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Knotless Braids: New Box Style Information You Should Know



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Hair can be uncooperative, fussy, or moody. It can be frustrating if your hair doesn’t bend, curl, or sit as you want. knotless braids Hair can be frustrating, time-consuming, expensive, and a hassle. Black women are perhaps the best at this.

Enter, stage left: braids.

Not just any braids. Many Black women now prefer knotless braids to traditional box braids.

The old style is worn by Janet Jackson in “Poetic Justice” in 1993. It involves separating the hair into sections and knotting the roots with synthetic hair.

The hair stylists who create knotless braids start by dividing the hair into sections. But then, they add synthetic hair bit by bit to the braid.

The hair extensions are not tied at the roots so there is very little tension on the scalp. Box braids can sometimes look bulky due to the lack of knots. The braids are flatter in the newer style. Knotless braids are lighter.

Jamilla Dick Quashie, 42 (director of health and safety, New York City Office Chief Medical Examiner), said that it is so simple to manage. She is also a mother of a 6-year-old.

It’s much easier to put my hair up in a ponytail or braid with knotless braids. It’s also a huge difference to not feel the tension in my scalp.

According to hair stylists who are experts in braids for Black women, this style wasn’t very popular until three years ago. Today, most customers opt for a knotless style at salons such as Aminata African Hair Braiding Harlem.

Astou Fall has been working at Aminata for over 20 years. She and her colleagues learned how to make the braids from YouTube tutorials after customers asked for knotless braids in 2020. She said that they practiced for two months on a mannequin until they were comfortable with the technique.

Ms. Fall, 37-year-old Senegalese, said that the knotless braids were initially more difficult because they are something new to her. It was actually easier than regular braids once we became used to it.

Small knots at their roots

Stylists were able to braid faster without having to make small knots at their roots. This resulted in more customers and increased revenue. Aminata offers box braids that are either knotless or not. They cost $140 for hair reaching the back and $180 to reach the waist.

This new style was also in high demand. Before the advent of Instagram’s Instagram Explore, customers could just show up at a salon for African hair braiding without having to book a time. Many hair braiders now require customers to book appointments online. To protect against no-shows, some hair braiders require a $30 deposit. (Aminata African Hair Braiding still requires a $30 deposit.

Meagan Louis, a hairdresser in Brooklyn’s East Flatbush, says that she braids her hair at Soignee BK. She started her salon when the new style was popular.

She stated that she didn’t intend to braid her hair full-time. She graduated from the University of Albany with a biology degree in 2012. She then worked as a technologist at a medical laboratory and did hair braiding after work to supplement her income.

Louis stated, “I would do my 9-5, and then when it’s time to go home, I’ll probably knock out two clients.” “I would do this probably every other day.”

Louis stated that it was becoming more of a full-time job than the real full-time one.

Ms. Louis was reluctant because her parents immigrated to the Grenadines from the Grenadines in order for her to become a doctor.

Ms. Louis stated that she was about to apply for medical school. “It was just a moment when you decide, Is it worth it to continue 11 years to be a surgeon or can you braid your hair and make the same amount?’

Louis eventually quit her lab job. She said that she was able to make her own schedule and spend more quality time with her son and daughter, aged 8 and 4.

Louis stated, “I make more money braiding my hair and have more creativity.” Science is very precise. It works or it doesn’t. It’s scientific, it’s mathematical. You can still be creative and do whatever you want.

Louis was a freelancer until Soignee BK opened in February 2020. After the pandemic, she was unable to visit customers for several months.

She built her salon’s social media presence during those months of isolation. She claimed that after she declared that she was ready for clients again, she booked a month’s worth of appointments in just two minutes.

Now, she accepts new appointments at noon on the 16th of every month. The month fills up quickly. Louis credits her speed and neatness for her success. Her braids look almost like they were made by a machine.

Louis, who is a scientist by nature, insists that customers don’t have more braids on one side than the other. This is a common problem.

Her customers must have at least 4 to 5 inches of hair, and they should arrive with their hair freshly washed and dried. (The older style of braids allowed for a wide range of hair lengths.

Ms. Louis

At first, Ms. Louis charged $150 per person for medium-sized braids. The same service is now available at a $350 price.

Because it is quicker, she says she prefers to do knotless braids. Customers and stylists agree that the new style is more likely to cause hair damage. Some women lost their hair due to traditional box braids that were tightened and tied close to the scalp.

Ms. DickQuashie, a medical examiner’s assistant, stated that she chose the knotless method because it is gentle. Xia Charles (29), is the salon’s owner in Crown Heights.

Ms. Charles

Ms. Charles was born in Trinidad and Tobago and learned how to braid her hair from her grandmother at the age of 3. She was an economics student at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados.

Ms. Charles stated that she would braid extra heads to make money when I got tired of eating ramen. “When I graduated from university, I returned home to Tobago, but couldn’t find work, so I began doing my hair at my sister’s clothing store, in a cooler chair.

She began braiding her hair in a barbershop just a few blocks from her Brooklyn home after she immigrated to the United States in 2017.

