How to Avoid and Deal with a Bad Haircut

Something I will never understand is why hairstylists confuse 1-inch with 4-inches. I feel like every time I have gotten my hair cut, I give them strict instructions, and next thing I know half my hair is on the floor. So how do you avoid and deal with bad haircuts?

If there’s one thing in my life that I am a pro at, it’s dealing with bad cuts. Whether you are dying your hair, layering it, or getting a simple cut…there’s no worse feeling than walking out of a salon, disappointed with what you paid for. In order to make sure this does not happen here is a list of things that will either help you move on or prevent it from happening again.

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  • Show them pictures

The easiest way to get exactly what you want is to have pictures available. Bring in examples of what color you want, as well as pictures of the cut and texture. It is important for stylists to have a visual rather than just a description. Less room for error! Hair stylists do however know what type of style your hair will hold, so be willing to listen to their recommendations if they have some concern.

 

  • Pay attention to what they’re doing

Speak up! If you see that they are cutting way more than what you asked for, say something. It is much easy to say something while they are doing it, rather than waiting until it is too late. However, many times it may look like they are dying it too much or not enough, but they usually have a plan. Ask them to explain to you their process, this will relieve some of your stress. If you do not agree with what they are doing, ask them to stop. It is your hair, so you ultimately get the final say.

 

  • Get there early and give yourself enough time

Hair is one of those things that you just can’t rush. Stylists run on a tight schedule so getting there early is important so you can get set up and ready. They might even have an extra few minutes to see you early. Also, do not plan anything directly after your haircut, if your stylist needs to go over time, let her. There is nothing worse than rushing your hair.

 

  • Wash your hair & give it a few days

One of the first things you need to do if you are not happy with your hair is to wash it. Leaving the hair salon is never a clear representation of what your hair actually looks like. Many times they blow it out and it looks super good, but as soon as it’s time for you to style it yourself, it’s a disaster. Regardless if you like it or hate it, make sure you give it a wash before you start freaking out. Sometimes it will actually make it look better. If you still don’t like it after a few days, call the salon and let them know you need to reschedule a visit.

 

  • Tell them you aren’t happy

This is never easy for people to do and took me a few years to finally get comfortable with. YOU are paying a ton of money to get the look you want, and it is their job to help. Before you leave the salon, be honest with them about how you feel. If you have already left the salon and have gone home, call them back and see if they have time for you to come back into the salon. Hair stylists want you to be pleased with their work, so if you don’t like what they have done they will usually redo it for free. I can’t stress this enough, just call!!

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In general, the best advice I can give you is to be open with your stylist. Show them exactly what you want and don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. Once you speak up a few times it will become a lot less uncomfortable. Hair stylists have clients coming in all day long, you are not the first person who has left that salon disappointed. Speak up!!! It is also very important that even though you are stressed and unhappy, be nice. They will be more willing to help you resolve the problem if you are calm and collected.

Whole30 College Edition

 

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After an entire summer of traveling Europe, trying every kind of food possible and not doing much working out, I came back to school and needed a major cleanse. My mom and sister had done whole30 over the summer and looked freaking amazing. So the day I got back from Hawaii, I started the 30 days. Now that I have finished I thought I would recap on my struggles, give recommendations for college students and just share some of my thoughts on the experience.

What is Whole30?

Well to start, Whole30 is a 30-day restrictive dietary program that aims to eliminate all potential inflammatory foods and beverages. This means no added sugars, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy products, beans, soy products, as well as ANY processed foods. So say goodbye to pasta, bread, sushi etc. So you must be thinking, WTF can I eat?

– Proteins, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats.

First Week of Whole30 in College

The thing about this diet is you can’t half-ass it. You go all in or it simply won’t work. Lemme tell you… this is really hard when you’re in college and there is alcohol everywhere. The first three or four days were for sure the hardest. Your body is not used to the diet yet so you still have intense cravings for unhealthy snacks. I had to constantly make myself busy and avoid going near the kitchen. After the 4th day, my body honestly stopped craving food. I am SUCH a foodie so I never thought this would be possible. I started eating meals for energy, not because I wanted food. Whole30 calls it, “taming your sugar dragon” and I swear it works.

 Meals

Because I no longer live in the dorms, I have access to a kitchen, which let me tell you is a GAME CHANGER. The best part of me starting this diet was that I was forced to learn how to cook. Before this, I only really knew the basics. After this month I expanded my options and became quite the chef. Here are some yummy meal choices that I used over the past month.

