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Going for the chop…Shorter hair

21 Aug

I did it. I did what every woman who had grown her hair long dreads…The day of truth. The day of sacrifice…The day of reckoning.

Yes, the day of cutting!

Before I went on my summer trip to Thailand I had planned to get my hair cut, but I thought the sun, sea etc would damage my nice new do, so I planned to wait until I got back.

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Along with starting a new job as Operations Director, I needed a new, fresh start – I was…I am having one in a new country anyway, so I thought, why not with my hair.

You know what it’s like, it’s so nice for a change.

But changes are also scary. Especially when we seem to be hanging onto something that isn’t really there. Something perhaps metaphoric in place of our hair. Maybe for some of us our hair contains memories, maybe for others if contains ‘youth’. We know these are not truths but really in our imagination. In fact when we get our hair cut, coloured and/or restyled it often makes us look more youthful, funkier, healthier, more confident and thus in turn, happier(?)

I was hanging onto what I thought was attractive…(Having) long hair.

It didn’t matter that it was scraggly, unkempt, knotty and dead-ended. It was irrelevant that it was in dyer need or dye, that it needed a trim, that it was dull and lifeless.

Then I realised. It DOES matter. Wouldn’t it be better to have short hair if it was healthier. And now it’s shorter, it looks fuller anyway! It makes me think I should have done it yonks ago!

 

OLD HAIR STYLES OF LATE:

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NEW COLOUR AND CUT BASED ON MOLLIE KING FROM THE SATURDAYS (AS IT’S SHORT/MEDIUM AND CAN BE WORN CASUAL OR DRESSED UP):

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AT THE SALON TODAY FOR 4-5 HOURS (SALON INK IN JUMEIRAH, DUBAI – I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS SALON. I HAVE BEEN HERE TWICE NOW AND I SHALL CONTINUE TO COME BACK TO DUBAI FOR THIS SALON. (ALI, THE IRISH LADY WITH THE BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT RED HAIR – COLOURED, CUT AND STYLED MY HAIR AS WELL AS ADDED SOME TREATMENTS). I GOT MY CLIP-IN HUMAN HAIR EXTENSIONS CUT, COLOURED AND STYLE TO MATCH. www.headkandy.com/ AND www.saloninkdubai.com

  • AED 2,000.00.
  • / AKA: 340.00 UK POUNDS.
  • / AKA: $ 545.00 US DOLLARS

 

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OUTCOME:

 

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The Pompadour/bouffant Ponytail!

26 Feb

I LOVE wearing a Pompadour/bouffant! I wear it with the rest of my hair down, I wear it as a faux-hawk, I wear it with a side plait/braid, I wear it with a bun, I wear it with hair clips, I wear it low, I wear it high, I wear it messy, I wear it neat, I’ll wear it all day long!

It’s easy to do (bar the odd ‘bad hair day’ where it seems to take you an hour to get your hair right).

I’ve always called it my ‘ice-cream’, it reminds me at times of a Mr. Whippy! Although now, vegan soy ice-‘cream’ :)!

The bouffant was a mainstream hairstyle in the mid-to-late 18th century in western Europe. And according to Wikipedia; it was thought to be created for Marie Antoinette, as she had relatively thin hair and wanted to create the illusion of having very full hair.
I hear ya Marie!

In modern times, the bouffant was popular in Western culture in the 1960s, when it was created with the help of back-combing and large amounts of hair spray. Again, according to Wikipedia; the modern bouffant is considered to have been invented by Raymond Bessone.

60’s:

Modern:

The style that I’m posting about has many similarities to the Pompadour also. The Pompadour takes its name from Madame de Pompadour.

Step-by-step

Pompadour hair style tips

- Rule number one thing you should do if you want to create this hair style: do not wash your hair first. You must wait at least about 24 to 48 hours to not wash your hair before arranging this hair style.
– Start by combing the hair towards the back. Then take the ‘fringe/bangs’ part/front of the hair, pull and comb underneath toward the back with a fine toothed comb.
– Push the hair part was toward the front of your head and flops with a hairpin to be strong. Place the hairpin on both sides of the hair.
– Then, finish by spraying hairspray to hair look more tidy.

