Friday, 29 April 2016

Done!

Finally done with the project. No more obnoxious transportation! Back to spending all day in my pyjamas and working from my own computer!
Hooray!


To be honest, it's going to be such a relief to get out of the transportation.
The transportation has just been insane: The Swedish train company seems to just blame all the problems on the border control and refuse to acknowledge the crazy delays and problems, because everything is the border controls' fault!

The border controls have been the least problem. Never any delays there and at least they served a purpose. It's been the delays and problems for no apparent fault that's been frustrating.
Just to begin with, the trains going back inland in Sweden always had to wait in Malmö for no apparat reason. Biochemist friend said she heard this was in order to get the trains back onto schedule, but since they always had to wait at least 15 minutes, why not move the schedule up like 10 minutes?

Of course this is the one thing the train conductors doesn't feel to inform you about at all. Here's an unfunny fact: All Swedish train conductors seems to think they are radio DJs. They will blab on and on and on about all sorts of dumb stuff. The weather outside (No, really, I'm not joking), every single connection by train and bus from the upcoming station (Not like there are giant signs everywhere for that once you arrive, right?) how happy they are to have you on board (What.) and naming every station on the route (Not like that flashes across the infoboards on a regular basis!)
I guess they think they seem friendly and engaging but it's just irritating. Especially when some totally cheery persona yaks on and on when you're crazy delayed and you're trying to calculate how much later you will be home. It feels plain insulting on top of injury.
I guess they assume people will go "Oh, I will not vandalise this train because the train conductor was so funny!" or "I won't beat up the train conductor in frustration over being 35 minutes late because he said he was so happy to have us on the train!".
As I already wrote: They're idiots and have no idea what matters to their customers.

I honestly don't think there haven't been a single day where there at least wasn't a delay on the route.
Usually it was more than a delay though: Trains not showing up at all, trains stopping for no apparent reason and everyone ordered out, trains that didn't stop at certain stations to make up time, trains that suddenly had to go as regional trains instead and stopping at every single little shit village on the route, trains unable to leave the station anyways because the staff didn't show up(?), you name it.

Of course the train company seems to take no responsibility for any of their general uselessness and extreme inconvenience, because everything is the border controls' fault!



Anyways. I'm looking forward to spending lots of time in my pyjamas and wearing the same (boring) braid.
I've accumulated a bunch of new products, so my to do list right now consists of going through those for reviews. Last month have been good for finding leave in-conditioners, so it makes me very happy!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Today's hair

My "work bun" irritated me, so I made a figure 8 as soon as I got home.
It's been a while since last I made one of these!


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Bazaars runway report

Meh, the problem with spending too much time on the trains...


...Is that I end up buying magazines at 7-11 when I can't be bothered to read something more intelligent.


Bazaar says that braids, low hairstyles and pretty accessories will be in for next season.
I'm okay with this.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Today's hair: Paranda

I bought myself a new pair of fatpants sweatpants and they had an annoying drawstring hidden on the inside of the elastic waist. 


As I picked it out, I thought: Hey, why not turn this into a matching paranda?
Granted, I haven't had much luck with parandas. But since I was going to toss the string out anyways, why not give it a shot?


I wasn't going to braid the three "legs", but the fabric was quite prone to tangling, so I did.


The paranda is a bit too skinny to really show up in the braid though.


And it really disappears in a bun.
I don't dislike it, but it might be too discrete for anyone to notice unless I bring it up.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Heating cap in use

Just call me bucket head!


Based on the temperature measurements from yesterday, I have a warm hat underneath the heating cap to distribute and buffer the heat.

Pardon the crappy webcam quality.

It's pretty comfortable since the weight is distributed evenly in the cap!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Park Juns Home Hair care heating cap

This came with the Testerkorea haul I posted about yesterday, but I wanted to talk about it separately.

Direct link to product: Link


It wasn't quite as soft-looking and glamorous as it looked from the picture, but not like I was disappointed in the actual product once I had it in my hands.


