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Why Protective Styles Are A Curly-Haired Girl’s Best Trick For Surviving The Heat

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Buns don’t have to be boring

Last September, I experienced a major turning point in my personal life. After 22 years of burning, breaking, and damaging my hair with heat tools on a daily basis, I finally found out how to properly care for and style my curls. It was a full blown metamorphosis into a life of self-love that I'd been lacking, and it empowered me to feel more comfortable in my skin than ever before.

That experience also served as the stepping stone for experimenting with even more natural hairstyles. I've not only learned about which products work best for my hair type, but also learned how to make the perfect ballerina bun (my lazy go-to style), honed in on my perfect conditioner-to-water ratio for my wash 'n' go styles, and, most importantly, have come to embrace my frizz on days when no amount of curl cream can tame it. (It happens!)

And though this winter hasn't been too harsh on my hair (my skin? That's a different story), I know the heat will be here soon and will effect the many hair routines that I've worked so hard to maintain over the last few months. And if you, like me, have curly hair, you can probably relate, too. 

For people with curly hair, it's not just summer heat that can cause problems; any time you're in a hot and/or dry environment, it's like taking a handful of kryptonite and hurling it full-speed at Superman. Because curly hair is always, always in need of intense moisture and hydration, heat and dry air are its major weakness. So when I got invited to attend Coachella—which, being in a desert, is basically the worst thing ever for curly hair—I was both excited and worried that I would run the risk of looking like I'd rubbed balloons all over my head. 

But then I remembered the curly-haired girl's secret weapon: protective styles

Protective styles include things like buns, braids, and ponytails, and they do exactly what their name suggests—protect your hair from damaging agents such as sun, heat, dryness, and rigorous manipulation. And while wearing your hair in a bun all the time may not be the most exciting, there are products out there to help give your hair a little extra flair. 

Products (all of which, you can grab at Sephora) like Bumble and Bumble's Tres Invisible Dry Shampoo, Thickening Dryspun Finish, and amika's Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray will help those with thinner hair achieve the extra grip needed for a textured braid. If you're not into braids, you can elevate your simple updo or bun using IGK's Holographic Hair Foam and PREPARTY Hair Strobing Glitter Spray. Both of these products use shade-shifting color and glitter that moves in the light. If you wanna really be extra, I recommend using some of the spray and a holding gel to lay down your edges and baby hairs (or, you could use one of these pigmented airbrush sprays from Hush to give you a deeper color.) 

But, in the event that you're not interested in any of this and want to rock your curly mane as is, more power to you. Be sure to go heavy on the deep conditioner at night (we recommend this stellar nourishing mask from amika), load up on water and moisturizing creams during the day, and go on with your bad AF, curly-haired self. 

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.

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