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Ombre Hair

9 Feb

Wearable gradiants have been well-liked on clothing for a few seasons now, but the trend has recently crossed over into the beauty world. Ombre hair is a chic look for fall, spotted on celebs, runway models, and fashionistas of all types.
But wait…What on earth does Ombre mean? I hear you cry:
The word ‘ombre’ is a French word that implies ‘shaded’. In order to achieve ombre hair color, balayage technique is mostly adopted. This colouring technique emerged in Paris in the 1970s; the word “balayage” is French for “to sweep,” a reference to the way in which the color is applied. Balayage became extremely popular in the late 1990s. In the United States, you may see balayage spelled “balliage.”

Here is Jessica Simpson sporting the older version. Lighter top and darker as the hair goes down.
I actually LOVE this on her. I’ve copied this many times.

What is Ombre hair?
Ombré is a huge hair trend right now, as seen on celebs like Rachel Bilson, Lauren Conrad, and Jessica Biel. Instead of starting highlights at the top of your head, this style incorporates lighter colored streaks around the bottom of your tresses.

Celebrities do Ombre
The dark-roots-to-pale-ends look can be as natural or drastic as you want. A subtle look like Rachel Bilson’s is more natural than Lady Gaga’s platinum-to-yellow ombre ‘do or Ashlee Simpson-Wentz’s brown-to-red style. It’s fantastic that this trend is versatile enough to work for any girl with any hair colour.

Ombre hair sometimes gets confused with dip-dyed hair:

Or Two-Tone Hair:

When the celebrity hair world went ombre last year, we predicted a flash trend, dying out (pardon the pun) after a summer of two tone hair hues. But 18 months later the look is still going strong, and the balayage technique, used to create this look, is still one of the most popular hair colouring requests for autumn/winter 2011.

My most favourite Ombre look right now is on Drew Barrymore! My oh my, her hair looks beautiful!:

Sally Hershberger colourist Erin Bogartworks shares her tips for getting the look!

Prep with a good cut: Get your hair cut first — lighter ends show off the swingy movement of great layers. If your haircut has lost its shape, the look won’t be complete. As a general rule, it’s best to start the Ombré highlights at around chin level. The color should only be in the last two or three inches of each hair layer.

Best hair texture and length for the look: Ombré can work for most textures and looks best on medium to long hair with layers.

Maintenance: Colour-safe shampoo and conditioner, and the occasional deep-conditioning treatment. Use a leave-in conditioner to keep light ends healthy
Tones your colourist should incorporate: This depends on your personal style. If you’re more conservative, ask for natural-looking, sun-kissed ends. If you are looking for more drama, opt for dark roots with very light ends. In the winter, when tans start to fade, warmer tones are more flattering against paler skin. Spring is the perfect time to add brighter pieces around your face.

VERSIONS

Extreme

Subtle

COLOURS

If you’re brunette, but don’t want to go too light at the ends/mid length of your hair for Ombre. Don’t worry – there’s a different way for you!:

BRUNETTE

(This is my FAVOURITE Ombre brunette look, wow).

RED

BRONDE

BLONDE

CUSTOM

So there you have it!…Wait, what? You’re still not convinced?
Not even by all of the pretty pictures?
I don’t believe you.

Okay, well then there are some reasons to go Ombre:

• Ombre is an easy way to grow out your roots (this alone sells it to me!)
• Ombre is a low-maintenance hair colour technique. (Sold, again!)
• Ombre is an anti-aging hair colour trick. (Yes, please) PS – This means, it mimicks your nature hair colouring as a youth, darker to lighter.
• Ombre is fun and on trend. Wheee!

…Sign me up, please!

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Sunless tanning

6 Feb

Since the 1960’s the rise of sunless tanning has risen astronomically.
Links have been made by health authorities between exposure to the sun (as well as sun-beds) and incidences of skin cancer.

