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  • Writing

    Personal Self Care Tips for You and Your Natural Hair

    Personal Self Care Tips for You and Your Natural Hair

    Making time for myself, especially since I am a full time student, can be a lot to handle or placed on the back burner. But as I have said before, self care is an important ritual that should be sacred and placed in our everyday schedules. For beginners, natural hair can be a tough obstacle to tackle if you do not have a personal relationship with it. Below are a few tips and tricks to taking care of your hair and yourself on the days that seem a little tougher than others:

    1. Your hair is a reflection of you. With that being said, make sure that you are using shampoos and conditioners that are supporting the growth of your hair and not taking away from that. Stray away from products that contains sulfate, or more pH balanced hair products.
    2. Diet is an important part of hair growth, so make sure that you are getting the proper amounts of nutrients. Our hair does not have vitamins so it is important that we feed it through a healthy and productive meal.
    3. Exercise. It releases a bunch of serotonin into your brain and into your body and has been known to fight stressors in the body.
    4. Do not over wash your hair. Washing your hair as often as possible can cause your hair to look dull in appearance.
    5. Keep a journal of your natural hair journey, recording your hair growth and the things that you learn about yourself along the way. Take pictures of yourself, if you want to.
    6. Keep music in the background in order to enjoy the process. I have noticed that when I have my favorite artist on, I tend to enjoy doing some of my hardest tasks more and it eases the strain.
    7. When washing your hair, steer away from using extremely hot water because it strips the nutrients from your hair, or the sebum which is a protective layer of oil over the hair.
    8. Stray away from comparing yourself to another woman or another man whose hair might be longer. Everyone’s natural hair journey is unique and varies among one another. We all fall short of this but, know that it is important to create your own lane and to stay within that.

    I didn’t watch too many YouTube videos or stay in tune with many YouTube gurus, but it was more on the field of many friends that I learned how to take care of my hair. I remember coming in a few times out of the school year, and some of my friends would volunteer to cut a few of my permed ends off, without judgement. It was very personal and sacred.

    Allowing yourself the proper time to be involved in this kind of way is emotionally healthy and will help you with being more in tune with yourself. Because when you are in tune with yourself, it is significantly easier to navigate this world. Taking care of yourself becomes less of a problem that you have to carry on your own but, instead something that radiates effortlessly from off of you.

     

  • Body Image, Celebrities, Confidence, Fashion, GirlSpring.com, Makeup

    How To GLOW UP This Summer

    So, it’s finally the summer. You’re looking forward to laying out in the sun, hanging with your besties, and taking some time to yourself. But the summer is good for something else too, and we all know what it is…. glowing up. No, I don’t mean playing with glow sticks. I mean glow up. Urban Dictionary defines glow up as “when someone becomes really attractive after they hit puberty.” Now maybe you’re thinking to yourself “I’m past puberty! I missed my glow up time!” No need to fret, my friend! It is NEVER too late to glow up. And the summer is the perfect time! You have a couple months off from seeing everyone at school, so you can come back looking completely different. Without further ado, I present to you, how to glo up this summer.

    Visit a hairstylist

    Visiting a hairstylist is one of the easiest (and most fun!) ways to change your whole look in a single day. A new haircut can completely change your appearance and face shape, so a good hairstyle is a must. It’s important to visit a hairstylist so that you can ask a professionals opinion on what hair color and cut will look best with your look! Make sure if you set an appointment to bring photos of the hair you want, so your stylist will know exactly what you’re going for.

    Experiment with make up

    If you’re a girl and you’ve never experimented with make up before, it can really change your appearance! One of the best ways to get exposure to make up and how to learn some tips is by the magical and wonderful world of no other than Youtube. You can simply search “Make up tutorial” on Youtube, and millions of videos will pop up. The good news with the summer is that you have plenty of time to practice and perfect your look! That way, if a makeup tutorial goes wrong, you can just wash it right off and nobody even saw! And if you decide you don’t like wearing make up, then it makes your life even easier!

