Why I Wear Hair Extensions

Why I Wear Hair Extensions

It's a confidence booster.

I think everyone has wanted long hair but either their hair can never grow or they're like me and always cut their hair. That's my problem, I always dream of having long luscious hair but I can never manage my hair and cut it and every chance I get. Also my hair doesn't grow as fast as I want it. Trust me, I've tried biotin and folic acids. It ain't just cutting it for me. The photo below shows what i currently look like without extensions. Although my hair is medium length, I would like it to be long and luscious.

However that's why the Earth created hair extensions. Hair extensions come in various types like tape in or clip in. You can get human hair extensions or synthetic hair extensions. The difference is of course, that you can do anything with human hair extensions, like wash and use heat on them. With synthetic hair extensions, it's a plastic-like consistency and while you can use heat on them—the packaging normally tells you how much heat the extensions can take—you can't really wash them.

My hair extension of choice is synthetic hair clip-in's. Clip-in extensions, in my opinion, are easy to put in and you can have long hair in minutes. When you buy clip in extensions, there are eight wefts or hair pieces in the package and a how-to guide of how to put them in. I think I was in my junior year of high school when I discovered extensions and I was so excited to put them in. The sad thing about synthetic extensions is their shelf life. If you use your extensions for everyday use then your extensions will look ratty and gross within six months or less, which means you gotta buy new extensions.

My sophomore year of college is when I bought my second set of extensions and I really couldn't be happier with them. A lot of my friends wonder why I always wear extensions. Something about hair extensions is like a safety blanket. I feel more beautiful while wearing them. I feel more confident in my skin with this long luscious hair.The photo below is me with my extensions. I look like a whole new person. I feel like a different person. My extensions are a confidence booster for me.

Cover Image Credit: Pam Graboso

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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 where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (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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