dos and don’ts: dreadlocks

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your guide to matting up.

If last week’s Moschino show had your hair all in a tizzy, well, we understand. Dreadlocks, once the staple of the Rastafarian movement (okay, well maybe not the staple…) and yogis alike, have been trying to infiltrate mainstream culture for decades. And while they’ve inched closer via Max Mara, Chanel, and Jean Paul Gaultier catwalks, they’ve only just officially captured the fashion world’s attention. It’s time to wake up and smell the hair product, people, because dreads are coming soon to a city near you.

To prepare for the takeover, we consulted Tanya Abriol, pro hairstylist at Sally Hershberger LA, to give us the dos and don’ts on matting up.

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME, KIDS  “You can add yarn, you can add hair, but you have to put beeswax in it, you have to put product in it, and you have to dig into it with a comb and tease it. It’s pretty gnarly. If you get too aggressive with it, you’re going to mess your hair up. Doing it wrong can really jack yourself up.”

DON’T BE AFRAID TO COMMIT “They can be tailored to any length, even short, especially if hair or yarn is being added. They work on every facial shape.”

DO TRY THEM ON FOR A DAY USING THIS TECHNIQUE “I would definitely use a dry matte pomade or beeswax and just in sections [roll your hand] back and forth.”

DO TAKE TIME TO THINK BEFORE TAKING THE LEAP “[Dreadlocks] are not for everybody. It’s such a commitment. If you’re not committed to it, don’t waste your time.”

DO WASH YOUR HAIR BEFOREHAND “You can go to a locks technician with clean hair. Once you have them in, you can’t really wash them for a few days.”

DO HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON “Getting them started is a little bit hard, but once you get them going it’s next to none as far as maintaining them.”

DO GO BIG “It’s probably one of the boldest statements you can make. Some of the most creative people have them.”

DO KNOW YOU’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY “There’s been Kyle Beckerman, Boy George did it, Shakira, Bob Marley, Jason Momoa…There’s a lot across the board. Lauryn Hill had it—hers were so sick.”


If you're in L.A. and decide to take the plunge, be sure to visit Tanya at Sally Hershberger Los Angeles--she'll give you hair even Jeremy Scott would be envious of.

photo via Women's Wear DailyModels backstage at Max Mara S/S 2014
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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]



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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.