Ms. Charles stated that although the barbershop was not ideal, she appreciated it as a learning experience. I was able to see how they operate in America.

Because it causes very little tension on the scalp, the knotless style is gaining popularity.

Braided’s proprietor, Ms. Charles also teaches braiding and has some of her students.

Ms. Charles stated that people want protection, ease, and convenience, which is what knotless braids offer.

After spending five months in the barbershop she was able to rent a booth in a salon. She started sharing photos of her work online to establish a clientele.

One of her specialties was stitching braids. These are cornrows in which the hair is parted horizontally below the braid’s spine. Stitched braids are similar to knotless braids.

They use natural hair, but synthetic hair is fed into the braid to create less tension. Ms. Charles uses a unique method. She divides the stitch with her ring fingers as she braids down.

“Stitch braids are good for your hair,” said Ms. Charles. “Back in the day, they would start with a large bump of synthetic hair and then rip your scalp. You can now start with your hair. We have problems with traction alopecia in black hair.

After some success at her rented booth, she began braiding her hair in her apartment of two bedrooms. Ms. Charles stated, “I ran it as if it were a salon.”

She made a breakthrough in 2018 when she braided Tanisha Thomas’s hair and posted it on Instagram. Soon Cardi B, a rapper, became an Instagram follower of Ms. Charles and was then a customer. Ms. Charles stated that she braids Cardi B’s locks occasionally.

Ms. Charles stated that Cardi B is more likely to get the fishbowl. This is usually just cornrows and then an extension. It doesn’t pull your hair in any way.

Ms. Charles was part of the 2020 hair-braiding team of Beyonce’s visual album “Black Is King”, in which she wore long box braids that were longer than her body.

Charles stated that celebrities are the biggest influencers.

Braided was her first salon, with large bay windows and paper-white walls. She also offers classes in braiding, and sometimes hires her students. She noted that her business was booming and she had purchased her first home within five years.

She says that customers aren’t bothered by high prices if the braids are done correctly.

Ms. Charles stated that although it might be more costly, people will pay if their hair is not damaged. Knotless braids provide protection and convenience.

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Deadline Extended: Link PAN with Aadhaar by March 31, 2023 or face penalties



How to Link PAN with Aadhaar

The deadline to link your Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Aadhaar has been extended until March 31, 2023. Please be aware that there is now a penalty associated with linking PANs with Aadhaar; if you link them now, there will be an additional fee of Rs 1,000 as the last date without penalty was June 30th 2022 which has passed already.

Prior to the March 31st deadline for linking your PAN and Aadhaar, all non-exempt PAN holders who do not fall under an exemption category must link their PANs with Aadhaar. Without this link, inoperative status of your PAN will take effect as of January 1, 2023; thus, don’t wait – link it now!

Please be advised!According to the Income-tax Act of 1961, all persons holding a PAN who do not fall within an exempt category are required to file returns…

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According to a Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) circular dated March 30, 2022, “Rule 114AAA of the Income-tax Rules provides that if someone’s PAN becomes inoperative, they cannot furnish, intimate or quote it and shall face all consequences under the Act as a result.”

According to an advisory published in The Times of India on March 6, 2023 by the income tax department, here are six consequences of not linking your PAN with Aadhaar.

Your PAN card will no longer function.

Filing an ITR will not be possible.

Pending returns will not be processed.

No refunds can be issued once an order has been placed.

Pending proceedings, such as those related to defective returns, cannot be completed.

Tax will be deducted at a higher rate.

If you have not linked your PAN with Aadhaar yet, here is how to do so according to the Income Tax Department website.

How to Link PAN with Aadhaar

How to Link PAN with Aadhaar

How to Link PAN with Aadhaar

Step 1: Navigate to the Income Tax website ( for assistance with filing an income tax return.

Step 2: Navigate to the Quick Link section and click on ‘Link Aadhaar‘.

Step 3: Enter Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number, then pay late fee of Rs 1000 using ePay tax functionality after following onscreen instructions.

Step 4: Once payment is complete, visit ‘Link Aadhaar’ section again and enter your name, mobile number, Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number (PAN).

Step 5: Confirm the information by selecting ‘I agree to validate my Aadhaar details’ and clicking on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ option.

Step 6: Enter the OTP received on your mobile number and click ‘Validate’ to complete linking.

How to Verify Aadhaar-PAN Link Status

Are you uncertain if your Aadhaar and PAN numbers are connected or not? Here’s an easy way to verify.

Step 1: Navigate to the Income Tax e-filing website at to begin filing your taxes electronically.

Step 2: Under Quick Links, you will locate the ‘Link Aadhaar Status’ option.

Step 3: Enter your PAN and Aadhaar numbers, then click ‘View Link Aadhaar Status’.

Step 4: If your PAN is linked with your Aadhaar, a message will appear on your screen.

Here are essential FAQs regarding PAN (Pay As You Earn) and Aadhaar linking, according to the Income Tax website through March 31st 2023.

Who Needs to Link Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN)?

