Bangs, You Love Them Or You Hate Them But There's A Lot Of History Behind Them

Bangs, You Love Them Or You Hate Them, But There's A Lot Of History Behind Them

Bangs, fringe, the french face lift just a few phrases to capture such a defining look.


This haircut is no stranger to those who have had them. Bangs defined my hair growing up and every two years I question if I should cut them again. There is so much history that goes along with this hairstyle and when you decide to cut your hair you are not only joining the club but continuing the bang legacy.

Bangs change your look drastically with such little effort an have been doing so ever since the 8th century. Sadly Cleopatra was not the one to start the bang trend in fact it was Zuriab an Iraqi Renaissance man who had a painting done of him and supported the hairstyle in which his women followers also supported. Leading into the later years of the roaring twenties where Louise Brooks made the hairstyle iconic as well as Josephine Baker's curled slicked down fringe which was ahead of her time. Betty Page also styled her hair in this fashion of the pin up girl era further supporting the trend. In the 40's hair was mainly kept out of the face but bangs were still worn but more so as "bumper bangs" which was the front hair lifted witha pin or hat. In the 50's the trend was baby bangs such as Audrey Hepburns style of bang where they are cut closer to the hairline and more forehead is shown. The 60's supported more of a side swept bang that were sprayed and placed beneath a beehive updo. The 70's rocked a voluminous hair style with flowing hair. The most iconic styles of the decade were supported by Jane Berkin's delicate fringe and Farrah Fawcett's feathered volumed hair with bangs parting her face. The 80's were the time of the perm and Sarah Jessica Parker wore this look and the statement bang made it's headline. In the 90's the bang really got it's wings and was worn bluntly by Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction or curled-under by Drew Barrymore or put to the side by Rachel in Friends. In the 2000's the side bang continued but with the help of Zooey Deschanel the retro-trend bangs came back and now

Bangs can be worn by anyone, in any style and will be loved or hated. It is all in the eyes of the beholder. Just be warned that before you cut your hair into this forever loved hairstyle that there is upkeep that goes along with them. They tend to get greasier faster and need to be styled daily as they have a mind of their own; they also tend to take a year to fully grow out. IF you are up for the challenge don't let me stop you as bangs are one heck of an experience. So get in your bathroom and watch a couple of youtube videos on how to cut them and in no time you will have a whole different look.

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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 semicolon 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 into 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 and 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 glyph 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 and the strength we all have inside of us.

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

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3 Essential Tips To Creating The Ultimate Natural Beauty Look

Bringing out your inner glow with a touch of makeup can boost your confidence through the roof.


The key to achieving natural beauty is not applying too much makeup in the first place. You don't need as much product as you think. Honestly, when it comes down to it, all you need is a moisturizer, a touch of concealer, blush, and mascara. Anything else is going to make you look too caked up when you're going for a natural look.

1. Use a light hand

It can be easy to go in with a heavy hand but in doing this, your end result will look too heavy. When you use a heavy hand, you'll end up looking like a clown. By lightly applying your makeup, you'll be able to see your beauty in all of its glory. Be sure to tap off any excess product off of your brush before applying it to your skin. This will ensure that not only will the product not be stamped onto your face, but instead, seamlessly blended onto your skin. Little stippling motions with either a beauty sponge or a foundation/ concealer brush are the easiest way to do the trick.

2. Use as much natural light as possible

By using light that is toned a different shade, your makeup can look all sorts of messed up. Typically these kinds of lights have a yellow tone in them, which can impact how you see your initial base foundation/concealer. It can turn your view into seeing your skin in a different shade, forcing you to apply either too much makeup or too harshly. I tend to do my makeup in at my kitchen table near a window, or in a bathroom with bright lighting. As long as you have a mirror and natural light, you should be good to go!

3. Use the right products

This can vary from different skin tones, textures, types, etc. Everybody has a different combination of products that works effortlessly for their skin. This can be achieved by the process of trial and error, but once you find that stellar combination, nothing out there will be able to beat it!

While playing in loud eyeshadow colors and sharp contour lines can be fun every now and then, natural beauty is key for an everyday look. Bringing out your inner glow with a touch of makeup can boost your confidence through the roof.

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