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Adam Levine’s Creepy New Look Is Low-Key Culturally Inappropriate, Right?

Not everyone is feeling the 'corn-hawk'

Adam Levine is BACK baby…and he’s got a controversial new haircut.

The Maroon 5 singer has been photographed sporting a freshly shaved head featuring nothing but a thin mohawk of cornrow braids down the centre of his skull.

Levine completed the unexpected look with a pair of shades and scruffy beard – and look, there’s a lot to unpack here.

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Firstly, what made Levine part ways with his famously good head of hair? Is this for an upcoming movie or TV role? Let’s not forget Levine has made a few brief appearances on our silver and small screen – remember Begin Again?

Or is this just a new look for Levine? The singer has experimented with plenty of the looks over the years, from bleached blonde to another ~edgy~ mohawk.

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Either way, Levine is treading a fine line with his new do. Not only is the extreme hair makeover give off big creepy energy, it could also be accused of cultural appropriation.

Over the years, cornrows have become a huge trend, especially amongst the likes of Kylie Jenner and her famous sisters. However, when the ancient traditional African hairstyle is adopted by white celebrities and influencers, it disregards the history, culture and issues that affect the community. 

Actress Amandla Stenberg explained the concept in a 2015 Tumblr video: “Appropriation occurs when the appropriator is not aware of the deep significance of the culture that they’re partaking in.”

“Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalisations or stereotypes where it originated but is deemed as high-fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves,” she said. 

We’re not the only ones who are shook over Levine’s new look. Twitter users have been having a field day with Levine’s new ‘corn hawk.’ One fan wrote, “the one good thing you could say about Adam Levine was, well, at least he’s an attractive man with normal good hair. Well, that time is over now.” Ouch!

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Here’s hoping it’s a temporary look for Levine. We all know he’s going to look back on this one in 20 years and have all the regrets.

Exploding Nail Polish Remover Is A Stupid Trend Which Is Dangerous As It Sounds

Yikes.

‘Explosions’ and your fingernails are two things that should never go together, but when it comes to beauty, all bets are clearly off.

YouTuber Cristine Rotenberg AKA Simply Nailogical recently trialled a product called “exploding nail polish remover,” and yes, it’s as terrifying and dangerous as it sounds.

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Before test driving the product, Rotenberg noted that the remover smelled like paint thinner and to make matters worse, it had no ingredients listed on the packaging.

For those who aren’t familiar with paint thinner, it’s a super duper poisonous substance that if you ingest can cause burning in the mouth, throat or stomach, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Lovely.

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The online description of the exploding nail polish remover insisted it was ‘non-hazardous’ but also advised not to get the product on your skin – which raises a few more red flags.

During the video, Rotenberg also shared a Facebook post warning consumers about the “miracle remover” being a potentially “harmful industrial solvent that should NOT be used in ANY cosmetic products.” Also extremely worrying.

Despite the warnings, Rotenberg made her boyfriend stand-in as a lab rat and applied the exploding nail polish remover to his painted fingernails. The product didn’t make any difference until it was applied to gel polish with no top or base coat. Immediately, the polish cracked and bubbled up on the fingernail. 

While Rotenberg’s boyfriend suffered no adverse reaction to the polish remover, it doesn’t like the product is safe to try at home. 

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It’s not the first time popular beauty products have been found to cause serious health concerns. Earlier this year, those Neutrogena acne face masks you’ve no doubt seen all over Instagram were recalled after they were found to cause potential eye damage.

The lesson here is: just because someone is flogging it on social media, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

Dear Beauty Brands, No One Wants To Put Penis-Shaped Makeup On Their Faces

Sex sells, I guess?

I’m not going to lie – I’m a sucker for novelty makeup. Glitter face masks? I’m sold. Colour-changing lipsticks? It’s a yes from me. Holographic highlighter? Sign me up. But makeup shaped like genitals? That’s a hard pass.

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They’re a lot of fun, but why do makeup brands think we want to apply and carry around penis-shaped or peen-themed beauty products? Unless you’re intent on celebrating a private hen’s party in front of your bathroom mirror every morning, these kinds of products seem rather unnecessary.

Hen’s party erryday. Credit: Giphy

This week, cult beauty brand Nars Cosmetics made headlines with a new lipstick collection called ‘After Hours.’ A clip promoting the new range featured a lipstick melting in reverse, causing the shape to ripple and resemble a penis. As if that wasn’t spicy enough, Nars captioned the video, “When the nudes keep you up all night.”

The saucy video ruffled feathers, with Twitter users taking to the social media platform to express their shock. Chrissy Teigen chimed in, tweeting, “Honestly in love with this colour and now I must have it to soften my boner.” Another user was quite confused, and asked, “Is lipstick applied to some other part of the body now?”

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The lipstick made people giggle and blush, but it also attracted plenty of criticism. “This makes me want to buy one, said no one ever. Gross,” one user tweeted. 

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Nars isn’t the only brand jumping on the novelty sex bandwagon, either. Bitch Slap Cosmetics has a ‘penis highlighter,’ a brush soap shaped like an angry naked man, and there’s even a ‘Unicorn Dick’ soap for those who like a little sparkle. 

Let’s not forget about the plethora of vagina-themed beauty products out there, either. These days, you can get your hands on everything from a highlighter compact imprinted with a vulva, vagina-shaped soaps, and if your nail technician is game, a vajayjay manicure.

Do people really get beauty boners over these novelty products? Or are they a pointless waste of time?

In the defence of these ballsy beauty brands, there is so much competition out there, that perhaps the only way to make a statement and grab our attention is with a penis or two. You know what they say: sex sells, and apparently so do genital-shaped beauty products.

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