Blowout and Straighten Your Hair- Without the Help of a Stylist!

Straightening natural hair can be such a hassle and sometimes it’s just easier to pay someone to do it.  But what if going to the salon doesn’t fit in your budget?  What if you’re worried about damage?  These are reasons you may want to do a blowout at home.  This is a technique you may not get right on the first try and you should perform this technique on healthy hair.  Trim damaged ends because they will be very noticeable once your hair is straightened.

You will need shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner, hair clips, wide tooth and rattail combs, ceramic flat iron, blow dryer, paddle brush and heat protectant.

Start off by shampooing and conditioning your hair.  You never want to flat iron dirty hair.  Add a deep conditioner if you want to really hydrate your hair.  Hydrated hair is easier to straighten and moisture protects your strands from the drying effects of heat.  Next, using a wide tooth comb and leave-in conditioner section and detangle your hair.  Section by section apply heat protectant, but don’t saturate your hair with it.  Then proceed to blow dry your hair with the paddle brush.

When you blow dry start at the ends and work your way to the root.  Then go back from the roots to the ends.  Take your time.  Dry the hair in a downward motion so it can get as straight as possible.  Once you dry all your sections section your hair again in horizontal partings.  Begin smoothing the hair at the nape.

Using your ceramic flat iron, gauge your temperature setting by starting at a low temperature and working your way up on the strands at your nape.  Using thin partings, work your way up your head and smooth each small section with smooth even tension.  Again, take your time.  Once you finish your entire head use the flat iron to complete any finishing touches.  You can add a little curl, or bump the ends.  Then add a light coating of oil or serum.


The Golden-Ticket

For most of us, undergraduate studies will not be half of our educational journeys. Many of us will go on to graduate school, law school, or even medical school in order to continue the pursuit of our dream careers. The progression of society’s outlook on the importance of education has caused the competitiveness of obtaining higher degrees to become increasingly more extensive. With everyone striving to achieve the highest grade point averages possible and remaining active within campus organizations, most people are at a loss of ideas for setting themselves aside from the pack.

Something constantly overlooked by many students is the importance of a letter of recommendation. A letter from the right person could be a powerful asset in standing out among other applicants. However, majority of college students are completely clueless upon where to locate the right person to write the golden-ticket letter. Well, the answer is right in front of your faces every Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, and maybe even Friday for those of us who are less fortunate. In case you haven’t caught my drift, I’m talking about your professors. Professors have connections to many other colleges and universities that could give you the foot in the door you are looking for.

Professors are a vital tool that is often unused because we as college students overlook them. We should all strive to start taking advantage of our professors as career boosting assets. Instead of sitting in the back of class, sit towards the front so the professor can see you actively engaging in class. Try staying after class for a few minutes to discuss the lecture with the professor instead of jetting out to get back to your dorm for the thirty minute nap. Finally, take advantage of office hours so that you could deepen the bond between you two. This professional relationship could expand your roles on campus, assist your application to grant you into graduate school, and even place you within the workforce.

Jordyn Jones, Staff Writer

Fall is Here

Yes, fall is making a breakthrough this week! You can feel it in the breeze and see it in the trees ( I should become a poet!)  You can also see it in the fashion. It’s about that time to put away those flip flops and tanks ladies! Early fall wardrobe investing could possibly be the best decision you ever made. You won’t have to worry about competing with the late bloomers that try to find the things that you already have super snug in your closet. When it comes to fall, layers are always a must because the weather has every right to be bipolar, although it knows we don’t like it. These are just a few things to stock your closet with to make sure you stay in style with fall fashion.

Fall fashion

Piece 1: Ankle Boots: It’s a no brain-er that these are hot. They aren’t as tall as a normal boot, but aren’t as simple as a regular flat. They are the perfect in-between. Wear them with skinny jeans or maybe some leggings with a romper or dress. You don’t have to get all decked out to make these bad boys make a statement. Wearing a simple t-shirt and a light cardigan will do the trick. Speaking of cardigans…

Piece 2: Cardigans: Cardigans will never go out of style! They are always good year round.  At times when a room is cold..who wants to put on a large over-sized jacket? NO ONE! Cardigans luckily come in every design and color you could imagine. They are also practically found everywhere, so no there is need to shop at big name stores.

Piece 3: Leggings: I have mentioned leggings once before. They can either make or break an outfit, depending on what type of leggings you are buying. If you want a statement piece, try geometric leggings (but please be aware of your body and what flatters you!) If you are already wearing something that is making a statement on its own, plain leggings will do the trick. They will give you a simple look, while still assuring that all eyes are on you.

Piece 4: Scarves: My favorite! Literally, I have like  thirty at home. Scarves are one of my favorite accent pieces. They can take that boring top, and light up your entire outfit. I personally prefer, the cow-neck type scarves, but if you prefer the normal scarves that is totally fine as well. If I will say anything, I will say this..invest in as many scarves as possible. The more designs you have, the more eclectic your wardrobe can be. Trust me. Outfits tend to look completely different with the touch of a scarf!

❤ Allie Mitchell


Often the first time you here a song you link it to something or someone on your memory.

Have you ever been listening to a song and had someone just pop int your head? that is the connection coming into focus.

The same is true for smells. if you smell something during an emotionally stressful time you may later feel bad feelings when you smell the same smell, and not think of why?

what smells remind you of good?

what songs remind you loved ones?

strengthening the connection can create good feelings when the trigger is later.

