Dyeing My Hair Doesn't Change My Personality, It's Just Part Of The Change

Dyeing My Hair Doesn't Change My Personality, It's Just Part Of The Change

Changing your appearance is a way to express yourself, and that is why I do it.

I grew up constantly hearing my mother and others tell me to never dye my hair, that people pay a lot of money to get their hair to look like my natural color. For years, I took pride in that and believed that I shouldn’t change it. Adding to that trend, I then never cut it. For years, I had the same long blonde hair.

Then, last year I decided to cut it shorter, just past my shoulders, and dye it red.

To be fair to myself, I had wanted to do it for a while, but every time I brought it up, I got a similar reaction, that I shouldn’t change my hair. When asked why I wanted to change it, I never had a straight answer, but I started to understand that I didn’t need one.

Sure, I have influences, like my favorite Disney princess, but overall, I just wanted a change. It was the beginning of my sophomore year, I was finally feeling a sense of independence, and there was no reason not to.

I was also pleasantly surprised when people liked it. Changing your appearance might not always seem like a big deal, but it affects almost everything in your life.

In my case, it gives me a chance to be more myself.

That may sound weird to some people, “you change yourself to be yourself?”, but when you’ve lived your whole life looking a certain way, it can morph into your identity. I believe I used my hair as a kind of safety blanket. It was long enough that I could cover my face or entire back, so by cutting it and dyeing it a color that is harder to ignore, I gave myself a kind of confidence boost.

I don’t like a lot of attention, but it is nice to be noticed or get a compliment sometimes. My hair is no longer a way for me to hide, but a way for me to stand out and lessen my anxiety. If I feel like people are looking at me, I just imagine it’s because of my hair.

I am not the quickest to embrace change, in fact, I’ve proven myself quite stubborn, but I feel like dyeing my hair is the smallest way to make the biggest impact on my life. Since I started dyeing my hair, I feel more willing to try new things, like meeting new people or allowing myself to be challenged.

I don’t think changes in my personality or identity necessarily derive from dyeing my hair; I think dyeing my hair is a part of the change.

Changing your appearance is a way to express yourself, and that is why I do it. I want to show myself, and others, a different side of me and a new stage in my life.

My hair, or any part of my appearance for that matter, doesn’t define me, doesn’t change the fact that I’m me. It’s just hair, but it is my hair.

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6 Colorful Hair Dye Trends You're Already Calling Your Salon For

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If you love colorful hair, and, like me, have spent hours admiring different colors and styles on Pinterest, then you need to see these hair dye trends. They are imaginative, beautiful, and very inspiring for your next trip to the salon.

1. Split Hair

This hair dye trend gives you the best of both worlds. You can have any combination of colors and not have to choose just one!

2. Sunset Hair

Sunset hair reminds me of Mardi Gras and King Cake. The colors are so pleasing and mesmerizing, and you won't have to look out the window for the sunset, you can just look in the mirror!

3. Underlayer Dye

This trend is for a more subtle look. You can dye just the underside of your hair so that the color can only be seen when in a ponytail or bun. Business on top, party underneath!

4. Dyed Bangs

This is another less extreme option. You can leave your hair its natural color and just dye your bangs. Or, like the picture, you can go all out and have two colors that compliment each other.

5. Colorful Highlights

This trend is just what it sounds like, and consists of one color as the base, with another brighter color as the highlights. Pink and yellow is my favorite combination for this trend.

6. Subtle Color

Another very understated and elegant option is to add some subtle hints of color throughout the hair. It almost blends in with the hair, but upon closer inspection opens up into layers of color.

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DIY Beauty Tips That Actually Work

Tell your friends, because we are finally getting to the bottom of this.

Between the abundant social media platforms, consumers of beauty products are constantly bombarded with the newest DIY beauty tip. With so many voices telling you the “best” remedy how does one actually know what works and which tips are best left for Pinterest clickbait? I happen to be a huge sucker for beauty related home remedies and have tried my fair share of the internet’s selection. From my personal collection, here are the five best tips- tested by yours truly.

1. Lemon Juice and baby powder for a quick acne fix

There are endless formulas and tricks out there for clearing out acne, but when it comes to quick relief from zits- stick to the basics. All that you will need is lemon juice and baby powder to shrink an unwanted distraction the night before a big event. The combo of the acid and baby powder dries out and disinfects- giving you quick results. This method is very drying, so only use as a spot treatment and follow up with a light moisturizer.

2. Baking soda and peroxide for pearly whites

It is the week before your big event, but you're low on cash and it's time to whiten your smile dulled by too many Starbucks trips. Luckily, this crisis can be averted with a magical mixture of household items: peroxide and baking soda. This method is tried and true- so much that many whitening toothpaste companies even use the concoction in their formulas. Brush with the mixture lightly in circular motions (avoiding gums if possible), let it sit for a minute or two and then enjoy your stain-free smile.

3. Vaseline for lash growth

After longing for luscious lashes as a young teen, I had tried everything the internet had to offer. Any oils, creams, and lotions that I could get my hands on with promise for lash growth were tested. After much experimentation, I found that brushing through my lashes nightly with a coating of Vaseline was actually making a difference. They were a bit longer, thicker, and stronger- no fancy lash serum required.

4. Vitamin E for glowing skin

Like many teens, I have struggled with acne on my body. Of course, with acne comes the dreaded scarring and dark spots left behind. To lighten the spots, try dabbing on a bit of vitamin E oil twice a day. The Vitamin E rejuvenates the skin cells as well as maintaining moisture in the freshly healed skin.

5. DIY sugar scrub for effortlessly exfoliated skin

Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or anything in between it is essential that you exfoliate to get rid of the dead skin cells to allow healthy skin to grow and breathe. The best exfoliators are those made at home with skin-friendly ingredients.

For a DIY exfoliating sugar scrub, you will need coconut oil, sugar, and your favorite essential oil/s. A 2:1 ratio of sugar to oil seems to create the perfect consistency, but feel free to play around with the scrub to your skin’s needs. The scrub will exfoliate while leaving your skin moisturized and refreshed.

Now that you are equipped with the best tips, it's time to start rummaging through your cabinets to find your next beauty DIY. Have fun, and good luck.

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