As a person who lives in a majorly hot country, blessed with sun most of the year; I have to be careful in the sun; I ensure my makeup base has SPF 15 (Mac foundation in No.18), make sure I drink plenty of water, and don’t tend to sunbathe. I do, however, enjoy having a tan.
I personally avoid tanning booths/sun tanning beds and tanning pills at all costs and if anything, am an advocate for self-tanning moisturisers, tinted lotions and the fare – temporary, wash-off and better for…You!

Items commented on in this blog are opinion only and all come with a large HEALTH RISK.

For the basic scientific factoids and background; Wikipedia says ‘Tanning is the process whereby skin color is darkened or tanned. The process is most often a result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or from artificial sources, such as a tanning bed, but can also be a result of windburn or reflected light’.
We know that many people consciously tan their skin for different shades, for various reasons. And in turn many people use skin lightening tools.
Some people use sun bathing, some prefer the use of artificial tanning methods.
Some people use chemical products, which can produce a tanning result without exposure to ultraviolet radiation. These are becoming the ‘safest’ and most popular types of products; such as lotions, spray-tans and even tinted moisturisers.

As a society, generally speaking – we are aware that casual exposure to the sun has moderate beneficial impact, including the production of vitamin D by the body. And as time goes on and we become better educated, we realise that excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays has detrimental health effects, including possible sunburn and even skin cancer as well as depressed immune system function and increased risk of accelerated aging.
Many sunless tanning products are available in the form of creams, gels, lotions, and sprays that are self-applied on the skin. Another option is the use of bronzers; cosmetic products that provide temporary effects. There is also a professional spray-on tanning option or “tanning booths” that is offered by spas, salons, and tanning businesses.
Spray tanning does not mean that a colour is sprayed on the body. What is used in the spray tanning process is a colorless chemical, which burns the dead cells located on the top layer of the skin, resulting in a brown color.

Sun beds

A sunbed, or tanning bed is a tool that releases ultraviolet radiation (typically 97% UVA and 3% UVB, +/-3%) to produce a cosmetic tan.
Because of the adverse effects on human health of overexposure to UV radiation, including skin cancer, cataracts, suppression of the immune system, and premature skin aging, the World Health Organisation does not recommend the use of UV tanning devices for cosmetic reasons. In fact, most tanning beds emit mainly UVA rays — which may increase the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Misusing a sunbed by not wearing goggles may also lead to a condition known as arc eye (snow blindness).
Occasional acute injuries occur where users carelessly fall asleep, as in the case of Marty Cordova and Kerry Corum.

A German medical company named Heraeus made the first indoor tanning lamp in 1903 as part of a research study to help patients with Vitamin D deficiencies. Much later, a German scientist, Friedrich Wolff, used indoor lamps in the 1970s to study the effects and potential benefits of sunlight on athletes. When he discovered that his subjects were getting tan as a side effect, the idea was born.

Dr. Wolff introduced and patented his lamps in the United States in 1978. He later sold his company, Wolff Systems, to his brother Jorg, who founded Cosmedico, Ltd., one of the largest manufacturers of low-pressure sunlamps.

A growing trend is the home tanning bed. Many people are now opting to own their own tanning system instead of going to the salon. The primary reasons are for convenience and privacy. As more and more people and establishments seek to ban young adults from commercial salons, home tanning with the control of a system that allows UV by skin type and a timer may encourage additional sales.
The average home system has 16 to 24 lamps, and in US Dollars costs around $2000 to $3000, making its price competitive (over a number of years) for tanners who frequent salons regularly. This has led to an explosion of retailers that feature smaller, home style tanning beds both on the internet and in traditional retail stores.

Pills

Although gels, lotions or sprays that contain DHA are said to be the most reliable and useful, there are other types of products on the market. Tanning accelerator; lotions or pills that usually contain the amino acid tyrosine claim that they stimulate and increase melanin formation, thereby accelerating the tanning process. These are used in conjunction with UV exposure. At this time, there is no scientific data available to support these claims. And on a personal level, I would avoid things like this at all costs.

