3 Easy Tips For Faster Hair Growth

Getting your hair to grow can be a frustrating process, but it doesn’t have to be. One of my old coworkers commented on how long my hair had gotten on Instagram and asked about my hair regiment. I replied that I really don’t do much and that’s true. I firmly believe that the less you’re in your hair the better. But to get more specific and to create a writing sample for this hair magazine I’m interviewing with, here are three simple tips to help you reach your ideal length.

Tip 1: Use little to no heat.
It doesn’t take much for hair to get heat damaged if you’re using too high of a heat setting or not using a heat protectant when styling. Put the flat iron and curlers down and try to use heat as little as possible.

Tip 2: Trim your ends monthly.
Your ends are the oldest part of your hair and when not taken care of they tend to split. Getting monthly trims will help get rid of dead and damaged hair, which will lead to healthy hair growth.

Tip 3: Don’t over manipulate your hair.
Putting a lot of stress on your hair from over styling will cause your hair breakage over time. Work low maintenance hair styles into your daily routine to put less stress on your hair.

Hope this helps! What do you do to maintain length? Let me know in the comments.

 

Stay Warm and Go Buy A Long, Oversized Cardigan

You need an oversized cardi in your life. You really do. What’s a cardi? Well, that’s short for cardigan. The thing you need in you’re closet right now. And, I’m not talking about those short, cutesy cashmere sweaters that your grandmother bought you. I’m talking the extra long, swaying around your legs, maybe fitted or oversized sweaters you’ve seen you’re favorite editors or style bloggers wearing around. This staple piece is perfect for any occasion!

I really don’t know what I’d do without my long cardigan sweaters. They’re great layering pieces for any season. From spring to fall, you can use them whenever the weather or outfit calls for one. You get both form and function out of these sweaters. You’re not suffering trying to look cute in a cardigan, you’re warm and comfortable in a fabulous outfit. And, when the wind blows and catches the ends of it just right you better get your camera ready for a photo shoot right then and there. It’s best to have a friend around who understands you’re level of Instagram crazy, so they know how important it is to get that perfect shot to your followers.

Here’s a few different examples to help you with your styling or Pinterest board needs. Go out and buy the perfect long, oversized cadigan for 2017. You’ll thank me later.

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From UrbanBushBabes.com

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Photo By Victoria Adamson

 

 

10 Tips To Survive A Summer Music Festival

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Samsung Stage At Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza ended last Sunday and I had an excellent time. Besides leaving with an annoying heat rash from that thing we call a sun, the experience as a whole was pretty positive for my first Lolla. I recommend volunteering for anyone who wants to go, but doesn’t want to spend the money. It’s ridiculously easy work in exchange for free entry. Now I had the distinct pleasure of working at the Information booth and saw first hand a lot of different ways to fuck up your festival experience. From a girl in tears because she couldn’t find her friends to stolen cellphones to just plain passing out from the heat, basically a bunch of crappy experiences that are very preventable and can be avoided. Read this before you go to your next festival! It could save you unnecessary arguments with security or just remind you to pack sunscreen.

