Rapunzel Rapunzel, Let Down Your... Secret?

Rapunzel Rapunzel, Let Down Your... Secret?

Tips and Tricks to Affordable, Beautiful, and Lustrous Hair

As a 90's kid, I grew up watching Disney Princess movies. From Cinderella to Jasmine... I have, without a doubt, seen them all. I remember wanting to dress like them, look like them, and act like them! My parents would bring me the princess toy kits, from teapots to a princess dress, and even the fake little princess heels. As the years passed, I continued to be mesmerized by one thing... Rapunzel's hair!

My childhood self was obsessed with having hair like hers! Not necessarily the color but definitely the length and the lustrousness. I wished for beautiful, long, and thick hair that would generate the attention that Rapunzel had. Fortunately enough for me, my Asian genes allowed for thick, long black hair that grew quickly (not as quickly as Rapunzel's though). On the other hand, while I naturally had thick, long hair, similar to every other girl in the world, I still suffered from split ends. After years of trying different products and different routines, I finally found a way to minimize my split ends and help my hair stay as healthy as possible, all while maintaining a budget!

What's my secret?

The first important step is to stop using hair products, such as shampoo and conditioner, that has parabens and sulfates! I cannot stress enough how damaging these chemicals are for your hair! Furthermore, there is ongoing research possibly linking parabens to different types of cancer, such as breast cancer. In addition, these two chemicals dry out your hair, irritate your skin, and are bad for your overall health.

The second step is to avoid fragrance, at least as much as possible. The majority of fragrant shampoos and conditioners, more often than not, all carry parabens and sulfates. Fragrance also works to dry out your hair. Just remember that while it may smell heavenly, it will damage your hair in the long run!

The third step is to avoid heat. Whether it's your hair straightener, your curling iron, or even a blow dryer. These tools apply high levels of heat to your hair which will most likely damage your hair 10x worse than parabens and sulfates ever will. Try wearing your hair up or in a bun if you hate your natural hair.

These are three of the main steps that I do to keep my hair healthy! While my secrets are nowhere near as magical as Rapunzel's, it's better than nothing. As I previously mentioned, I maintain my healthy hair while using three different products, all without breaking the bank! While there is a plethora of luxury or prestigious hair brands and products that boast about their ability to help you achieve lustrous hair, there are also just as many cheaper products that also do the same job!

For example, I buy my shampoo and conditioner from... Walmart! The shampoo I use is called Renpure Originals! They offer a couple of different selections but the one I personally utilize is their "Biotin & Collagen Thickening Shampoo." It contains absolutely no sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, phthalates, or propylene glycol. With that in mind, the shampoo contains Vitamin B7 Biotin provides nutrients for your hair while ensuring that it is thick and full. Another advantage is that the bottle is 32 fluid ounces, meaning that it is huge! There is not necessarily a fragrance to the shampoo, unlike one that might smell like strawberries. Don't let this fool you though, the shampoo still smells amazing! You basically get the bang for your buck with this product! It's incredibly large, meaning that you get a lot of healthy product for a cheap price.

Moving on to conditioner, I use Renpure Solutions! It is a cleansing conditioner that nourishes your hair. Similar to the shampoo, it contains zero sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, phthalates, or propylene glycol. This line of conditioners do have slight scents, the one I use is Vanilla Mint, nothing too overpowering. It's not as large as the shampoo but still a decent size at 16 fluid ounces.

The third product I use, however, is a little pricey. It is the from the brand it's a 10 and it's the miracle leave in product. I buy mine from Ulta and it usually is $20, give or take. For some people, that runs a little on the pricer side. However, I wait until there are deals in place before I purchase it. I am a rewards member at Ulta so I get coupons and deals in the mail. Whenever there are 2x, 3x, or 5x points going on, I'll purchase this product. Or whenever they email me a coupon for 20% off, I'll purchase it. It really just depends on what deal is going on whenever I am running low. The bottle that I purchase is 4 fluid ounces, and I definitely think that the size and the product is worth spending $20. It repairs dry, damaged hair; adds shine; detangles; controls frizz; seals and protects hair color; prevents split ends; stops hair breakage; creates silkiness; enhances natural body, and works as a flat iron spray and thermal protector. Not only does it do these ten things, it also makes my hair smell so incredibly good!