Fake tan lotion/gel/mousse

These are usually known as DHA-based products. These products are available as gels, lotions, mousses, sprays and wipes, some of which also use erythrulose which works identically to DHA, but develops more slowly.

Spray tan/spray-tan booth

Professional spray tan applications are available from spas and salons by both hand-held sprayers and in the form of sunless or UV-Free spray booths. The enclosed booth, which resembles an enclosed shower stall, sprays the tanning solution over the entire body.
DHA has been approved for cosmetic use by the FDA. Because DHA does not use the skin’s melanocytes to make the skin a tan colour, it is recommended as a cosmetic disguising cover for vitiligo patients.

Air-brush tanning

Air Brush tanning is a spray on tan done by a professional. It can last five to ten days fading with every shower. It is used for special occasions or to get a quick dark tan. At-home airbrush tanning kits and aerosol mists are also now available.

Tinted moisturiser

A recent trend is that of lotions or moisturisers containing a gradual tanning agent. A slight increase in colour is usually observable after the first use, but colour will continue to darken the more the product is used.

Wash-off tan

Bronzers are a temporary sunless tanning or bronzing option. These come in powders, sprays, mousse, gels, lotions and moisturisers. Once applied, they create a tan that can easily be removed with soap and water. Like make-up, these products tint or stain your skin only until they are washed off.

Tan powder

As the above, the tan colour can be easily removed with water. Soap&Glory have recently come out with a spray powder.

Bronzer/make-up

If you read Tribe of Mannequin’s post on Contouring – look at the bronzing powders etc., these can make a real difference to your look. A subtle sun-kissed look without having for fork out for a professional spray tan, or without going through the hoopla of applying fake tan at home.

Tips/need to knows:
* Tanners can stain clothes. It is therefore important to look for fast drying formulas and wait around 10 to 15 minutes for the product to dry before dressing.
* For the 24 hours after self-tanner (containing high DHA levels, ~5%) is applied, the skin is especially susceptible to free-radical damage from sunlight.

Okay, so there are the technical options and a brief run-down of each. But hey, hold your horses! Let’s look at why. Why are there all of these options? Why do we do this to ourselves?

Historically and culturally

The term “tanning” has a cultural origin, arising from the colour tan. Its origin lays in the Western culture of Europe when it became fashionable for young white ladies to seek a less pale complexion.’

Acquiring a suntan has been popular for many years and is still one of the free and most enjoyable relaxing pleasures in life. However, a golden or dark tan was not always measured as desirable as it is today.

Throughout history, tanning has gone in and out of fashion. In Western countries before about the 1920s, tanned skin was associated with the lower classes, and lower class work, which would have commonly been outdoors.
Women even went as far as to put lead-based cosmetics on their skin to artificially whiten their skin tone. However, when not strictly monitored these cosmetics caused lead poisoning. Achieving a light-skinned appearance was achieved in other ways, including the use of arsenic to whiten skin, and lightening powders. Other methods included the wearing of full-length clothing when outdoors, and the use of parasols. The preference for fair skin continued until the end of the Victorian era.

In 1903, Niels Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for his “Finsen Light Therapy”. The therapy was a cure for infectious diseases such as lupus vulgaris and rickets. Vitamin D deficiency was found to be a cause of rickets disease, and exposure to the sun would allow vitamin D to be produced in a person. Therefore, sun exposure was a remedy to curing several diseases, especially rickets.

Shortly thereafter, in the 1920s, Coco Chanel accidentally got sunburnt while visiting the French Riviera. Her fans apparently liked the look and started to adopt darker skin tones themselves. Tanned skin became a trend partly because of Coco’s status and the longing for her lifestyle by other members of society.

In addition, Parisians fell in love with Josephine Baker, a “caramel-skinned” singer in Paris. Those who liked and idolised her idolised her dark skin also. These two French women were leading figures of the transformation tanned skin underwent, in which it became perceived as fashionable, healthy, and luxurious.

