss


SKIN DEEP Counting down the days to Alicia Keys cruelty-free skincare line with e.l.f. Cosmetics.

Want to up the ante when it comes to your ponytail? We have three new Pretty Quick Afro Puff Bubble Ponytails up for grabs. The fashionable hairpiece can be worn in a variety of ways and comes prestyled saving you the arm ache. To enter and for style inspo, head over to spellmagazine.co.uk

X-PRESS YOURSELF X-Pression Ultra Braid is now available a rich, red Cherry and smokey, silvery Grey.



CAPTAIN NIA Nia DaCosta becomes the first Black female Marvel film director, helming Captain Marvel 2 (2022). ez

Black Business Month is over, but we’ll always support black-owned at Spell Magazine. @MSGM



Last month Love Island beaut Amber Rose posted pictures on the ‘gram of her wearing X-pression Ultra Braid. Known for her lush halo of curls, the reality star visited upcoming east London braid stylist @dsrhair for the glam makeover. Loving her new style, Amber captioned “I don’t know how to ACT with my hair like this.” To get the look, use colours T4/27, 613 and 60.

GOODBYE, E! After 29 years, E! News is being taken off the air. We’ll still be able to get our celebrity fix online and on social media, though.



To make it easy for you to stay on trend you can receive your hair extensions in less than 24 hours. Spell Beauty offers same day dispatch and free delivery on orders over £50. Simply order before 2pm to get your order dispatched on the same day.

Is fashion going back to school? We’ll be leaving our pinafores back in the 90s, thanks.






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COVER CREDITS Photography Itaysha Jordan Hair Jennifer Covington-Bowers

Make-up Liset Garza Styling Julia Morris


AFROTHERAPY 235 Fore Street, London, N18 2TZ, 020 8345 5621 ANNE VECK 33 St Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AB, 01865 727 077 APRIL HAIR SALON 5 Bull Street, Burnley, BB11 1DW, 01282 839 726 COBELLA 5 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5NP, 020 7118 1277 DKUK 191 Queen's Road, Peckham, London, SE15 2NG, 020 3609 0920 ELITE HAIR LOUNGE 24 Sidney Road, London, SW9 0TS, 020 7207 5904 GEORGE KOSIT HAIR 10-12 Bristol Street, Birmingham, B5 7AA, 0121 622 6782 HAIR 305 305 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2DY, 020 7118 1277 HYPE COIFFURE 186 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5TQ, 020 7223 3800 JUNIOR GREEN LONDON 55 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4BA, 020 7752 0620 LATHANIEL’S COUTURE 196 Coldharbour Lane, London, SE5 9QH, 020 3601 0683 MIMI ET MINA 16 Needham Road, London, W11 2RP, 020 7727 9356 MY HAIR BAR 22 Warren Street, London, W1T 5LU, 020 7380 0188 NAILS & BROWS 31 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8EJ, 020 7499 5245 NEW YORK HAIR DESIGN 2 Langham Parade, London, N15 3ND, 020 8888 3397 NICKY OLIVER HAIRDRESSING 32 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JN, 0161 241 0380 PECKHAM PALMS Peckham Palm Arcade, Unit 1-14 Bournemouth Close, Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4PB, 020 7062 2000 PURELY NATURAL 119 The Grove, London, E15 1EN, 020 8221 0122 SIMPLY GORGEOUS 79 Kingsgate Road, Kilburn, London, NW6 4JY, 020 7625 4500 THE CURL BAR 210 Middle Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 7LA, 020 3667 7204 THE HAIR SANCTUARY 90b Mitford Street, Manchester, M32 8AQ, 0161 536 1249 THINK PRETTY 301 High Road Leytonstone, London, E11 4HH, 020 7232 5168


NORTH LONDON EDMONTON HAIR & COSMETICS LIMITED 257-159 Fore Street, Edmonton, N18 2TY, 0208 887 6158 HAIRITAGE 1 Queens Parade, Walm Lane NW2 5HT, 020 3417 4844 PAK’S HAIR BOUTIQUE 25 Stroud Green Road, Stroud Green, N4 3EF, 0207 263 2331 PAK’S HAIR & COSMETICS HARLESDEN ­57 Craven Park Road, Harlesden, NW10, 8SH, 0208 963 1730 EAST LONDON BEAUTY QUEEN COSMETICS­Unit 19, 70-73 The Mall, The Stratford Centre, Stratford, E15 1XQ, 0208 534 8786 JUDITH'S HAIR & BEAUTY Barking Rd, London E13 8HJ, 07949 818778 PAK COSMETICS 212 Heathway, Dagenham, Greater London RM10 9NS, 0208 592 9108 QUEENS COSMETICS ­391 Green St, Upton Park, E13 9AU, 0208 471 1699 SUPERGROWS COSMETICS 2 ­ 4-25 Queens Market, Upton Park, E13 9BA, 0208 552 9886 SPELL



YOUR HAIR & BEAUTY ­Stratford Centre, 20 Broadway, E15 4QS, 0208 555 0946 SOUTH LONDON PAK’S HAIR CENTRE 141 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST, 0207 732 2822 SABINA HAIR & COSMETICS 68-70 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 5BY, 0207 469 7356 SABINA ­69 Mitcham Road, Tooting Broadway, SW17 9PB, 0208 682 0055 SABINA 6B Greens End, Woolwich, SE18 6HX, 0208 855 5266 YOUR HAIR & BEAUTY 37 Lewis Grove, Lewisham, SE13 6BG, 0208 318 0999 NORTH WEST ENGLAND PAUL’S HAIR WORLD 53 Barbirolli Way, Arndale Centre, Manchester, M4 2HU, 0161 839 0708 PAUL’S HAIR WORLD 29-30 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JG, 0161 834 6498 RAPUNZELS HAIR CITY 315 Smithdown Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L15 0EB, 0151 733 4333 LIVERPOOL HAIR & COSMETICS 31 Dawson Way, St Johns Shopping Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1LY, 0151 708 0699 YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER CC HAIR & BEAUTY 256-258 Roundhay Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 5RL, 0113 249 5562 BRITS HAIR & BEAUTY 30 Kirkgate, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1QL, 01274 733 287 PRISSY'S 6 Saint James Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1YS, 01422 345 482 CC HAIR & BEAUTY 119-129 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3DU, 0113 262 3728 TALKING HEADS 51-57 St Sepulchre Gate, Doncaster, DN1 1UB, 01302 328 720 CC HAIR & BEAUTY Unit 2 & 3 Leeming House, Vicar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6BY, 07709 836 498 WEST MIDLANDS TZ ENTERPRISES 40 Queen Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 3JW, 01902 574 920 EAST ANGLIA BEAUTY BY ZARA Grays, Essex, RM17 6QJ, 01375 376 050 SOUTH EAST ENGLAND MIA HAIR & BEAUTY 41 Mill Street Luton, LU1 2NA, 01582 727 878 ABV HAIR & BEAUTY STORE 79 Lowfield Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1, 01322 276 003 BISMI COSMETICS 7 Farthing Grove, Netherfield, Milton Keynes, MK6 4HH, 01908 393 144 MAADE HAIR & BEAUTY 4 Rhode Street, ME4 4AL, 01634924102 QUEEN MALAIKA 29 Kingston Road, Portsmouth, PO2 7DP, 02392862044 SCOTLAND ELEORA LTD 94 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5BA, 0122 446 7896 SINE HAIR & BEAUTY 196 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 2UG, 0141 237 4556 LUSH HAIR Unit 38-41 Inshop Paisley Centre, High St., Paisley, Glasgow, 0141 887 7025


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