Saturday, 8 December 2018

An experiment in laziness: Day 3

Day 3, two cinnamon buns.
And it's definitely not just me, because that's a lot of flyways. I have an actual halo going on!

Friday, 7 December 2018

An experiment in laziness: Day 2

Day two and I went for a simple Chinese bun. Nothing fancy there.
Maybe it's just the Rosenthal effect, but I think I see a lot of flyaways. Is it just me?

Thursday, 6 December 2018

An experiment in laziness: Day 1

Day one of the lazy/French braid experiment and I'm starting off with a crown wrap/Chinese bun combination.

It was actually mildly uncomfortable because the crown wrap didn't have a clear "bump" to lsupport itself against like it does with the Dutch braid. So it slid around a little more than I'm used to.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

An experiment in laziness

Here's the finished French braid for my planned experiment.
I actually think I did a pretty good job! It's been a long time since last I did a French braid.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

A theory on braids

I want to expand my experiment in laziness on different types of braids. For the original experiment, I found that my scalp got surprisingly tender after the five days. And when I say surprisingly, I don't mean that it got very tender, but more that I was surprised it got tender at all because I rarely "notice" my scalp at all (Did that make sense?)

So I want to try the experiment in laziness with a different type of braids and for less days. I want to see the difference between French and Dutch braids for this.
But I have an idea on how the different braid types will influence the result, so I will try to explain my thoughts as best as I can.

If you imagine looking up or down the length of the braid against your head, the braid has two "parts" where additional hair is taken in along the length.

For a French braid, the hair goes above and into the existing braid.

Which means that for the French braid the place where the additional hair gets locked down is between the scalp and the braid. This means that the hair has to "travel" further and can't be pulled as firmly in place as for a Dutch braid.

For a Dutch braid, the hair goes under and into the existing braid.

Which means that for the Dutch braid the place where the additional hair gets locked down is between the scalp and the braid. Just like for the French braid. But unlike the French braid, the additional hair has to "travel" shorter, can be pulled tighter and is completely parallel to the scalp.

My point with this is that the French braid should develop more flyaways, and become more unstable and less comfortable faster than the Dutch braid.

Tomorrow I will make two French braids to test this on.

Monday, 3 December 2018

That was a nice surprise

The beauty calendars are generally too much makeup for my needs. And low in hair products.
But today to my surprise, I got not only one, but two hair products. And some I will actually try!

From Lookfantastic: A leave in conditioner. This is a perfect size to travel with so it will go directly into my almost-packed travel bag.
From Rituals: A hair and body oil. It smells wooden and oily, nice. Will definitely try this one.

Saturday, 1 December 2018


Today is the first official winter day. This is usually where my scalp starts to calm down a bit again after its freakout over the autumn changes.
It has been really cold for a while, but stabile without a lot of differences in weather. So that's good. It will make my scalp ease down faster.
It's also time for lots of social events and hopefully I can keep up with some fun and festive updos for the occasions.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Today's hair

The Royal bun/Nautilus combination is... Nice... I guess?
The good things are that it got fairly flat, felt stable and held pretty high up on my head.

The bad thing (And this is my usual complaint when I experiment, I think?) that it doesn't look that much different from the parent style. And then, whats the point?

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Today's hair

I have an idea of making a Royal bun/Nautilus combination: I will put a stick through the top braid, then wrap the bottom braid up and around the stick like a royal bun and securing the top braid around it like a Nautilus.
In my mind it adds up to a nice, flat Nautilus, but we will see tomorrow.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

DNA tests away!

Hubby and I ordered the 23 and me DNA tests. I would have gone with another supplier, but hubby really wanted to check for diseases, and 23 and me are the only ones that seems to cater to that.
Hubby's family just reconnected with some family that immigrated to USA in the early 1900'es and they brought some information on his family with them. It shocked me how much shorter his side of the family lives! Everyone in my family (What I know of) has lived into their 90es, so I understand his worry.

So what do I expect the tests to show?

For me:
I don't expect much for diseases: We have had a bit of skin cancer here and there in my family, but that is probably just from being really pale people in general.
As for the genealogy, I expect a lot of Danish. Like, a lot.
My great grandfather was from an area that was disputed territory between Denmark and Germany, so he experienced being both German and danish in his lifetime. His family name was Langholz, so that fits with the area too. So I expect about 12 % German there.
Supposedly I also have a sailor from the Spanish armada in my lineage, but my grandfather found a hint that he might have been a french mercenary instead? So maybe he was a French mercenary in Spanish service?
I strongly suspect this is where I get my hair from. Scandinavian hair just doesn't grow as thick and strong as mine.

For hubby:
Hubby thinks he will show half Swedish and German of an unknown quantity. His lineage is a bit of a mess, especially since his grandmother was adopted from Germany after WWII, so he could be a quarter anything really.
I personally have an idea it will show more Swedish ancestry than he thinks it will. Hubby has a completely different built than me: He has heavy bones, build muscles just by looking at a dumbbell and gains weight like his body constantly expects it has to live through the fimbulwinter. Take off his modern clothes and hand him an axe, and he would probably be indistinguishable from a historical Swedish viking.
It will be fun to see what it says!