In the 1940s, advertisements started appearing in women’s magazines which encouraged sun bathing. At this time, swimsuits’ skin coverage began decreasing, with the bikini making its appearance in 1946.

In the 1950s, many people used baby oil as a method to increase tanning. The first self-tanner came about in the same decade and was known as “Man-Tan,” although it often led to undesirable orange skin.

Coppertone, in 1953, brought out the little blond girl and her cocker spaniel tugging on her bathing suit bottoms on the cover of their sunscreen bottles; this is still the same advertisement they use today on their bottles of sunscreen.

In the latter part of the 1950s, silver metallic UV reflectors were common to enhance one’s tan.

In 1962, sunscreen commenced to be SPF rated, although in the US SPF labeling was not standardised by the FDA until 1978. In 1971, Mattel introduced Malibu Barbie, which had tanned skin, sunglasses, and her very own bottle of sun tanning lotion.

In 1978, tanning beds appeared. Today there are an estimated 50,000 outlets for tanning, whereas in the 1990s there were only around 10,000. The tanning business is a five-billion dollar industry in the United States.
Also in 1978, sunscreen with a SPF 15 first appeared.
The 1980’s saw the convertible BMW as ‘The Ultimate Tanning Machine’. The widespread of indoor tanning salons and the launching of California Tan beneficial and protective skin products created a breakthrough in the technology of tanning.

2000 onwards; at the dawn of the new millennium tanning took a new dimension with the entry of Southern movie stars, singers, models and fashion designers with beautiful bronzed swept skins and bodies. The perfect sunless tan is till now, the craze with quality self tanning products.
Today, conscious of the risk of too much sun, thousands of brands of all SPF levels products for adults and children are abounding and eventually, will everybody out in the sun.

Trends

Choosing natural
Some of the most beautiful women in the world are not sun-tanned to the high-heavens with an orange tone. The key point here, is that the natural look tends to be most beautiful.
For example if you have natural olive skin, your hair and colouring match for a reason. And that’s beautiful. Someone with light hair and colouring like me would look overdone with Cheryl Cole’s tan for example. Beyonce looks at her most beautiful when she has bronzer on her already gorgeous glowing skin, not when her skin-tone appears more pale in magazines!









Tans gone good

Extreme

Tanning gone wrong

Tanning addiction

‘Tanning addiction’ is a rare condition where an individual appears to have a physical or psychological addiction to sunbathing or the use of tanning beds. The mechanism of the compulsion is unknown at this time.
Accordingly to Wikipedia, in 2005, a group of dermatologists published a study showing that frequent tanners experience a loss of control over their tanning schedule, displaying a pattern of addiction similar to smokers and alcoholics.
Biochemical evidence indicates that tanning addicts are addicted to an opioid release experienced during tanning. When frequent tanners took an endorphin blocker in a 2006 study, they experienced severe withdrawal symptoms, while infrequent tanners experienced no withdrawal symptoms under the same conditions.

‘Tanorexia’ is the term often used to describe a disorder in which a person participates in extreme tanning to achieve a darker skin complexion because they perceive themselves as unacceptably pale. The syndrome is different than tanning addiction, although both may fit into the same syndrome and can be considered a subset of tanning addiction.
Serious cases of tanorexia can be considered dangerous because many of the more popular methods of tanning (such as those mentioned above) require prolonged exposure to UV radiation, which is known to be a cause of many negative side effects, including skin cancer.
Although the term “tanorexia” has been commonly used by the media and several doctors to describe the syndrome, both the word and syndrome have not been widely accepted by the medical community, and is considered slang by many.
Extreme instances may be an indication of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a mental disorder in which one is extremely critical of his or her physique or self-image to an obsessive and compulsive degree. As it is with anorexia, a person with BDD is said to show signs of a characteristic called distorted body image.

Recent reviews

Me without any fake tan (2004):

Me with fake tan (2011):

Me with bronzer (2012):

Temporary fake tan
Step by step: TO COME SOON!
Wash, Exfoliate, Moisterise, Mitt up and tan!
Stay away for clothing and objects until dry, around 15 minutes. I find painting nails at this time, or tidying/organising items in your bathroom passes the time ☺.

