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Women Are Sharing All Of The Ways That They Healed Their Damaged Hair

Split ends, dulled shine, lack of elasticity. These are just a few of the many many signs that your hair is damaged and just some that will undoubtedly send you into a spiral of panic when you’ve realized it has happened to you. The truth is, curbing and getting rid of these symptoms once they begin to crop up on your strands and ends can be hard to do. BUT not impossible. Here’s some great advice from women who have started at square one with damaged hair.

Try a good hair treatment.

“I started eating a lot of organ meat (mostly liver) and also more fish. I also use Oleplex step 3 treatment as a leave in on my ends after washing. Talking of washing; I only wash my hair twice a week, where before I would wash it every other day. Finally, I invested in better hair ties. I wear my hair in buns and braids a lot for work so I switched to the crease-free hair ties (they’re like stretchy ribbons) or silk/satin scunchies. I never blow dry, and don’t heat style my hair too often, but when I do, ALWAYS use a heat protector and the lowest heat setting you can get away with.” – NotYourMPDG100099

Sleep on silk.

“Silk pillow cases or a silk hair wrap at night are also great, and if you’re going to go the heartless curl method of styling, a silk hair wrap will keep it from getting roughed up at night. (Also good for “plopping” your hair, if you’re doing the curly girl method).” – NotYourMPDG100099

Splurge on Olaplex 

“I 1000% recommend Olaplex. For years, my hair wouldn’t grow past my shoulders because of breakage and split ends. After doing olaplex treatments 3x/week, I have hair that reaches mid back.” – brockielove

Start with your insides.

“B Vitamins, drink lots of coconut water (really does help!), and Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning mask here and there. I also rub argan oil on the ends after showering sometimes. My hair grows half an inch or more a month. I have color treated hair and hadn’t had a hair cut in 9 months. When I finally started getting split ends, I went in for a cut and a lighter toned bayalage. My hair stylist was amazed in the condition my hair was in and said to keep up whatever I was doing.” – sunny_deee

Eat veggies. 

“I went from eating the standard American diet to much much more veggies and I noticed a tangible difference in hair growth ever since. What really transformed my hair was to only use heat on it 3-5 times per year. This allowed me to go months and months without seeing a split end at all, meaning I could go almost half a year without a trim and my ends would be fine.” – prepamaddy

Cook up a concoction of your own.

“I have a mix of Castor, Grapeseed and Almond Oil in a bottle. I soak my hair in that mixture and sleep with it. Wash hair with clarifying shampoo in the morning, then condition and style as normal. I do this a couple times a month and it’s really helped my hair grow and repair itself. I use hair masks every so often too but nothing beats pure oil. My mum used to use Amla (gooseberry) oil on my hair as a child and my hair was down to my knees at one point, and so healthy! Try using different oils, it’s usually a trial and error situation until you find the mix that suits your hair and scalp.” – dictatemydew

Dust and trim.

“Ironically? Getting it cut. Taking off a few centimetres every few months had my hair MUCH healthier than when I’d put it off for 6-12 months at a time and needed to lose a few inches just to even out the split ends.” –lightningspree

Hair vitamins. 

“I took hair vitamins – a simple one purchased from a pharmacy. I also stopped using heat on my ends. This made the biggest difference. When my hair was drying I put argan oil on the ends. This combination was simple and my hair grew like crazy.” – trashtal

Clean your scalp, dust your ends.

‘You really cannot repair damage just grow it out , make it look better and damage hair less in the future. The below tips help achieve that.

  1. stop regular trims and dust only major split ends at home
  2. Brush hair constantly with brush that stimulates scalp ( I like wood bristles )
  3. Make sure scalp is VERY clean when washing, personally I use a clarifying shampoo every time I wash end never put products close to my scalp. I even add salt to my shampoo or do clay treatments on the scalp . The cleaner the scalp the healthier the hair IMO
  4. Do a treatment the night before washing every time you wash. If you want to save money just use coconut oil and some tingly essential oil to stimulate the scalp and then wash out in the morning. This for me really minimizes the damage of wash and styling day
  5. spray a scalp stimulator/scalp astringent when hair is damp ( I like BB tonic but you could make your own with essential oils) . This should be the only product to make contact with the scalp
  6. Do a protein treatment once a week again to save money you could use beer or an egg
  7. Take biotin if your skin can handle it ( mine can’t)
  8. braid or bun hair at night to avoid damage from pillow friction
  9. only use dry shampoo if you absolutely need it . It really clogs follicles on scalp
  10. eat more protein and drink more water also working out helps. If you are really serious you can increase blood flow by hanging your head upside down a couple times a day” –  sarahergo  

25 Witchy Tattoos To Wear Your Magia On Your Skin

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25 Witchy Tattoos To Wear Your Magia On Your Skin

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If you’re a mystical mami looking for some ink inspo, we got you covered. From tiny crystal balls and Amethyst to sage and potions, these bruja-inspired tats will always remind you of the intuitive goddess you are.

Whether you’re a spell-casting badass, a tarot reader or simply a spiritual boss, these are the perfect designs to adorn your skin with magia.

