In this day and age pretty much everybody wears some type of hair extensions. Whether it’s for volume length or just fun, it is something women and men wear. In my personal life I love weave. I wear weave as a protect style for my natural hair. Since my hair is natural, it means I do not put any chemicals to change my hair texture (i.e. perms, relaxers) in my hair. With this it is often hard for me to maintain and take care of my natural hair while in college. Thus this is the reason I wear weaves. Although I personally believe there is nothing wrong with wearing them, some people go against this. Some of the common misconceptions’ I hear about weave are the following.
1. Girls who wear weave, wear it cause they have no hair.
Contrary to popular belief a lot of women who wear weave like myself have long flowing hair. Many like I said before wear it as a protective style. African-American hair is a lot different from Caucasian or straighter hair textures. Therefore it does require a lot more attention on a day-to-day basis. So for someone like me who doesn’t have the time to get up every morning to do my hair. Or have the money to go get my hair done every two weeks having a weave is a great alternative.
2. Weave will break off your natural hair.
This statement is partly true and untrue. First off there are many types of ways to weave in hair. Some of these include, clip ins, sew ins, glue or bonding or u-part wigs. With all of these different methods it is possible to keep your hair very healthy and maintain your style. But also it is very possible to damage your hair. My motto is to never forget you have hair under your hair. Although having a weave is convenient and easy to style. You still must wash condition and moisturize your hair. Also taking out your weave in a timely manner is important. For sew-ins (which is how I weave my hair in) I recommend not having it in for more than 2 months. For glue I recommend 3-4 weeks. With Clip-ins and u-part wigs this varies due to the fact that you can remove them at any time. But the key is not to sleep in your clip ins and to braid or wrap your hair before putting on your wig.
3. Your fake for wearing a weave or your ashamed of your hair.
This is probably the most annoying misconception. Wearing weave is a personal choice, so how does something that I decide to do with my hair make me fake. This assertion is as stupid as saying some one who wears heels is a liar; cause heels make them taller than they actually are. Also just because I wear a weave does not mean I’m ashamed of my hair. Like I’ve said I wear weave as a protective style due to college. So wearing a weave does not mean I’m ashamed I am just trying to protect it.
In all wearing a weave has its benefits. It gives you the chance to wear your hair short, dye it blond or make it blue if you would like. There are no limitations when you wear a weave. So if you feel that maybe you want to try to wear one see a stylist for different options. Remember it is always your choice to do what YOU want with your hair.
In today’s society the red lip is definitely in. But if your a girl like me with a darker skin tone it can be hard to find something that fits you. I’ve tried different types of lipsticks and i feel, as far as lipsticks go i am comfortable with the Covergirl brand. Not only is it inexpensive and perfect for the college student on a budget; but they offer a wide array of colors. The two colors i have chosen are 305 in Hot Passion and 355 in Tempt Seduction. These are my favorite and i use the to dress up an outfit before i go out.
As i was walking from store to store in the mall i noticed something. This something wasn’t necessarily scary or out of the ordinary. But the more i think about it, i believe its scary to think that WE don’t think its out of the ordinary. Every day i venture out to public social scenes and i see young girls who don’t look very young at all. Some of these girls go as far as making the statement” i wouldn’t be pretty without makeup and fashionable clothes”. This is absolutely preposterous to me.
In my household as i was growing up, “being natural” was key. From my hair to skin to clothing choices, everything was natural and age appropriate. I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until about age 17; and I started picking out my own clothes to buy at 12 (under discretion). Now i do admit some of the rules bestowed by my parents were slightly strict but however, i feel that their is a reason for everything. When i see girls today as young as 10 and 11 with a full face of makeup and donning 6 inch heels; its hard not to wonder where are their parents! In my opinion i feel when girls rush to appear much older it takes away from just being a kid. I remember my childhood as a time of being free. and not a time worry about the worlds problems. This makes me feel that kids are missing out, on that care free time where the biggest decision you should make is what is for lunch. I couldn’t imagine being 9 or 10 getting ready for school worrying if my makeup looks good today; or if my outfit will impress the boys in my grade. Now granted times have change and we should adapt to them, but preteens acting and dressing in a matter that is twice their age is not the future.
But who is to blame? The media? Parents? Truthfully everyone and know one at the same time. We could blame the media for over sexual programs. Or over exposure of bad behaved celebrities. We could blame the parents; for not having control of there own children. But this wouldn’t help much. What we can do is instill confidence and inner beauty into young girls. Instead of picking up makeup to impress someone; Teach girls to look in the mirror and say i love me. Teach girls that they are beautiful just the way they are, and don’t need anyone are anything to make them someone or something.
Now am i saying makeup, heels and fashion is bad for young girls? Of course not; as a young girl its important to express yourself and find out what makes you U. But i do feel however it is important to instill great values in young girls so they know they are still beautiful ,smart and important without them.
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While in college i have tried to put a personal effort to go work out a few days in the week. Lets be real your college days are arguably the best years of your life. So you wanna make sure you look good in all those pictures your gonna take. So when your children ask you what you looked like you wont be ashamed to show the pictures. Also being healthy and working out ties into your beauty as a person. When you take care of yourself, it shows on your outside giving off a healthy glow. This glow can translate to healthy skin, and longer/shinny hair. Also with exercising you may be able to fit into those fashionable jeans you’ve always wanted to wear. Many people give excuses on why they can’t work out like i have class or its to far; but you can never get healthy making excuses.So if you want to get healthy here’s how i manage while in school.
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Stop making excuses:
When you stop making excuses on why you cant go to the gym,you’ll start going to the gym. In most colleges’ or Universities, a gym is on campus and available for students to use. On top of the fast access to the gym, usually its free & the costs are built in your tuition. So why not use all the aspects of your tuition.
Get a routine and a buddy:
A fun way to workout is with a friend. Having a friend their is always great, so you have someone to push you or spot you while you lift weights during your workout. Another way to make it easier for you to workout is to make a routine. Figure out if working out in the morning or night is better for you. After you figure this out, schedule it around school and work. That way you can’t make the excuse i have homework or i have to go to work.
While being away from home it can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet. But you can curb these by finding the healthy options to eat on campus. For the most part every campus has options on healthy eating you just have to search for them. Also remember to eat at least three times a day skipping meals are never good.
Lastly if going to the gym isn’t for you, their are other options like
- Taking the long walk to class
- Riding a bike around campus
Here is another opinion on Exercise in college.
Remember stay healthy!