If the Hoodie Fits

I’ve never understood why it is so important to get something in your size until now.

Generally, I like my shirts fitted and my jackets and pants baggy to create a hIMG_3889.JPGip-hop inspired look. By fitted, I mean one size down what I usually wear, so if I want, say, a Tupac Longsleeve,  I would get it in a small and not a medium. I just like the tight fit and how it wraps and molds around the body as opposed to having sleeves overfold from the extra bagginess and the bottom of the shirt drop as low as to my crotch. For my hoodies, I just really like the baggier, but not overbaggy, style, just so it is comfortable enough to wear and provide as much warmth as possible while still looking presentable. For example, because I fall between a Men’s small and a Men’s medium category, I would choose the medium size for my Kung Fu Kenny hoodie.  However, the real problem begins when I step out of my comfort zone.

 

About a week ago I had my eye on this one nice hoodie. It was not that much- I had a $20 discount and that changed my grand sum of around $50 to just $20. Specifically, it was a Lira Men’s IMG_3890.JPGRose Hoodie. However, there was only one problem: It only came in 2 sizes; XL and XXL. I had visited Tilly’s shops several times to look for a smaller size or a different type of hoodie that I liked, but nothing appealed to me and the smallest size I could still possibly fit was an XL. I asked around to see if my friends had any solutions. The most common one that came up was, “wash it in very hot water and dry the crap out of it.” I was very skeptical about the idea. However, when I tried it, it in fact did shrink! It was absolutely amazing for me to find out that things like these work. However, with everything comes a price.

 

 

I am very happy my hoodie actually came out looking decent, although just a tad IMG_3891.JPGbit too large. I, however, did not know that there was a large change that using direct heat like that could ruin the hoodie in a number of ways, including fading, breaking down the material, and having the designs peel off. luckily, this did not happen to me on a major extent, but I do recommend that before anyone tries this they consider the cost. If you believe is worth it, go for it.

 

Now, I try something a bit odd to shrink my clothes. First, if I am washing the object by itself, I would normally use one or two levels ofIMG_3894.JPG heat down from the maximum. Once finished, I would throw the object into the dryer. However, here is the tricky part: I would set up different times of direct heat and “cooling down” so the damage to my clothes would be minimal. For example, maybe 10 minutes of maximum heat, then 5 of the next lowest heat and 5 of the next and so on. At the end, I would blast it on full heat until the remaining time is finished (Probably just 10-15 mins). Overall, I am happy how my hoodie came out and intend on using this only as a reliable but last choice options.

 

 

Hair Problems? I Think ‘Knot’

IMG_3760.JPGAs a guy in high school with a greater amount of hair, I constantly have the problem of taking good care of my hair and mold it to how i want my hairstyle to be. I shower twice a day, and each time I use Dove 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner to make my hair softer. However, after using gel, pomade, or some other form of hair product to do my hair, it is either rough and hard or sticky and pungent. I have all kinds of hair product that I have used: Gel, hairspray, pomade, beeswax, and so many others; however, none of them really meet both conditions of being soft and healthy as well as perfectly molded unless it is unnecessarily expensive.

 

The first time I really had this problem was back in 8th grade. This was the first time I decided to do my hair.  I first started with gel- it was an all-natural, firm hold one. I did not have as much hair as I did now and I used to have my hair in a ‘lion’s mane’ hairdo. I found it exceedingly difficult to keep my hair in it’s place, no matter how much hair gel I used. Another problem was the gel made my hair stiff and hard on the places it got on, creating such an imbalance in my hair. Next, I tried hairspray to fix  my problem. Sure enough, hairspray fixed my problem of not having all the hairs equally how i wanted them to be- but at a cost. The hairspray needed time to dry so I would have to waste five minutes of my day just standing around hoping somehow my hair did not get ruined in the process. I quickIMG_3761.JPGly found a loophole to that by applying hairspray at night and waking up to a nearly-perfect hairdo. Also, hairspray leaves a lot of flakes and dandruff-like particles in my hair. It was equally as unhealthy as it frequently made a lot of my hairs fall out. Lastly, I finally bought some Old Spice pomade, and although it worked great it made my hair and my hands particularly sticky and have a strong odor that a lot of people could not stand after a while. After a period of looking, it appeared that I would just have to settle for second.

 

 

Since then, a lot has happened involving my hair. First, I changed my hairstyle to longer hair that I could slick back or nonchalantly leave to the side. Also, when I did decide to do my hair for those special occasions, I discovered something amazing. It wasIMG_3762.JPG coincidental that I had run out of hair gel that day. I was moisturizing my face with lotion, a very important skin care process, when I decided to fix my hair. The excess on my hands and fingers ran across my hair to stick it up and have it hold like the pomade. After careful inspection, I found that regular lotion had a stronger hold then gel, no odors and unnatural stick like the strong pomade, and actually helped my hair become smoother unlike the hairspray.

Every time I decide to do my hair now, I always rely on lotion. It’s amazing multipurpose use for such a cheap object gives the object even more value. It really does help make my hair softer and IMG_3763.JPGit feels more natural to use than any other hair product, giving the same effect as even the best of pomades. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap but effective hair product to use.

 

There are still some problems from using lotion as a hair product. First, it is generally looked down upon by society, marking the user with labels such as a ‘radical’ or a ‘maverick.’ Also, lotion makes the hair look very shiny, which does look odd at certain times. Lastly, lotion does not hold up the hair that long before the density of it makes your hair collapse and look incredibly flat or as if you just ran up and down 20 flights of stairs, Nevertheless, in my opinion lotion is still the most conventional hair product out there.

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