  1. Water. Water. And More Water.
    You will need water. Don’t think you can survive the summer heat without it. Stock up before the festival, when you get to the festival, and know where the filling stations are. I recommend just bringing water. It’s easier and there’s no line. If you need to use a filling station, go waaaaay before your artist hits the stage. You’ll be pissed if you missed half the set from waiting in line. And, no one has time for you fainting on them.
  2. A Portable Charger Will Save Your Life.
    You will be so much happier spending $10-$50 dollars on a portable charger for your phone. You’ll thank me later. Or not. Just get to the festival and see why.
  3. Dress Appropriately. It’s A Music Festival, Not A Vogue Shoot.
    We all want that best dressed festival look. But, don’t forget to be practical. You are not used to being outdoors for long periods of time, while on your feet and constantly moving. Unless you are, but I’m sure most people aren’t. So stick to a lightweight and breathable outfit and some comfy and cute shoes. I wear my docs to every festival. Someone is always stepping on my toes.
  4. Have A Plan Before Hand.
    It’ll make your life a little easier and the festival less overwhelming if you planned out who your going to see and where they’re playing before you get there. Some festivals, like Lolla, actually give you early access to the festival map and who’s playing on what stage. This way your sure to know where to run when the gates open and you want to be front row at one of the main stages. Yes, people actually run when the festival gates open.
  5. A Great Bag Goes A Long Way.
    Whether it be a crossbody, book bag, or fanny pack. A great bag does go a long way. I wore my crossbody, but I wished I had a cute backpack. It would have been easier to stuff all my bottles of water and misc. items inside.
  6. Have A Designated Meeting Spot In Case Of Lost Homies.
    I really hope that girl found her friends. She wasn’t the only one who came by Information looking for a way to contact friends, because they got separated and had all the person’s belonging with them. Including phone and money. It’s so simple to just plan a spot to meet in case something like that happens. Someone can simply say, “Hey. If we get separated lets meet at X.” Everybody agrees and your off to see whoever or do whatever. Trust me, and I speak from experience, there’s nothing more irritating than being in a large crowd of people looking for your friends. Brings back memories of last year watching J.Cole at Made In America. Couldn’t even enjoy the show I was so irritated.
  7. Glance At The Festival’s Prohibited Items List.
    A lot of people came by the Info booth very irritated that this or that got taken away. Read the prohibited items list and spare yourselves the hassle. Also, sometimes security takes stuff not on the list. So it could help to bring a copy to reference if you feel like they’re taking something they shouldn’t.
  8. Sunscreen, Lots Of Sunscreen.
    Now I put on sunscreen. That doesn’t help you avoid a heat rash though, but it does protect your skin from sunburn. There’s nothing worse than red, peeling, painful skin. Or skin cancer.
  9. Keep Track Of Your Belongings. (YOUR PHONE!)
    You are in a crowd full of people. You take a quick photo, put your phone in your pocket, and continue walking with friends. Except, you missed your pocket and your phone fell. Someone sees, picks it up, and just walks off. It takes 2 seconds to look down and make sure your phone is placed safely in your pocket or bag. And, not just your phone, but your wallet, sunglasses, bag, etc. Some people even lost shoes. Just be aware of your surroundings, know where your stuff is, and don’t get too wasted. You’ll hopefully be fine. There are good people that will turn in lost items, but a lot of people (teenagers and adults) will try to make a quick buck off your misfortune.
  10. Expect Assholes.
    They are at every festival. They push you without saying excuse me. They stand in front of you when your sitting and watching an artist. They are the loud, obnoxious, and annoying people that are at every festival. Pick your battles, ignore most of them, and you’ll be fine.

See! That was easy. Enjoy your summer festival!!

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Cosmo’s Controversial Beauty Trend Article Is Offensive To Women Of Color

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Let’s start with the big questions. Do I think Cosmopolitan magazine’s online “21 Beauty Trends That Need To Die in 2015” article is racist? No. Do I think it’s racially insensitive and offensive to black women and women of color? Yes, I do.

This article was published in January of this year and it wasn’t until a few days ago that people even realized this article existed. The fact that it took almost three months for anyone to find out about this article shows how many people actually READ Cosmo. I’ve personally never owned a copy of that magazine and probably never will if this is where it’s heading.

I don’t think the article is racist, because I don’t think it was intentional on the editor’s and writer’s part. I’m sure they were just like, this is a good “no” and this is a good “yes”. That being said, I do think it’s sad that no one thought that putting all the women of color on the “RIP” list wasn’t a good idea. It goes to show that there needs to be more women of color working for these magazines, websites, and publishing companies so mistakes like this will happen less in the future.

And, yes I realize they had Nicole Richie on the “Hello Gorgeous” side, but Nicole’s mixed race heritage points more towards white physically. It’s basically reinforcing the idea that if you’re not white or of lighter skin then you’re not considered beautiful.

Cosmopolitan can apologize or not, it doesn’t really matter to me personally. I’m thinking, “Do we really need another fake apology?” Just a few “I’m sorry’s.” and “We never meant to hurt anyone’s.”,  before some other publication, person, or company does something similar a month later. I want these companies to learn something from all these instances and grow to be more racially sensitive. It would be nice if I can go a week without something else popping up on my twitter feed. But, that’s just wishful thinking.