10 Things To Consider Before Torturing Your Hair Into Cornrows

10 Things To Consider Before Torturing Your Hair Into Cornrows

Everything you need to know before blowing your pesos on cornrows.

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"Woah, mija! Look at your hair," my dad exclaimed jokingly.

Sure enough, my hair challenged Mufasa's giant mane. It was THAT frizzy. My family and I were celebrating my grandpa's birthday in Mexico, and I hadn't brought enough hair serum to combat the humidity in the air.

But hey! Cornrows would fix my problem, right?

WRONG.

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

1. You WILL get awkward sunburn lines.

First, I sprayed sunscreen on my head the day after the worst mistake of my life. Then, my aunt sprayed the other half of the can on my head. Neither of our efforts could prevent the painful red streaks that appeared later that day.

2. Sleep is impossible.

Imagine sleeping on a bunch of tiny barbed wires. Triple that amount of pain, and you'll know exactly what it's like to try and fall asleep on an unfamiliar hotel rollaway bed. Not. Worth. It.

3. Negotiating kills time.

I ran into five vendors who offered to braid my hair-each offering a "special" price. I should've just gone with the first lady I met and gotten it over with.

4. Your mom will take a gazillion unflattering photos of you.

I was choking back tears while my Mom snapped ten times too many photos of this horrible experience.

5. Have I mentioned that IT HURTS?

After sectioning my hair into four sections with her tiny, prickly comb, the lady didn't hesitate to pull, twist, and yank each and every hair on my head. Goodbye frizz, hello headache.

6. More braids = more pain.

I instantly regretted choosing a hairstyle with four cornrows as soon as she had finished the first one. If you're going to try these braids, I suggest getting as few as possible.

7. Taking the braids out is a long and sloooowwww process.

As my tender head ached from the sunburn, I carefully took the time to pull each strand of hair out of its braid. It wasn't as awful as I thought it would be, because I was too consumed with the feelings of relief that washed over me.

8. Your head is still sore after untangling the braids.

My head felt better than before, but it took me quite a few days to get over the achey feelings.

9. Shampooing your hair is a nightmare.

In the shower that night, my fingers felt like metal nails scraping against my head. It wasn't pleasant at all. Although I usually love showers, I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

10. Kendall Jenner is the only girl who can rock cornrows.

OK, OK, so it is possible to look incredibly beautiful in cornrows, but I have warned you of the consequences!

Will I ever be getting cornrows again?

Absolutely not.

Will I look at girls with cornrows in a different light now?

Yes, I will cringe and sympathize with them all at once.

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Bryanne Sanchez

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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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11 Skin Care Tips If You've Never Even Touched A Cleanser

Good skin doesn't have to cost a fortune.

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Skin care should be simple. We wash our skin every day when we wash our hands and shower, but this is still not enough, especially for skin prone to acne or dryness. So, what is a cash-strapped college student supposed to do? Here are 11 tips for taking care of your skin that won't break the bank.

1. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated and drinking enough water is the first step to getting healthy skin. Just like the rest of your body, your skin suffers if you don't drink enough water can look dull and lifeless. Just by making sure you're getting your daily dose of water, you're doing your skin a huge favor. Not to mention, if your skin is dehydrated, it won't benefit from skin products the same way as it would if you were drinking enough water.

2. Catch Some Z's

Again, like with water, if you aren't getting enough sleep, it can cause your skin to look tired, too. Just by getting a full eight hours of sleep (consistently), you can guarantee that you will see an improvement in the look of your skin.

3. Rinse

Before taking a foray into the world of cleansers and any skin care product, just rinsing your face before you go to bed can clean off surface dirt and help keep your skin cleaner. It's easy to add into your before bed routine and while it certainly isn't a cure for acne or any other skin condition, rinsing your face before bed can be easy to set up a routine and to warm up to more intense skin care regiments.

4. Moisturize 

Once you've gotten warmed up, the most basic step is to get a cheap moisturizer. Moisturizers range from affordable to designer, but to start off, you're probably best just going to Target and picking up a cheap one. Follow the directions on the package for the most part, however, I have noticed that if you have naturally oily skin, it might be best to start off moisturizing every other day, or once a day. But, you will soon find a regimen that works for you.

5. Remove Your Makeup

This might seem disgustingly simple, but growing up, I didn't realize you had to remove your makeup. I either automatically did it by showering or would just let it wear off until the next morning. Obviously, this is terrible for your skin and can cause acne, as well as make acne worse. One of the easiest ways is simply to shower, or, you can buy makeup removal wipes, cleansers, etc. But, I think showering or wipes are usually the cheapest and easiest ways to go.

6. Use Toner

For those of us that suffered from teenage acne, many of you may have already used toner or another astringent. For people with oily skin or those with acne, toner can help dry up the skin in those areas and kill off the blackheads. Careful though, if you already have dry skin, you might be best to not use toner altogether or to use extremely sparingly. Even for those with oily skin, toner should be used only in problem areas and not spread across your whole face like a mask or other products.

7. Face Masks

Speaking of masks, it seems like face masks have become the one way we treat our skin. While face masks are beneficial and a great way to treat yourself (don't stop on that front!), they can't be your only foray into skin care. However, masks can help with various problems, so working a mask in once or twice a week is certainly going to help you get the skin you want.

8. Sunscreen

Even though we live in one of rainiest and cloudiest areas of the US, sunscreen is still important in the winter when the sun doesn't shine as much. While there's certainly no reason to lather your entire body in it (assuming you're probably covered up due to the cold), but finding a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen is a great way to protect your face from UV rays year round.

9. Try A Simple Cleanser First

Before getting too fancy, buy a simple cream or foam cleanser. They are usually pretty cheap and are an easy way to work into more intense skincare regimens. These kinds of cleansers persist for a reason: they work! At the very least, they will keep surface dirt from getting too far down into your pores and causing outbreaks (although may not help outbreaks with other causes such as hormones).

10. Experiment

Everyone's skin is different. What works for me, may not work for you. The best thing you can do is experiment with different cleansers, exfoliates, masks, etc. and see which ones do your skin the most good.

11. Stop Touching Your Face So Much

This is a tip, however, everyone can use. As adults, one of the ways we get acne is by touching dirty hands to our face. Even if you religiously wash your hands, there is a transfer there that can cause acne. If you tend to get acne on your cheeks, this may be the root cause. Give your cell phone a good wipe down and try to be conscious of when you're touching your face.

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