What I Learned From Coloring My Own Hair

What I Learned From Coloring My Own Hair

Hair color is a wonderful form of self-expression that's helped me find out a lot about myself.

When I was in 6th grade a friend gave me a bottle of hair-dye at a sleepover. That simple exchange changed my life forever. I'll never forget that the color was called "Candy Apple Red." I excitedly brought the bottle home and immediately tried to apply it to my hair, without thinking of the consequences. I had no idea what I was doing, if my mom would be mad, or even if it would damage my hair. My mom was indeed mad at me for multiple reasons that day. The first reason was the fact I attempted to color my own hair; the second was the fact I did it behind her back. I was grounded for a few weeks, but nothing compared to the disappointment I felt from not succeeding in getting my hair the way I wanted it. I saw a bright red in the bottle and assumed I could just set it on my light brown hair for it to work its magic. It did little to my hair besides give it slight reddish hue. I could have achieved the same effect from putting Kool-aid in my hair! I decided that day I would do everything I could to learn how to color hair the right way.

I got my first actual salon hair color as an eighth-grade graduation present from my mom. It was an ashy blonde with brown and light pink underneath. I fell in love, but I wanted more. The bright pinks, the mermaid blues, the unicorn purple, highlights, low-lights, and all the ombres I could get my hands on. I quickly realized the price of going to a salon to get my hair done regularly. I was a freshman in high school at the time, so I couldn't afford it. This led me to do it all myself. I spent hours every day on Youtube and various internet forums discussing hair color. I had to know what worked best and how to use it all. By the end of my first summer experimenting with color and researching coloring methods, I pretty much considered myself an expert. I had found something I truly loved and had a knack for doing.

In time I had dyed my hair almost every color in the rainbow, continuously learning along the way. This taught me a lot about myself, as well as the trade. I began getting attention from people who would have never previously looked at me. These weren't all positive looks however. I've gotten disapproving glares with some very hurtful comments said behind them. I also had people come up to me and just start belting out questions left and right. It was purely out of curiosity, but its just not comfortable for anyone to be put on the spot like that, especially when you don't know the person. I've had some pretty uncomfortable questions asked too. Once when I had pink and blue hair I was walking to my bus after school let out. I felt a tap on my shoulder and spun around to find a girl about my age whom I'd never seen before. I smiled at her and said 'hi' figuring she would follow suit and inform me of why she stopped me. She just smiled for a second and stared at my hair. I was about to tell her I had to catch my bus when she finally said 'you're hair looks like cotton candy so I want to eat it, but I know it'll taste bad. That makes me sad.' She smiled once more and turned to walk off to what I presume was the way to her bus. I was stunned. It was such a random thing to be told.

The majority of the feedback I receive about my hair is positive though. I've lost track how many times people have stopped me just to tell me how cool my hair is; it still makes my day every time it happens. It is an overall wonderful experience I've had throughout my hair coloring journey. I've felt a passion for it for 8 years now, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. I got my cosmetology license after high school. Now I get to pursue my love of hair-color for a living! Sometimes small things can create an impact that ripples into the whole rest of your life. Don't let the things you're passionate about sit on the back-burner of your life. You never know when your kooky hobby could turn into your life's work.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

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 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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11 Things All Beauty Wannabes Think Watching A Makeup Tutorial

I thought baking was for food only.


Even though I don't wear much makeup on a day-to-day basis, I can appreciate it as an art. I watch James Charles, Jeffree Star, and the like on YouTube pretty frequently, and I am continually blown away at how they use products to highlight their best features, create designs, and transform their face. As much as I'd like to be able to, I don't think I will ever have those skills.

Here are some of the thoughts that run through my mind while watching a makeup tutorial.

1. "This MUA has so many makeup products I don't know how they keep track of it all."

At least for the YouTubers I watch, they have beauty or makeup rooms that have drawers, shelves, and tables filled with every makeup product from every brand. I don't know how they keep track of it all and decide which products to use for that particular look.

2. "They have such nice skin the foundation doesn't even seem necessary."

Practically every MUA video starts off with the MUA complaining about their acne breakouts, even though their skin looks absolutely flawless. Sure, the foundation makes their face look better, but it also seems like a waste to cover up naturally good skin.

3. "How do you match your foundation shade?"

It seems like an impossible feat, but even the MUAs struggle too. James Charles made a video about this after receiving comments about his foundation always being too orange.

4. "The highlight just makes their face look sweaty."

Yeah it looks cool, yeah it's a pop of fun, but I will always contend that overall, it just looks like sparkly sweat.

5. "What does the 'baking' step even do?"

You apply this white powder to your face, let it sit while you do other parts of the makeup routine, then brush it all off. What does it do while it's just sitting there? Plus, to me, their face doesn't even look that different in the before and after.

6. "With all the palettes and all the colors, how do they decide which shades to use?"

Between all the palettes of eyeshadow, they certainly have dozens, if not hundreds, of purple shades. Likely many of them are about the same hue too. So how do they decide which purple shade is best for the look?

7. "That has to be the most perfect winged eyeliner I've ever seen."

And they got it on the first try.

8. "They were able to make the other eye to match."

Between the eyeshadow and eyeliner, it's a mirror image.

9. "False eyelashes look scary but also really pretty."

I'm not personally a fan of the really big falsies, but I have to admit that they look better than natural eyelashes. It's just the gluing something to your eyeball part that makes me never want to try it.

10. "Wow, the lipstick just really brings the look together."

It's always the last step, so it's not until this point that they say "the look is complete."

11. "Even if I'd put in a lot of effort, I don't think I could ever replicate this look."

The whole point of a tutorial is so the audience can try it at home, but it will never truly look the same.

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