What It Was Like To Go Natural

What It Was Like To Go Natural

Anything worth doing is never easy

For those that don't understand what it means to go natural, it means to discontinue the use of chemicals to relax or perm hair. Recently, there has been a big trend in black women going natural. Before it seemed as if it were socially unacceptable for black women to have their hair in it's natural form without appearing unorganized or unkept. However, celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have decided to ditch the weaves and chemicals a few times, to rock their hair au naturale. This small act of courage allowed black women across the country to let their hair down. Their natural hair. I have never chemically straightened my hair, but ever since middle school (I'm currently a junior in college) I have straightened my hair using heat, causing heat damage. This summer, I decided to go natural, and this is what I've learned so far.

First off, I thought going natural just meant that I wash my hair about every 2 to 3 days, moisturize it, and go. I quickly learned that was not the case. My hair has a different types of curls in different places, and to just wear it out is a huge fail. I also learned that in order to do that, you need really good products. How do you know what products? Trial and error. After almost draining my bank account on different hair products, I found that Cantu products do wonders for my hair, so I stocked up.

Once I found the right products, I needed a style. Since I quickly learned that wash and go wasn't for me, I tried braiding. Turns out, I suck at braiding. Even though I suck, my wonderful beautiful mother, does not. We established a braiding routine for my hair to keep it in a protective style that works for my lifestyle. Since I work and workout everyday, two braids work perfectly for me. As time went on, I realized that I couldn't rock the two braids ALL summer long. I needed to switch it up.

If you ever think about going natural, there are two things that are your best friends. Youtube tutorials for natural hair and coconut oil. There are endless videos on how to go natural, what styles you can do, and how to do them. Since I'm still relatively new to going natural, I haven't quite mastered anything, but I have learned a bit. Watching these videos give you so many ideas and styles to go natural. So far I have tried twists and bantu knots. Not much, but I want to perfect one thing at a time.

I have been natural since the middle of May, until now (June 19th), and have noticed a true difference in my hair. Before my curls were horrendous and all I wanted to do was wear a hat and put them in braids. As time went on, my hair became more manageable and my curls were more defined. Not only that, but I became way more confident about my hair. In this short time, my hair has changed significantly. I absolutely can't wait until August to see exactly how far my hair has come. If you ever have doubts about going natural, I say do it. It is a lot of work, but it is worth it. Anyway you can make yourself healthy, whether it's your hair or body, is something worth doing.

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The Life Of A Fashion Major

The good, the bad, the ugly

For the past six months or so, I have dedicated my life to all areas of fashion, and I have a few experiences which have stuck out throughout these months. While sitting in the warehouse with a Starbucks, feeding my fabric pieces into the needle of the sewing machine, I often reflect on my achievements in this industry.

While returning to campus after dressing models in New York City at New York Fashion Week, I dived right back into my fashion assignments, being reunited with the warehouse I practically live in.

I have noticed as a fashion major, that over time, I truly have learned I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I have been able to uncover my love for the entire fashion industry, whether through constructing garments, designing garments on fashion sketches, or attending NYFW to see what the backstage aspect of the industry is like.

It is the most rewarding feeling to spend months of your life running on little-to-no sleep, feeling at times like the exhaustion might take you over, yet uncovering some of the best experiences possible in the industry of fashion. On top of that, creating garments you’re incredibly proud of is the most rewarding aspect to me in the end.

Often in a major like this one, others find it difficult to consider the amount of work, stress, fatigue, and energy it requires. The dedication needed for this major is extreme, yet when it is time to present my final projects, I look at my work and am able to see the weeks of sleepless nights paying off in the perfected garments.

I always consider myself lucky to be in one of the most rewarding majors—understanding that this hard work is all part of doing something I am in love with.

Being a fashion major, you’ll learn so much about yourself. You’ll learn how to work yourself to your best potential, how rewarding it is to dedicate so much energy and time to something you’re so proud of, and you’ll truly begin to visualize yourself in your future in the fashion industry.

The best feeling ever is taking a step away from the craziness of fashion, and realizing all you want to do is return back to it. I find myself away on vacations or quick weekend trips, and missing the feeling of achievement from designing clothing that I am so proud of.

All-in-all, being a fashion design major is hectic, for sure, but it’s the best kind of hectic there is.

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20 Fashion Trends From The Early 2000s That Make Us Physically Sick To Think About Today

I might be willing to sign a petition to get Juicy tracksuits back but that's it.

The early 2000s were a time in fashion that most of us, who lived through it, try to forget about. It was full of cowl neck shirts, low-rise jeans, and other trends that send chills down my spine. Britney Spears was in her prime, pre-head shaving of course, and girls got their fashion inspo from Lizzie McGuire and Teen Vogue magazines.

1. Shiny everything.

Shiny shirts, shiny pants, or even worse... shiny cargo pants.

2. Gaucho Pants.

3. Neckties as belts.

Literally who thought this was okay. Noooooooo.

4. Timberland boots with heels.

They're not even practical. I don't understand.

5. Camo.

6. Avril Lavigne everything.

I'm not gonna sit here and act like I didn't sing "Sk8er Boi" every day of my life.

7. Cowl neck shirts.

8. Cowgirl shirts.

9. Vertical stripe flare pants. Bonus if they were corduroy.

10. Layering tank tops.

11. Beaded wire headbands, bracelets, and chokers.

12. Cuffed jeans with heels.

13. Zebra Highlights.

14. Yoga Pants.

15. Juicy Couture tracksuits.

16. Asymmetrical jersey skirts. Aka my living worst nightmare.

17. Low-rise jeans.

Often times embroidered. Double points if they're Miss Me or True Religion.

18. Flowy, hippie dresses over jeans.

19. Platform shoes.

20. Shrugs.

Omg I'm puking. I'm pretty sure I haven't used the word "shrug" to describe an article of clothing since 2006.

Cover Image Credit: Harper's Bazaar

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