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3 Ways to Tell It's Time for New Weave Install

Ladies, ladies, ladies… *Deep Sighs*… I know we love our weaves, ok? I swear, I get it! They're fun. They're easy. They're convenient. They're luscious. They're great to flip around! They're long. They're short. They're wavy. They're straight. They're blue, black, blonde, red, green, purple, and every shade in between (especially if you're Nicki Minaj - no shade.) There are so many great things that our weaves are, but lemme tell you what they ain't - permanent. Sadly enough, there will come a time to take that sucka out, let your hair breathe, and get a new install, ok? It usually occurs around the 2.5-4month mark (the latter is pushing it). I don't care how "good" the hair or your stylist is - you gottttttta refresh and renew your weave. If any of the following key signs apply to you, be like Beyonce, and "Let's Start Over."

Your Hair No Longer Covers The Tracks -- If your own hair has grown so much so that the portion you left out for blending purposes is no longer sufficient enough to cover the tracks, it's time to start over. You've combed and flat-ironed and curled that meager island of hair every which way, and even still, every time you sneeze, your tracks are exposed! Nope, no bueno. Let it go, lil mama. Time for a new sew-in.

Your Braids are No Longer Attached to your Scalp -- If your tracks feel like they're holding on to the edge of a cliff because your braids are no longer attached to your scalp - it's time to start over. You've retightened as much as your stylist will allow and probably have just as much thread in your hair as you do weave. But yet and still, your tracks are justa dangling on, hoping they don't get snatched. You can literally pick a braid up off your head and conceal some stuff up under it because your hair has grown out so much. In fact, your own scalp is starting to form rows of locks because there's so much new growth that it's beginning to mat up! (Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but still). Basically, if you're at that stage where you have to wear a headband or scarf everyday just to keep your sew-in securely in place - it's time for a new one.

The Weave Has Lost It's Life -- If your poor, abused, weave has been in so long that it's losing it's overall liveliness, it's time to start over. If tracks are shedding just as much if not more than your own hair - let it go. If the hair is starting to lose it's wave or curl pattern - let it go. If the original luster, shine, and bounciness are disappearing with each wash - let it go. BUT, if all of these signs occur within the first few weeks - you bought some cheap ass, fraudulent hurrr. Oopsies! =

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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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