Saturday, 29 November 2014

Double standards, maybe?

I know that to the vast majority of people out there, the thought of not washing your hair with shampoo is really disgusting. Strangely though, using dry shampoo seems almost normal. You shake a powder in, massage it around and brush it out.
I honestly find that a bit disgusting, no matter how much they claim it really, truly, honestly absorbs the grease. Ick.
I guess I’m in the school of “Do wash your hair, but find the least damaging method that works for you”, when it comes to hair. Dry shampoo (Or talcum or baby powder or cocoa powder or whatever people substitute it with) just doesn’t feel “washing” for me.

It’s like I feel with hand disinfectants, no matter how cute or clever or portable they are, I will still prefer at least wiping my hands in a moist towelette or something. No matter how much I’m told that hand disinfectants are really, really effective, I still prefer wiping or rinsing off my hands.
Anyways. I’m getting out on a tangent here.

My point is; dry shampoo is something that I should like because it’s hair friendlier than regular shampoo. But I don’t.

Which is partly why an amusing (I hope?) print like this is pretty disturbing to me.
It’s a flowchart to decide on whether or not you should wash your hair and it features options like:
Well how bad is it? => On a scale from carrots to pepperoni pizza, its melted cheese. This option still doesn’t lead to “Wash your f**king hair!”
It also features options such as “Can you wear a hoodie?” and “Will it be dark where you are going?

Still. People pay for this?

I really hope this is a joke so clever it went over my head... 

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Indigo revisited

First thought of the day: Crap, I overslept!
I had slept for 11 hours with the indigo in my ends. Crap.

Literally blue?

But once I had rinsed it clean, I’m not sure I can actually tell I did anything to the colour. How odd.
The henna did the perfect “barely there” effect, but the indigo seems to escape me and be so barely there I myself isn’t even sure I have done anything.

Don’t get me wrong, I would rather have that than it becoming too dark.
But it also irritates me: I wouldn’t have added indigo if I hadn’t wanted an affect.
It worries me a bit because now I’m tempted to add more indigo and maybe then it will turn out too dark.

Seems like an appropriate reaction :)

Is the problem maybe my henna-dose being so low that the indigo can’t even bind to my hair? 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Henna revisited

It’s been about a month since last I henna glossed, so I figured it was time to try again.

When I received my henna and cassia from hennabutiken, I split the two Indian henna samples and the jamila henna in four small portions that I then added water to and froze.
So my intended henna treatment would be:
  • 100 g cassia
  • 2,5 g Indian henna
  • 1,25 g jamila henna
  • A ”syringe” of  60 ml HairSalon Protein Clinic-1

I bought the same Tressemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture conditioner and my plan was to use half of it. So 375 ml for a henna treatment and I would be able to use a bottle for two treatments.

But as soon as I started mixing the mud up, I could tell it was way too thick. Like, way, way too thick.
So I ended up adding more and more conditioner the bottle was almost empty.
I ended up pouring out a portion of about 50 ml to go with the indigo and emptying the bottle in the mud.
Then I added water to the almost-empty bottle and shook it up for some good foam to help get the mud out.
No wonder the first treatment got so thick and difficult to handle when I needed this much conditioner!

I had everything planned out for a henna treatment:
  • Schedule was cleared.
  • Couch was set with pillows, blankets and towels.
  • 4 seasons of Metalocalypse DVDs and my laptop ready to go.

But as soon as I started wrapping the cling wrap around my hair and putting pressure on the mud, the horrible dripping started. The horrible, awful, maddening dripping.
It’s like Cthulhu himself wraps his cold tentacles around your face, neck and shoulders and drag you into a screaming, spitting madness.


Okay, I exaggerate. A bit.

Well, I suddenly got a good idea. The dripping is awful, but it literally dries up after about an hour, so maybe the solution would be to get in the bathtub for about an hour or so?
So I did just that: Filled the tub and brought my laptop with the entertainment into the bathroom.
Then I spent about 5 11 minute-episodes of Metalocalypse in the tub while the water slowly turned green from the mud dripping down.

I found myself pondering which one of the guys in Dethklok would have the best hair if they were real. Silly thoughts, but entertaining. I guess I would have to go with Nathan, especially since he is described as white/Native American. That should make for an amazing head of hair right?


Then I wondered why I have never dated a guy with long hair. Hmm?

Getting in the tub worked absolutely perfectly!
With the initial dripping going into the bath water instead of driving me crazy, I’d say I cut about 90% of the total dripping.
It made it so much better and easier to continue the henna treatment afterwards. I got on the couch as planned and managed to keep the henna mud on for a grand total of 8 hours!
I’m very happy with that. It’s like twice as much as last time and it was so much easier and nicer!

When I went to rinse, the mud had almost dried out on my hair. Henna needs moisture to work, right? I guess that would mean you shouldn’t leave it on for too long since it eventually dries out.
I used the last bit of Tressemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture conditioner foam to loosen up any leftover mud I hadn’t gotten out.

Hair felt a bit dry and cranky afterwards, but it usually does after cassia. This is where I would normally do a deep conditioning, but instead I applied my indigo treatment.
I’m trying a simple, cassia-free treatment this time:
  • The 50 ml Tressemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture conditioner from earlier
  • Half a sample package of indigo

Wrapped it all up in a Nodosaurus from about waist and down, and went to sleep on it.

Good night :)

Monday, 24 November 2014

Glam Up Brilliant Steam Hair Pack

This is definitely the dumbest and most gimicky thing I’ve ever put my hair through.
According to the pack, it had 30 gram of conditioner in it, so I figured I couldn’t get a lot of effect. Still, I followed the instructions and wrapped my hair up in it, stuck the sticker around to tighten it and massaged it around like instructed.
After rinsing, I couldn’t tell I had done anything to my hair.


I do like the idea of wrapping conditioner up, but I prefer my trusty cling wrap.
However, I do wonder who is the target consumer for this. I must be someone with very short and/or very thin hair? Maybe it would work better if I had put some regular conditioner in my hair and put this over to keep the steam and moisture in?
No matter what, I’m not sorry I only had one of these available.