The Pains Of Being An Unnatural Blonde

The Pains Of Being An Unnatural Blonde

Being blonde isn't ALL fun
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Being blonde is truly a way of life. I don't care how cliche it is, once I took the plunge and finally bleached my hair blonde, I have had an exponential amount of fun. There is a special place for brunettes, I would hate to sound like I'm denouncing the brown-haired girls of the world.

But, personally, as someone who has experienced life as both a blonde and a brunette, I'd be blonde forever. Unfortunately, that's kind of a hard dream to maintain as being a sparkly, silver blonde comes with tons of damage and upkeep.

First of all, there's the constant bleaching. The first few months of your blonde experience will involve many rounds of bleaching if you want to get platinum. Good thing I watched hundreds of YouTube videos and decided I knew enough to do it myself. And proceeded to do it all in one day. I wasn't quite platinum my first try, but I was pretty darn close. The integrity of my hair seemed to be doing alright, so soon after I bleached it white. My current situation: Integrity who?

Doing your roots is THE WORST. I have thick (not so thick anymore, but still thick), long hair and an incessant need for my hair color to be perfect. I spend way too long flipping through each section of my hair repeatedly making sure I didn't leave out any parts so I don't get dark spots. The whole process probably takes around 2 hours, maybe more. Not to mention, this process happens about once or twice. Every. Single. Month. Needless to say, my roots are about 8 months grown out by now.

Here's something I didn't expect: my hair falls out or tears very easily! I'm a messy bun kind of person, as a lot of us are, and I have found short pieces of hair around where I tie my hair up. The breakage is no joke! The perimeters of my hair also suffer, there are baby hairs everywhere. R.I.P my once beautiful, long, luxurious hair.

The frizz!!! I have always had somewhat frizzy hair, but now there's no stopping it. The entirety of the bottom section of my hair has become curly (my hair is straight naturally???). I love curly hair, except mine looks more like a frizzball. I can't seem to get it silky soft, either. No matter how many times I pass a brush through it or put in some product that claims it will solve all of my frizzy problems, it remains a tangly mess.

One problem that I am consistently combatting is the yellowness. One of the great (sometimes not so great) things about ultra blonde hair is that it soaks up any color it's given. Purple shampoo counteracts the naturally occurring yellow tones, so it turns more of a white, silvery color that I love. Good thing I accidentally bought a yellow conditioner to put on after the shampoo does all of its purpley, magical wonders, right?

Watching the health of your hair gradually decline is no fun. It kind of seems like it happens all at once. One day my hair was silvery, blonde and soft, now it's yellow and a rat's nest. Of course, take it from me, make sure to pay attention to your hair and use healthy products BEFORE it gets this way. But, if you're already an unnatural blonde like me, we can grumble and wallow in our frizzy pain together.

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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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Don't Be Afraid To Accessorize — It Can Be Your New Best Friend

Just a few extra moments of attention to detail can truly elevate your look.

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Your alarm just went off, you put it on snooze one too many times, and now you are going to be late. You throw on the nearest T-shirt and jeans you can find in your room and you are out the door. This look is simple, easy, fast but it would be more personalized and charming if there were a few accessories added to the look. To accessorize means to add to the overall output and to add a little spice where there is dullness.

I believe it is important to always accessorize and one can do this by wearing statement jewelry daily. It is necessary to have your own take on an outfit by wearing jewelry that tells a story, is interesting to look at, and overall makes you different from everyone else.

The first step in accomplishing everyday jewelry is by wearing rings. Rings are always visible as your hands set the stage for you. It is important however to not overdo it, each ring should be cohesive with one another and each finger should have its own flare. I personally wear 6 rings, 3 on each hand and they are a mixture of gold with silver tones. Even if your nails aren't polished, wearing rings still makes you look put together and looks as though you put effort into a look even though you wear them every day.

Belts are the second most important accessory. Yes, they serve a functional purpose but I think it is important to wear a belt that extenuates the outfit you are wearing. Black is easy to start with but when you feel more comfortable I think a colorful belt or a chain belt really can uplift a look.

Necklaces and earrings are the third most important accessories and I think they go together because if you are wearing a statement earring then the necklace you wear should not be also a statement piece. It is important to have balance with your accessories and understand that less is more but also more is more. Accessorizing truly depends on your personal style and the look you are going for. For everyday necklaces and earrings, it is important to invest in real materials that are simple can go with everything. For instance, I wear three thin gold chains every day and I have my ears pierced and I wear small earrings in my lobes and I have my cartilages pierced.

Overall, accessorizing isn't going to make or break your outfit but I think it is important to have jewelry and pieces that elevate your outfit into a personalized and look as though you went the extra step. Another easy way to do this is with your phone case, having a phone case that has a detailed print or is a fun color is another easy no thought way to accessorize.

My favorite companies to get fashionable phone cases are wildflower and casely. In the end, it is important to invest in the accessories that you wear daily as these pieces become a part of you.

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