Most importantly of all, be happy in your own skin, you only have one set, treat it like a temple and don’t abuse it :).

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The Top knot – updated!

22 Jan

On my recent visit to New York; I was aware that it was a season or two too late, but still surprised when I didn’t see a Top knot…Only my own version…That was, until we went to SoHo! Top knot central!!

Top knot’s are great for quick, fuss-free hair styling. It gets all of the hair out of your face, can look sophisticated, or casual…Or indeed both!
You can fashion it whilst cleaning, or out and about! It’s so versatile and suits many face shapes. The messy bun, hipster bun, unfastened messy bun, top knot or however, you desire to call this hairstyle, there’s no question that it is cute.

Top knots are also somewhat historic:
Sikha, worn by orthodox Hindus.
Sangtu, a knot of hair that married men of the Joseon Dynasty wore in Korea.
Chonmage, a traditional Japanese haircut worn by men
Tikitiki, a top-knot worn by high ranking Maori men.
Several species of fishes:
The New Zealand topknot, Notoclinus fenestratus.
The Brown topknot, Notoclinus compressus.
The Norwegian topknot, Phrynorhombus norvegicus Several species in the genus Zeugopterus.

The easiest way to do a simple Top knot is…Breath, and await instruction *drum rolllll*:

- Turn your head upside down and flip your hair over your face and toward the floor. Start by sweeping your hair onto the top of your head (you can use a brush if you’d like) and fasten into a ponytail. The ponytail can either sit on the centre of your head or for a fun, flirtier take on the trend, position it just off centre.
Don’t bother making it neat because the added texture makes it easier to work with.
– Sweep hair with your fingers and visually place it into your preferred tight top knot look by coiling the hair around.
– Once the hair is where you want it, take a few pins and place loosely underneath the hair to fasten into place. For a tight and secure hold, tie off with a hair band, so fine hairs stay in place and there are no fallout loose ends.
– Complete the look by spraying a light-hold hairspray over the knot. This will keep fly-a-way hair in place.
For those who have super-thick locks that just can’t twist into the pinnacle knot, try a more playful take on the trend. Walk around with your head in the clouds with a thicker textured bun (you are lucky!!)

Lauren Conrad is sporting a large top bun here, she’s actually got it styled in the Japanese bun way; going back to the previous directions for Top knot; you get to having it in a high ponytail then sweep the pony tail loosely around as in the above picture; using hair grips to secure and finishing with hairspray and finishing spray (optional).


Similar to mine, but larger!

Here are some mixed Top knot imagery for bun-spiration!:


You can accessorise it!


You can funk it up!


You can wear it front!


You can wear it dressed up!


You can wear it with long bangs!


You can wear it rough!


You can wear it casual!


You can wear it Ombre! (hair colour = Ombre)


You can wear it wavy!


You can wear it perfectly styled!


You can wear it textured!

10-second TopKnot





Frontview.




Side view.


Top/bird’s-eye view…(Kinda’ suitable really, considering it looks like a bird’s nest, eh? ;)). You can have it as neat, or messy as you like.

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Hair…Do! (with a sprinkle of wrinkle)

27 Apr

Hair…Do! (with a sprinkle of wrinkle)

Having recently taken a rather fun trip to a fancy-dress shop (to pick up Easter gifts for a fun basket for neighbours), I happened upon a dark brown wig. Like no other wig in the store, it glistened on the mannequins once-bald plastic scalp and called to me. It had chocolate highlights and a choppy blunt fringe, I knew I had to try it on…Just once.
Especially as I’ve been so into brunette hair, for quite some time actually, but never having the guts to go the whole hog and dye my naturally ‘dirty blonde’ locks.

I pulled the wig onto my head in anticipation and excitement, turned the direction of the mirror and…Freaked out!
I can’t believe this seemingly beautiful wig has just aged me 10+ years!?

