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Vixen Chat: Ursula Stephen Dishes on Rihanna's New 'Do, Talks Natural Hair Care

Mane maven and Motions spokesperson Ursula Stephen boasts a client lists that includes international pop princess Rihanna, Scandal star Kerry Washington and Tinseltown sweetheart Gabrielle Union. By taking even the slightest glance at her portfolio, it's clear the Brooklyn bred hairstylist understands the growing natural hair movement and how to nurture of all type of curl patterns while keeping them fashionable and on-trend.

Vixen caught up with the guru of Black haircare at last night's Motions Meet Up (over cocktails and good conversation, of course) to discuss Motions new product line, Rihanna's ever-changing mane and her favorite celeb naturalistas.
VIBE VIXEN: Besides shaving their hair or rocking it super short, what other ways can women be funky and edgy with their hair?
URSULA STEPHEN: I think the whole bohemian thing is definitely an edgy look, and wearing it undone. Kinda wearing it undone is very edgy. It doesn’t look like you just stepped out the salon. It’s kinda that beach wavy, that messed up wave that I like. I think that’s definitely an edgy way but also a sexy way.

Like, the just-woke-up look?
Yeah, the bed head. Definitely.

With you as a spokesperson for Motions, what are you most excited about with this new line of natural products?
I’m excited that we have a new line for natural hair period, because what natural hair is now is more than a trend, it’s a movement. I’m glad that we cater to those visions. ‘Cause there are so many girls going natural now. You see girls with their hair short, and they’re like, it’s natural! It’s good cause they want to feel like they have a product to go to. They don’t want to be using just any product cause they can’t find something. It’s good that we have something specifically for that need.

Give young women three ways that they can stay on team natural and no revert back to relaxers.
The best way to stay a part of team natural is to really condition your hair, because as African American girls, our hair is naturally dry. Our natural hair is dry period, so we have to use products to keep it soft and to break it down so it’s manageable. That’s what it is. That’s what a lot of people want from it. They run from natural because they realize after a while it’s not that easy. Don’t go natural 'cause you think it’s easy 'cause it’s not. You still have to put work and time in it.

So a lot of people when they get to that point where they start going crazy, they run back from natural, so it’s a matter of patience and finding products like the Motions deep conditioning mask because it’s for natural hair. It’s gonna soften it and help you to manage it. Also, even though I promote products we can use at home, find a hairstylist that is great at natural hair 'cause you need somebody to help you with it in between. And you got to have patience. You got to because it’s not easy to have natural hair.

Which product from this new line is your favorite?

God, it’s rough. I love the mask. I love the conditioner. Anything that’s gonna make my hair soft and pretty, I love it. I love the gloss which is good. Everybody needs the gloss in their life.

How often should a person condition their natural hair? Weekly?
I think personally, when it comes to conditioning, it’s a matter of preference. You really have to start learning your hair. I always say with conditioners and natural hair, it should always be increased. I would definitely do weekly, but at the same time, that’s my opinion. If you’re someone with natural hair and your hair works better with two weeks, then you condition your hair every two weeks. It’s really a matter of learning your hair and figuring out what it is because you don’t want to over-condition either, ‘cause when you over-condition, it gets too soft to hold the hairstyle. I always say conditioners are great like once a week or every two weeks.

Which natural-haired celebs are you’re lovin' right now? Top three.
Alicia Keys, for sure. She came back with a bang, I love it. She's lookin' really really good right now.

I know Tracee Ellis Ross. She’s always been a staple.
Right, I love her hair. You could definitely say she’s one too, but I’m just tryna figure out. Brandy is obviously not wearing her own hair natural, but she’s played around with that more natural type.

Yeah, at that Billboard Music Awards.
Like, really stepping out of the box and doing something that’s just fun. It’s not about what everybody wanna see, it’s about what makes you feel good. The trend is not worth anything at all if it don’t look good on you. Everybody wanna shave their side but are you really that girl? If you wanna follow the trends but make sure that it fits to your lifestyle. Don’t fit it into a lifestyle.

VV: What you’re gonna do with Rihanna’s hair next?
US: Girl, I do not know. That girl is driving me crazy!

Nobody saw that black, shaved sides style coming.
She’s like, 'This is what I want,' and we’re like, Alright, gotta make her happy...but I really love the blonde ombré. That was great and then she actually changed to the shaved side without me.

Oh, so she didn’t want the ombré anymore?
She loved it, but she felt like she always wanted to go black. I kinda made her stop at blonde. I was in South Africa with Motions and she was in London doing promo, and she just did it.

Now with the different colors you put on her hair, how do you keep her hair healthy with the colors?
Yeah the colors is dangerous, I always condition her hair…

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Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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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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