 

Breakfast:

  • Poached eggs on half an avocado
  • Egg hash (Eggs, Spinach, onion, whole30 sausage)
  • Sweet Potato Toasts
  • Sunnyside up eggs with Whole30 bacon

Lunch:

  • Spaghetti Squash with ground turkey meat and whole30 marina sauce (sugar-free)
  • Teriyaki Chicken bowl (coconut amino)
  • Salads
  • Chicken and vegetable meal prepped container

Dinner:

  • Everything but bagel chicken wings with green beans
  • Burgers in lettuce (bun) with primal kitchen ketchup and sweet potato fries
  • Chicken lettuce wraps
  • Zucchini noodles with grilled shrimp

 

Week Two and Three

 By the second and third week, your body is used to eating clean. I no longer craved sweets, I was able to be around food that I couldn’t eat, and it honestly did not phase me. The one struggle I had, as any college kid probably would, was not drinking. Syllabus week was tough, but if you say strict I promise it’s worth it. What I did however notice was by week 3 I was not as excited to spend the night cooking meals. I began running out of groceries and didn’t have as much time to cook. This meant that meal prepping was super key.

 

Week Four

So close… but still so far. By week four I was used to the diet and I still did not have cravings, but I did start realizing how close I was to having a margarita & chips and guacamole. I had to really stay focused on making it to day 30. My school also had their first football game that weekend, so holding back from drinking was really hard. But I was determined.

Finally after 30 days of no sugar, no carbs, no drinks… I did it. And it feels so good.

 The Positives

Now that I am officially done with whole30 I can recap on everything I enjoyed over the past month.

  • After I hit the two-week mark my skin was glowing. I don’t know if it was because I stopped eating dairy, but my skin was insanely clear.
  • You stop craving bad food. This might have been the most shocking part for me. In the span of 30 days, you eliminate the need to constantly eat.
  • You feel energized throughout the day.
  • You learn how to cook and get creative with food.
  • You lose a ton of weight.

The Negatives

  • You quickly learn how to function without certain foods so it can be hard on your body when you start incorporating them back into your diet. (blog coming soon)
  • You realize how much sugar is in everything you eat, so it never sounds quite as appetizing.
  • After you start eating normally, your cravings come back.

Eating out

Try having a D1 athlete as your boyfriend who is trying to GAIN weight. This makes it very difficult when I’m trying to eat super clean and he is carb loading. What I found was on this diet it’s kind of hard to eat out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s doable but you WILL be that annoying girl at a restaurant who makes a million requests and substitutes all sides for salad (with no dressing.) The easiest way to get through these 30 days is to simply cook for yourself. You know exactly what is going into each dish, which eliminates hidden ingredients.

Workouts

My weekly routine typically consists of 5 to 6 workouts a week. Yes, I know this is more than most college kids, but after being a D1 athlete it was just a routine that my body was used to.

However, the first week I started whole30 I had just gotten a Brazilian blowout and a new tattoo, which means no sweating for 5 days. So, for the first week, I did not work out once. And guess what…I saw insane results. Usually, after burning 600 calories, I am constantly hungry throughout the day. This made it very easy for me to cut down on food and I noticed my legs got super slim. Within the first two weeks, I shed 6lbs. Once I began Orange Theory again I needed more food throughout the day.

 The Scale

I have a very bad habit of relying on the scale to give me results. At the start of this diet, I weighed myself every few days. During whole30 you are supposed to stay away from the scale, but I honestly couldn’t help it. However, throughout the 30 days, I stopped getting the urge to do so. By the end, I felt so amazing and didn’t need a number to reassure me.

 Tips

To sum it up, here are a few tips that will help you survive whole30

  • Keep Lara bars on you at ALL times
  • Learn to love eggs
  • Meal prep on Sundays
  • Pay the extra money for primal kitchen condiments
  • Constantly look at labels, even if you assume there is no sugar, there usually is!
  • Choose a month that you are not super busy (& not during football season)

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Okay so I realize that it’s only October and Christmas isn’t for another couple of months, but yes I have already created my Christmas wish list. Every year since I was little I would write up a list and give it to all my family members for suggestions 😉 Don’t start judging me just yet, because no, I will not be getting all of this. I typically exaggerate my list, because why not. (but my mom does her best). Each year I ask for one or two big presents and then get little gifts in my stocking. Because I am going abroad in the spring, most of the things I put down are for my upcoming trip.

