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12 Troubles Only Naturalistas Will Understand

We natural-haired vixens love our manes! From the cute coils to the full blowouts, the versatility our hair gives us is endless. But with the good comes the bad, and there are definitely a few things that at times leave us exasperated with our curls. Check out our list of 12 curly problems only true naturalistas will understand.

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One word: SHRINKAGE

There's nothing worse than seeing your curls take shape, cascading down your back with the water running through it only to have then shrivel up to the nape of your neck when a little air hits them. Talk about disappointing.

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Decoding the texture chart

What’s the difference between 4a and 4b anyway? It’s like we’re back in math class trying to figure out if we’re going to ever use this in real life.

Having to Pre-poo before you even begin washing

Who had even heard of pre-pooing before they decided to transition to the natural life? We sure hadn’t!

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Section Washing

We’re so excited when our TWA turns into a full grown fro. That is until its time to wash it and that fro gets clamped into 10 sections just to make sure no strand is left behind.

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Being told that your hair isn’t natural.

It always tickles us when someone fresh from a touch-up tells us that our hair isn’t natural because it’s blown out, straightened, or in a sew-in. Because they’re the perfect judge of natural hair.

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Having to search for natural hair stylists

The only people who seem to do natural hair are braiders and Egyptians and Dominicans who specialize in burning your scalp until your tresses are dull and lifeless—neither method being a natural hairstyles according to our relaxed friends.

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The long process of doing your hair

Binge watching Netflix shows is pretty much inevitable when it takes anywhere from four to 24 hours just to prep your hair for a next-day style. #OITNB anyone?


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The cost of hair care products

We’ve resolved to make our own leave-in conditioners and daily moisturizers because these products are playing games with our bank account—charging an arm, leg and a first born for a two-ounce bottle of oil.

natural hair bad hair dayThe influx of bad hair days

None of which can be solved with a hat like everyone else. Our best bet is a turban, or a bravely untamed fro.


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The “unprofessional” fro stigma

It’s as if employers think we’ll suddenly turn the office into a Black Panther rally (insert eternal stale faces).

natural hair dumb questions The dumb questions

We know everyone’s grammar school teacher told us no question is a dumb question. But being asked constantly if we wash our hair or how does it get so “curly” (when they really mean nappy), let’s us know that Mrs. Smith was sadly mistaken.

natural hair humidity Humidity to Naturalistas = Rain to Relaxed Vixens

We are wholeheartedly convinced that humidity came straight from Satan himself. Humidity, unlike rain, can’t be seen from outside your window in the morning. It just sneaks up on you ruining hours of styling in one fell swoop.

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SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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