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Avoiding the “+15”

Typically what is being referred to as the “Plus 15” is called the “Freshman 15.” What most college students fail to realize is that “Plus 15” could happen to anyone, not just freshmen. What also seems to pass students’ minds is that it is easier than they think to live a healthy life while away at school.  Here are a few suggestions on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


  1. Eat Healthy!

If you do not eat healthy, you can kiss a healthy lifestyle goodbye. Although most college students would argue that their campuses offer somewhat “unhealthy” meal options, there is usually always a salad bar, vegetable, and/or fruit option included. Use your meal plan for what is worth and learn to work with the food options provided to create a healthier diet while in school.


  1. Hit the Gym!

Almost every college campus offers free gym services to students. If your college offers that, use it! According to Fitness Magazine, getting at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity will definitely be a positive contribution to your healthy lifestyle.


For those of you whose college does not offer free gym services, there are options for you as well! Get involved with a club or intramural sport. Go for a run, or start a running club. The options are truly endless, but it is up to you to be proactive.


  1. Get Sleep!

According to an article in The Independent Florida Alligator, “Researchers say — looking at you, students — that lack of sleep is terrible in the long run,” getting enough sleep is one thing that can contribute to a college student’s healthy lifestyle. Sleep deprivation can lead to one becoming sick in more ways than just the regular cold. If possible, avoid going to bed just hours before your class, and instead get at least eight hours every night.


Just remember without getting enough sleep, eating well, and working out on a regular basis you are bound to be a part of the “Plus 15” group. Applying the three tips above will definitely help with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as long as you are proactive and dedicated!


Here a few links with more ways to stay healthy while away at school:

College Fitness: 5 Tips for Staying in Shape

10 Tips to Stay Healthy in College

101 Health and Wellness Tips for College Students


Cassidy Stratton, Staff Writer

Maintaining Healthy Habits

IMG_0494School is officially back in session and our free time is quickly being replaced with tests, homework, and extracurricular activities. In the summer, it was easier to keep up with a health regimen because there was more free time allotted.   Now that school and a tremendous amount of other activities have resumed, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a hassle and expensive. Maintaining healthy eating habits and working out in college can sometimes be harder than trying to pass an astrology exam but I hope I can keep you on your health journey with a few tips of my own in this article.

  1. Eat Breakfast! A lot of times students are running around like a chicken with their head cut off in the morning and they forget or don’t have time to eat breakfast. You have probably heard this a thousand times but breakfast IS the most important meal of the day! It gets your body up and running! When on the go, I personally drink a protein shake for breakfast because it is quick and easy and I’m still maintaining my diet. Other quick things you could eat for breakfast are fruits, health bars, cereal, bagels, boiled eggs, the possibilities are endless! So next time you think about skipping breakfast, look in your cabinet; I bet you have something in there that can help you start your day!
  2. 2.      Grocery Shopping. As college students, half of the time we are broke so we live off pizza, raman noodles and, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. However, I’ve made a new discovery that saves me a lot of money and I can eat healthy at the same time. Go grocery shopping at the beginning of the month and go BIG. Buy a lot. The trip should consist of things such as milk, eggs, cereal, meats, sides, water, snacks, things that last you awhile. They should be healthy as well. For example, I don’t eat pork or beef so I buy everything turkey.  However, I still have to look at the lean percentage on the package. Snacks should be things like peanuts and fruits. Once you do this first trip which will be expensive, you can start monitoring what is gone and what you need and go to the store little by little and get what you need, which saves a lot of money in the end.
  3. 3.      Working Out. Even the busiest person has at least 30 minutes a day where they have nothing planned. In this time you should hit the gym or do some kind of activity that gets your heart pumping. Run for 15 minutes, walk for 15 minutes, squats, jumping jacks, anything that will get the heart going is considered exercise. If you cannot exercise in between activities, start a regimen either in the morning or at night where you can dedicate a full 45 minutes to 1 hour of exercise. College is hectic and that freshman 15 is real and the weight will keep adding up, so get fit!

I honestly could go on and on about the things that I do while juggling work and school but these are the 3 key main things in sticking to a healthy lifestyle. Working out, eat correctly, and making sure the things you are choosing to eat are healthy. I hope this was helpful and good luck on your journey to a healthier life.

Chasity Edwards, Guest Writer

Infiniti Pro by Conair Flat Iron: Initial Review

Not too long ago, I wrote an article explaining the characteristics of a good flat iron. I was inspired to write that article by the poor photo (34)condition of my own flat iron.  I realized that everyone’s flat iron worked on my hair except for my own.  So it was time to purchase a new one, and using the tips from that article I think I found the perfect example of a high quality, affordable flat iron.


1 inch tourmaline ceramic flat iron

Up to 455 degrees of true ceramic heat

Floating plate

15 second heat up

5 precision heat settings

Price: $25 Walmart

I have been using this flat iron almost every day for two weeks to really test it out for a good review.  I have to say I’m very impressed with it.  I can really tell the difference between this flat iron and my old one.   My old one only kept my hair straight for about two hours in the Georgia heat, and used to pull and snag my hair.  My hair always looked so dry after using it, no matter how much conditioner and heat protectant I used.  It’s the total opposite with this new flat iron.

The plates are well placed and there is space at the end of the plates so you can use both hands to style if you need to.  The heat is distributed evenly across the plates and the tourmaline ceramic plates are the real deal.  I never have to go over a section more than once and I never have to put the temperature over 395 degrees.  The plates glide across my hair smoothly and they don’t tug and pull my hair.

The flat iron heats up really fast which saves me time in the morning.  Also, the results last all day.  My hair is left looking shiny and  feeling smooth and I don’t have to worry about my hair reverting to its natural state in the middle of the day.  The iron even has an auto-off function so should I forget to turn it off it will turn off on its own after a certain amount of time.

So far ,so good for the Conair Infiniti Pro; I give it a 9/10!  However I will be sure to give an updated review if anything changes.  Hopefully this flat iron can stand the test of time.

Brandi Giles, Editor of Health & Beauty