It looks a bit like this, but nicer :(

SO not a good look! Not only did the choppy blunt fringe exaggerate my round face; it had more layers around the chin…Which means, you guessed it – more exaggeration of head shape!

Surprisingly, even Lauren Conrad doesn’t look as good with brunette hair, don;t get me wrong – she still looks very glam, but her blonder looks suit her better.
The cut’s nice though!

Sprinkle of Wrinkle
Before doing a catwalk model as if I were an older waddling woman for Pete’s and the shop assistants’ benefit (have to laugh at yourself don’t you), I pulled it off of my head as fast as I could; rearranged the messy bun on top of my head (hey! It’s ate in the evening; don’t be expecting a glossy, cared for mane at this time in the day!) and put it back on the mannequin head. Before turning away and pretending to ‘strop’ off towards other interesting sections; such as novelty sized Viking helmets and clown shoes.

In short; how glad am I that I didn’t dye my hair dark?…Very.

In contrast I’ve actually decided to have my hair done lighter!? I think the wig traumatised me somewhat.
I could picture myself in a large one-size-fits-all floral dress AKA – sack, brown tights, and there I was…Suddenly, old.

This is a reoccurring thought I have.
…Not the floral dress scenario, but the ‘being old’ and all.

Being 25, for me – is the time I feel pulled and pushed between being young and being old. I feel directly in the middle. I see wrinkles and cellulite; but I also see aspects of youth.
This will probability always be the case as time goes on…Except more wrinkles come, and less of the youth.

So, ways to ‘re-fresh’ myself and my look…


Blonder, longer and brighter!

Since living in an excruciating hot country (ie: 51 degrees was the hottest for me last summer – that’s degrees!), my hair has strangely gotten darker and darker. Where are you naturally light blonde hair? Where did you go? Why did you leave this dark, dreary ‘dirty blonde/mousy brown’ tone behind?
I’ve come to the conclusion that living in a mega hot country doesn’t necessarily equal being in the sun all day long and all weekends at the beach. It just means you are still living your day-to-day life; but with the ‘added bonus’ of sweating more and applying more bug spray. So I’m actually spending less time in the sun than I did before. Thus, my hair isn’t getting naturally lightened every summer.
This means, that in a few weeks I shall be taking a trip to a salon (of which needs careful research because salons here, otherwise known as Saloons?!) are more accustomed to doing brunette hair. Last time I attempted to get some top highlights, I ended up with a coppery tone. Which is really weird for someone who is blonde anyway.

Nevertheless, after heavy research, I think I shall be booking in at a place called SalonInk. It’s run by two Australian women; one of which IS blonde.

This being said, I also wish to have thicker hair; I always have. I’ve had hair extensions before when I lived in London; they were very good! And very natural looking. This was once of the main things I told the stylist I was after – natural, real hair, matches my hair and brings body and thickness of my own hair.
And that’s exactly what I got!
Real European hair, with a slight wave; like my own. They were the individual glue/bonded ones; not a weave.

This is a photograph of me sporting them in New York, November 2003:

I have very fine hair naturally, and whilst my colleagues with thick Arabic hair say to me, they wish for light, finer hair like mine…I tell them they are ‘freakin’ crazy!’.

So here I am, currently researching hair extension specialists and ‘blonde’ specialists…If there is such a thing, locally.

I’ll keep you updated!

Etsy – wigs: A-maze-ing

30 Mar

I have recently been introduced to Etsy. Bit late I know, I’m a bit slow I guess, but my friend Nancy across the pond in England, sent me a link to a beautiful blazer jacket. Heart!

I got on to randomly looking at wigs and hair-pieces on there, and my oh my, what a collection!:
Fair enough they are for ‘Super Dollfie’ (スーパードルフィー, Sūpā Dorufī?), not for people, but there is somewhere of shrinking ones head right? Tell me it’s possible! These wigs are gorgeous.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/60363021/msd-sized-black-fake-fur-wig?ref=sr_gallery_22&ga_search_query=wig&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

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