I Grew My Hair 6 Inches In 6 Months, And Here's How

I Grew My Hair 6 Inches In 6 Months, And Here's How

It's all about the horse shampoo.

Don't worry if you're the kind of girl who grows your hair out because you're trying to get that perfect Rapunzel look and then impulse cut your hair and regret it instantly. This is me and I have unfortunately been on this vicious cycle for years.

September- November

November 22, 2017

When I went home for Thanksgiving break I decided to impulsively cut it because 1. I'm crazy and 2. it was getting pretty dead and I wanted it to be healthy and easy to manage during school. As soon as I got my haircut I absolutely loved it and fell in love with having this length of hair. I have always felt that shorter hair made me look more mature and put together.

As I always do, I began to regret my haircut within a few weeks of getting it cut once my crazy, frizzy curls returned and it no longer looked sleek and like I came right out of the salon. Unfortunately, as I mentioned, my hair grows extremely slow so here as some tips and tricks I've learned and implemented and my progress so far.

1. Horse shampoo

Ya that's not a typo, I use horse shampoo. The most common one on the market is called "Mane and Tail" like on a horse. You can buy it at places like Bed Bath and Beyond, Rite Aid, and Target. Its a lot more common than you may think if you haven't heard of it. Basically, the idea is that this shampoo and conditioner is infused with a lot more nutrients and vitamins than normal human hair shampoo because horses have more coarse hair. There are 3 different kinds of the shampoo that you can use but I find the "Herbal Gro" to be the best and has the best smell. Don't forget conditioner!!

2. Brush your hair

Another thing that I've learned to try is brushing your hair as much as you can. This may not work very well for us fluffy haired girls but before you go to bed make sure to brush through your hair a few times to eliminate any dead hairs and pull on the roots a little bit to get your hair growth started. I've also heard if you brush your hair upside down it can be even more effective, haven't incorporated this into my routine.

3. Don't wash your hair

I know this is much easier said than done but one of the best ways to get your hair to grow quickly is to allow your hair's natural oils to accumulate and do its work. Washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner all the time strips your hair of the oils it needs to grow. I wash my hair every other day but if you can make it longer, power to you.

4. Consistent trims

Many professionals recommend getting consistent trims to keep your hair as healthy as possible even though this seems rather counterintuitive since the goal is to get it even longer. This helps you ensure that as your hair grows it's not getting split ends so it's both long and healthy.

5. Heat protectants

There are many out on the market and honestly, any is better than none. Applying a heat protectant before using a curler or straightener can save you from having damaged and broken hair that will inevitably need to get cut. If you can avoid using heat products at all then that's even better. I only use heat tools for special occasions now to try to save myself from split ends. This heat protectant is my favorite.

January- February

(1-2 months after)

There is usually a rather quick growth in hair within the first 2 months.

March- April

(3-4 months after)

As you can see over time the difference in length starts to plateau and it stays about the same length.


(4-5 months after)

The overall growth of my hair has continued slowly but surely but as compared to before it is a lot more healthy this time around and I see far less split ends than usual.

Cover Image Credit: Tera Lloyd

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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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