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Sunday, 19 February 2017

How To Style Your Undercut Three Ways

So as you guys may or may not have noticed, I've been going through somewhat of a hair transformation over the last few months and one of my recent additions to the fro has been an undercut. If I'm totally honest.. I'd been considering it for ages but wasn't brave enough until the pink hair dye I'd been using had started to make my hair break so much around the hairline that I practically already had one and so I thought, 'It's now or never!' and here I am!
And so, with that, I thought I'd put together a small post of a few ideas for styling your undercut as I know I've been having fun with different ways of showing it off ever since I got it shaved in!

1. Dutch Braids. If you're anything like me, the idea of trying to do dutch braids on yourself probably fills you with fear but I've got to say.. with hardly any practice I've managed to get myself into a place where I can actually make a 'good enough' job of them and I think it's such a cool way of showing off the undercut too. From the front and sides you'd never know but from the back you can see the undercut and pattern poking through and that my friends is what I'm all about. It's a super easy hairstyle that takes minutes, great for hair that could do with a bit of a wash and still gives a little 'somethin somethin' with minimal effort.

2. Space Buns. Because what instagrammer would be worth their salt if they hadn't at least tried space buns eh? Part of me likes this style because they kind of look like ears and I can get away with pretending I'm a teddy or a cat for all of about ten seconds before I have to get back to pretending to adult efficiently. Anyway I digress, this super simple style is perfect for those in a bit of a rush because it takes no time at all. I'm also a fan of messy buns so you don't even have to put too much effort into the 'styling' - if you will - of your space buns. One thing I will say is that you're a better human than I am if you can leave them uneven. I can't STAND it if one is slightly higher than the other. My bad.

3 Top Knot. I don't think I know one gal who doesn't massively approve of a top knot at the end of the day. The benefit of having an undercut is that wearing your hair up is no longer seen as 'I can't be bothered to do my hair' but tends to migrate a little easier into 'effortlessly cool' realms. (Of course, I am still the lamest person to grace the planet and any dreams of being effortlessly cool are still massively out of reach but hey, every little counts.. right?) Anywhooo, this has probably been my favourite way to wear my hair since getting my undercut shaved in as it really shows off the undercut without distracting from it. 

Would you ever brave the shave?
Would love to hear your thoughts!


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Love Yourself First

Happy Valentines/Galentines/Palentines/Love Day guys! 
I just wanted to have a quick chat to you about the importance of loving yourself regardless of whether you're single, partnered up or somewhere in that messy space in-between.
I know that today is traditionally about spoiling our partners.. a 'named' day to express love and affection and whilst some may argue that it's not necessary, and others look forward to it all year round.. I feel like it's all kind of irrelevant if you don't love yourself first.
*you are excused to do a mini vomit*
I'll be the first person to admit I'm pretty shit at the whole 'self love/self care' thing but I'd like to think that I'm slowly.. s l o w l y.. getting there.
As much as I 100% support loving what you see in the mirror, putting your needs first, being kinder to yourself, not beating yourself up for the occasional takeaway etc.. what I'm really trying to get at is the importance of strengthening our ability to love ourselves as an independent.. not just as 'the other half.
The way I see it.. Valentines Day isn't a day for feeling bitter, it's a day for celebrating being comfortable, whether that be alone or with another. Having the ability to be comfortable in our own skin.. to really appreciate our good qualities and be proud of ourselves if we do well.. those are the things that make us not only happier within ourselves.. but they make us much better people to be around, to spend time with, and to invest in.
Something I've found that has really helped contribute to my growth as a reasonable human is by surrounding myself with the best people, and really building up a 'team' of favourite humans. I really don't think that it matters how big or small your team is either.. just as long as they help you grow in confidence, happiness and self worth .
Glasses Direct Glasses* Forever 21 Dress, Topshop Coat, Dr Martens

I know it's kind of cliche to be all 'you've gotta love yourself' but I guess I just want you all to know that you're awesome. I know what it feels like to be so far away from knowing that and I just want to give you all a little nudge - just in case you need it - in the right direction. (The direction of being easier on yourself, being more comfortable with yourself and trialing a little acceptance here and there.)
 Whether you're in a relationship or not, whether you're the happiest you've ever been or you're struggling more than ever.. you...  YES YOU .... you're doing great and please know,  you're always.. always part of my team. 


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