As for my routine, I do the exact same steps every single time. Upon getting in the shower, the first thing I do is apply shampoo. After washing and rinsing, I will immediately coat my hair with a large handful of conditioner. It coats the strands and the ends of my hair, mostly avoiding my scalp as to not create excess oiliness. After massaging in the conditioner, I'll tie my hair up into a bun. As I wash my body, clean my piercings, shave, and shower, I keep the conditioner in my hair.

The last thing I do in the shower is wash off the conditioner. After carefully towel drying my hair, I will spray about 5 pumps or so of the miracle leave in products and use my fingers to brush the product in my hair. Doing these steps over a long period of time has definitely made my hair a lot healthier.

I hope my tips and routines work for you just as well as they do for me!

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11 Things You Know To Be True If You Have A Big Booty

Yes, I know you like big butts and you cannot lie.

Having a big butt has its ups and its downs. For example, I love being confident in my body and looking great in the clothes I wear, but finding clothes that actually fit is a problem. With everyone trying to look like a Kardashian, big butts are all the rage, but it's not always all that it's cracked up to be!

1. All bathing suit bottoms are cheeky.

I have to get a pair of bottoms two sizes bigger than I have to get a top. Even when I do that, the bottoms still look cheeky. Imagine what actual cheeky bottoms look like. *blushing emoji*

2. Shorts? Also cheeky.

I love a cute pair of short shorts, but no matter the size, they're just going to ride up. I'll be spending most of the time worrying about pulling my shorts down. Why can't I look cute and be comfortable????

3. Trying to squeeze through a tight area is nearly impossible.

Stomachs can be sucked in when it comes to squeezing through. You can't suck in your butt when your trying to get through. Most of the time, it's like a bull in a china shop that takes out everything and everyone in its path.

4. Shopping for jeans is a nightmare.

People complain that my jeans look painted on, but if I got them any bigger, they'd hang off of my waist. If they fit in the butt, they don't fit in the waist. And the fit in the thighs are a whole different story. You can't have it all.

5. When you finally do get that perfect pair of jeans, this happens.

All I have to say is, UGH!!!


Debatably the biggest con to having a big butt. I have to pick out a wedgie at least twelve times a day. The day I can find a pair of underwear or an outfit that doesn't get lost in my cheeks will be the day I can die happily.

7. People automatically assume you can dance.

Some girls with big butts know how to move them. I am not one of those girls. My butt size and my ability to dance are totally unrelated. I may look like I know how to move, but my lack of coordination and rhythm will tell you a different story.

8. Your butt is always used as a pillow.

I've come to terms with the fact that my butt doubles as a comfy lying place for people's heads. I'm glad that I can be of service.

9. Bodycon dresses are a blessing and a curse.

You definitely have the Kardashian look going on in a bodycon dress, which is a major plus. That is, until you try to bend over or lift your arms at all. Then, you give everyone in the room an all access pass to Flashville. Sorry to all the people who have seen parts of me they might not have wanted to when I've dropped my phone.

10. You know every word to songs about big butts.

From "Baby Got Back" to "Fat Bottomed Girls" to "Bootylicious," lyrics about big butts are so relatable. You can catch me rapping/singing every word when one of these songs come on.

11. How you feel knowing big butts are finally the trend...

My whole life, I wanted to be the skinny girl with the perfect body because that's what everyone thought was beautiful. I spent years hating my body, specifically my butt, because I wasn't shaped like the girls in the magazines. Finally, society accepts girls with bodies like mine and I couldn't be happier! But, what I've learned over the years is that all shapes and sizes are beautiful as long as I'm happy with myself.

It's a blessing and a curse (but mostly, a blessing). IF YOU GOT IT, FLAUNT IT!

Cover Image Credit: Jessica Edwards

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My Hair Journey After Box Bleaching My Hair

Although it may seem cheap and easy, the reality of box bleaching your hair is disastrous. Professionals, this article is dedicated to you.


