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Vixen Chat: Kinky-Curly Founder Shares Natural Hair Tips for Spring

Maintaining healthy natural hair comes with seasonal responsibilities. Sadly, the hair care methods we use in the Winter, don't apply for the Spring and Summer. So we sat down with Kinky-Curly founder Shelley Davis, who was one of the first to create all-natural products specifically for curly and textured hair. Here, she shares tips on how to master vibrant curls and achieve playful hair styles for the season.

Vixen: What inspired you to create a product line that caters to natural curls?
Shelley Davis: I grew tired of using styling products that made my hair look good but two weeks later left a ton of product buildup and dryness. I was inspired when I traveled to my native St. Vincent and the Grenadines and lost my luggage. A family member concocted a homemade brew of natural herbs and plants for me to use during my stay. With no other options available, I used this on my hair for the duration of my vacation. And much to my surprise not only did it work so well on my hair but it was the healthiest my hair had ever been!

As it gets warmer, more women are embracing their curls. What products help us achieve quick but efficient curl definition?
Kinky-Curly Curling Custard is the perfect product for wash and go hairstyles. It gives amazing curl definition, a brilliant shine and lasting hold. It's made with all natural ingredients so it will moisturize, strengthen and nourish your hair while it provides amazing definition to your natural curls.

Woman Natural Hair Should women steer away from straightening their curls during the warmer seasons?
The best way to prevent heat damage on your beautiful curls is to avoid using heated styling tools as much as possible. Yes, I know they work well for creating sleek pin straight looks in a relatively short period of time, but anything that can burn your skin will also burn your hair.
I recommend going the old school route and doing a roller set on smooth magnetic rollers then doing a doobie wrap after the hair is completely dry and the rollers are removed. This will create a smooth look that has body, bounce and movement. And most importantly, your natural curls will return after the next shampoo.

Lightening is definitely a trend. There is an obsession for ombre and experimenting with blonder tones. What’s the best way to go light without damaging your natural hair?
Any process that involves color or chemicals is best left in the hands of a professional. Hair coloring, especially when going several shade lighter, should never be a DIY project.

"The Tracee Look" is in high demand. Tracee Ellis  Ross is iconic for her desirable and sexy loose curls. How do we get a similar look for the spring?
Since our natural hair texture and length will play a major role in the final look of a particular hair style, we should always have realistic expectations. Creating loose, sexy, beachy curls on extremely tight curls may not always be possible. But by setting wet or damp hair on large rollers or braiding and unraveling when dry, can create stretched out looser curls on tighter, kinkier hair types.

What are some fun ways to switch up looks for the transitioning woman?
Natural hair is extremely versatile, even in the transitioning phase. Two strand twist outs are excellent for blending the two different hair textures. They give a wonderful wavy/crinkly look that will get you accustomed to wearing your hair in its natural state. Rod sets create a fun, flirty look that is perfect for spring and also great for both transitioners and long standing naturals. And also let’s not forget the chic bun—it's easy, elegant and also a fantastic protective style!

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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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