I Shaved Half My Hair Off, And Have No Regrets

I Shaved Half My Hair Off, And Have No Regrets

After years of back-and-forth, I gave myself a sidecut and am in LOVE.

For the last few years, I have been obsessed with looking at the latest trends in Tumblr-famous hairstyles and fashion. What wanna-be-scene-kid wasn't obsessed at one point or another?

Last year, I box dyed my hair (red, for the record) for the first time ever. Then I dyed it purple and I've loved the freedom. It was the crazy stuff I had never done in high school, and I was living off the simple thrill.

And then, I did it. I bought a pair of hair clippers, watched a few YouTube tutorials, and I gave myself a sidecut (or side shave, whichever term you prefer).

I Mc-Freaking-Love it.

I had gone back-and-forth on whether or not I wanted to cut my hair for well over four years. The past few months I really started considering it though. I was in college, living the dream in debt and drowning in caffeine, so what was stopping me? Nothing.

So I did it. Some people were unsure if I should. Some people straight-up told me to not do it. I'd surely regret it. It was unprofessional. It wasn't going to look good. People were going to think it looked awful. I definitely shouldn't do it myself.

If anyone knows me, they know I live for defying people's expectations. I absolutely thrived off this.

It's been over a week now, and I am still as in love with my haircut now as I was when I first shaved it. I can completely cover it by parting my hair down the middle if I need to, but I don't plan on hiding it or growing it back out anytime soon.

A week later and I already have a considerable amount of grow out, but I expected that since my hair grows ridiculously fast. Since I bit the bullet and shaved it myself, it will not be hard to shorten it up once every other week or so.

To anyone considering getting this haircut — do it. Do it do it do it. I cannot say this enough. It's hair! Do what you want, no matter how much you are afraid you could possibly regret it. It grows back, you can re-dye it, and there are a ton of cute beanies and hats out there if you need them.

Live on the edge and live to the fullest. Y'all got this.

Cover Image Credit: Mallorie Jordan

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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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