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Upkeep: Tips for Rocking Box Braids

Good news for my fashion forward, boho-chic, trendy, fearless Vixens! Box braids, Patra braids, Poetic Justice braids--however you prefer to refer to them--are baaack! No burnt ends this time around, though. Fashion icons like Solange and Va$htie have recently been spotted swinging and swaggin' in their waist length plaits. Feeling brave? This bold style is perfect for protecting your hair from the cold winter weather, and it will save you time from having to do your hair every morning. When done properly, braids can add pizazz to your winter threads and give you a fresh new look. But there are rules to this game! Do the right thing and consult our guide for perfect box braids to get the most out of this trendy bohemian look.
DO BRING REFERENCE PHOTOS
This is important. If you want your braids a certain size or length, it's much easier to SHOW your braider the look you're going for than to TELL her. And trust me, you don't want to be sitting in that chair for 6-plus hours, paying your hard-earned money to be stuck with braids you hate.

DON'T BRAID HAIR TOO TIGHTLY AT THE HAIRLINE
No shade, but you don't want your hairline to end up looking like Naomi Campbell's. Protect your edges! Politely let your braider know to ease up when she gets close to the hair at your temples and nape.

DON'T OVERDO IT
Extensions are heavy, and if your hair is weak and thin to begin with, you may want to reconsider those thick, knee-length box braids. Try braiding smaller, shorter sections so as not to add unnecessary stress to your follicles which can lead to alopecia and pattern baldness. NOT cute!
DO OIL YOUR SCALP FREQUENTLY
Because your scalp will be exposed to the winter weather, it's important to keep it lubricated. Ward off dryness and flakes with a hot oil massage every other day. I recommend pouring warm extra virgin olive oil & a couple drops of tea tree oil into a spray bottle-- it's the easiest way to oil your whole scalp and it feels. Awesome.

DO SWITCH IT UP
There are a million and one styles you can do with box braids-- don't be afraid to try them out! Google pictures of your favorite braided beauties & go wild. As an added bonus, changing up your hair will also lessen the stress from the weight of the extensions being styled the exact same way for weeks on end.

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SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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