It came with a plastic cap and an instruction manual.
The instruction manual is exclusively in Korean, so I can't read it.
I'm seriously considering taking Korean for beginners, is that weird?
Since I get so much knowledge and products for my sensitive skin from Korea, I find myself more and more wishing I knew the basics.
Once I have some more free hours in my day, I will look into it.


Anyways. The cap has a drawstring to tighten it and a zipper going all the way around it along the edge. It also has a good length cord, so you could easily sit in a chair with it plugged into a socket a bit away.


Unzipped, the structure inside looks like this.
It could be a little softer and more shape-able. It has a bit of "bucket head" effect, but I guess the heating system has to be fairly stiff.

Of course, this is where we get to the important stuff: Exactly how warm does this thing get?

I like to compare hair to skin in this situation:
Basically, once warmth starts hurting your skin, it's a sign from your nerves that you're taking damage. While you can of course recover from this, the "uncomfortable treshold" for heat is where will quickly see evidence of the destruction to your skin: Redness, swelling and eventual peeling.
You don't need to go a lot above the body's temperature, before your proteins starts to take damage.
For a very obvious example: This protein damage is how you turn a raw egg into a cooked one and you don't even have to boil the egg to cook it.

As a simplified rule of thumb
If heat is uncomfortable to the skin, it is because your skin is taking damage. The heat will be doing the exact same thing to your hair: Destroying the proteins. 
And where your skin can heal itself and eventually recover, hair damage is forever.

So, this needed experimenting.
I was about to just plug it in itself and observere and measure, but I figured why not compare it to my old heating "system" with the self heating pads?


The self heating pads gets uncomfortably hot, too hot to touch for more than a few seconds, so I always have a hat under them to "buffer" and distribute the heat. And then a hat on top of, to keep the heat in.

For both "systems", I would need cling wrap and possibly also a bandage to keep dripping down. I will exclude the weight of those, since it will be the same for both.


First and easiest test: The heating cap weighs 145 gram excluding the cable.


Two heating pads with two warm hats: 445 gram.

300 gram difference. That's a lot!

It's also important because the pads add a poorly distributed weight for my head and neck. Do a deep treatment with these for some hours and I begin to feel uncomfortable and unfocused. This is of course very undesirable, because I would really love to do this while I'm in front of a computer. Often I find myself having to go on the couch to get support for my head during deep treatments. But then I'm stuck in a half propped up position that's neither comfortable or something I'm capable of doing serious work on my laptop in.

The cap should be light enough to sit upright with and the cable is long enough to reach the outlet under the table.

Now for an effect-test...
Of course it would be too troublesome and not directly comparable if I had done two separate deep conditioning sessions, so I decided for a simulated deep conditioning.


  • The heating pads: I put both pads inside both warm hats and try to keep it as closed as possible.
  • The heating cap: I pulled the draw string as tight as possible.
Of course when I measured the temperatures, the termometer(s) are in more direct contact with the heat source than if I had been doing a hair treatment.
But as I have described before: The highest possible temperature is very important, because I don't want to damage my hair.

Just a few seconds after I activated the pads, I ran into the first problem: The termometer only measures up to 43 degrees celsius, because it's a standard, household body termometer. Crap!
So I went hunting in the kitchen to find our cooking termometer. That one of course only measures in the 55-100 bracket, since that's all it needs to do.
So my measurements are not as precise as I wanted them to be...