In 2017, I made the disastrous decision to box bleach my hair that I am still paying for today.

It seemed cheap, easy, and was something fun I could do at midnight. Little did I know, this would be a choice that I would still be regretting to this day. Besides the awful reality of box bleaching your hair, such as the chemicals in store hair dye already being disastrous for your hair, if you don't know what you're doing you not only run the risk of damaging your hair, having your hair fall out, but could also seriously hurting your scalp.

Follow me on my hair journey over the past two years and use this article to look back on if you're ever bored and in need for a change. Wait to go to a salon!

May 23rd, 2017.

Nichole Doty

I like to call this moment the calm before the storm. Back in 2017, I had long dark hair. I loved my hair and was very proud of how long I grew it. This is the longest my hair had ever been at this point in my life, and I absolutely loved it.

July 31st, 2017.

Nichole Doty

This was the day that everything changed. I made the terrible decision to not only box bleach my hair but to add box pink hair dye on the underneath of it. Not only did it look terrible, but it was also an irreversible decision that was made that I would have to live with for the next few years to come.

August 12th, 2017.

Kasey Bauner, (kasey_bauner via instagram), who works at Jay Marie Salon and Spa in Schereville, was able to save my hair in a beautiful way.

Nichole Doty

HALLELUJAH! My hot mess was fixed! Through hours and hundreds of dollars later spent at the salon, they were able to salvage my hair without shaving all of it off!

December 9th, 2017.

Nichole Doty

A few months later, after some length came in, that's when the roots started to appear. After the first glace at the outgrowth, I knew that I would have to keep chopping my hair until the roots fully grew out.

January 5th, 2018.

Nichole Doty

This was the first big chop I had to do since the box bleach disaster I did to my head. I knew that I didn't want to dye my hair back to its original color, so this began my repetitive cycle of hair growing out, getting a drastic chop, and growing it out again.

July 5th, 2018.

Nichole Doty

In July, my hair started to show more length since I had to originally chop it. My roots were starting to come in the dark so I had to try and wear hairstyles that would discretely cover how much my hair had grown.

August 31st, 2018.

Another big chop when school started in the fall of 2018. There's something so disappointing about having to keep growing out your hair just to chop it, but unfortunately, that's what I signed up for when I got myself into this mess.

November 29th, 2018.

At this point, my roots looked terrible. From the back of my head, the roots were growing towards the middle. I had to keep reminding myself that I couldn't see the back of my head so I could gracefully ignore how terrible it looked. Aside from this awful outgrowth I had going on, the color in my hair was starting to settle into a yellow mess.

January 31st, 2019.

Nichole Doty

As if I didn't learn my lesson from the first time, I started to experiment with different colors. I used the L'Oreal Colorista Semi-Permanent dye. I will say, though, this really is the most Semi-Permanent dye I have ever used as it would fully wash out in two weeks without any traces of color left behind.

April 25th, 2019.

I felt as though if I added different colors to my hair it would make the roots look more natural. As it did, I do NOT recommend the Kiss Tintation hair dye. This was the most patchy dye I have ever used, although I did love the blue.

May 12th, 2019.

Nichole Doty

As of just a few weeks ago, my hair was a big green mess. The dye would not leave my hair, so I started to panic that I really messed up this time. I could no longer wait at this point as I felt the frantic need to chop my hair.

May 23rd, 2019.

Nichole Doty

Here we have it! At the end of my journey thus far, I have managed to almost have all of my natural colors back! Although there are some green strands still left behind, I am mostly back to a full head of hair being the same color.

Overall, I want this article to serve as a warning to those who are like me and don't think through decisions properly. I'm the type of person when I want something I want it at that exact moment no matter what. My rash decision has led to poor self esteem and issues throughout these past two years. Am I being dramatic? Maybe. Maybe I'm like you who feels as though your hair is a big part of your identity and who you are as a person. Thank you for following my hair journey and remember: ALWAYS think through big decisions properly and wait to go to a salon to get your hair done!


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