My Tattoos Do Not Define Me, But They Are An Expression Of Me

My Tattoos Do Not Define Me, But They Are An Expression Of Me

My tattoos are the visual display of my personality and values.


Tattoos can be such beautiful pieces of artwork that I appreciate very much. However, a lot of people still hate them and will tell you whether you want to hear it or not.

I only have two very small tattoos and I still catch so much hate for having them. I've been told they are unprofessional and that I better cover them up for interviews. Do people not know that the ink in my skin has no relation to the knowledge in my head? My tattoos play no factor in my intelligence.

I also receive the disapproving looks and the disapproving comments from my parents and other adults. I get it, you don't like them and that's OK, but I like them and I am allowed to have opinions and I don't need you giving me yours through unkind words and eye rolls, especially when I am respectful of your likes and dislikes.

I also get the “what does your tattoo mean" questions. For one of them, it is a reminder of my faith, and for the other, nothing, I just liked the way it looked. Tattoos are an expression of a person's likes and of important parts of their lives. Not every tattoo has to have this deep meaningful relation to the person's life, but they can be just that.

Appreciate the art of tattoos and the visual display of someone's personality and values that they can give. If you don't like tattoos, don't get them, and go on about your business.

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The Nail Color You Should Claim For Summer, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Quite literally a color match written in the stars.
Lauryn M
Lauryn M

Picking a nail color can sometimes be a bit of a stressful event because often you're stuck with it for at least two weeks and there are just too many options. Here are a few suggestions based off of the core personality traits of everyone's zodiac sign that might literally create a color match written in the stars!

1. Aries—Red

Aries is confident, optimistic, honest, and passionate. They are a fire sign and are naturally brave. With such bold personalities, Aries will surely rock any red polish you give them.

2. Taurus—Olive Green

Taurus is responsible, stable, and patient. They are an earth sign and are known to be stable and reliable. A beautiful shade of olive green definitely pairs well with such a grounded sign.

3. Gemini—Light Yellow

Geminis are adaptable, curious, and affectionate. Their quick wit paired with being an air sign shows how breezy they can be. A delicate light yellow is perfect to match Geminis' gentle personality.

4. Cancer—Teal

Cancers are loyal, emotional, and persuasive. They are a water sign - meaning that they come with great depth. A rich teal will embody the richness of a Cancer's characteristics.

5. Leo—Orange

Passion, generosity, and cheer are just some of many Leo traits. They are a fire sign and certainly act like one! A deep red/orange mix is written in the stars for a Leo.

6. Virgo—White

Virgos are analytical, practical, and hardworking. They are yet another heavily grounded Earth sign—great critical thinkers, and also very loyal. A crisp, clean, white polish is perfect: practical yet beautiful, just like Virgos!

7. Libra—Nude Pink

Libras are an air sign - gracious, social, and harmonic. They are known for being peace-lovers and diplomats. A lovely nude pink is just the right color, probably because it works well with just about everything—just like a Libra!

8. Scorpio—Maroon

Ah, Scorpios, passionate, stubborn, but also loyal to those who earn their loyalty. They're a water sign, too—calm, cool, and mysterious. A classy maroon nail will perfectly embody Scorpios' intricate mix of traits.

9. Sagittarius—Hot Pink

Sagittarius' are energetic, optimistic, and have a great sense of humor. They are a fire sign loaded with enthusiasm, so a shocking hot pink polish would definitely be something they could rock.

10. Capricorn—Tan

Capricorns are responsible, relatively serious, and are the kings and queens of self-control. They are an earth sign—totally in tune with discipline and goal achievement. A classy tan nail will showcase their business-like beauty.

11. Aquarius—Grey

Aquarius' are independent, queens and kings of originality, and have a dual shyness and energy that totally depends on the situation. As an air sign, they are known for being great at problem-solving. A gorgeous grey color is perfect for them.

12. Pisces—Lavender

Compassionate, gentle, and artistic, Pisces are known for being the friendliest water sign there is. They are full of empathy and emotion, yet have a softness to them. A lovely lavender nail polish will pair just right with their personality.

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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.

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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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