I Was Always ​The Girl With Long Hair, And Now That I'm Not, I'm Loving It

I Was Always ​The Girl With Long Hair, And Now That I'm Not, I'm Loving It

I've had the same hair style forever, so this was a huge change for me and it was more than just a physical change.

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Before My Hair Cut

A Week Before

As I start this it's a week before I get my hair cut. I have decided to cut my hair from about stomach-ish length to shoulder length. Yeah, I am not just getting a trim, I am chopping off a lot of my hair.

This may not seem like a big deal to most people, but growing up I was always the girl with long, curly hair. Ever since I could remember, people were commenting on the length of my hair and how at one point it reached to my butt. It was my look and I was known for my hair. That's no longer going to be the case in a matter of a week from when I started this article.

Now, I am going to be the girl with short(ish) curly hair. It's going to be weird as I have never had short hair before. I am nervous, excited, and as the date gets closer and closer the more I think about it.

Before I got my hair cut, not everyone knew. I wanted to shock everyone because my hair has been such a staple to my look. It's weird how something that can be change in a matter of seconds can have such an effect on an appearance. It's going to be a change, but in 2019 I am embracing change because it's inevitable.

I only told a few people about my plans to cut my hair and I told them so I could ask them for their opinion on whether or not I should follow through with it. None of my friends think I will look ugly though. All of my friends think I will look different, but in a good way. They're excited for me and each time I text them about it, they push away my nerves and get me more excited about it. These people are great people

I've decided to cut my hair for a lot of reasons. Recently, I've been getting annoyed with my long hair as sometimes it can take me up to 15 minutes brushing it just to get knots in my hair 5 minutes later. This time of year is perfect because it's hat season so if I hate my hair cut, I can just wear a hat and cover it up.

Also, like I've said I have had the same hair style for so long. I wore a pony tail nonstop from kindergarten till freshman year of high school, and then again in sophomore year of high school. Freshman year of high school I wore it down. Then I did the braid in Junior year. Ever since senior year of high school, I've worn my hair down with the same exact part.

It's time for a change, it's time to spice things up and I am so confident in myself going into 2019 than ever before. I am confident in myself, my friendships, my capability to do well in school, and so on. I am confident enough to make this bold change for my life because I know it's going to be good for me.

Day Before

It's the day before I get my haircut. I am so excited and nervous. I am counting down the hours until my 10 am appointment. It's crazy that in a matter of hours from writing this my hair will be cut.

Recently, I went through baby pictures and the last time that I had short hair was when I was baby. I was born with a full head of hair, and my parents never got it cut as short as I am getting it cut tomorrow. This is going to be an adventure and I hope I love my new hair. I think I will because it's something that I've wanted to do for a while.

After My Hair Cut

Initial Thought:

Holy…. I can't believe I did it. It looks different, it looks like woah. Like wow.

After The Initial Thought:

After I got my haircut I began walking through the mall, and I was snapchatting people and I was running my fingers through my hair. It felt weird because my hair was so short.

Then I kept on taking selfies and showing it to people, and wow. I love it. I love this look so much, and it was definitely needed.

My Friend's Reactions

Everyone loved it! Honestly, it's a great boost of confidence to have people say they love it. I already loved it before, but it's still really nice to have people call it cute because a big part of me feared that this would be the worst mistake in my life.

I had no idea what I was going to look like with short hair, I didn't know what to expect. This was a change and it was a scary change. Throughout my haircut, I kept on thinking to myself I cannot believe I am doing this. My hairdresser was excited and shocked by the decision.

Part of me thought that I was going to chicken out numerous times. However, I didn't and I am so glad I went through with it. I am so in love with this look and "new year, new me" is sort of being embraced right now.

I am not a completely different person than I was in 2018, but I was not the same person when I entered 2018 compared to when I left 2018. I learned a lot and this haircut was needed.

It was needed to start the year off fresh and for me to not carry any of the baggage I've been carrying my whole life. In 2019, I am embracing change and I am letting go of the grudges and things that have been dragging me down. Me cutting my hair was a physical representation to letting go of that baggage.

It's a new start and I love this look, I probably might keep it because it's so stinking cute. Also, it is way easier to maintain compared to my long hair. It took me 2 whole minutes to brush my hair versus 10. That's amazing!

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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 semicolon 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 into 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 and 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 glyph 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 and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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What To Expect For Your First Brazilian Wax

Be informed and do it right the first time!

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It's going to hurt like hell, you're going to swear to yourself you're never going to go through with it again, and that you've betrayed your razor. Just like the pain, these feelings will subside.

Before The Appointment.

First things first girl, you must let your hair grow out very long. Ideally, it should be longer than a grain of rice. Absolutely do not shave two to three weeks before since the wax will have a harder time gripping onto short hair, likely leaving it behind. When I hear Brazilian, I think bare. Hairs left behind defies the whole point of a Brazilian, so please just wait.

Next, you should exfoliate the area a day or two before your appointment. Exfoliation will remove the dead skin around the follicle, making hair removal a tad easier.

Right Before.

Now, it's the day of your long-awaited Brazilian appointment. Shower, which is self-explanatory and a nice gesture for your dignity and much appreciated from your esthetician, though do not exfoliate. That will irritate the area before the waxing even begins. It will help to take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. Yes, it will still hurt, but it will help.

During The Wax.

During the session, relax. Your esthetician should guide you in deep breaths and knows techniques to minimize the pain.

Personally, I love going to the salon because it's like a free therapy session. You can vent and talk about anything and they'll likely listen and give you their opinion, or silently judge. They're already seeing every bit of you, so nothing seems off the table, but proceed with caution and just be yourself.

When the wax is over, they will apply a cooling crème, gel, oil, or other product to soothe the stressed skin.

After Care.

After the appointment, it's crucial to be aware that everyone's skin heals at different rates. It's also likely you will develop little white bumps from waxing. To inhibit ingrown hairs from forming, I've found that applying Thayer's witch hazel, or another witch-hazel toner without alcohol helps the healing process immensely. Then, top it with a hydrocortisone cream. It helps with redness and swelling. If you don't have witch hazel, that's perfectly fine. Just proceed with hydrocortisone cream and an ice pack if needed.

I'm aware that these after-care instructions make a Brazilian sound like a terrible self-inflicted experience, but I can assure you'll be going back for more. After the bumps subside, you will love the smooth skin, the ability to hit the pool without the worry of "Did I shave?" In a way, I'd compare the experience to giving birth, but way less painful. Yes, it hurts, but women are strong. They become pros at childbirth, and soon, you'll become a pro at Brazilians.

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