8 Sacrifices You Make For Your Curly Hair

8 Sacrifices You Make For Your Curly Hair

Having beautiful curls doesn't always come cheap.
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The story of a curly girl’s life: Some days, you fight with your hair. Sometimes it really, truly seems like your hair has a mind of its own and is trying to work against your efforts just to make it look halfway decent. Your strands go flat and straggly despite your scrunching and bunching them. Or the triangle thing happens. Dear God, the triangle thing. These are the days when you just surrender, admit defeat and toss your hair up in a bun. But then, of course, there are also those days when your ringlets come out shiny, bouncy and beautiful, perfectly adorning your head and framing your face, and all you want to do is take a gazillion selfies. In even better cases, those good hair days actually do last all day. This is why you keep fighting the fight. Those days of feeling amazingly beautiful are when you remind yourself that your hair is a blessing, and when you know the sacrifices you have to make to achieve and maintain that perfect look are worth making:


1. Waking up super early so that you have enough time to wash and style it.

Nope, you’ve never been able to just brush it and go. You’ve gotta go through your whole routine, and it can be a lengthy process. It’s kind of like the idea of “beauty sleep” in reverse. But when your hair still looks as awesome at 4 PM as it did at 7 AM, you don’t mind feeling a little sleepy.


2. Dedicating one entire drawer to hair products.

Your mind is still blown by the fact that straight-haired people don’t need to buy products other than shampoo and conditioner. You have a ton of different ones, and you’ve gotta make sure you have enough storage space for all of them.


3. Avoiding winter hats

Yes, it is 30 degrees outside. Yes, your ears are cold. And yes, wearing a hat would make sense. But it would also make your hair look terrible, and once you arrive indoors and remove the hat, you’ll be rocking the top-matted-down-triangle-look hardcore. No, thank you.


4. Rinsing with cold water

Cold-water rinses make for significantly healthier and stronger (and therefore better looking) curls. Cold-water rinsing doesn’t feel comfortable or pleasant, but hey, it’s only for a few seconds.


5. Never rolling down your car windows

Sigh. Yes, it would be nice to feel the cool spring breeze blow through your hair while you drive—if you knew it would fall perfectly back into place when you arrived at your destination.


6. MONEY

Having beautiful curls doesn’t always come cheap. Maintaining them and keeping them healthy requires a specific kind of care with specific products, and they can be pricey. Not to mention, when it comes to purchasing heat styling tools, the $30 straighteners are definitely not going to cut it.


7. Avoiding chlorinated pools

Not only is chlorine extremely damaging to curly hair, it also produces the “I just stuck my finger in an electrical socket” look. You’ll take hair that looks and feels healthy over a dip in the pool.


8. Traveling to find the right stylist

Not just anyone can cut your hair—you need to find someone who knows exactly how to handle curls, and knows which cuts and styles work for them. (I.e. Not your nearest Supercuts.) And you may have to go a little out of your way to find this person. But leaving the salon looking spectacular—and having a stylist who understands how important it is that you do—will always be worth driving a few extra miles.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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6 Natural Home Remedies to get rid of Acne quickly

Troubled by acne? Forget the doc, the meds and all overpriced face creams, here are 6 all-natural home remedies that work like a charm.

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Want to get rid of your acne naturally? While a lot of us prefer a quick and effective solution in the form of medicine or chemicals, these products can often harm our skin while getting rid of the acne. On the other hand, if you use a natural substance, it will not only get rid of the acne on your skin, but it will also protect your skin from any kind of damage.

Here are six natural methods to get rid of your acne quickly.

1. Use an orange peel

One of the easiest and quickest way to get rid of acne is by rubbing an orange peel on the acne and then keeping it overnight. In the morning, wash the area and you will notice that the acne is gone. It is that quick and effective and you don't have to use any chemicals in the process.

2. Apply egg white

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Another quick way to get rid of the acne is by using an egg white. All you have to do is take an egg and separate the yolk from the egg white. Apply this egg white on your acne affected area and leave it overnight. Wash your acne affected skin in the morning, you will notice that the acne has become dry now.

3. Use a potato

A potato is another quick way to get rid of the acne. Since it consists of Vitamin C, a potato can quickly dry the acne and remove it from your skin. All you have to do is take a piece of the potato and mash it properly. Then, apply this paste on your acne and leave it on for a few minutes. You can also keep this overnight and then wash your skin with water. You will notice that the acne has dried out and can be easily removed now.

4. Try out a lemon juice remedy

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One of the most effective ways to get rid of your acne is by using a lemon juice on the acne affected skin. Take a lemon and squeeze the juice out of it in a bowl. Take a cotton ball and dip it in the juice and then apply this solution to your acne. Leave it on for a couple of hours and then wash it off with a lukewarm water.

5. Use honey on your skin

One of the most effective home remedies includes honey, which is found to be an effective skin bacteria killer and is known to make your skin glow. Just take a little amount of honey and apply it on the affected area, leave it for the night, and then wash your acne affected area in the morning.

6. Apply aloe vera

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You can also use an aloe vera leaf to get rid of the acne. Take an aloe vera leaf, wash it with fresh water, rub it onto the acne, and leave it for 5 minutes. You can also use an aloe vera gel. Once the acne dries, you can remove it off and wash the area with water.

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