15 Things Only Girls With Natural Curls Will Get

15 Things Only Girls With Natural Curls Will Get

Just Curly Things.

Growing up with curly hair is both a blessing and a curse. It took me too long to love the locks I was given but I finally appreciate them. Throughout the years I have noticed many things are constant when you have curly hair that I'm sure my fellow curly gals will get.

1. Not knowing how to tame the mane and going years before finally finding the perfect hair product.

Every head of hair is different and while there are millions of “curly” hair products majority of them can’t fight frizz or make your hair look like ramen noodles.

2. Always having someone ask if they can touch your hair as if it is some kind of exotic creature that they’ve never seen before

You know those people who are like omg can I touch your hair? Just know you are not obligated to say yes. My faves are the ones who just stick their hands in it like your hair is a bowl of spaghetti that is not attached to your head. NBD.

3. The one go-to hairstyle you had before the amazing curly hair gurus (who truly are a blessing) emerged. My personal go to was the half up half down style that was not cute but was all you knew how to do

I call it the Pam Beesley, and it’s the only way Pam wears her hair consistently circa seasons one through three of The Office.

4. When you want to cut your hair you can’t just go anywhere

If you want your hair cut right you cannot just mosey on down to a random shop and get it cut. You have to find places that specialize in curly cuts because there is a different technique that goes into it.

5. When you google curly hairstyles and have to retype natural curly hairstyles.

Literally, every time I search on Google or Pinterest I have to add natural to my search because 9/10 you will get hair that has curls from a wand or iron which is no biggie but it’s annoying to not see more natural curls out there.

6. Trying to find someone with similar curls. You’re better off finding someone with the same fingerprints.

Not all curls are alike, and all heads of curly hair are different as mentioned before. There are so many different patterns of curls out there and some people have like three different types on their own head. Hair inspiration requires a lot of research.

7. Your hair gets stuck on or picks things up.

I was the gal whose pencil got swept away when I wrote, and I have also gotten stuck on hangers and under purse straps. It makes for a great party trick: “Watch the pencil disappear”

*sweeps hair over table*

8. The desire to style with hot tools but the fear of heat damage.

Remember her, lol. You can enjoy it now but have fun with the aftermath of your curls bouncing back three days later.

9. A slight chance of humidity equaling a 100% chance of frizz

Big and sexy hair, right?

10. French braiding at sleepovers (or in general) was and is still a painful experience

It typically resulted in a knotted mess, frizzy braids, or tears.

11. The ability to do your hair in about 20 minutes or less is a blessing or you can literally pull an "I woke up like this"

Just add water.

12. Your curls are the key identifier for your friends when they are looking for you

Find my friends, more like catch the curls.

13. Compliments from strangers

You will get compliments left and right from complete strangers on your curls, it is a fabulous confidence booster.

14. When friends ask for a brush or a hairdryer and you’re just like LOL nope

Girl do I look like I could use a brush or a hairdryer. Wanna use my comb or diffuser? Also for future reference no my hair product will not make your hair look like mine, so no you cannot use it.

15. Realizing your curls add to the many things that make you who you are. And not everyone is lucky enough to have them

So, while there are some crazy things curly girls will have to deal with we ultimately put up with it because we were blessed with our gorgeous curls.

Stay curly, gals.

Cover Image Credit: Becca Steele

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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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6 DIY Calming Gifts For Someone Who Is ALWAYS Stressed

We all know one. You probably are one. Get a present for your always-stressed friend that will make their holiday season that much brighter (and stress-free).


Combine finals week, two major holidays and cold weather - what do you get? An over-stressed college teenager with little motivation and a whole lot of headaches. Snatch up these cheap gifts for your stressed loved ones!

1. Stress Ball

Sometimes all you need is something to hold when your stress is over the roof and you can't hit the gym (or something else, like a pillow). These DIY squishy stress balls are really simple to make and act as awesome gifts for your friends.

What You Need:

- Elmer's School Glue

- Detergent (Liquid Starch)

- Food Coloring

- Balloon + plastic water bottle top (your funnel!)

- Fish net

2. Beauty Supplies

These natural gifts are perfect for the women in your life this holiday season. Check out this video for beauty recipes, including a honey cinnamon mask, facial serum, and solid perfume. These gifts are very unique and take minutes to make!

What You Need:

- Coconut Oil

- Honey

- Essential Oils (lemon, frankincense, lavender, geranium)

- Cinnamon

- Jahoba Oil

- Rose Seed Oil

- Beeswax Pellets

- Glass/Plastic Jars (2 oz or bigger)

3. Knitting Kit

One way to de-stress is to take your mind off something. Give your friend or family member a knit kit for beginners. They can weave their stress into a project!

What You Need:

- Yarn

- Knitting Needles (aluminum, bamboo, or plastic) in Size 8 and Size 13

- Row Counter

- Stitch Markers

- Stoppers/Point Markers

- Stitch Holder

- Yarn or Tapestry Needle

- Cable Needles

- Knitting Gauge

4. Tea Bags

Although this DIY is meant for mother's day, the craft is perfect for any season, especially during the cold winter months. This video shows you the step by step instructions on how to make your very own tea bags. Fill the tea with your friend's favorite flavors and boom - an easy gift that tastes great and de-stressed the mind.

What You Need:

- Looseleaf tea

- Scissors

- Coffee filters

- Thread

- Needle

- Little Spoon

- Mason Jar

5. Natural Candles

DIY candles are perfect because you can customize them to fit each of your friends' personalities and needs! Use certain essential oils, like eucalyptus or lavender, for the ultimate de-stress effects.

What You Need:

- Coconut Oil

- Beeswax

- Candle Wicks

- Essential Oils

- Rose Petals

- Flowers

- Jars

6. Bath Soak

For the bath-lover in your life (or someone who NEVER takes baths), bath soaks are perfect gift ideas. Make your own beautiful bath soaks with cheap products. The bath soaks are aesthetically-pleasing, nutrient-rich, and exfoliating.

What You Need:

- Himalayan Pink Salt

- Dry Rose Buds

- Coconut Milk Powder

- Epsom Salt

- Rose Hip Oil

- Oatmeal

- Culinary Lavender

- Lavender Oil

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