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Cardi B & Kylie Jenner’s Hair Stylist Shares Her Expert Tips On How To Wear & Care For Your Wig



You can’t stop watching Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ video and now you’re inspired to wear a wig just like the New Yorker. You’re in luck. Celeb hair stylist Tokyo Stylez is spilling her wig care secrets.

If you’ve seen Cardi B’s “WAP” music video, one thing that stands out – apart from the sexy outfits, dance moves and celeb cameos – is the hair.

Every style that the Bronx rapper wears in the video is a wig. From the extremely long chain link ponytail to the purple and green bob.

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Cardi B rocks a chain link ponytail in her ‘WAP’ music video. (Courtesy of YouTube)

All of those looks were crafted by celebrity hair stylist, Tokyo Stylez. The 30-year-old (whose clients have included Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Beyonce) believes that wigs don’t just look good, they can be a healthy move for your hair.

“Wigs are definitely a protective style,” Tokyo says in an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife. (Cardi B would agree. Back in June she showed off her long hair in an Instagram post writing that “wearing wigs” helps with “hair growth.”)

Why? Tokyo explains: “You’re not blow drying your actual hair. You’re not coloring your hair. You’re literally just letting your hair sit there and do its own thing. As long as you’re keeping it moisturized underneath and, when you do take it out, treat it, cut your ends… You keep continuing to do that [and] your hair will grow tremendously.”

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One of the many wigs created by Tokyo Stylez that Cardi B wears in the ‘WAP’ video. (Courtesy of YouTube)

That all sounds great but, if you’re not used to wearing wigs, what do you need to know to get started? Firstly, you don’t have to wear your hair in cornrows underneath for it to fit properly. “It depends on the style that I’m actually doing,” Tokyo says, adding, “I have some clients who would rather slick their hair back in a ponytail [and] put the stocking cap on.”

Here are some other basic tips that every novice wig wearer should know:

Lace Front Wigs:

“Lace is the base of the wig that you construct and ventilate the wig,” Tokyo says. “It’s super small, micro holes, like lace. So the hair is wrapped between all those holes in knots to create the effect that it’s coming out of the actual scalp.” Once that’s applied you can “pull your hair into ponytails or whatever…and it still looks very natural.”

Swiss, French and HD are the basic types of lace. “Swiss and HD transparent lace are going to be your best go tos for blending the lace into the skin and making sure it’s undetectable,” Tokyo says.

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Kylie Jenner wearing a sea green wig to a Met Gala 2019 after party. Tokyo Stylez worked on this look. (MEGA)

Wig Glue:

“There are two different options,” Tokyo says about the adhesive you can use to make sure your wig stays secure. “You can glue it or there’s a glue-less method that requires you to use this stuff called Got2B Glued. It’s a gel paste, but it’s so strong and sticky, once it’s dry it’s like glue.” Kylie Jenner likes to use this “temporary solution” that you can wash off, Tokyo says. Alternatively, the hair stylist is a fan of Lace Grip Cosmetic Adhesive.

Wig Care Tips:

As for caring for the wig itself, Tokyo says you can style and wear it as though it’s the hair growing out of your scalp. That means you can swim (if you use a waterproof lace adhesive), sleep and even exercise while wearing it. “Your scalp can breathe through underneath,” she says.

If you’re wearing your wig to bed, Tokyo suggests doing whatever you would normally do to maintain your style, like putting in flexi rods or rollers, before putting a silk bonnet on top.

To wash the wig, Tokyo prefers using cold or warm water. “When it’s too hot, if it’s colored, the hot water will make the color fade out quicker,” she says. “Once you’re done, I like to place mine on a mannequin head and let it air dry. You can blow dry it as well. I like to let mine air dry so that I’m not tugging and pulling too much on the actual wig, because the lace [is] very fragile and it can rip and tear.”

Speaking of which, Tokyo says that lace front wigs are not for everyday use, because of that fragility. Instead, she says a better option would be to take a break or to buy multiple wigs and switch them up. Tokyo, whose wigs cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000 says some of her wigs last two years.

For wig fans who want more in depth tips, Tokyo is giving two live demonstrations on how to install wigs, The Master Frontal Meltdown Class, on Sept. 12. (The details are on her Instagram page.) For everyone else, she recommends following her easy care tips above. “Just have fun and live,” she says.

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show



Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.


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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers



As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion


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The short, strange life of Quibi



“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.


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