My Anti-Perm Look

I’ve recently been wanting to do a consistent everyday look with my hair that avoids heat, so I thought about doing a perm. I did some research about perms and I outweighed the good (good looking curls) and the bad (semi-permanent curly damaged hair that I wouldn’t be able to recolor like I do every three months). There are more negatives, but my vanity was speaking louder than my logic.

I asked my hairstylist about them as well, I only go to the same hairstylist. (Reasons to never cheat on your hairstylist is for another post.) The salon I go to does not do perms but she told me I could get some products to get that wavy curly look. I then had another idea and she said I would most definitely get a perm look by using this product along with the hair products she had.

Flexi rods! (More specifically: Tifara Beauty 42-pack 7″ Flexible Curling Rods)

From what I can tell on YouTube these are not new at all. The videos on YouTube are mostly done by black women, so I’m assuming that the use of flexi rods are common in the African American community, but I’m just making an educated guess. People with finer hair can still use them and they’ll work the same, the curls will just look different on different people depending on their hair texture.

Ice Cream Party

The ones above are the exact pair of flexis that I purchased off I like these because they are easy to use, inexpensive, you get a ton and they come in a bunch of different sizes. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be enough for my hair because I have a lot of hair, but there were more than enough.

I’m still experimenting to find THE look, but when I do I’ll make a post on how I do so and share all the products I’m using as well as pictures of my hair.

My salon: The Cultural’s Elite in Pittsburgh, PA. If you live in the Pittsburgh area and are looking for a stylist, try The Cultural’s Elite. They are a locally owned hair salon that works with all hair types, do men and women’s hair, waxing, makeup, and more. Their Instagram: @theculturalselite

Feel free to leave tips on how to perfect my flexi rod look or comment what you think. Follow for more!

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Goodbye Squirrel

It saddens me to write this. My beloved dog, Ciara, passed away. Ciara was not too long ago taken to the doctor where they said she had a tumor on her stomach. My family was given the option to put her down or to let her live on medicine until she couldn’t anymore. My parents chose the medicine. My mom is a nurse so knew she wasn’t ready to leave Earth yet.

Ciara was one of my best friends and one of the best dogs I’ve ever had. I often called her “Squirrel”, I leaped around the house with her, and we’d play catch with treats. She was the best at catching treats in her mouth. She was also quite the athlete. One time she ran up to the wall with a toy in her mouth, bounced the toy off the wall, caught the toy, and ran the other way. I was lucky enough to catch it on tape. She also loved to swim and she would run circles around the tractor. When you took her for walks she would stop and point at any bird or bunny in her sight. She would always lift her ears and tilt her head when you talked to her. When you told her to “little woof” she would give a faint bark, well sometimes, other times she would just bark like crazy.

Ciara had a heart of gold and stomach that was never full. She often got in trouble for getting in the garbage or grabbing food off the counter. Not once, but twice did Ciara grab a plate of Christmas cookies off the table and ate them all. She also enjoyed Halloween candy (which she stole). Her little spots made her a hand painted work of art that God took a little extra time on to make. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be blessed by such a loving dog like my Squirrel. I’m going to miss a lot about her, but what I think I dread the most is going home (from Pittsburgh to Erie) and not having her to welcome me home, to cuddle with, and most of all no one to call “Squirrel”.

This is to my Squirrel, I will miss you, my heart will ache for you, but you will forever be my baby Squirrel.


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Why Women Need To Vote

Through history, not everyone has been able to vote. As a woman that has been brought up in a middle-class family, I cannot speak on why people of color and poorer Americans should vote and fully understand their struggles. I can, however, express how I feel about the importance of women voting.

As I stated earlier, not everyone has had the right to vote. Women of the past worked hard so that the women of today can vote. There are so many reasons to vote, but one of the most important is respect for the work of women in the past as well as today. Women are still not treated equally or with respect in all aspects of our lives, but we have the power to vote.

I see voting as a gift from the women of the past. The rich white men in charge at the time were not going to make this change on their own. Men today might not. I would even go as far to say some women would not care. How often do you see a man (or even a woman) equate a woman’s opinion as her emotions, hormones, add insult here? How often do we see a woman’s work is ignored or stolen? How often do we see a woman getting paid less? How often do we see a woman getting catcalled? How often do we see women getting inappropriate comments from men? How often do we see sexist dress codes for young women? How often do we see women struggling for affordable nonbias healthcare? How often do we see a woman’s worth being equated as how she can please a man or how she looks? The list goes on and on, and what’s even worse is that this is a list from today, not the past.

We as women also need to let our voices be heard. I firmly believe that when I vote in any election, I am not only voting for myself but other women. Women with different stories and struggles. Women working two jobs to get by. Women being awesome, strong, brave single moms. Women who need free healthcare and Planned Parenthood to stay healthy. Women who live in a nuclear middle-class family that just needs a little more money to live comfortably. Women of all ages, races, sizes, jobs, socioeconomic status, and more. It is selfish for me to only vote for me. You may disagree with that, but I feel like I need to vote with not just me in mind.

These are just a couple of reasons why women of all ages should vote. I pray that I see our first female president. I may even cry tears of joy, but for now, I can stand up for the importance of voting for what you believe in and others.