    Get healthy

    Something good for your body, skin, and mental health is deciding to get healthy! Getting healthy can be as easy as deciding to work out a few days a week, or limiting the amount of junk food you eat. The healthier you become, the better you will feel! Plus being healthy helps you live your best life, so this one should be near the top of your list.

    Take care of your body

    Whether it be through skin care, working out or taking time to yourself, taking care of your own body can make a huge difference. From treating yourself to a mani pedi, finding a toothpaste that whitens your teeth, or even finding the perfect shade of self-tanner, taking care of your body has a huge impact on the way you look. This means going to the doctor, dentist, dermatologist- you name it! Your body is all you’ve got- so treat it with some respect!

    Become confident with who you are

    If you have any sort of transformation this summer before coming back to school, let it be this- learn to be confident in your own skin! You don’t have to look any specific way to “glo up” because glowing up should be the way you feel about yourself. If you learn to love the reflection in the mirror, it will translate into the way other people see you!

  • Puberty, Sexual Health, Teen Pregnancy

    We all go through it…The Change

    Puberty – How Your Body Changes

    Your body is changing; your moods may be unpredictable and sometimes hard to explain. Don’t worry. These changes are normal. Our guide to teen health is designed to help you understand the common physical and emotional changes you are going through, and deal responsibly with new personal and social situations you may encounter. These changes are called puberty.

    Puberty lasts for several years and marks the life stage when your body is changing from a child to an adult. Hormones help trigger and guide this process. Hormones are natural chemicals in your body that produce gradual physical changes during this time and may also cause emotional changes that can sometimes seem uncontrollable. These changes are common during puberty, and they happen to everyone. Although it may seem that these changes and feelings are out of your control, don’t worry—you’re still you, just the “growing up” version.

    Common Physical Changes in Girls

    Girls going through puberty often notice physical changes, such as larger breasts, hair growth in new places, acne and changes in the shape of your hips, waste, bottom and thighs. Below are some of the common physical changes you may experience.

    Menstrual Periods & PMS

    Menstruation is a turning point in your development from a child to a teenager. It’s important to remember that this is natural and something that makes being a woman special.

    Larger Breasts

    One of the first changes you will notice are your breasts growing, usually between the ages of eight and 12. Once your breasts start growing, you will most likely want to buy a bra.

    Common Social and Emotional Issues

    Today’s young women face many emotional and social challenges during puberty. Below are some of the common tough issues you may find, and tips for handling them.

    Self Esteem & Peer Pressure

    The foundation for positive self-esteem is built at an early age and is influenced by relationships between you and your family. Your feelings about yourself will change as you grow.

    Sex & Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    When to engage or not engage in sexual relations is one of the most important decisions a person can make. From getting pregnant to becoming infected with an STD, make sure you understand the risks.

    Mental Health & Abuse

    Overall health means more than simply being in shape and eating properly. Mental health, which includes your thoughts and feelings, is just as important as physical health.

    Hair Growth

    Hair will start to grow under your arms, on your legs and on your pubic area. Shaving your underarms and legs is a personal choice, but talk about it with one of your parents first.

    Acne

    This aggravating condition may be mild (blackheads and whiteheads), moderate (larger inflamed-looking blemishes) or severe (large cysts or nodules). Acne is caused by a build-up of oil, microorganisms and dead skin cells in the hair follicles under the skin.

    Eating Disorders

    With a more prevalent preoccupation with appearance and weight in today’s society, girls may be at risk to develop eating disorders.

     

    Substance Abuse

    During your teenage years, it is a good idea to take some risks, like trying new activities or sports. However, some risk-taking behaviors, such as drinking alcohol, smoking and using drugs have negative effects.

     

    Visiting Your Doctor

    Before the onset of puberty, discuss your questions and concerns with your health care professional. It is also a time for you to gather printed material on a variety of health issues, including your menstrual cycle, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).