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Vintage Vixen: Headsprung

[Ed. note: Vintage Vixen is a new addition to the content family. In this section, you will find articles from Vixen's print days that are trendsetting and still the definition of sexy.]

Stacks? So passe. Finger wave? Not so much. And don’t even mention the Jheri curl. The ‘80s left a host of dated hairstyles in its wake, yet somehow, the weave endured, despite the “horse tail” jokes, men who desired the real thing, and academics who suggested it was a sign of wanting to be white. Weaves survived to become a multi-billion-dollar business around the globe. Modern weaves originated when one creative Ohio housewife, Christina Jenkins, invented and then patented an alternative to wigs in 1950. Throughout the 1960’s these bulky hair pieces were generally worn by chemotherapy patients and people with alopecia, a skin disease that causes hair loss. But by the 80’s, weaves beat out the once booming wig industry as the leading hair embellish-er. Today, large numbers of black women wear some kind of extensions, with some boldly changing looks the way others switch handbags. Weaves have a history as strong as the techniques used to put them in- whether sewn, braided, bonded, or glued. Lets take a look back on some weave trends throughout the years. --Ayana Byrd (VIBE Vixen, Spring 2005)

Big AND BAD: The 80’s
In the decade that ushered in the Gumby, asymmetric cuts, and hair bands, big bold weaves were a natural fit. For ladies who wanted to conjure a little Vanity 6, weaves provided what genetics may have denied them. Two bundles of hair and the right-technician and any look became possible. These weaves were teased and voluminous, often with an S-Curl wave. Back then you always knew when a woman had a weave. It was impossible to find a black woman in Hollywood without one. Janet traded her innocent press and curl Different Strokes look for “Miss Jackson if you’re nasty” weave. She was joined by legions, including Robin Givens, Lisa Bonet (whose hair seemed like it was a different length in almost every episode of A Different World) and Tisha Campbell and her crew of “wannabes” in School Daze. And with waist length tresses on supermodels like Iman and Naomi Campbell, the pages of magazines were soon filled with weaves, too.

Let’s Chill: The ’90’s
As the last decade of the millennium rolled in, the volume of big hair was turned down a few notches. Away went the industrial strength mousse and sprays, and stacks died a quiet death. Even Patti LaBelle clipped her follicular wings. yet in the face of Halle Berry and Toni Braxton- style short cuts, the weave showed its staying power. Straighter, sleeker looks took over where big hair left off. By the end of the decade, more than 1.3 million pounds of human hair were imported into the U.S. annually. Ironically just when it seemed almost believable that women could have grown the hair they were swinging, people to started come out the closet. With women like Tyra Banks and Toni Braxton professing about their weaves women overcame the fear of knowing someone knew about their hair.

A MultiCulti Hair Odyssey: The ’00’s
Schools, housing, and radio may still be segregated, but as we move farther into the new century, the hair weave industry is living Dr. King’s dream. Whether it was teens in the suburbs who wanted a little more bounce in their bobs or Britney Spears onstage with an extra bundle of blond, white women have literally attached themselves to the style like never before. As this rainbow coalition of the willing keeps the technique alive, black women have started to look beyond the lengthy, straight styles that have long been weave favorite. Once the hoopla from Erykah Badu’s dreadlock extensions died down, women in Harlem, Oakland, London, and Paris began experimenting with weaves of kinky hair.

Who knows what the future of weave may hold but if you believe it than you can weave it!

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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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