Measurements in celsius
  • 5  minutes: Pad: Above 43 C, below 55 C. Cap: Above 43 C, below 55 C
  • 10 minutes: Pad: Above 43 C, below 55 C. Cap: Above 43 C, below 55 C
Both are in the process of heating up.
  • 15 minutes: Pad: 57 C. Cap: 58 C
  • 30 minutes: Pad: 57 C. Cap: 67 C
  • 45 minutes: Pad: 57 C. Cap: 58 C
  • 1 hour: Pad: 55 C. Cap: 55 C
One hour in and the pad is slowly losing the heat. 
The cap however seems to heat and cool in cycles. When I measure and then remeasure a few minutes later I get different results. I'm interested in the highest and lowest result. The 67 C result is slightly worrying!
  • 1 hour 15 minutes: Pad: 55 C. Cap: 58 C
  • 1 hour 30 minutes: Pad: 55 C. Cap: 67 C
  • 1 hour 45 minutes: Pad: Above 43 C, below 55 C. Cap: 63 C
  • 2 hours: Pad: Above 43 C, below 55 C. Cap: Above 43 C, below 55 C
The pads continue to lose heat and the cap gets another slightly worrying 67 C result. I will definitely need a hat underneath to distribute and "buffer" the heat. This of course adds some extra weight for the treatment, which I'm not interested in. But the weight of a hat is more well distributed than two pads.
  • 2 hours 15 minutes: Pad: Above 43 C, below 55 C. Cap: 58 C
  • 2 hours 30 minutes: Pad: Above 43 C, below 55 C. Cap: 58 C
  • 2 hours 45 minutes: Pad: Above 43 C, below 55 C. Cap: 63 C
  • 3 hours: Pad: Above 43 C, below 55 C. Cap: 63 C
At first sight it would appear that the cap has stabilized a bit more in the heating cycles, but I think it's just a coincidence that I got those exact numbers. Measured one or two minutes later might have given an entirely different result.
  • 3 hours 15 minutes: Pad: 41,9 C. Cap: 70 C
  • 3 hours 30 minutes: Pad: 41,0 C. Cap: 70 C
  • 3 hours 45 minutes: Pad: 39,7 C. Cap: 58 C
  • 4 hours: Pad: 36,4 C. Cap: 63 C
The pads are finally down at a temperature where the body termometer can measure it.
The cap however seemed to get hotter and hotter?

4 hours in and I decided to stop the experiment. It's very rare I deep condition for longer than this, because it's quite irritating and keeps me from doing what I want to.

Highest and lowest temperatures
I'm going to exclude the first 10 minutes where both the cap and the pads needed time to heat up.
  • Heating pads: Highest temperature was 57 C and after that, it decreased slowly.
  • Heating cap: Highest temperature was 70 C and the lowest was below 55.

Conclusion:
The heating cap definitely doesn't require additional insulation on the outside to keep the heat in!
The heating cap is a good tool and better for head and neck because of the lower weight.
But it will definitely need a hat underneath to distribute and "buffer" the heat. Just like with the pads. This shouldn't be too uncomfortable because it's a more evenly distributed weight.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Testerkorea haul

I'm still impressed with myself that I survived "No new beauty stuff orders until april!"
But my Testerkorea order finally came. And I did a little dance!


I ordered a bunch of old favourites, a facial brush to try and some assorted sheet masks.

Let to right-ish

  • no:hj Queen hand packs and no:hj Queen foot packs
  • CIRACLE COSRX Pore Control Cleansing Brush
  • COSILONG Hand Cream Snail
  • SCINIC Snail Matrix Set
  • BANILA CO Claypatra Mineral Salt Clay Pack 
  • BANILA CO Clay Patra Mineral Salt Clay Foam Cleanser
  • It's Skin Secret solution Clear Patches
  • FOOD A HOLIC 3D Natural Essence Mask
  • THE YEON Jeju Canola Honey Essential Serum
  • MJ CARE Essence Mask in Hyaluronic Acid
  • MJ CARE Essence Mask in EGF
  • MJ CARE Essence Mask in Sea weed

Plus, as always: So many awesome samples!
Seriously, this is something western e-shops and shops in general could learn from and it speaks volumes of the attitudes towards their consumers!

And one item I will describe in detail tomorrow.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Friday, 15 April 2016

Birthday gift

The totally awesome Charlaine sent me an unexpected birthday gift!


Everything was packaged so pretty and with such a cute, heartfelt letter!


Two awesome Hercules combs. My favourite comb brand!
The fork is cocobolo wood from Oregon Cedar Products. And such an awesome sturdy, smooth and pretty fork!
The picture doesn't do it justice for the rich dark brown with red undertones.


I'm super picky about my combs because my thick hair tends to twist the combs out of shape and the tension in the updo will hurt my scalp,but it holds really well and without causing problems.
Amazing pick, Charlaine!