Sunday, 14 October 2018

Today's hair


I've been neglecting hubby a lot lately, so I'm taking him out for dinner.


I felt it required something nice for an updo and went with the crown wrap/Chinese bun combo.


I really like that one!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Story time

The story of the woman who (maybe) assumed my hair was some sort of sexual and/or religious thing.

Many years and a few jobs ago, I worked in this office that had a relaxed attitude to everything. So often my coworkers would have their friends come over for lunches or such.
For some reason I ended up chatting with a coworkers friend, who was waiting for her to finish a meeting.

She asked me about my hair, which was up in a cool bun.
She asked me the usual hair questions that you always, always get.
You know: "OMG, it must be so difficult to wash" and "How do you not smother in it at night? Tehehehee" kind of stuff.
I answered honestly. The usual answers to the same tired old questions.
"No, it´s not really that hard to wash. Does it take you longer to soap up in your shower when you gain weight?" and "I have it in a braid at night".
The usual stuff.
She then followed up by asking if I never have my hair down.

I replied that no, I almost never do. Not because of the length, but because I have almost no parting and my hair falls straight down in my face, so I need to put it up to see.
She then got a kind of funny look on her face and asked "So the only one who sees your hair down is your boyfriend?". And I replied "Huh, yea" because that was the truth.

She then made the weirdest, most exaggerated, cartoonish wink and grin at me and wandered off to find her friend.


I stood there for a few seconds before I realized what had happened: She had assumed my hair was something sexual between and my boyfriend. Or religious maybe? Both of the above?

Gross.

I spent the next few seconds debating how to react. Should I follow her and explain that it wasn´t the case (Still so gross)? Would this be the lady doth protest too much-territory?
How could I even be sure it was what she meant? Was it just me over analyzing the situation?

I ended up not saying or doing anything.

It still grosses me out to this day though.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Hair inspiration



So here was the thing I wanted to try.


My thought was that I could achieve the oval shape by anchoring the bun behind some pins at the top and bottom of the Dutch part.
Sort of like an elongated braided cinnamon bun, I guess?


Well, it sort of worked.


It did get a sort of oval shape, but I don't think it really showed enough to be noticeable, unless you already know?


It was pretty comfortable though!

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Throwback Thursday


I found this picture at my grandmothers place. I think I'm 14-15 here?
My hair was about hip length or so and I had started to grow my bangs out. Once the bangs were long enough to reach a ponytail, I cut everything to shoulder length. I've pretty much stuck with the one length, bangs free hair since.

Monday, 1 October 2018

BFRB Week

This week is body-focused repetitive behavior-week.
Since I have dermatillomania myself, I would like to take a post out of my regular hair-posting-schedule to spread awareness.




There is a lot of good advice from clever people out there, but for me, the best advice is to pinpoint the problem. When do you pick? Why do you pick?
My own biggest trigger is situations where I should relax, but can't. Like, trying to watch a movie with your loving Hubby, but all I can think of is how many things I have on my to do-list for next week.

My own coping methods

  • Exfoliating regularly on areas I attack to keep dry skin from forming. It's easier to "grab" onto
  • Moisturize for the same reason
  • Keep nails short and smooth, same reason
  • Block access to picking: Facial masks and hand masks can help for short amounts of time
  • Mess with your skin in the good way. Clarisonic/Foreo, mud mask, moisture mask etc can help
  • Mess with something else to keep my hands busy
  • Watch someone else messing with their skin. Youtube is helpful. There is a surprisingly big "market" for videos like that. The key is to find your "thing"since there are so many types of videos: Plucking out hairs, removing ingrown hairs, whiteheads, blackheads, blackheads in ears, nodules, etc.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

The Nodosaurus

Since we have nowhere we need to go this weekend, I decided to do a Nodosaurus.
For some reason, the pictures I took for my old tutorials have simply ceased to exist? Perhaps when Blogger moved upload-site to Google photos?

So I wanted Hubby to help me take pictures for a new one.of course mr. Igor was more interested in being funny annoying, so this didn't turned out like planned.

The Nodosaurus is named for the armored "tail" it results in.


Since there is no Nodosaurus-song, here is the Brontosaurus instead...

 

It's a good idea to do this is your pajamas or some old clothes, since there is a high risk of getting conditioner on your clothes.
Start off with damp and detangled hair.


You need one plastic bag and a bandage...


...And your treatment of choice.
I'm using one of my favorites, Somang Redflo Camellia Hair Treatment.


Protip
Leave the water running so you don't get conditioner everywhere when you need to wash your hands.


Start braiding your hair...


...Braid to about shoulder length


At around shoulder length, bring it forward over your shoulder.


And start adding your conditioner to the damp length.

(And as you can tell from my unimpressed expression, this is where Hubby started unfolding his "amusing" personality)


Distribute conditioner to the length and braid.


It can be a real acrobatic exercise to avoid getting conditioner on your clothes!


Of course it helps if you don't have a funny annoying person to entertain pester you in the bathroom.


Two commonly seen expressions on my face:
"I know where you live!"
"Meh, I still love you"


If your hair is as long as mine, poke a hole through the braid...


...And pull the length through.


Wrap the length around the braid itself until it's a fitting length for your plastic bag.

This is where you will be happy you left the water running!
If you keep leaning forward a little, the conditioned braid won't touch your clothes and you can continue without getting conditioner everywhere.


Put the braid into a plastic bag.


Pull the plastic bag through the braid as well.


(Ignore your "hilarious" Hubby)


Start wrapping the bandage around the plastic bag.


"Lock" the plastic bag down by wrapping the bandage over the part of the bag you pulled through the braid. This keeps it from slipping off your hair.


Tighten the bandage as you go.


(Ignore your "hilarious" Hubby some more)


Tie the bandage off.


And since mr. Igor will annoy me until I share: He wants you all to know how funny he is and how much he knows of meme's, so it was very important to him that you all know he thinks the Nodosaurus looks more like...


Very amusing. You're all obligated to laugh.


And...Done!