To My Fellow Curly Haired Gals, Embrace The Curls

To My Fellow Curly Haired Gals, Embrace The Curls

We have to embrace them curls because they're beautiful, sis.

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My hair has gone through so many stages throughout my life. It's gone through a wavy stage, a straight stage, and almost everything in between. I never really knew what to do with my hair or the fact that it was curly/wavy until my junior year of high school. When I was younger if I brushed it, it would be frizzy and puffy and if I left it as is, it just looked messy.

So for a long time, I just put it up in a ponytail and called it a day. I just didn't understand my hair because all these girls around me would have either straight luscious hair or defined curls and I didn't fit either one. And just a sidetone here, I have a sister who has the most beautiful straight hair you will ever see so it was like night and day when it came to our hair. It was a little frustrating to not have straight, luscious, and tame hair. As the years went by I started to try to use products to work with my hair. I went through all types of mousses and gels but it would just leave my hair worse off.

My senior year I got a Deva haircut. And all my curly/wavy haired girls out there now that this is the craze. The Deva cut is just a haircut where they really take into consideration that you have curly hair, cut it accordingly and somehow make your hair look so amazing. Your curls/waves are left so defined that it's literally magical. I came to find that my hair isn't perfectly curly and it isn't straight either -- it's a hodgepodge of curls and waves. After that, I started seeing the potential I had never seen in my hair. With the help of the stylists there, I got products that worked with my hair and finally had the results I wanted.

Let's flash forward to this last week when I was going out with some friends. And whenever I go out I tend to just redefine my curls/waves with a curling iron just to make my hair look a little more alive. To my surprise, my curling iron had curled its last curl, it just wouldn't turn on. So, I used my sister's straightener instead. I probably hadn't straightened my hair in 2 to 3 years. And I didn't expect anything radically different to occur. But, I looked so different. And for a moment I actually preferred myself with straight hair.

It looked sleeker, I didn't look as "messy" as some people had told me before. I looked put together. So I went out, feeling confident but at the end of the day, I realized, yes, this straight hair is nice and all but my natural hair is beautiful. Yes, these waves are hard to maintain and there are days when my hair looks like a bird's nest (yes, seriously) but I can always nail the messy bun look because of it. My waves/curls make me unique and I love them.

Sometimes we can feel pressure to look a certain way by society or even by our own self but we don't need to have straight hair or maybe you just don't know how to get defined curls and you're frustrated but there are so many people online who are helping with this too (the curly hair movement, especially on YouTube, is real). So, I'm embracing my waves and curls, and to all my curly haired gals; you're curls/waves are beautiful! We have to embrace them curls because they're beautiful, sis. Whether they're defined curls, or waves, or anything in between -- it is beautiful and deserves to be shown to the world!

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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 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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Why Your Skin Is Breaking Out And How To Fix It!

#3 is so true

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Hundreds of people may be suffering through some sudden flare-ups of acne, and you may be asking yourself - where did this even come from? Well, with the spring-time comes pollen, the stress of mid-terms, or preparing for important events could all determine how your body handles the situation. It is no secret that your skin is the first clue as to what is going on in your body, and so here are a few reasons on why those pimples keep showing up and how to fix them.

1. Pollen and the quality of the air you are breathing could affect the quality of your skin

If you take a look at a face chart, the comedones on your cheeks could be caused by the air that you are breathing. If you constantly suffer from acne and you live in a highly polluted city, this could be the main cause of any acne on your cheeks. However, if you are just now getting some pimples in this area, it could be because of pollen. Spring is when you start to see significant amounts of pollen, and pimples could be the first sign that you have a pollen allergy. Although this may seem like there is not a 'cure', it is recommended that you stick to a routine, and also check to make sure that you get all of your makeup off and to fully cleanse your face every night. If needed, you could apply an astringent such as witch hazel or apple cider vinegar.

2. Your phone is dirtier than a toilet seat, and the majority of people never clean their phone screens

As most of you may not know, your phone is dirtier than a toilet seat. It harbors an abundant amount of bacteria and dead skin cells. If you notice that you get breakouts on the side that you hold your phone, then that could be the main clue that your phone is the cause of your acne. This could be easily solved, however, by just regularly disinfecting your phone screen and keeping your face clean. Again, make sure that you stick to a routine since you will not see results overnight.

3. Some of the food that you are eating is NOT agreeing with your digestion system

Some may say that what you eat has no connections to your acne, but it truly does. Based on a traditional face chart, acne on your forehead could be caused by food that was not fully broken down by the digestion system. The body creates acne as a last resort to get any toxins or bacteria out of your body, and the acne on your forehead is the body's way of saying "hey, that didn't agree with you!" Those that have a milk intolerance specifically could find acne in this area due to the body's inability to break down lactose. In order to fix this, keep an eye on what you are eating and try to find what could be causing the acne, and also make sure you keep your face clean.

4. You cannot stop touching your face

Do you know how much bacteria is on your hands alone? Millions! Whenever you touch your face, you are transferring any bacteria that was on your hands onto your face. So, if the acne seems quite random, try to notice all of the times that you touch your face in the day and try to stop yourself. This cause has a simple solution, just try to keep your hands and face clean, and try to not touch your face.

5. You don't clean your sheets enough

Similar to your phone, your pillowcase alone harbors an abundant amount of dead skin cells, makeup, and bacteria that could be clogging your pores. Imagine resting your face on all of those dead skin cells for at least six hours and then possibly putting makeup right on top of it. This could be one of the main causes of your acne! Make sure that you regularly clean your bed sheets, and of course, keep your face clean.

6. The makeup or tools that you use could be clogging your pores

Are you using new makeup products? If so, check the ingredients and check to see which one is not in your normal makeup, since that could be what is irritating your skin. If that is not the case, when is the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? As I have stated before, makeup brushes hold dead skin skills, left-over makeup, and bacteria that could be clogging your pores. Every time you put on makeup, you are pushing dead skin cells and old makeup back into your pores, and therefore, causing acne. To prevent this, make sure you are regularly cleaning your makeup brushes, at least once every two weeks, and regularly changing out your sponges. Also, make sure that you clean your hands and face before putting on makeup.

7. You're too stressed

The body's natural reaction to stress or hormones is to create acne, so this is why you may get a few breakouts during 'that time of the month' or right before important events. To fix this issue, try natural vitamins, such as maca root, to help how your body reacts to stress or just try to solve any ongoing stress factors in your life. As for hormonal acne, just try to keep your face clean and try to relax. Relaxation is a solution to get rid of stress-related acne.

Overall, you want to make sure that you are keeping the items around you nice and clean. Dirt, oil, bacteria, makeup, and dead skin cells are all major catalysts for acne. Make sure that you guys are always cleaning your face, and that should prevent acne in general, but just in case that doesn't work, I hope these tips help clear your face!

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