Long Hair, I Care

Long Hair, I Care

My personal cautions to those with long hair.
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One of the great things about being a girl is that there are so many options for hairstyles! You can have long hair, short hair, or anything in between. Since I’ve been old enough to decide for myself how I want my hair, long hair has always been the way for me. I’ve also had long hair for so long and have grown attached, so I can’t imagine having my hair any other way. Throughout the years my hair and I have had some ups and downs, but at the end of the day I love my hair and wouldn’t want it any other way. Along the way, I have come across some cautions I must advise anyone growing their hair out or to those that have long hair and have never come across any of these obstacles.

1. Beware of your car door/window.

A windy day is ideal for this problem! Often my hair has been so long that if the wind was blowing perfectly as I closed my car door or rolled up my window my hair would fall victim to this dangerous contraption. This can be a painful and unpleasant situation with the possibility of minimal hair loss, so make sure that all hair that is out of sight when getting into a car.

2. A braid can be a deadly weapon.

Because out of sight, out of mind is usually the best solution when trying to participate in sports with long hair, I have now resorted to braiding my hair for every soccer game. That being said, be aware that a braid is a very hazardous piece of hair. With a quick flick in either direction, it is very possible to take out anyone’s eye that has gotten too close to you. Although this is not always the worst thing, I have also fallen victim to my own braid. My solution to this has been to do a much lower braid, but there is always a risk, so stay aware of your hair.

3. Classroom desks can be your worst enemy.



If you have ever had hair longer than shoulder length and have sat in a classroom desk I bet you will understand this struggle. Those that produce classroom desks must have something against people with long hair because I can never make it through an entire class without getting my hair stuck in the screw of the desk at least once. It is definitely not a pleasant feeling, but with long hair comes great responsibility.

4. Running on a hot day with your hair in a ponytail is a disaster.



I have been foolish enough to think that it would be a good idea to run in this summer heat with my hair in a ponytail and let me tell you it was not one of my brightest moments. With uncontrollable hair in a humid city I didn’t even make it a half-mile without feeling my hair stuck to the back of my neck. It is definitely an unpleasant feeling and I would recommend you to be very mindful of the weather before you make a mistake similar to mine.

5. Be cautious around any food.

Food with long hair has been a problem for me, and more importantly a problem for my best friend Maegan for quite some time. It is not that we aren’t careful or that we like food in our hair (or the reverse), but quite often there is always some sort of a tussle between long fair and delicious food. I think that there is some sort of bond between the two that cant’ be broken regardless how hard we try. Nonetheless, I am now very aware of this struggle and I make sure that after I eat I inspect my hair to verify that there is no food in the vicinity.

At the end of the day I am really happy with my long hair decision and I am supportive of everyone’s hairstyles. Love yourself and love your style, however, it may be. Good luck on your future hair endeavors and I wish you the best of luck.

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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 where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (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.

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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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3 Ways My $400 hairdryer changed my life

Money can't buy happiness, but it sure did buy me confidence.

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I am going to start out by saying, this is not an ad for the Dyson hair-dryer. This year for Christmas, I was gifted with a Dyson hair dryer - you know, the ones that are $400 and created by that vacuum company. Anyways, when I opened it, I was shocked and a little bit annoyed. I asked myself, "Why do I need such an expensive hair dryer? Won't my $30 target hairdryer suffice?" Well, it turns out, this hair dryer changed me. Now before you go judging me or thinking I am a shallow person, I want you to continue reading as to why and how this blow-dryer did so much for me.

Here are a few things that I gained just from this silly blow-dryer...

1. Confidence

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Not only did I like the way the blow-dryer made my hair look, but it also gave me something to look forward to doing in the morning. I would set out 10 extra minutes every morning to blow out my hair to my own liking. By doing that, I was able to style my hair and overall improve my appearance. With that, I became a more confident person. Studies show, that when you look good, you feel even better. So for me, taking ten extra minutes to boost-up my daily confidence was a no-brainer.

2. Maturity

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$400 is not really something anyone should just throw around, no matter how much money you do or don't have, so when I was gifted the expensive blow-dryer, I promised myself that I would take care of it. By taking care of my "big girl toy," I built up some maturity. I don't just throw it in my suitcase when I travel. It sounds weird to even be writing, but by having this expensive toy, I felt myself grow up a little bit.

3. Daily excitement

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I began to have something to look forward to every single day. I am someone who loves to spend time getting ready for any type of event.

I know this entire thing just sounds like I value expensive things - but that is far from my point.

My point for this article is that it is so important to do things for yourself. Whether that be taking an hour of your day to read a book, buying a new dress just because, or in my case, having an expensive blow-dryer. It is crucial in this social media day and age to take time away from your phone and focus on yourself.

I constantly find myself scrolling through social media and comparing myself to various different people. This in return has heightened my anxiety. I started to take minutes away and attention away from my phone and do more things for myself. My favorite thing to do for myself is involving my $400 hair-dryer. I hope whoever is reading this takes a second and decides a new thing that they will do for themselves today.

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