13 Thoughts A Mixed-Girl Has Before Getting A Haircut

13 Thoughts A Mixed-Girl Has Before Getting A Haircut

A hair-raising journey.
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I have a haircut this Friday. This is a statement which to most would appear to be innocuous. Run of the mill. Completely mundane.

However, coming from the perspective of a person about to finish her undergraduate collegiate work who hasn't had a professional haircut since her junior year in high school, going in for a haircut is not an ordinary occurrence.

As a person on mixed-race who has always had very curly hair, it can be pretty surprising to hear that I’ve never been quite comfortable with it. Anyways, here are some of the thoughts I’ve been thinking as my appointment with Doom steadily approaches.

1. Is this really necessary?

Why suffer through the public humiliation of walking around when I could just go back to having my mom cut my hair?

2. Is it too late to cancel?

It’s not like there’s a fee right? But you shouldn’t. You really shouldn’t.

3. Shrinkage sucks.

End of story.

4. Is shaving my head an option?

Yes. But not for me. Back to the drawing board.

5. People do this all the time.

This is a normal thing. Don’t let your hair keep breaking off at your shoulders. Take care of yourself.

6. Some people enjoy having their hair cut.

Why can’t I be some people?

7. Do I look good in hats?

Wearing hats can be my new lifestyle if necessary, right?

8. Is it really too late to cancel?

Yes. Yes, it is. Please stop considering this.

9. It will grow back.

… Eventually.

10. Hair-y Styles

Because my brain processes trauma with puns.

11. It’s okay if you cry.

But this time, just try not to do it in the bathroom halfway through your appointment. You’re a grown up now, you can wait until you get home.

12. I wonder how long it’s going to take this time.

Because it takes a real long time to cut curly hair.

13. Everything is going to be just fine.

This is the one I’m trying to let outweigh all the other jumbled, nervous thoughts I have running around in my head because a good or bad haircut doesn’t determine who you are.

Obviously, I cannot speak to the experience of all mixed women. There are certainly those who have found hairstylists and cuts that they are completely comfortable with. These are just some of the thoughts and questions that will continue to haunt me until this Friday. Maybe one day I will finally understand what it’s like to look forward to the exhilarating change that accompanies a fresh cut. But seeing as that day is not today, here’s to hoping I won’t be wearing hats for the next few weeks.

Cover Image Credit: Vanessa Hinton

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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6 Bellingham, WA Tattoo Artists You Didn't Know About

Six different artists from different shops that have amazing tattoo art.

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In any downtown area, there are bound to be tattoo shops. That is no exclusion to Bellingham, Wash.

But when it comes to choosing a tattoo artist, you want it to be perfect, since this ink will be on your body forever. To help ease that decision, here are six different tattoo artists that you might not have known about from the area.

1. Kris Stencel

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Kris Stencel is an artist at Sabbath Tattoo located on Grand Ave. She does anywhere from nature to traditional tattoos. Check her out on Instagram @krissstencel for more!

2. Kaya Rivera

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Kaya Rivera is an artist at Railroad Ave Tattoo on Railroad Ave. Her art is traditional with a fun twist. The colors are bold but clean. She also sometimes does nature tattoos. Check her out on Instagram @leelkiwi for more fun!

3. Minori

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Minori is an artist as Chameleon Tattoo on N State Street. She grew up in Japan where she developed a love for art. Her inspiration for tattoos comes from influences of Japanese motifs, the feminine body, and visual poetry. She has unique designs and uses pleasing colors. Her username on Instagram is @minori_tattoos. Check her out!

4. Kamile Jordan

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Kamile Jordan is another artist at Chameleon Tattoo. She does lots of botanicals with beautiful colors. She's @kahejoart on Instagram and has more stunning photos there!

5. Teresa Lane

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Teresa Lane is another artist at Sabbath Tattoo. She does lots of nature and botanical tattoos while doing some epic sleeves. To check out more of her art, her Instagram is @teresalane666.

6. Emily Nelson

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Emily Nelson is a tattoo artist that works out of the Herald Building on N State St. She does a mixture of botanical and traditional tattoos. Emily likes to pays attention to detail. Her Instagram is @enelson1982 to see more of her work.

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There are so many tattoo artists to explore in Bellingham, so the next time you think about putting some new ink on your skin, make sure to research the type of tattoo you want, and keep these artists in mind!

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