A Message To All The Curly Girls, I Feel You

A Message To All The Curly Girls, I Feel You

To all my curly girls: this one’s for you
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To all the curly girls, young and old, edgy and cool, sexy and cute. This one’s for you.

To all the ladies who were different, but didn’t like it. The ladies who sat next to their classmates with locks as smooth as angel hair. To the fantasies of one day running your fingers through your own slick tresses.

To the girls who got up an hour early every day for school to straighten the waves of frizz and twirls that littered their heads. To all the burns on their fingers, ears, and foreheads from the smoky hot metal which melted away the curls.

To all the girls who tied their ringlets in buns, pony tails and braids, hiding each unique coil and wreathe just to be like everyone else.

To the teasing and laughing, the pointing and poking from all the other straight haired kids. Oh, and let’s not forget, the staring and scrutiny from the grown-ups.

To all the “home remedies” for curly hair, which included holding your curls down for long periods of time hoping they would never spring back up. Or the idea where you tied your hair back so tight your head began to spin.

To all time spent sitting in the glistening chairs at the cool salons. To the women who sat with tinfoil in their polished even hair. To the hair dresser who promised they would put all their effort into making your hair just like everyone else's.

To the disappointment when after hours of plastering industrial strength hairspray and gel to your head, a hint of a curl would spring just as you stepped outside.

To all the time staring in the mirror hoping if you wished hard enough your curls would fade away.

To the day you decided you were done. To the day you decided these curls are what make you, you.

To the hours spent researching the maintenance and special care each ringlet and dip requires.

To the realization that only 11 percent of women are blessed with luscious curls on their head, and you are one of the lucky ones.

To the experimentation of haircuts and hair- do's, and the triumph when the perfect cut and do was found.

To the bouncing, laughing and glistening of your soul and your curls. To the head turning and stares of envy, the compliments and admiration from everyone and anyone.

To the confidence every curly girl should have had from the start.

To all you curly girls that might not even know it yet, your curls are you, don’t ever change that.

We defy every norm and standard, and we are proud.

This my darlings, this is for the curly girls.

This is for us.

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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 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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Blondes Really Do Have More Fun, I'm Living Proof

After going through a breakup, I decided it was the perfect time to take a risk and bleach my hair.

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This year, I've tried to be more adventurous with my hair, because why not? I never experimented much with my hair in high school after the great bangs incident of eighth grade. I needed my bangs trimmed and my small Eastern Oregon town didn't have an inexpensive place anywhere very close. So, my dad decided to cut my bangs and my mom INSISTED that there couldn't be any of my hair on the floor. My dad asks me to bend over a trash can (to "keep the floor clean") and then he lines up my bangs...They were literally an inch long for six months.

The bangs took FOREVER to grow out. It was terrible and it discouraged me from being brave with my hair for quite a while. Sure, I'd get my hair trimmed or even cut six inches off, but I definitely wasn't doing anything exciting after the bangs incident in the eighth grade.

Here's the photographic proof of my tragic haircut:

8th Grade Ashley and JanelleAshley McMurray

In January, I decided to be BOLD and get a blonde ombré. However, my hair is still SUPER long at this time. Here's some more photographic proof:

January 2018Ashley McMurray

THEN in March, I cut about a foot off of my hair and did the blonde ombré again. I have ALWAYS hated my hair shorter, but I had never had short hair since losing over one hundred pounds in college. Now, I LOVE my hair shorter and can't even imagine having super long hair again.

After going through a breakup, I decided it was the perfect time to take a risk and bleach my hair. I'd been thinking about changing my hair for quite a while but nothing gave me the push I needed like the breakup.

Bleaching all of my hair at home was DEFINITELY an experience. My friend, Amber, worked diligently to ensure that she had bleached every section of my hair. Three rounds of bleach and a sh*t ton of toner later, and I'm a full-blown BLONDE! I seem to get catcalled more as a blonde, which is interesting, but, I love that people hardly recognize me. I look like a completely different person! Especially after being a brunette my entire life.

September 2018Ashley McMurray

Having a new hair color and moving into a new apartment is so refreshing. I no longer live with roommates and I'm close to campus. I couldn't be happier as a blonde! It's like a whole new world. Hopefully, my senior year of college is good for me!

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