1. This brujita soldadera, though.

(Instagram: @themexicanwitch)

2. We only see beauty in this witch’s hands.

(Instagram: thehoodwitch)

3. Explore your vision.

(Instagram: @charlie_crayons)

4. It’s in the cards.

(Instagram: @witchpoison)

5. Instill a sober mind with Amethyst.

(Instagram: @lethal.red)

6. Gaze into the crystal ball.

(Instagram: @anahiroart)

7. Femme brujita aesthetics.

(Image: @authenticarttatoo)

8. Cleanse the air of impurities.

(Instagram: @ebtattooing)

9. Heartbreak is inevitable, but you will heal.

(Instagram: @katiecaintattoos)

10. Eye of Horus

(Instagram: @l.lia.i)

11. Sage and Amethyst, what a lovely combination.

(Instagram: @sammiestattoostudio)

12. Magia is beautiful.

(Instagram: @cosmicjourneytarot)

13. Good ol’ Liquid Luck

(Instagram: alexiscraneart)

14. Amantes

(Instagram: hanahelizabethtattoo)

15. Grow every single day.

(Instagram: @twiglingss)

16. Bruja de nopales

(Instagram: @harmony805)

17. Complexities of the heart.

(Instagram: @gabrilandia)

18. Light your velas.

(Instagram: @dannibeebooth)

19. That tarot is sacred.

(Instagram: @alejo_artt)

20. Cleanse your aura and clear your space .

(Instagram: @billiejean_tattoos)

21. Look into your future and see choice.

(Instagram: @lamalart)

22. Floral witch.

(Instagram: @blacklanterntattoo)

23. Charmed for life.

(Instagram: @catsandlotls)

24. Last quarter.

(Instagram: @wwzacaria)

25. Peace and balance is ahead of you.

(Instagram: @kiarnatattoos)

Read: These Brujas Will Turn Your Instagram Feed Into A Space For Healing And Spiritual Guidance

Show us a photo of your bruja tat in the comments!

In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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Long before shops the likes of Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 began to bank on her image to sell $54 shirts to non-Latinx hipsters, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an icon and legend for young Latinas living across the globe. Ask a Latina and no doubt she has some sort of connection the Tejano singer whether its coordinating sons to “Baila Esta Cumbia” with her primas or playing her VHS biopic on repeat until the tape ran thin. The queen of Latinx music will always be an influential personality in Latino culture in the United States. Her music and the tragic circumstances of her death made her a pop culture phenomenon that escaped the niche Hispanic market. After her death, Hollywood studios furiously vied for the rights to adapt her incredible rags-to-riches story to the big screen. Selena is a fundamental Latino icon even 23 years after her death in 1995, at the tender age of 23.

Next time someone asks you at a party why you tear up listening to the late great Selena, be sure to serve them with these facts:

1. She brought Tejano music to mainstream America and proved women are capable of anything.

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Before Selena Mexican-American music was considered an eccentricity and was definitely not played in non-Hispanic clubs and radio stations.  Speaking about the experience of being a Latinx signer, Selena once said “Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us or presentations because there are a lot of men who don’t think that women can get the attention of the public. But . . . wrong!” No doubt the Texas-born singer changed these harsh attitude during her life and after her untimely death.

2. She valued family

Selena might have gained worldwide notoriety in her own right, but long before she was just Selena she had a career as part of the Quintanilla family group Selena y Los Dinos, where her two older siblings also made pompas shake. Like the rest of us, familia was always important to Selena and she never forgot her origins and the role that her family had in her success. Speaking about the struggles she was grateful for enduring with her family, Selena said “We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table. And we’ve been doing it ever since. No regrets either.”

3. She was proud of her heritage

Singing in Spanish when you’re not fluent can be a pretty challenging act in itself if you want to break into the mainstream, and Selena was unapologetic about her efforts to do so. “I feel very proud to be Mexican,” Selena once said in an interview about her culture. “I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but . . . it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.” Many singers and actors of Latino origin change their names for a more English-sounding or a more neutral one. But not our Selena. She didn’t look for a fancy name and good on her: Selena is such a powerful, defining name that shines on any billboard.

4. She knew that not all women are straight-sized and many have curves

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, but it has long been dictated by mass media which has, in so many cases, severely distorted our perceptions of women’s bodies. Selena was proud of her curves. Eso mija, eres una fregona.  “I’m very real, very sincere, and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be,” the star once said in an interview. 

5. She had a unique style

Amidst the customary images and selling points of whitewashed media and the current political turmoils of today, it can be hard for a Latina to feel confident in her identity. Selena did so with aplomb. Her wardrobe choices were interesting and daring in equal measure, which is probably one of the reasons behind her success as a pop culture brand.  She was criticized by more conservative audiences for “revealing too much”. We say al carajo con sus juicios.  Still, the Tejano singer stayed strong her opinions about her self, saying once, “Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”

6. Because she showed that Latinas can be captains of their fate as well as the fiercest activists.

“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better,” Quintanilla once stated in an interview.  Her posthumous campaign with cosmetics giant MAC demonstrated that Latino women in particular and women of color, in general, could and should carry campaigns. She was beautiful and the world needed to see that.

7. She was active in her community “All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do”

As a minority, solidarity is key for the Latino community in the United States, particularly today. Selena embodied community values and never forgot her fellow Mexican-Americans. Certainly an example we should all follow. She grew up in Texas, where migratory patterns and backwards thinking about race make various segments of the Hispanic population feel vulnerable. Power to the people!

8. She urged children to stay en la escuela (don’t drop out, escuincles!)

“Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.” Selena knew how important education is for minorities in the United States, and that hard work and academic development are the only way for the community to strive. She constantly visited schools and urged young chamacos not to drop out. Respect.

9. Because she was an independent self-made woman “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away”

She was young but life taught her that all you have is yourself. We can’t believe she was just 23 when she died. Truly wise beyond her years.

Read: Mariah Carey Got Real About Being Biracial And Her Words Will Undoubtedly Have Afro-Latinas Feeling So Seen

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