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Summer Hair

This is me, venturing out a little into the world of beauty blogging! I don’t generally do this, but I’ve recently stumbled upon a perfect summer hairstyle that my hair has personally been in the last two days straight! I started doing this with my hair before going to bed because I was getting really tired of sleeping on a wet pillow, but I still wanted to have manageable hair in the morning. If I braid my hair, it’s manageable, but I have a wet pillow. If I put it in a bun, it keeps my pillow dry, but is rather unruly in the morning. Well, turned out that I combined the two and then liked it so much that I started wearing it during the day too!

I know I’m probably not the first one to do this, but I didn’t get it from anyone else, hence I’m actually sharing the pictures of me doing it today to hopefully help you out if you want to try the same. This has become my go-to for the summer because it keeps my hair up and off of my neck, but I like the look, too. Plus, as a bonus, it takes me less than 5 minutes to do!

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To start, this can work with almost any hair. I actually have quite slippery hair, and I haven’t had a problem getting my hair up in this at all. You can start wet or dry, but I kind of prefer in the middle (again, I sleep with my hair like this at night, and it gives it an extra boost of volume and a little bit of curl, too.) Next, pull all of your hair back in to a pony – I prefer it to be rather high, and slightly off center – I am definitely NOT a ballerina!! Once you’ve got it all up in a high pony, start braiding (I’d suggest making sure the top of the braid is fairly tight so that it will lay well when you spin it around.) You don’t need an elastic to hold the braid, because once you finish, you are going to wrap it around the ponytail. Once you get to the end of your braid, tuck the open end back into the elastic from your original pony-tail. At this point, you should have a pretty good looking braided bun on top of your head, but if there are any places that look questionable, just mess around and stick some bobby-pins in until it looks the way you want. And voila! Super easy, super fun summer hair that requires no heat, and very few materials.

If you try it, post a pic on instagram and tag me!

By the way, I do realize that I was MIA for a few weeks, but I have just finished my Master’s Degree, have been reading voraciously (aka, reviews to come!!),  and summer is here, so . . . I’m getting excited for the possibilities!!

28 Days of LOVEliness: Lovely

Who doesn’t want to be beautiful for the person they love? Have you ever felt slightly . . . not beautiful? Has it ever bothered you? I’ve been there. I actually let the concept of beauty bother far more than I should.

One beautiful truth that I have learned is that the way the world defines beauty is not as important as true beauty. And true beauty, or loveliness doesn’t have to be natural, but it can come from Somewhere else. A story that has taught me this is the story of “The Girl No One Wanted” in the Jesus Storybook Bible. The story tells about Leah from the Bible. As the Bible says, Leah was not as beautiful as her sister Rachel, and therefore, she was not chosen first, although she was the oldest. And even though she was able to have many children, she was never the most loved by the husband she shared with her sister. I can’t imagine the feelings of desperation and ugliness and worthlessness that could have plagued Leah.

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If you’re like me, you may have found a guy in your life who loves you and tells you you’re beautiful even when you don’t feel it. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’re struggling through a time when you don’t feel chosen or loved by anyone. Maybe you feel a little like Leah. She was always second to Rachel in terms of beauty. And yet, in Sally Lloyd-Jones’ treatment of the story, she gives us a beautiful glimpse at the truth of how God affects our loveliness. She writes:

“But God didn’t think she was ugly. And when he saw that Leah was not loved and that no one wanted her, God chose her – to love her specially, to give her a very important job. One day, God was going to rescue the whole world – through Leah’s family. Now, when Leah knew that God loved her, in her heart, suddenly it didn’t matter anymore whether her husband loved her the best, or if she was the prettiest. Someone had chosen her, someone did love her – with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love . . . One of Leah’s children’s children’s children would be a prince – the Prince of Heaven – God’s Son. This Prince would love God’s people. They wouldn’t need to be beautiful for him to love them. He would love them with all of his heart. And they would be beautiful because he loved them.”

Notice that in this paragraph, Leah’s loveliness does not come from her hair, her physique, her clothes, or even her personality. Her loveliness comes as a reflection of God’s blessing and working in her life. Her loveliness was evidence of a beautiful Creator, and a Creator who had chosen her.

Maybe today you are feeling unbeautiful. Maybe you are feeling lost and lonely. Take a moment and remember that not only are you made in the image of God, and so bear His loveliness in that way, but He has also chosen to love you, and as that love is reflected in you, you too can be lovely.