8 Sacrifices You Make For Your Curly Hair

8 Sacrifices You Make For Your Curly Hair

Having beautiful curls doesn't always come cheap.

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.


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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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

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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7 Things You Need To Know About Starting A Good Skin Care Routine

Does putting on a face mask and expecting it to fix all of your problems sound familiar to anyone else?


Skin care is everything to me. If I'm having a bad day, I'll go home and plop a face mask on. Of course, a face-shaped sheet fabric isn't going to solve my life's problems, but it doesn't hurt to hope it will!

In all seriousness, taking care of your skin is absolutely necessary for living your best life. Although genetics plays a great role in the nature of your skin, good skin doesn't fully depend on your DNA. It depends on your daily habits, diet, and ultimately the TLC you give it. Everyone has different needs when it comes to their skin. However, we can all follow a general guide when it comes to knowing what types of products to use. Here is your guide to the ultimate skin care routine!

1. Cleanse

You can't begin without a squeaky clean face. The first thing I do when I wake up, or alternatively when I'm going to bed, is wash my face. It's important to invest in a good cleanser. A cleanser removes the makeup, dirt, and oil off of your face and lets your skin breathe. I like to use a makeup remover wipe to get rid of all my makeup before I go in with my cleanser. To get the most out of your cleanser, look into getting one that fits your skin's personal needs.

2. Exfoliate

Now this is something you shouldn't be doing every single day, but more like once to a few times a week based on your skin type. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells and gives you a really clean and polished look. Exfoliating my skin makes it feel more alive. You don't have to be too specific on the type you get, but look out for ones that contain natural ingredients.

3. Tone

This is a step that many people either don't know much about or skip over completely. Realistically, using a toner isn't the most important thing, but it is essential if you want to get the most out of your skin care routine. Toner helps you feel clean and refreshed. It also helps to remove any leftover makeup that may have been left on your face. There are two ways to use it: either spritz it onto a cotton pad and dab all over your face, or directly spritz onto your face for more of a cooling effect.

4. Moisturize

Regardless of what skin type you have, moisturizing is super important. I have really dry skin, and therefore, a good moisturizer is a must for me. Moisturizing your face will keep it soft and supple. Personally, my skin feels a bit dried out after I use cleanser, and moisturizing it feels like I'm bringing it back to life. There are different types of moisturizer based on your skin type. It is important to get the right type as they all serve different needs.

5. Eye cream

I don't know about you, but even the bags under my eyes have bags. The area under your eyes is extremely delicate, therefore, it is important that we give it specialized care. Using a good eye cream every night is essential in the longterm appearance of your under eyes. Eye cream will keep the area hydrated, smooth, and elastic. It can also prevent fine lines and wrinkles in the future. Many people will tell you that you don't need one at your age, but it is honestly better to start young. Your future self will thank you!

6. Face masks

There's nothing I love more than putting on a face mask after a long day. Whether it be a clay mask, a sheet mask, or a peel-off mask, it's the perfect way to end the day. Walk into the nearest Sephora and you'll find hundreds of different masks, so I'd suggest experimenting and finding one that makes your skin feel the best.


I can't write an article about skin care without mentioning good ole H2O. Water is your skin's best friend. Just like any other part of your body, your skin is an organ, and it is made up of cells. If your skin isn't getting the sufficient amount of water it needs, it will show on your face. Drinking lots of water will clean out the toxins in your body and skin. Obviously, nothing happens overnight. But increasing your water intake will improve your skin's complexion and give it a glow. In addition to drinking water, you should also eat lots of fruits and vegetable in order for skin to function at its best. I mean, hey, you are what you eat.

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