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I Can’t Be -"Weave" It! The Evolution of Hair Weaves

When famed hairstylist and Oprah favorite Orlando Pita said that “Hair is your best accessory, and you wear it everyday,” he was on to something. From the afro to the Salt ‘N Pepa asymmetrical cut to shoulder-length bobs, black women have drastically changed our hairstyles, but nothing has been more instrumental in the switch-up than the hair weave. Dating as far back as the 1950s, hair weaves and extensions have transformed women with just the swivel of a sewing needle.

No matter your personal view on hair weaves and their effects on self-image, they drive a billion dollar hair industry, and it seems that they’re here to stay, atleast for a little while. Let’s take a look at how they’ve changed for the good and the bad.

Setting the Standard (The Supremes)
There’s no greater hair diva than Diana Ross. When she and the Supremes hit the scene, everyone took notice. Wearing wigs and hair extensions, then called “falls,” the super trio became known for their style and shiny and...unmovable tresses.

Unbe”weave”able (Jody Watley)
Jody Watley was rocking a classic 1980s weave on this 1987 album cover. From R&B singers to video girls, more and more women were shedding the once popular “natural” hair and the wretched Jheri Curls for long flowing locks. Unfortunately, no one ever told them there’s a thing as too much hair.

The Synthetic Hair Era (Tichina Arnold)
As weaves became more accessible to the everyday girl, more women joined the secret society, but still publicly denied that they wore them. They were mocked for rocking synthetic hair, which was less flattering, not to mention flammable. Pamela James, the hilarious character on Martin was the biggest butt of weave jokes on television. “There’s a bald-headed horse running around somewhere.”

Variety is the Spice of Life (Lil’ Kim)
One of the first black celebs to don wigs of every color in the crayon box, Lil’ Kim showed us how to be playful with our hair. From short wigs to long highlighted extensions and curly do’s, Kim made switching it up was the new rule.

Where’d You Get That Hair? (Beyonce)
Gone are the days when people would whisper among their friends, “Is that her real hair or a weave?” The popularity of hair weaves has skyrocketed to a new frontier. In 2009, Chris Rock’s Good Hair broadcasted black women’s hair secrets, but sent a finite message about weaves: It’s no longer taboo, and it’s okay to wear them with pride. Besides, you’ve got the receipt, right?

“Long Hair Don’t Care” (Lala/Ciara)
The takeover of the Remy Indian hair has changed the game for women who desired the “real thing.” As weave technique and types of hair have evolved, ladies are shelling out thousands of dollars for the best hair money can buy. Rather than a ploy to deceive, weave has become a friend and necessity to those who wear them, especially those who suffer from hair loss or those transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.

Versatility and Convenience (Janet Jackson)
“I wore a weave when I went on vacation. Who wants to comb their hair when they’re on vacation?” says Theryl, 29-year-old engineer in Atlanta. Besides kicking the daily hassle of tackling your hair, weaves provide options. After recently showing off her sleek, short natural hair, Janet Jackson hopped back on the weave bandwagon to create a new look. “Back then most had the mindset that people wore weaves because they didn't have hair or didn't like their own hair. I initially started wearing them for convenience,” says Almashea, a pharmaceutical representative in Maryland. “It was easy to wet and go or just toss it up and go. Then it just became fun to me to switch up my look without making permanent changes to my hair.”

Keep Your Weave Tight, But Not Too Tight (Naomi Campbell)
When this picture of supermodel and longtime weave-wearer, Naomi Campbell surfaced, fans were shocked. Recent studies report hair loss in Black women is attributed to weaves and braids being worn for extended periods of time. It’s smart to let your hair breathe from relaxers and chemicals, but remember your hair needs a break from weaves, too.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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