According to the Income tax website, Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act requires every individual who has been allotted a permanent account number (PAN) as of July 1st, 2017, and who is eligible for an Aadhaar number, to inform it in the prescribed form and manner before the prescribed date (31st March 2022 without fee payment or 31.03.2023). For further details regarding this requirement, refer to CBDT circular No.7/2022 dated 30.03.2022.”

Who does not require Aadhaar-PAN linkage?

The Aadhaar-PAN linkage requirement does not apply to anyone who is:

I) Living in Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, or Meghalaya.

II) A non-resident as defined in the Income-tax Act, 1961, if they reached eighty years or older at any point during the prior year;

III) Not a citizen of India as per the Income Tax website

(Originally Published March 06, 2023)

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Motilal Oswal Financial Services: Buy Tech Mahindra Targeted Price RS 1180 Lets Explain In Details



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Motilal Oswal Financial Services has issued a buy call on Tech Mahindra with an objective price target of Rs 1180. At present, the stock’s market value stands at Rs 1106.95. Motilal Oswal Financial Services advises investors to maintain their stop loss at Rs 1100.

Tech Mahindra, established in 1986, is a large-cap company (with a market cap of Rs 107651.26 Crore) operating within the IT Software sector.

Tech Mahindra’s key products/revenue segments for the year ending 31 March 2022 include Software Services.

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For the quarter ended 31-12-2022, the company reported a Consolidated Total Income of Rs 13981.70 Crore, up 4.19 % from last quarter’s Total Income of Rs 13419.65 Crore and 19.77% higher than last year’s same quarter Total Income of Rs 11673.90 Crore. Net profit after tax for this latest quarter came to Rs 1294.30 Crore.

The company’s top management consists of Mr. Anand G Mahindra, Ms. Shikha Sharma, Mr. Haigreve Khaitan, Dr.Mukti Khaire, Mrs.M Rajyalakshmi Rao, Penelope Fowler, Manoj Bhat, Dr.Anish Shah, C P Gurnani and T N Manoharan; B S R & Co LLP is its auditors; as of 31-12-2022 the company had 97 Crore shares outstanding.

Investment Rationale

The stock has reversed its lower highs on both daily and weekly time frames, suggesting it may have broken out of consolidation mode on a monthly basis.

Promoters/FII Holdings

On 31 December 2022, promoters owned 35.19 percent of the company; FIIs held 27.95 percent and DIIs 23.54 percent stake respectively.

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CEO faces backlash for crying selfie after layoffs announcement on LinkedIn



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CEO Crying Selfie Layoffs: A CEO of a US company is facing flak for the way he announced the firing of his employees on LinkedIn, with people deeming it reprehensible.

Braden Wallake, the CEO of HyperSocial, posted a photo of himself crying while trying to explain why few employees had to be laid off from his company.

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CEO posts crying selfie on LinkedIn after firing employees

CEO criticised for his crying selfie after firing employees

CEO posts crying selfie on LinkedIn after firing employees

“I’ve gone back and forth whether to post this or not. We just had to layoff a few of our employees. I’ve seen a lot of layoffs over the last few weeks on LinkedIn. Most of those are due to the economy, or whatever other reason. Ours? My fault,” Wallake wrote.

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“I made a decision in February to stop selling our main services and focus on a new service. A higher priced service. It’s a great service, and something we will continue to offer, but it’s for the right kinds of companies,” he added.

“Now, I know my team will say that ‘we made that decision together’, but I lead us into it. And because of those failings, I had to do today, the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

Wallake said despite the layoffs, the company has always been a people first business. “We’ve always been a people first business. And we always will be. Days like today, I wish I was a business owner that was only money driven and didn’t care about who he hurt along the way.”

“So, I just want people to see, that not every CEO out there is cold-hearted and doesn’t care when he/she have to lay people off. I’m sure there are hundreds and thousands of others like me. The ones you don’t see talked about. Because they didn’t lay off 50 or 500 or 5000 employees,” he said.

He further went on add that hoped his employees realised how much he loved them. “I know it isn’t professional to tell my employees that I love them. But from the bottom of my heart, I hope they know how much I do. Every single one. Every single story. Every single thing that makes them smile and every single thing that makes them cry. Their families. Their friends. Their hobbies,” he wrote.

CEO criticised for his crying selfie after firing employees

The post has gone viral and people have laid into Wallake for the crying selfie he posted.


“Don’t worry everyone. Not every CEO is cold hearted. Some are attention seeking narcissists. it’s fine. Stop worrying,” one user commented.

“Taking a selfie while crying. I applaud your ability to multitask under distress,” another user said.

“Three things that disturb me about this post – one, this strikes as “how hard this is for me, pity the poor CEO” when people have just lost their jobs. A bit insensitive. Two, the authors replies to peoples comments seem in a tone that suggests he’s not exactly heart broken. And three, if you’ve laid people off and you are taking to LinkedIn to post about it, maybe link them, sing their praises and skills and let other companies know they would be amazing people to hire. This post just comes off as attention seeking,” a third user added.

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