 

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  • Polaroid Film
  • Lululemon Tote Bag (with zipper)
  • Moncler Jacket
  • West elm Cheeseboard
  • Strut This Leggings and Jacket
  • New Laptop
  • Crate and Barrel Wineglass set 
  • Chanel Red Mini Boy bag
  • Wild Fox hoodie
  • Golden Goose Sneakers
  • New Running Shoes
  • Free People Jacket
  • Lack of Color Biker Cap
  • Passport holder
  • Wholefoods gift card 
  • Tiles
  • Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

*the ones I really want*

Eat Salads, Not Your Feelings

Freedom. You are finally away from your parents, no curfews, no nagging, so what do you do with all this liberty… gain 15 pounds? Not this year. The No. 1 thing college students struggle with is creating a lifestyle with structure. Although Austin is a mecca for foodies, there are countless healthy options that your body will thank you for later. Living a healthy life does not mean you have to cut out the late night snacks and workout every day, but there are a few key things you must do in order to keep your body strong.

1.) Make a calendar and stick to it
People in college spend enormous amounts of time trying to figure out what needs to get done. As a college athlete, I had to balance school, practice, coaches meetings, tutors, etc. I depended on my calendar for everything. Every week I would add everything I needed to do onto the list. By creating a calendar, you make yourself get up and do things rather than sitting around, wasting time. I recommend buying a dry erase calendar, these can be bought for fairly cheap on Amazon, at Staples or any supply store.

2.) Sign up for workout classes
One of the best things about college is that you have free access to a gym, as well as incredible student discounts at workout places around Austin. But the first thing you have to do is SIGN UP for classes in advance. Many times people tell themselves they will work out when it’s convenient, but without signing up for the class, there is no incentive to go. Go online, book a few classes a week, and put them on your calendar! This way you will know exactly when they are, and it will force you to get up and go.

3.) Only drink when it’s worth it
No parents, endless amounts of beer, why wouldn’t you drink your life away in college? Well, the answer to this question is portion control. Not every night in college means you have to go out and consume massive amounts of alcohol. Decide in advance which nights you think are worth drinking. By doing this you will not only feel much better in the morning, but you will save your body. Drinking every night ruins your body’s routine and does not allow you to function at high levels. This being said, it will be much harder to live an active lifestyle if you are drinking every night.

4.) Don’t eat out 24/7
Austin offers a huge variety of food, but for some reason students stick with fast food. Why…? Because it’s cheap. What many people do not realize is that going grocery shopping is actually much cheaper than buying fast food for every meal. Places like Trader Joes and HEB offer premade meals that are many times less than four dollars. These meals are also much better for your body than fast food. With all the alcohol you are consuming, you need to be eating a balanced meal. This will not only keep your weight steady, but it will also make you feel more energized and will allow you to focus better in school.

Once you commit to a healthy lifestyle, your body will get accustomed to it. It will no longer be as hard to get yourself to workout, and you won’t crave all that fast food. By sticking to these four lifestyle tips you will not only look better, but you will feel significantly better.

 

 

Photo by Bella Edwards

Why Walking Away Was The Best Decision

If there is one thing I struggle with in life it is caring too much about what people think of me. I am 19 years old and I am making decisions because they are the “right” decisions according to others around me. After coming to the University of Texas to play for one of the best Volleyball programs in the country, I realized that Volleyball is not my whole life. I was surrounded by unhappy girls who were not satisfied with their lives. Slowly over the course of 365 days, I started to feel the same way. I was no longer playing Volleyball for the love of the game, but merely to get through each day. My attitude changed from determined and hungry to anxious and depressed. What was this all for? – to say I was a collegiate athlete? I was counting down the days until it was over, yet bragging to people that I played for Texas. I was so amused by the title, that my beliefs and livelihood became less important. So I decided that I am done. I am done getting punished. I am done walking on eggshells everywhere I go. And lastly, I am done getting treated with disrespect.

So, after 10 years of playing the sport I truly loved, I quit.

And let me just tell you this was the best decision I ever made. For the first time in my life, I have the option to be spontaneous. In just a few months I will be packing up my things and moving to Europe for the summer. I have four years left before I have to sit behind a desk and answer to my boss, why would I do that now?

From this whole experience, I have learned a huge lesson – get out of toxic situations. Do things that you enjoy. Do things that make you happy. And lastly, wake up each morning excited for the day. Because that’s what I have now, and it rocks.