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Short Hair, Don't Care! Tips For The Newly Adopted Short Do's

On the second week of November I sat in my hairdresser’s chair in Washington, D.C. and nearly had a panic attack when I saw her snip away at my beautiful shoulder-length locks. Large chunks of hair brushed my shoulders, chest, and neck. But when she was done, I couldn’t have felt better. I had been wearing the same hairstyle since the 9th grade of high school, and it was time for a fresh new look! After I took a super chic twitpic of myself, I realized I was going to be a permanent member of the Short Hair, Don’t Care! club.

A lot of our favorite movies have shown the women of our community chop off their luscious locks in only the most stressful of situations. How can we forget the epic scene in Waiting to Exhale when Angela Basset cut off her hair after finding out her husband cheated on her? Or one of the last scenes in the all-time favorite movie Set It Off when Jada escaped her life of crime and disguised herself by completely shaving off her box braids? We could even reference Demi Moore in G.I. Jane. having to keep up with the boisterous men of the army, she gave herself a ceasar cut in hopes to physically blend in.

Cutting your hair has gone from a sporadic action in traumatic situations, to a girly trend that even I have embraced. Being one of the first ones to rock a short do in my friend group, my friends often come to me for tips on how to maintain their new hair. I stick to a few tips that a good friend of mine taught me, and now I’m passing it on to you all.

Rocking short hair that looks horrible is a tragedy, but dawning a short, chic, polished look is sexy and sophisticated. Here are my never fail tips from start to finish.

  1. Once a week, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. Make sure to allow your conditioner to sit in your for at least 10 minutes or deep condition under a dryer. I tend to use Mizani shampoo and conditioner. For my fine hair, it keeps it soft and voluminous.
  2. Once you have rinsed out the shampoo and conditioner, spray a considerable amount of leave in conditioner. The one that works best for me is Bed Head by Tigi.
  3. Next, apply a generous amount of foaming pommade or wrap and roll. You can never go wrong with Paul Mitchell’s Foaming Pommade.
  4. Having short hair, you tend to have heat on your hair quite often, even if it is to just touch it up, so give your hair a break from the blow dryer and simply comb your hair down straight, preferably in the same direction you would style it in. Then gently brush it down to control any loose hairs.
  5. Grab a head scarf you don’t mind getting wet and tie your hair down tightly making sure every edge of your hair is covered.
  6. During this time, let it air dry. Do this before you go to sleep or do anything you wouldn’t have to leave the house for.
  7. By the time you wake up or about 4-5 hours later, your hair will be completely dry and perfectly matted into place.
  8. Depending on the length of your short-do, grab a one inch, or as I like to use, a ½ inch flat iron and style as you wish.
  9. For extra moisture, apply just a finger of hair grease to your scalp. The Nourish & Shine by Jane Carter Solution is great.
  10. Also ladies, don’t be afraid to try new things with your hair: flip it up, spike it, Shirley temple your bang, or gel it down. Your hair is a blank canvas just waiting for you to express yourself!

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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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