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Hair Woes – What’s A Girl To Do?

You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. The issue of hair is a never ending story for black women and just when you think you have found the formula that works, your hair rebels and forces you to get back on the trail of discovery. Bald spots, scanty sides, and obvious thinning are all signs that your tresses are stressed and need some major TLC. Even celebs like Serena Williams and model Naomi Campbell can’t escape the brutal consequences of sticking to weaves through thick and thin. The more money you have at your disposal the easier it is to get caught in the web of weaves and entanglements. There is a method to the madness and you can eat your cake and have it too you just have to be aware of the lines that can’t be crossed and be aware that extensions are simply accessories and not meant to replace your actual hair.

Here is the 101 guide to nursing your crown glory back to health and re-claiming what is rightfully yours.

Step 1

The most important weapon against breakage is to recognize the first signs of deterioration. You can always tell when your hair is crying out for help and your response time is key to keeping your tresses intact. Too much of anything is bad news so even though you convince yourself that weaves help “protect” your hair from potential damaging from the aggressive styling routines, you also have to allow your hair to breathe form all that pressure of being continuously buried for extended periods of time. Taking mini-breaks and soaking your hair in conditioning products that aim to revive and restore your hair’s natural oils and moisture is the best way to allow your hair some breathing space. This gives you the opportunity to pamper your scalp and encourage new growth while also ridding yourself of the accumulated dead hair. Getting a trim doesn’t always do the trick. You have to show love to the hair that is left so that it can blossom and grow without any threatening forces around it.

Jane Carter products are key to hair survival. Two months of constantly inputting the Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner ($13.00) and the Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner ($9.00) will do wonders and make you believe in your ability to enjoy your won hair again.

Step 2

Every living thing needs nourishment, but too often we forget that our tresses fall into that category and so they go without for extended periods of time. Fortunately no matter what stage your hair is in, it can survive if you promptly administer the Hair Nourishing Cream ($22.00) daily and once every couple of weeks you can mix it in with a few drops of the Hair Nourishing Serum ($20.00). This tag team collaboration produces results that are lasting and effective and will prepare your hair for any altering style of your choice.

There are a range of choices featured in this product line that more than live up to the hype. You can visit to choose accordingly.

During your time of rest and release, you can tame your mane by using the styling tools from Hair Rules. They absolutely wont disappoint. From the Kinky Curling Cream ($24.99) to the Wavy Mousse ($21.00), honoring your hair’s natural state will be a gratifying experience once you experience the full effect of these goodies.

Bottom-line is that our hair needs to be exposed from time to time in order to encourage and promote growth and overall health. With the right products and patience, it doesn’t have to be a struggle to achieve this. So step out of that rigid comfort zone and let your hair down!

- Ezinne Ukoha

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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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